May 16 lecture at Anderson Gardens addresses role of horticulture in providing healing

Staff Report

Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens will host Christine Nicholson, supervisor of experiential therapies at Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Center, for a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, in the Visitor Center.

The lecture, titled “Practical Uses of Japanese Gardens for Therapeutic and School Settings,” will discuss how treatment at Rosecrance is combined with horticulture to provide healing for the mind, body and spirit.

Nicholson will provide a brief history about adolescent horticulture therapies at Rosecrance and how it has evolved. Participants will be introduced to the metaphors used in treatment to assess balance and harmony within oneself and the garden.

All lectures are free to Anderson Japanese Garden members and are $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Sara at (815) 316-3307 or The gardens will host its lectures on the third Thursday of each month through October and the second Tuesday of November starting at 7 p.m.

Anderson Japanese Gardens is at 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 229-9390 or

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