Upcoming Events

Donation Day

Donation Day

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 9:00am – 4:00pm 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!  At this time of year, you will see the signs of spring emerging everywhere.  The Vi Bates Woodland Wildflower Garden will be starting to green up and bloom, along with the grass and early budding trees. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share the Klehm experience with their friends, family, and fellow community members. We have almost two miles of...

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Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon

Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 am   Featured Speaker – Melinda Myers Help us welcome spring at Botanica 2015! This year’s luncheon will feature speaker Melinda Myers, a nationally renowned gardening expert and author specializing in Midwestern gardening. Among many other projects, she’s a columnist for the magazines Birds & Blooms and Gardening How-To, produces the nationally-syndicated radio and TV segments “Melinda’s Garden Moment,” and has published 20 books, including 2014’s Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. “Garden...

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What Trees to Plant after EAB Strikes

What Trees to Plant after EAB Strikes

April 18, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am This presentation is made possible by the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Series Dave Wanninger is the Horticulturist in Charge at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Previously, Dave worked many years as Horticulturist at Beaver Creek Nursery and Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm (not affiliated with Klehm Arboretum). Before that, Dave operated a landscaping company and was the nursery manager at a large independent garden center. He was also a longtime Instructor in the...

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Arbor Dash 5K

Arbor Dash 5K

Friday, April 24, 2015 Celebrate Arbor Day with a run through the woods! The 2nd annual Arbor Dash is a non-competitive fun run through Klehm’s 155 acres of trees and gardens at twilight. A brand new course that’s part road race, part trail run, the Arbor Dash is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. In addition to a t-shirt, free passes to the garden and a reusable grocery bag, every participant goes home with their own seedling to help keep the forest in the Forest City. Your registration fee will help Klehm...

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Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00am- 11:00am Michelle Cox, U of I Extension Master Gardener Grasses provide interest and texture in the garden; however the choices are numerous. Michelle will provide guidance for selection and care, and offer ideas on unique and appealing pairings in the landscape. Members: Free Non-Members: Daily Admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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National Public Garden Day

National Public Garden Day

Friday, May 8, 2015 9:00 am – 8:00pm National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on Mother’s Day weekend, an unofficial start of spring and a time when the environment is top of mind. Visit Klehm this day to explore and discover our gardens, while learning about our commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.  FREE Admission (Does not include admission to our Plant Sale Preview Sale from 5:00pm – 8:00pm) Find out more about National Public Gardens Day....

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2015 Plant Sale

2015 Plant Sale

Plant Sale Preview Night Friday, May 8 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shop early for the best selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, wildflowers and unusual plants. Many plants are from the area’s best gardeners—Klehm members! Preview Night is limited to our indoor location only. $5 admission Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 9 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 10 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Plan to spend time Mother’s Day weekend shopping for this year’s garden stock. The Plant Sale expands to include our outdoors location, too. Choose from...

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Garden Fair 2015

Garden Fair 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015 12pm-6pm Saturday, June 6, 2015 9am-5pm Sunday, June 7, 2015 9am-3pm   Don’t miss Rockford’s premier outdoor living marketplace, the first stop for nature enthusiasts, conscientious consumers, and gardeners of all stripes. More than 50 vendors will showcase everything from flowers, yard art and gardening tools to vintage furniture, reclaimed wood products and handmade organic soaps. There’s a little something for everyone – stay tuned for more information! Tickets on sale April 13th, 2015 $5 in advance | $8 at the...

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Loaded Brush Painting Class – Peonies

Loaded Brush Painting Class – Peonies

Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Get creative and learn to paint in the great outdoors with Klehm and the expert instructors of 317 Studio & Gallery. The class will take place in the Children’s Garden gazebo and feature a brand new painting of Klehm’s very own peonies. We’ll provide everything you need – just bring your friends and a bottle of wine! Tickets available starting Friday, May 8 | Space is limited; pre-registration required | 21+ Admission: $30 for members | $35 for...

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Wood Song Concert: Three Good Men

Wood Song Concert: Three Good Men

Sunday, June 21, 2015 Doors open at 4:00pm, concert at 6:00pm Three Good Men ( 3GM ) is a spinoff version of the widely recognized Northern Illinois favorite, Men of Our Times, in an informal acoustic set. You’re likely to hear some songs you wouldn’t expect along with a bunch that you will recognize.  Three Good Men share a connection to their songs much like the original artists would have and perform them the way they were meant to be remembered. It is a love of the songs themselves, along with the energy obtained from...

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