Press Releases

Klehm Arboretum Announces Community Trees Program

New Community Trees Program – A Strong Community Partnership Advocating for Our Trees   Who: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden What: Press Conference for New Community Trees Program Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10am   Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden will announce its new Community Trees Program with a tree-planting event on Tuesday, October 18th at 10:00am. The press conference will be held outdoors. Transportation from the parking lot will be provided. John Richards, President of the Board for Klehm says, “The program aims to share a vision of a sustainable community sheltered by a vibrant canopy of trees among many civic partners and residents of Rockford.” The program kicks off with the addition of Edith Makra Kusnierz, the Community Trees Advocate to Klehm’s staff. Makra previously headed the Community Trees Program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL and launched former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s enduring city tree program in Chicago. She began her career at the top of the ladder – climbing trees as an arborist, but has spent the last two decades advocating for trees. Makra led the state’s planning for the invasive ash tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, which poses a severe threat to Rockford’s community forest. The four key civic partners lending support to the Community Trees Program will join in the kickoff event. These are: The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, which owns Klehm Arboretum The Rockford Park District Winnebago County The City of Rockford These agencies have each pledged collaboration and $10,000 annually for three years to support the Community Trees Program. In addition, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is partnering to build an endowment fund for the Community Trees Program. Klehm and the partners have set a fund-raising goal of $500,000 to allow the program to make a lasting impact on the quality of life in the Rockford region. Donations should be sent to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL 61102. According to Makra, “The key to the program’s success will be the enthusiastic participation of individuals, neighborhood organizations, youth groups, businesses and civic leaders.” She will organize events and volunteer opportunities around Arbor Day in the spring of 2012, to invite the residents to ‘dig in’ to support the planting, care and conservation of trees in the...

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Autumn @the Arboretum – Free Fall Festival

Autumn @the Arboretum Sunday, October 2, 2011   Who: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden What: Autumn @the Arboretum Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, October 2, 2011 9am-4pm Cost: FREE Admission Klehm welcomes you to our annual fall festival. October is one of the best times to witness trees with their rich autumn colors. Experience the beauty of fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly enjoyment. The day’s activities include: Music for Kids by DJ Dave McQuade Northern Illinois Raptors Educational Demonstration Billy the Balloon Guy Horse Drawn Carriage Rides The Great Pumpkin Hunt Build-A-Scarecrow Author John Gile will be reading The First Forest Two Toads Environmental Show Face Painting & more… Make sure to save the date for Autumn @the...

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Autumn@Arboretum Sunday, Oct 2nd

Autumn @the Arboretum Sunday, October 2, 2011   Who: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden What: Autumn @the Arboretum Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, October 2, 2011 9am-4pm Cost: FREE Admission On Sunday, October 2 from 9am – 4pm come out to Klehm Arboretum for Autumn @the Arboretum. Experience the beauty of Fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly enjoyment. The day is full of activities: Face Painting, a Northern Illinois Raptors demonstration, Billy the Balloon Guy, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Author John Gile will be reading: The First Forest, families can take part in The Great Pumpkin Hunt, Build-A-Scarecrow and more. Best of all everything’s...

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August 14th Saturday June Band Plays Woodsong

Saturday June Band Sunday, August 14th 2011   Who: Saturday June Band What: Klehm Woodsong Concert Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, August 14, 2011 Gates Open 4pm & Concert Begins 6pm Tickets: $20 for 16 or older, Kids under 16 FREE The Saturday June Band plays rock favorites from Classic to Contemporary and has performed at Navy Pier and Chicagofest. The band plays with an infectious enthusiasm that draws in the listener and makes you want to get out there and dance to those songs you know so well. Woodsong concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden or indoors in poor weather conditions. Guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Free parking. Bring a chair, blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful setting. Tickets are available online at www.klehm.org, by calling 815-965-8146 or at the entrance that evening....

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Saturday June Band Rocks Woodsong

Saturday June Band Sunday, August 14th 2011   Who: Saturday June Band What: Klehm Woodsong Concert Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, August 14, 2011 Gates Open 4pm & Concert Begins 6pm Tickets: $20 for 16 or older, Kids under 16 FREE   The Saturday June Band plays rock favorites from Classic to Contmeporary and has performed at Navy Pier and Chicagofest. The band plays with an infectious enthusiasm that draws in the listener and makes you want to get out there and dance to those songs you know so well. Woodsong concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden or indoors in poor weather conditions. Guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Free parking. Bring a chair, blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful setting. Tickets are available online at www.klehm.org, by calling 815-965-8146 or at the entrance that...

