Less than an hour and a half drive from Madison is a gem of a garden. The Anderson Japanese Gardens are worth a visit any time of year. They are a lush, exotic oasis. The gardens surround a large pond, stocked with koi. A traditional tea house and other structures dot the grounds. There is the mandatory zen garden, lovely rock areas and small, hidden pieces of Japanese art. Make the day a double-header with a trip to the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 61107 |