Park District Hiking Club Coming to Klehm...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9am-10am Come take a walk and explore nature with Environmental Recreation and Education (ERE) staff from the Rockford Park District. Each 60-minute hike will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Look for a van with the Rockford Park District logo on the side. Locations are subject to change. Call 815-874-7576 to confirm. No registration is required for this drop-in program. (There is no charge for this event). This is a Rockford Park District event.  Please contact them with...

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Holiday Hours

Saturday, November 30, 2013 by

Klehm Arboretum will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, December 25, 2013.  Klehm reopens Thursday, December 26, 2013.  We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend. All winter long it’s easy to enjoy Klehm while walking on our cleared and paved paths and traversing our woodland trails that are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Our Donation Days will continue to be the first Tuesday of every month, and we’ll have other great events to keep you coming. The arboretum is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. Admission: $6 for adults | $3 for seniors (62+), students (18+ with student ID) & kids 3-17 Free to Klehm members, reciprocal garden members & children under three. Klehm will also close New Year’s Day....

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Visualize Your Garden in Winter...

Friday, November 29, 2013 by

Plan your garden with a vision for how trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses will look during the winter. Do your planting during the spring, summer, and fall months; then sit back and enjoy your landscape—from a window sipping hot chocolate—when the temperatures plummet. As you approach this idea of winter interest in the garden, it’s important to hold two key concepts in mind: First, envision how a plant, tree, or shrub might look in the winter—under a blanket of snow, a coating of ice, with dead blades of grass, or no leaves. Second, be patient. You may buy a cotoneaster in June; enjoy its delicate flowers in spring and summer, and patiently await the display of berries in fall and winter. Instead of looking for color, think about the actual structure of plants, without leaves. Think...

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Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Saturday, November 16, 2013 by

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 10 am – 12 pm Volunteers are invited to celebrate a great year at the arboretum – one that wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of all our volunteers.  Get the scoop on what you can expect from Klehm in 2014! Food will be provided by ABC Catering. RSVP to Sarah Lambert at slambert@klehm.org or 815.965.8146 by Monday, November...

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Thank You Volunteers

Saturday, November 16, 2013 by

On Saturday, November 16, 2013 Klehm hosted the yearly volunteer brunch to show appreciation to the numerous dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours contributing to Klehm’s success.  We are grateful for the tremendous volunteer effort it takes to maintain our living museum and always welcome new volunteers to help us keep Klehm beautiful and thriving. Thanks to ABC Catering for providing the meal, Beautiful Day Linens for providing the tablecloths and Broadway Florist for creating the centerpieces. Every year Klehm recognizes three outstanding volunteers for their efforts. Their names will be added to the plaques hanging in the Visitors Center. President’s Award  – Dave Hinde Dave is a long-time supporter of Klehm, contributing in a variety of ways over the years.  He is an integral member of the Tuesday Morning Guys, who come week...

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6 Fall Gardening Tips

Monday, November 11, 2013 by

Year-end garden tips 1) Leaving perennials standing and not cutting them back may help to protect the crown. If you mulch, go ahead and cut them back. 2) Rake fallen leaves from grass. Leaves left on lawn over winter will smother and kill grass. 3) Plant spring – flowering bulbs as long as the ground is not frozen. 4) Protect evergreen trees and shrubs with an additional watering sometime this month. Consider whether to protect the plants with a burlap screen to ward off salt-laden street plowings or to shield the plant from a south face where sunny days may warm the plant enough to begin breaking dormancy too early. 5) Continue mowing the lawn until growth stops, typically when temperatures are below 40 degrees consistently. Do not lower mower height, keep settings at...

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