Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Garden
I’ve already written a few posts about how back in August, Beth of PlantPostings initiated a meet up of Midwest garden bloggers in Rockford, Illinois. Bloggers from three states spent the day visiting the Klehm Arboretum, the Nicholson Coservatory, and having a relaxing and convivial lunch in downtown Rockford.
The last visit of the day was to the Anderson Japanese Gardens.
This garden was brought forth by designer Hoichi Kurisu and others from swampy creekside land owned by a Rockford businessman.
Kurisu also designed the Heavenly Falls area of the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon.
The waterfalls here were certainly a cool sight on a hot August day.
A Japanese Tea House stood along a small stream.
By the time we passed the waterfalls and came to another small pond we were all feeling a bit limp from the heat and the long day. This seemed a good moment to sit in the shade of a willow and contemplate the water.
This attracted the attention of some colorful koi. Judy had an English muffin in her purse from the “continental breakfast” at our motel. (I always wonder if the continent in question is Antarctica.)
It was probably breaking some rule or other, but we spent some time amusing ourselves by feeding bits of English muffin to the koi.
If you live in or around Rockford (or are travelling through), you should really check out this garden.