Early years of Anderson Japanese Gardens topic of March 21 lecture

Staff Report

Tim Gruner, curator of Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, will discuss “Anderson Japanese Gardens: The Early Years (1978-1985)” in a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the Lower Level Gallery in the Visitor Center, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

Gruner’s presentation illustrates Anderson Japanese Gardens’ early years of development from 1978 to 1985. See how the gardens gradually emerged from an overgrown backyard pond into the landscape we enjoy today.

Original conceptual art by the gardens’ acclaimed designer/builder, Hoichi Kurisu of Kurisu International, will be on display. Since first visiting the site in 1978, Kurisu has spent more than three years of his life at Anderson Japanese Gardens guiding the gradual unfolding of this award-winning landscape.

Attendees will view vintage images, in chronological order, that document the excavation and earth moving around the original part of the garden, construction of the East Waterfall, architectural features such as the Viewing House, Moon Bridge, North Gate and Canyon Waterfall; as well as states of expansion into the area of the Guest House, outflow and West Waterfall.

Gruner is a frequent contributor to Sukiya Living magazine, a Japanese garden journal. In 2001, he completed a two-week intensive garden symposium in Kyoto, Japan, and has studied traditional Urasenke-style tea ceremony. He is on the board of directors of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA).

Admission to the lecture is free for members of the gardens and $5 for the public. Register by calling Sara Johnson at (815) 316-3307 or e-mailing her at sjohnson@andersongardens.org. Visit www.andersongardens.org for more about Anderson Japanese Gardens and its lecture series.

From the March 13-19, 2013, issue

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