Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107


Museum Website

The 12-acre Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine.

Construction of Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978, when Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. With the ongoing assistance of renowned Master Craftsman and designer Hoichi Kurisu, the Andersons’ swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek was transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. 

 From groundbreaking to today, the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths have been made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. 

 In 1998, John and Linda Anderson donated the Gardens as a supported organization to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association. 

Credit: Overview from garden website