This Thursday morning at 9:00, I'm heading over to Anderson Japanese Gardens to read to a group of kids attending Anderson's "Garden Explorers" program. Like many of you, I look forward to visiting the beautiful grounds of AJG whenever I can.

Rockford's best-kept secret hasn't been much of a secret for a number of years now. People from all over Illinois and the rest of the Midwest have named AJG as a "can't miss" site when touring the Land of Lincoln.  You don't have to look far to find Anderson Japanese Gardens on a list of Illinois' best and/or most popular attractions, and it keeps drawing more and more admirers.