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The Trees of Klehm

The Trees of Klehm Garden Party & Tree Auction Friday, July 22, 2011   What: The Trees of Klehm When: Friday, July 22, 2011 Program: doors open 6:00p.m. | live auction 7:15p.m. | silent auction until 8:30p.m. Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street Rockford, IL Cost: $75 Individual | $600 Reserved Tables of Eight The casually elegant outdoor party of the year, Trees of Klehm is the garden’s 3rd annual plant and tree auction. Dine on delicious hors d’ouevres, enjoy cocktails, and live entertainment all in the beauty of Klehm’s spectacular Fountain Garden. Choose from an assortment of truly unique trees and plants that you’ll want to add to your landscape. This year’s theme is Fiesta! and that means margaritas, mariachis, and dancing in the moonlight. New This Year – Twelve trees will be up for auction to be planted at the new Crusader Health facility. Tree purchases support both Crusader Health and Klehm Arboretum. Also, buy a complete garden bed artfully designed by local landscaper Jim Wotjowicz. Choose from a Japanese garden, a bird garden, or an English romance garden. Make reservations by July 15, 2011 at www.klehm.org or by calling 815-965-8146....

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Ann Stewart & the Banjo Buddies Play Woodsong

Ann Stewart & the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Show Band Sunday, July 10th, 2011   Who: Ann Stewart & the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Show Band What: Klehm Woodsong Concert Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street in Rockford, IL When: Sunday, July 10, 2011 Gates Open 4pm & Concert Begins 6pm Tickets: $20 for 16 or older, Kids under 16 FREE For over three decades Ann Stewart & the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Show Band have played everything from Dixieland jazz to swing, blues, big band tunes, and much more from the 20’s through the 40’s. Woodsong concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden or indoors in poor weather conditions. Guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Free parking. Bring a chair, blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful setting. Tickets are available online at www.klehm.org, by calling 815-965-8146 or at the entrance that evening....

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Klehm is Open & Free July 4th

Klehm is Open and Free on the 4th of July Monday, July 4th 2011 – 9am-4pm   Who: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden What: Open and Admission is FREE When: Monday, July 4th 9am-4pm Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL Enjoy a free day with the family Monday, July 4th at Klehm Arboretum. Before the fireworks, come for a summer picnic, playtime in our Children’s Garden and the natural beauty of Klehm.  Ride the Klehm Express through 1.5 miles of gardens and arboretum.  Only five minutes from downtown Rockford, find 155 acres of spectacular gardens and rare trees.  Visit...

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Through the Branches – A Quilters Perspective

New Exhibit at Klehm Through the Branches – A Quilters Perspective, by Claire Powers Event Date: Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm   What: Quilt Exhibition Preview When: Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Visitor Center) – 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL Cost: Members FREE, guests $3 Overview: Klehm is holding a reception to launch the quilt exhibition Through the Branches – a Quilter’s Perspective. Meet Claire Powers, creator of these quilt masterpieces as she shares her history of quilting.   What: Quilt Exhibition: Through the Branches-a Quilter’s Perspective When: Daily July thru September 2011 Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Visitor Center) – 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL Cost: FREE with Arboretum daily admission fee Admission: Adults $6, seniors 65+/ Students $3, Members and under 3 – Free Discover an exceptional display of birds, flowers, animals and trees depicted in appliqué by Quilt Artist, Claire Powers. A collection of over 20 quilt pieces of intricate detail with titles like “Every Garden needs a Prince Charming”, “Autumn Nosegay” and “The Case of the Vanishing Vase” will thrill and excite viewers of all ages. Visitors can complete their Klehm visit with a walk through the Arboretum’s 1.5 miles of paved accessible paths, and Friday through Monday they can ride the Klehm Express for $3. Klehm’s specialty gardens include a Children’s Garden, 5 Demonstration Gardens, formal Fountain Garden and a specially designed Quilt Garden to accompany this exhibit. Wheelchairs available at no additional cost. Groups & Bus Tours Welcome – Reservations required. This exhibit is part of the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest....

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New Exhibit July, August & September

New Exhibit at Klehm Through the Branches – A Quilters Perspective,  by Claire Powers Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm   What: Quilt Exhibition Preview When: Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Visitor Center) – 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL Cost: Members FREE, guests $3 Overview: Klehm is holding a reception to launch the quilt exhibition Through the Branches – a Quilter’s Perspective. Meet Claire Powers, creator of these quilt masterpieces as she shares her history of quilting.   What: Quilt Exhibition: Through the Branches-a Quilter’s Perspective When: Daily July thru September 2011 Where: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Visitor Center) – 2715 S Main Street – Rockford, IL Cost: FREE with Arboretum daily admission fee Admission: Adults $6, seniors 65+/ Students $3, Members and under 3 – Free Discover an exceptional display of birds, flowers, animals and trees depicted in appliqué by Quilt Artist, Claire Powers. A collection of over 20 quilt pieces of intricate detail with titles like “Every Garden needs a Prince Charming”, “Autumn Nosegay” and “The Case of the Vanishing Vase” will thrill and excite viewers of all ages. Visitors can complete their Klehm visit with a walk through the Arboretum’s 1.5 miles of paved accessible paths, and Friday through Monday they can ride the Klehm Express for $3. Klehm’s specialty gardens include a Children’s Garden, 5 Demonstration Gardens, formal FountainGarden and a specially designed Quilt Garden to accompany this exhibit. Wheelchairs availableat no additional cost. Groups & Bus Tours Welcome – Reservations required. This exhibit is part of the Northern Illinois Quilt...

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