Day tripping: These stops are worth the drive

Diane Gibson
Galva News gardening columnist Diane Gibson takes a look at day trips in this week's column.

Consider any of the following public gardens for your next day (or two) trip:

*Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford; (815) 229-9390;

Anderson Japanese Gardens was voted the number one Japanese Garden in North America for the past six years.

*Vander Veer Botanical Park, 215 W. Central Park, Davenport, Iowa; (563) 326-7812;

Dating from 1885, the 33 acres include gardens, a conservatory, a stone fountain, a children’s sculpture garden and a lagoon.

*Luthy Botanical Gardens, 2218 N. Prospect, Peoria; (309) 686-3362;

Outdoor gardens, conservatory and garden shop.

*Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; (847) 835-5440;

Over a century old, the 385-acre garden features 23 display gardens and three native habitats and is situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes.


“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”  (Lady Bird Johnson, in Public Roads: Where Flowers Bloom)

For more of Diane's Gibson's column, see the June 18 Galva News.