Rockford’s Anderson Gardens opens for season May 1

Staff Report

Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, opens for the 2014 season Thursday, May 1. Guests are invited to enjoy the garden, which is open rain or shine, through Oct. 31.

Admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors (62 and older), $6 for students, and free for children 5 and younger. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.

To celebrate the beginning of its season, Anderson Japanese Gardens will host an Opening Day Celebration Saturday, May 3, to provide guests an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities and to see authentic Japanese performances and demonstrations.

The Opening Day Celebration coincides with Japan’s Children’s Day, an occasion that celebrates each child’s personality and happiness.

Opening Day Celebration activities are included with the price of admission and include the following:

  • Origami — Hands-on demonstrations of the Japanese art of paper folding;
  • Calligraphy — Demonstrations of the artistic writing style;
  • Carp flags — Make a carp flag in celebration of Children’s Day;
  • Iris and daylily planting — Shoots provided by J. Carlson Growers for families to plant together and take home;
  • Bujinkan performances — Traditional Japanese martial art;
  • Top spinning — Hands-on activity for families;
  • Kendama — Popular Japanese game;
  • Okinawa dance performance;
  • Dry rock garden raking — A hands-on opportunity to rake an Anderson Japanese Gardens dry rock garden; and
  • Guest House tours — Tours of Anderson Japanese Gardens’ Guest House (reservations are recommended).

Learn more about Anderson Japanese Gardens online at or by calling (815) 229-9390.

From the April 30-May 6, 2014 issue

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