Upcoming Events

Young Explorers – Plant Science Palooza

Young Explorers – Plant Science Palooza

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:00am – 11:00am 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...

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Oba William King “The Poetic Storyteller”

Oba William King “The Poetic Storyteller”

Saturday, August 1, 2015 9:00am On Saturday, August 1st at 9:00am, Oba William King “The Poetic Storyteller” will visit the Arboretum with his masterful storytelling, folklore and music. Oba is gifted at igniting audiences with rhythm and rhyme.  It is sure to be a passionate morning of drum music and theatrical presentation.  This event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Naturalist Program at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.  Meet at the Clarcor Pavilion on the far end of the parking lot. https://youtu.be/xasPh6f0eqM...

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Young Explorers – Sweet Dreams and Moon Beams

Young Explorers – Sweet Dreams and Moon Beams

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:00am – 11:00am 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...

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Donation Day

Donation Day

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:00am – 8:00pm Maybe you have never experienced the beautiful grounds at Klehm? Today is the day to take advantage of free admission and see what you have been missing! Share the Klehm experience with friends, family, and fellow community members.  The kids will enjoy our hedge maze and lookout tower in the Nancy Olsen Children’s Garden and our 1.8 mile paved path is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Plus, there are over 2.5 miles of unpaved, woody trails winding through the arboretum.  Friendly, leashed...

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Loaded Brush Painting Class – Bur Oak Tree

Loaded Brush Painting Class – Bur Oak Tree

Saturday, August 15 1pm – 4pm Get creative and learn to paint in the great outdoors with Klehm and the expert instructors of 317 Studio & Gallery. The classes will take place in the Children’s Garden gazebo and feature brand new painting – Klehm’s very own 300-year-old Bur Oak. We’ll provide everything you need – just bring your friends and a bottle of wine! Admission: $30 for members | $35 for non-members | Space is limited Registration Loaded Brush/Bur Oak Members $30.00 USDLoaded Brush/ Bur Oak Non-Members $35.00...

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Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

Saturday, August 15, 2015 1:00am – 4:00pmish Native pollinators are a fascinating and important part of our lives and our landscapes. Pollinators influence and reflect the health of the environment which directly affects human health and well-being. Rockford has a lot of different species of native pollinators but many of their populations are declining. Gardeners can be directly involved in their survival. This program will acquaint you with some of our bees and show you why and how to lend them a hand. We’ll start with a short...

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Wood Song Concert: Classical Blast!

Wood Song Concert: Classical Blast!

Sunday, August 16, 2015 Doors open at 4:00pm, concert at 6:00pm “Classical Blast! is a unique band dedicated to bringing the classical arts to mainstream rock & pop music. We’re classically trained musicians who love to rock. We believe in the power of the arts — to inspire, to educate, to uplift, to effect change, even to heal. We often use our time to teach or to perform at hospitals to help positively change the energy for those dealing with illness. We also believe music has no boundaries. We apply these concepts to our live...

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Twilight in the Garden

Twilight in the Garden

Saturday, August 29, 2015 5:00pm – 10:00pm Please join us in celebrating great seasonal food and wonderful wine while supporting the programs, collections and education opportunities of Klehm Arboretum. Enjoy an elegant yet relaxed evening in Klehm’s beautiful gardens with a five-course gourmet meal with wine pairings prepared by Chef Rich Johnson, Hoffman House. 5:00pm Cocktails, Hors d’oerves and Tours 6:30pm Late Summer Feast Dancing afterward til 10:00pm $100 | Person Harvest Menu Butternut Squash Bisque, Fruits of the Tree and...

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Native Plants of the Midwest

Native Plants of the Midwest

Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am This presentation is made possible through the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Lecture Series Alan Branhagen is Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, supervising all design and management of horticulture in the gardens as well as the 970-acre property’s natural resources and wildlands. Alan is an all-around plantsman and naturalist (specializing in birds, butterflies and botany).  Mr. Branhagen will share his enthusiasm with midwestern native plants and how to incorporate...

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Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk

Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk

Friday, September 18, 2015 7pm – 9pm First 200 people to register receive a commemorative wine glass Take a stroll through our illuminated paths while enjoying a twilight wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden.  Twinkling lights, light hors d’oeuvres and live music complete the evening. Admission: $20 members | $25 non-members Registration open soon.    

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