“Area destinations get top billing by Travel Illinois” – 2018, The Rock River Times

Rockford Civic Newcomers Club – June 1993, The Acquainter

Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Club, The Acquainter newsletter, June 1993, Vol. 116 – Number 2





“Welcome, Sen. Jones, you found Rockford” by Pat Cunningham, 2006

Source: Rockford Register Star June 21, 2006

Judy Barnard – July/August 2008

Source:  Rockford Woman Magazine, July/August 2008

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

The nine acre gardens are at 318 Spring Creek Road

They are open May 1 – October 31

The purpose of Japanese gardening is to create an environment that is restorative to the soul.

Tim Gruner has been the gardening curator for the past 20 years.

Anderson invited renowned garden landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu of Portland, Oregon to design the gardens in 1978

The gardens drew about 40,000 visitors in 2008

Classes and special events at the garden are listed on their website.

Anderson Japanese Gardens, 2008
Anderson Japanese Gardens, 2008

Source:  Northwest Quarterly, November / December 2008, Issue No. 66

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Road

Founded by Rockford businessman John Anderson

Construction of the garden began in 1978 under the guidance of Hoichi Kurisu

In 1998 John and Linda Anderson formed a non-profit organization and donated $3 million

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Brenda Warren, Administration and Visitor Service since May 2007

Brenda Warren
Brenda Warren

Source:   Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2008, Pg 56