American Conifer Society, IL Rendezvous

Saturday, September 17, 2011 by

American Conifer Society, IL Rendezvous

Second Annual American Conifer Society

Illinois Rendezvous

Come to Rockford, Illinois, for the opportunity to learn from Tim Gruner, the curator of Anderson Japanese Gardens, and Dr. Jeffrey Behr, a Rockford resident who has a collection of 185 Japanese maples. Tour Klehm Arboretum, Anderson Gardens, and 5 private gardens. The day will begin at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main, Rockford.

8:30 AM- Tour at Klehm Arboretum

Klehm Arboretum has an assortment of plant life unlike any other natural area in the United States. The combination of native plants and those from around the world provides a unique botanical resource for study. The site includes many unique species from throughout the United States that normally do not thrive in this region, plus the Midwest’s most vigorous mature evergreen collection.

10:00 Tim Gruner, Curator of Anderson Japanese Gardens

Patterns in Nature that Inspire Japanese Gardens and the Interaction Between Gardens and Architecture

Tim will discuss the use of organic and geometric lines used to make the garden and architecture one space. Also, the pattern in a naturally growing tree along with the pattern of the branches and trunks in a natural forest are revealed and used to inform our planting and pruning.

11:00 – Dr. Jeffery Behr

An introduction to the five Acer palmatum groups, their characteristics and uses, as well growing and over wintering Japanese Maples in the upper Midwest.

11:30 LUNCH Box lunch provided for those who register in advance.

12:00 Tour Anderson Japanese Gardens

1:30 Tour the garden of Dr. Jeffery and Diana Behr

2:00 to 6:00 Private gardens open

*Lon and Richard Behr The Ultimate Shade Garden

*OSF Specialty Clinic- Outstanding collection of conifers in a commercial setting

*Judy and Steven Penticoff a collection of conifers, perennials, and roses

4:30 to 6:00

*Judy and Jon Carlson home garden of the owner of J. Carlson Growers


Flyer for 2ndAnnualAmerican Conifer SocietyIllinoisRendezvous

RSVP to Steve and Judy Penticoff: 815-222-2390 or 815-985-3427

For more information

Cost: $20 (includes admissions and lunch) $15 for Klehm Members

Registration deadline: September 12

Mail checks to: Steve Penticoff, 4779 Treeview Terrace, Rockford, IL 61109

This event is conducted by the ACS, for information about the event call 815-222-2390 or email


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