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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Which Plants to Deadhead

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by

Most flowers lose their attraction as they fade, spoiling the overall appearance of beds, borders and containers, and are best removed. Regular deadheading directs energy into stronger growth and more flowers. Once the flowers are pollinated; seed heads, pods or capsules form at the expense of further growth and flower development. Choosing the exact point to make a deadheading cut can seem confusing, since perennials have different flower forms. Because deadheading, like other types of pruning, is so species specific, it can be difficult to group plants into categories. For most plants, however, all you need to remember is to prune spent flowers and stems back to a point where there’s a new lateral flower or bud. If no new flower is apparent, prune the stem back to a lateral leaf. Plants That May...

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Young Explorers Program

Sunday, June 7, 2015 by

Tuesdays 9:00am – 11:00am July 14 – August 4   University of Illinois Extension and Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden invite kids ages 6 to 12 to be Young Explorers this summer at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Young Explorers is a new summer program co-sponsored by Klehm Arboretum and U of I Extension. Sessions will be led by U of I Extension staff with help from a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and Klehm Arboretum volunteers, and will feature fun, interactive and educational activities designed to celebrate nature while exploring the beautiful grounds at Klehm Arboretum. Classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, July 14 through August 4, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Young Explorers may sign up for as few or as many sessions as you wish. Each class costs $5,...

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2014 Annual Report Available

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by

“Along with the Board of Directors, we extend our sincere appreciation to the individuals, corporations, foundations, and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County that provided generous funding and support for Klehm’s ongoing operations and endowment. With their help, we have successfully established a solid foundation for our community’s next generation of visionaries”. Stephanie Jacobs                 Dan Riggs Board President                    Executive Director Download  2014 Annual Report PDF...

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Winter Photo Contest

Sunday, February 1, 2015 by

Thank you to all who entered our Winter Photo Contest.  We received 13 entries from 5 individuals, so the contest was not an option.  Rather one of our judges, Hans Rupert from Noir Photo, met with the individuals to critique the shots and offer photography tips to each participant. View photos                        ...

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Wild Ones: Native Plant Sale

Friday, January 30, 2015 by

Klehm would like to share this great community event: Native Woodland Plant Sale The annual Native Woodland Plant Sale, sponsored by the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, is beginning just in time for spring. Not only are these native plants a charming addition to the shaded yard, but when properly sited and established, they are tough and carefree, needing neither fertilizer nor constant watering. In addition, native plants provide the food and shelter that butterflies, other insects and humming birds require. Plants offered this year including Wild Geranium, Shooting Star, Wild Ginger, Large-flowered Trillium, Rue Anemone, Blue Cohosh and many more. There is also a great selection of ferns and sedges. An e-form of the sale brochure is available click here for your copy. For a paper copy or to have a copy...

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