Raffle Opportunity

Saturday, August 29, 2015 by

As part of our ongoing fundraising effort, raffle tickets will be sold at our Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk on Friday, September 18th. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets will be mailed to you. Please consider supporting Klehm through this fundraiser. Supportive local businesses have provided a wide array of prizes to include: Urban Farm Girl gift basket, Roxy Carmichael gift basket, Elements Salon gift basket, Village Green gift basket, Pinnon’s Meat Market gift certificate, The Olympic Tavern gift certificate, Northwind Perennial Farm gift certificate, Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips gift basket, Abreo gift certificate and bottle of quality wine, Tavern on Clark gift certificates, Five Forks Market gift certificate, Rockford Brewing Company growler with beer of choice and others. Questions? Please call us at (815)...

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August Blooming Perennials

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Planning your garden for next year?  Below is a list of August Blooming Perennials. Monkshood–Aconitum napellus New York Aster–Aster novii-belgii New England Aster–Aster novae-angliae Leadwort–Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Garden Mum–Dendranthema x grandiflora Red Hot Poker–Kniphofia hybrids Joe-Pye Weed–Eupatorium maculatum Closed Gentian–Gentiana andressii Black-Eyed Susan–Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ Showy Sedum–Hylotelephium x ‘Autumn Joy’ The list was provided by the University of Illinois Extension. Monkshood is...

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Planting Bulbs

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Gardeners can find a wide selection of spring bulbs for planting right now. The earlier the bulb goes into the ground the longer it will have to establish before cold soil temperatures arrive. Even if you end up planting spring bulbs with your parka on, the bulbs will still show up and bloom next spring. Bulbs will be planted based on their diameter, bigger bulbs deeper, smaller bulbs much closer to the surface. A general rule of thumb gardeners follow is 2-3 times as deep as the bulbs diameter, unless there are planting instructions stating otherwise. Info courtesy of University of Illinois – Extension.  For more information on fall lawns, bulbs and vegetables click...

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2015 Summer Appeal

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by

Dear Friends of Klehm, Have you been to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden lately?  It has been a busy spring! The garden renovations that began last year around the Clarcor Pavilion are looking great with new plants and features being added.  The new “Contemporary Perennial Garden” developed in cooperation with Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm, has been completed by a team of 60 great volunteers.  The volunteer effort recently planted 4,000 plants consisting of 40 species of grasses, sedges and perennials covering 14,000 square feet.  This new featured garden located at the back doors of the Visitor Center will provide a changing mosaic of color and texture through the seasons and provide beauty and valuable habitat for native pollinators and butterflies.Klehm depends on the generosity of its contributors to help accomplish new features and maintain the...

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Art on the Lawn Awards

Monday, July 20, 2015 by

The Klehm staff extends a warm thank you to all the talented artists at Art on the Lawn.  The variety of quality art was amazing and we heard a lot of positive comments and praise about the event.  Here’s to a growing 2016 show! Award Results BEST IN SHOW – Debra Capriola/ Mixed Media PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Kathy Hardesty/ Mixed Media FIRST PLACE 2D – Robert Cholke/ Photography SECOND PLACE 2D – Beverly Broyles/ Painting FIRST PLACE 3D – Jose M. Sente/ Other SECOND PLACE 3D – Kathy Hardesty/ Mixed Media   Participating Artists First Name Last Name Category Media Lynn & Diane Abbott 3D Other Valerie Abramat 3D Jewelry Diane Adams 2D Other Diane Barker-Jones 3D Fiber Rick Borrett 2D Painting Beverly Ashley Broyles 2D Painting Debra Capriola 2D Mixed Media Robert Cholke...

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Planting Day Thank You!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by

Over 50 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 13th to plant 4,000 perennials in our 13,000-square-foot Contemporary Perennial Garden. The “Know Maintenance” site was planned for minimal weed invasion and optimal beauty by Roy Diblick, noted plantsman and designer. The hillside is slowly coming alive, despite the muddy conditions that limited planting efforts that Saturday. Volunteers will continue to finish planting over the course of the week, weather pending. Imagine what it will look like next year: blooms of yellow and purple intermixed with grass texture.  Some of the plants used are: Coreopis golden shower, Stachys hummelo, Allium summer beauty, Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ Grass, Echinacea simulta and Salvia Burgundy Candles among many others. Funds to purchase the plant stock were received via a grant of $23,500 from the CN EcoConnexions “From the Ground Up” program...

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