Upcoming Events

Arbor Dash 5K

Arbor Dash 5K

Friday, April 25, 2014 6:30pm Celebrate Arbor Day with a run through the woods! The first annual Arbor Dash is a non-competitive fun run through Klehm’s 155 acres of unique trees and glorious gardens at twilight. Part road race, part trail run, the Arbor Dash is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels, and everyone leaves with their very own tree! Participants will receive a commemorative Arbor Dash t-shirt, entrance to Klehm’s grounds for the day, a seedling to plant, and more.  Your registration fee will help Klehm...

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Community Dog Walk

Community Dog Walk

Sunday, May 4, 2014 1pm – 4pm It’s time for Klehm’s annual celebration of our best friend – the dog. Bring your canine friends to spend a day enjoying and exploring our entire 155 acres of gardens and grounds. Our Community Dog Walk is meant to be informal and fun so there’s no scheduled programs, but we do have a cause. Visitors are encouraged to offer cash donations to support Kibble Korner, Rockford’s pet food pantry. Kibble Korner has a mission to keep our area’s pets fed and in the homes they know and love. As families struggle...

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2014 Plant Sale

2014 Plant Sale

May 9 -11, 2014 Hundreds of locally-grown annuals, perennials, herbs, wildflowers and other unusual plants!   Preview Night Friday May 9 • 5-8 pm 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 indoors location, only. $6 admission Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 10 • 9am – 4pm | Sunday, May 11 • 9am – 2pm Plan to spend time this Mother’s Day weekend shopping for this year’s garden stock. The Plant...

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Garden Fair 2014

Garden Fair 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014 12pm-6pm Saturday, June 7, 2014 9am-5pm Sunday, June 8, 2014 9am-3pm   Klehm Arboretum and BMO Harris Bank are pleased to present the 21st annual Garden Fair. For more than two decades, Garden Fair has been the place to shop for flowers, shrubs, tools, outdoor art and other garden–related items. The event attracts more than 5,000 visitors every year. With over 80 exhibitors, it’s the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace and there’s something for everyone. Tickets are good for admission all three days. Check back soon...

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Ac-Rock A Cappella Quartet

Ac-Rock   A Cappella Quartet

Sunday, June 15, 2014 Doors open at 4pm, concert at 6pm Ac•Rock is Chicago’s premier a cappella quartet, singing classic rock ‘n roll favorites from the 1950s and on. Ac•Rock sings boomer rock in stunning vocal harmony without instrumental accompaniment. It’s an engaging mix of tightly-crafted music and freewheeling humor that pleases audiences of all ages. Woodsong Concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Concerts are held rain or...

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Summer Solstice Beer Tasting

Summer Solstice Beer Tasting

Saturday, June 21 7:00pm – 9:00pm Celebrate the longest day of the year with the best brews Rockford has to offer.  Sample beers from local breweries, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dance to local music, all while experiencing the sunset in Klehm’s beautiful gardens. Cost: To Be Determined

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Saturday June Band

Saturday June Band

Sunday, July 20, 2014 Doors open at 4pm, concert at 6pm 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. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Concerts are held rain or shine! We have a rain site for all concerts. Come...

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Big Daddy Woo Woo

Big Daddy Woo Woo

Sunday, August 17, 2014 Doors open at 4pm, concert at 6pm If dancing and just plain having a good time is what you like to do, then we’re the band for you! A very well seasoned band with years of musical experience. This Band has opened up for “KC and The Sunshine Band”, played with members of “The Time”, opened up for ”Confunkshun”, opened up for “38 Special” and also played after “Earth, Wind & Fire” as the finale  for the Beloit Riverfest! Come Out And Be Part Of...

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Twilight in the Garden

Twilight in the Garden

Saturday, September 13, 2014 5pm – 10pm Twilight in the Garden is an opportunity for Rockford to celebrate great local foods and wonderful wines while supporting the programs, gardens, collections and educational opportunities that make Klehm Arboretum a cornerstone of Stateline gardening culture. Enjoy an upscale yet relaxed evening in Klehm’s unique gardens with a five-course gourmet meal and wine pairings. The chef and sommelier will introduce each course, explaining where the locally-sourced ingredients came from, how they were prepared...

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Perennials for the Shade

Perennials for the Shade

September, 20, 2014 10am-11:30am This presentation By Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI,  will focus on a few shade plants that are good performers, not just new plants that have not been trialed. The adage, “All new plants are not good and all good plants are not new” holds true, especially for shade plants. Defining shade garden conditions It is most important to define what shade is when questioned about shade plant recommendations. There are many types of shade situations, such as dappled...

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