Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk...

Friday, September 26, 2014 by

Friday, September 26 7:00pm to 9:00pm Take a stroll through our illuminated paths while enjoying an evening wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden compliments of PRP Wine International featuring multiple wine tasting stations.  Twinkling lights, hors d’oerves and live music by the Firelight Dimmers complete the evening. This event is dedicated to the members who continually support Klehm Arboretum and our mission.  We encourage you to bring friends new to Klehm so they can discover the many things our gardens have to offer for themselves. To show our gratitude for your ongoing commitment to Klehm and our community, memberships can be purchased or renewed during the wine tasting at a 20% discount. $20 per person  |  $15 Members Contact Sarah for groups of 10 or more.   slambert@klehm.org or 815-965-8146 You may purchase tickets...

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Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by

According to horticulture experts in Illinois, favorable spring and summer weather will lead to vibrant fall tree colors throughout the state. Some sugar and red maples have already started to change color at Klehm.  The fall tree colors could last longer if the first frost holds off for a while, and if leaves aren’t knocked off of trees due to strong storms.  University of Illinois Extension Office horticulture educator Kelly Allsup also says that cooler temperatures produce better colors. Some trees are still stressed from last year’s drought, which can trigger early color changes.  Murphy also adds that a major weather change that happened last November caused many leaves to change prior to the final color stage. The autumnal equinox occurred on September 22nd, marking the official start of fall.  The dominant colors in...

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Why Leaves Change Color

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by

Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments, carotenes and xanthophyll pigments which, for example, give the orange color to a carrot. Most of the year...

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Mark Dwyer Presentation

Saturday, September 20, 2014 by

Saturday, September, 20 10:00am-11:30am Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Gardens in Janesville, will give a presentation focused on a few shade plants that are good performers, not just new plants that have not been trialed. There is a lot to consider: type of shade, soil conditions, moisture, maintenance and more. You’ll learn what questions to ask in order to purchase the right perennials for a shady area. Members: Free Public: Included with admission.   Mark Dwyer’s presentation is hosted by the John and Pauline Cook Horticultural Lecture Series...

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Clarcor Update

Friday, September 19, 2014 by

The renovation of Klehm’s Demonstration Gardens is well under way and we are excited to watch the re-design take shape. New retaining walls and a new Clarcor Pavilion wheelchair accessible deck have been added. Two new trends in the horticultural industry, a vertical garden area and rain barrels, will be added as well. These renovations have been made possible by generous gifts from The Blazer Foundation, Alpine Kiwanis Club and private donations.  We still have opportunities to support this project directly.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Dan Riggs at 815-965-8146 for a list of needed plantings, trees and supplies.  ...

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Twilight Menu

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by

Pork Terrine Hog Jowl, Sweet Greens Puree, Saffron Carrot Glaze, Chili Oil, Herb Oil Smoked Shoulder Tortilla Cup Smoked Pork Shoulder, Fresh Greens, Edible Flowers, Sweet Corn, Roasted Chile, Tomato and Chipotle Vinaigrette Shrimp & Grits Southern Braised Shrimp, Grilled Grit Cake, Fresh Herb, Citrus Family Harvest Pork Loin Roasted Pork Loin, Root Vegetables, Garden Peach Au Jus, Fresh Herbs and Flowers Pumpkin Panna Cotta Spiced Nuts *Hog is thanks to McKenna Farm *vegetarian dishes contain seasonal vegetable substitutions   Presenting Sponsor Gold Chestnut Sponsor The DAO Foundation Silver Larch...

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