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Fall Garden Tour in Rockford  

Surround yourself with nature that inspires the mind and energizes the soul. Construction of Anderson Japanese Gardens began in 1978, when Rockford businessman John Anderson was inspired by a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. With the ongoing assistance of renowned Master Craftsman and Designer, Hoichi Kurisu, the Andersons’ swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek was transformed into a Japanese-style landscape. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the garden where we will see how the placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and layout of all paths have been made with careful consideration by Mr. Kurisu. Following the guided tour, enjoy lunch (on your own) at Fresco at the Garden and a bit of free time to explore. After lunch, we will enjoy a self-guided tour at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Situated along the banks of our beautiful Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest. The facility is the third largest conservatory in Illinois, offering an 11,000-square-foot plant exhibition area complete with water features, seating areas, and sculptures, all in a tropical plant setting. The beauty continues outdoors with the Eclipse Lagoon, complete with two fountains and a waterfall, pedestrian bridge, patio areas, and walkway connecting the Conservatory to the Sinnissippi Rose Garden. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Wings of Wonder Lorikeet exhibit. Get an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Come "face-to-beak" with these always curious nectar-feeding birds. Lorikeets are known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Considerable walking will be involved. Trip includes transportation, admission, and tours.

Please Note -- Cancellation/Refund Policy for Day Trips: To receive a full refund you must cancel all day trips at least 15 days prior to the day of the trip.


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