Tree Watering Tips

Monday, July 23, 2012 by

Homeowners are urged to continue watering trees and shrubs due to continued dry soil conditions and a rain shortage. It is important to know that trees and shrubs will benefit from continued watering – even trees and shrubs that have lacked sufficient watering throughout the summer. Here are some drought-readiness tips from The Morton Arboretum: Focus watering efforts on trees and shrubs – not grass. Grass goes dormant and will turn green again when water is available. Trees can die without water. Depending on air temperatures, trees and shrubs need at least 1 inch of water applied every week to 10 days to cope with lack of rain. Larger, established trees have a wide-spreading root system and need not be watered as frequently, perhaps every 2 to 3 weeks. Let the top few inches...

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Common Gardening Myths

Sunday, July 22, 2012 by

National Garden Bureau, Inc. Busting Common Gardening Myths?   As diligent as you might be about heeding all the gardening tips you’ve heard over the years, are there some that you simply question their value? You wonder if maybe grandma’s advice really was the best? Or maybe has become outdated? We did! So, we turned to our members and asked for their professional expertise on a few commonly cited garden tips to find out if they were still applicable in today’s gardening world.  So, here goes: Myth: Pinch the seed pod off if the onion goes to seed. Busted!: Years ago that was a common practice because older (heirloom) varieties were prone to bolting. In today’s world with newer hybrids, if you pinch the seed pod off immediately it will keep the center...

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A Guide to Fairy Gardens

Saturday, July 21, 2012 by

For centuries mankind has been fascinated by legends of fairies. While concrete evidence of the existence of fairies is, naturally, rather hard to come by, adding fairy gardens to our landscapes is one charming way we can participate in this centuries-old tradition. With a bit of fairy lore, some imagination, and just a small patch of space you can create a garden of whimsy, an open invititation to fairies to come and frolic. Fairy gardens are miniature gardens that, with their small plants, houses, outdoor structures, and furnishings, give the illusion of tiny creatures living there. Fairy gardens can be any size or shape from the very small to larger, grander scenes at the base of a tree, under a shrub, tucked inside an old birdbath or peeking out from under a prized hosta...

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Guided Photography Walk

Sunday, July 15, 2012 by

Sunday, July 15, 2012 Walk Begins at 1:00pm Did you know Klehm has a Summer Photography Contest, and we want everyone to participate?  Get an edge on the competition and enhance your skills while enjoying a stroll through the gardens and arboretum.  Experienced members from the Rockford Photography Club will host a guided photography walk two Sunday afternoons this summer, July 15 and August 5. Join them as they offer advice on techniques and answer questions form attendees. No registration required.  Participants should be at Klehm Visitors Center by 1pm.  Call ahead for special accommodations. Summer 2012: Amateur Photography Contest This event is included with regular garden admission and free to Klehm members. About the Rockford Photography Club Whether you are just beginning in photography, or are an advanced amateur, or a professional, you are welcome at the Rockford Photo Club....

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The Good, the Bad & the Bugly...

Saturday, July 14, 2012 by

Class has been Cancelled Saturday, July 14, 2012 Bad insects are ones that do serious damage to the plants we love. Invasive pests in particular can wreak havoc on trees with little control from natural predators. Learn about the invasive emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and Asian long-horned beetle and how to manage them. But what about the good guys? Learn about beneficial insects, and how to keep them coming back. Presented by Donna Danielson, teacher of horticulture and entomology at The Morton Arboretum and College of Du Page.   Call 815-965-8146 to inquire about future...

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Corky Seigel

Sunday, July 8, 2012 by

Sunday, July 8, 2012 Gate Opens 4pm Concert Begins 6pm Concert goers will love the bluesy, rocking sounds of Corky Siegel. His career began with the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 60’s and 70’s. Corky has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. Featuring special guest, Randy Sabien, jazz violinist.   Learn more about our Woodsong Concerts. Individual concerts $15 / $13 Klehm...

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