- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Early years of Anderson Japanese Gardens topic of March 21 lecture
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.andersongardens.org for more about Anderson Japanese Gardens and its lecture series.
From the March 13-19, 2013, issue