ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens hosted a book signing on Sunday for two local authors.
“The Garden in a Jar” was written and illustrated by Sophia Riley and Savannah Riley Gunthrie, two sister who were raised in Rockford and attended Rockford Christian Schools. It tells the story of a young girl’s pursuit of discovery, connection and curiosity driven exploration.
June, the book’s protagonist, sets off to Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Rd., to complete a class assignment. It is the same gardens where the book signing was being held. June needs to capture in a jar what she loves most about the gardens, the sunlight and the smells of the flowers, but she realizes it has to be experienced, not captured.
The Anderson family commissioned the sisters to write the book, and they said that seeing it finally come to life was surreal.
“It’s really exciting,” Sophia Riley said. “This is my first book signing, and I’ve wanted to be an author and illustrator my whole life, so it’s a lot of fun.”
The Riley sisters held the book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books are available for purchase at the outdoor Admissions Tent and inside the Gift Shop. The signing will take place on the Floating Deck in the Garden.