Upcoming Events

Exploring Rockford’s Roots

Exploring Rockford’s Roots

Sunday, May 31, 2015 Klehm Hours 9am-8pm South West Ideas For Today and Tomorrow (SWIFTT) invites you to “Explore Rockford’s Roots” Sunday, May 31. Three southwest Rockford attractions will open their doors to the public and offer food coupons that may be redeemed at eight area eating establishments. Once again, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Tinker Swiss Cottage, and the Ethnic Heritage Museum will partner with seven eateries to enhance your enjoyment of this cultural tour. Admission is free to the three destinations, and patrons will...

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Donation Day

Donation Day

Tuesday, June 2, 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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22nd Annual Garden Fair

22nd Annual Garden Fair

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. Echo Beach, an instrumental surf band, will be playing at noon on Saturday. Advance Tickets available...

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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! Space is limited; Registration required | 21+ Admission: $30 for members | $35 for non-members Registration Loaded Brush/Peonies Members $30.00 USDLoaded Brush/ Peonies...

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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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“Get Outside!” Winnebago County Day

“Get Outside!” Winnebago County Day

Sunday, July 12 9:00am – 8:00pm The gardens are blooming at Klehm Arboretum! Stop by and enjoy our beautiful, manicured gardens and take a free ride on the Klehm Express Shuttle. Rides are unscheduled and will run between 10:00am – 3:00pm. Klehm’s paved trail is an ideal place to push a stroller and provides a flat smooth surface for easy walking for all ages. Don’t miss the children’s garden! We also have a self-guided Scavenger Hunt suitable for all ages. Come into the education center and we will stamp your Get Outside!...

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Yoga in the Trees

Yoga in the Trees

Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:00am – 10:00am Can you do tree pose? You will be super inspired during this relaxing yoga class taught in our beautiful outdoor setting. Claudette Pirrello, certified yoga instructor, will teach this restorative yoga class suitable for all levels. Inhale the birdsong, listen to the sunlight, and allow nature to soothe your mind and energize your body. Bring your own mat. Meet in the Fountain Garden. Call to register, 815-877-6100. This class is offered as part of “Get Out! Winnebago County” –...

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Wood Song Concert: The Jimmys

Wood Song Concert: The Jimmys

Sunday, July 19, 2015 Concert at 6:00pm, directly after Art on the Lawn Blues powerhouse “The Jimmys” are a festival and fan favorite. Bringing you the Midwest’s finest talent, this band has proven their combination of Blues/R&B/Funk is a real show stopper. Winner of 19 MAMA (Madison Area Music Awards) and WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Awards) awards, band leader and “WAMI Keyboardist of the Year”, Jimmy Voegeli has assembled an all-star rhythm section combining blues icon Perry Weber on guitar (Hubert Sumlin), Rock and Roll drumming legend...

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Art on the Lawn

Art on the Lawn

Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:00am – 6:00pm Art on the Lawn, a Rockford tradition since 2000, is moving to a new home at Klehm Arboretum in 2015. The juried fine art show will feature a wide variety of fine art in many media available to purchase: photograph, ceramics, fiber/paper, glass, mixed media, painting, sculpture, wearable art and more. Art on the Lawn admission includes entrance to Klehm’s outdoor concert series, Woodsong, later in the evening. Blues powerhouse “The Jimmy’s” will be performing at 6pm.  Stay the...

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Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:00am – 1:00ish 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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