A Garden’s Evolving Mission: The Anderson Japanese Gardens in Numbers

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Paralleling NAJGA’s evolution over the past several years, many Japanese gardens in America have evolved dramatically in their public missions. A case in point is one of NAJGA’s leadership gardens: the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Here are some compelling numbers from the garden’s “2014 Season In Review.”

  • 60,000 visitors from 49 US states and 2,075 zip codes
  • 33% new members
  • 855 student visitors on field trips
  • 75 kids attending the free Wonderland Books story hour each week
  • 333 mothers visiting for free on Mother’s Day
  • 9,173 attendees on Tuesday Evening in the Gardens concerts over 14 weeks
  • 400 hours of tai chi and bujinkan instruction
  • 64 couples marrying in the garden
  • 11,726 volunteer hours donated by 69 docents and volunteers
  • 8,365 Facebook fans
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A Garden’s Evolving Mission: The Anderson Japanese Gardens in Numbers