I can’t believe that during all the years we lived in Naperville, Illinois I never visited Anderson Japanese Gardens in nearby Rockford. When my friend and I made this our destination one day during my recent visit, I realized what I’d been missing! Visitors are asked to silence phones and voices to enjoy the sounds of nature. The sound of water (when not pouring into your basement or running somewhere it shouldn’t) is a peaceful sound as in this fountain with paper cups nearby.

The bright red of the Japanese maple took away my breath with its vibrant beauty.

Hawthorne, I believe.

More water.

Water and color, a wonder-filled combination.

  1. restlessjo says:

    The red lights up the world, doesn’t it, Janet? Such a magical combination.

  2. Paula says:

    I love your sunlit colours, Janet. I think that on every visit to nature phones should be silenced. We should make it a general rule.

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    I think many of us can overlook the very close for what is perhaps a little further away.? The village we live in sometimes we overlook the beauty, coziness, etc. – so it’s nice that tourists often tell us how lucky we are. I have thousands of excuses. But my better half she was born in the village and lived until study time. After awhile she came back and she tucked me in among the luggage. πŸ˜€

    • That’s certainly true. I had friends I used to visit who would say they enjoyed my visits because they took me places they never went, even though those places were so close to them.

      Weren’t you lucky to be tucked in that luggage? πŸ™‚

  4. beth says:

    how incredibly beautiful

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful photos, Janet! So good to see this now, when we’re staring at bare colorless trees.

  6. Sherry Felix says:

    I like your compositions.

  7. peggy says:

    It is funny how you can live near a lovely place in your home state and never visit the area. I have recently explored several great places in Arkansas that I never took the time to visit before. The water and the red are gorgeous features in the
    Anderson Japanese Gardens.

  8. tootlepedal says:

    I wonder if that is viburnum and not hawthorn. It is very bright and cheerful whatever it is. That looks like a lovely garden.

  9. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing that lovely and serene garden with us!

  10. These images caught my attention. Anita

  11. julieallyn says:

    Lush. Beautifully perfect. A serenity haven!

  12. I can almost hear the water! That red maple is gorgeous!!

  13. mikeakin1 says:

    Wonderful photos!!

  14. Marsha says:

    Wow, gorgeous photos, Janet. The red leaves and berries pop.

  15. marianallen says:

    Oh, THANK YOU! My husband and I went there and I wanted to go there with Sara, my travel buddy and #4 Daughter, but I couldn’t remember the name or where it was!

    • You’re very welcome, Marian. You can look up Japanese Gardens locations online and find where there are gardens throughout the US. Some are parts of other gardens but there are quite a few.