Past Events

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 shows by performing whatever we enjoy playing. Who says we have to stick with one genre? Our influences have no boundaries. Classical Blast’s style, technique and tools breathe new life into rock music as well as the classics. From Bach to classic rock to metal to pop, we hope you’ll find our approach to music a refreshing change. It’s the past, present & future all brought together in perfect harmony! An evening with Classical Blast! is a total blast for any age! Join us for the ride!” The Gardens close at 3:00pm that day and reopen at 4:00pm for the concert. Come Out And Be Part Of The Fun! Concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Held rain or shine! Members: $5 Non-Members: $10 Children under 16 are free. Presented by...

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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 session on bumble bee identification and how to pick out the different species. Then we’ll go to the gardens and look for bumble bees and other types of pollinators that might be active. Warm summer days are a good time for bee hunting and Klehm is lovely place to watch them. Barbara Williams will lead this talk and has been bee hunting with a camera for five years in the Rockford area. She’s been a fan of natural history and an avid birder for many years. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional...

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Loaded Brush Painting Class

Loaded Brush Painting Class

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Saturday, August 15 1pm – 4pm  

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Twilight in the Garden

Twilight in the Garden

Saturday, August 29, 2015 5:00pm – 10:00pm Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. 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 featuring a five-course 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 to After 5 Jazz Trio til 10:00pm $100 | Person Harvest Menu Butternut Squash Bisque Fruits of the Tree and Garden Greens – a Medley of Julienne Pear, Variety Apples, Cranberries on Spinach and Field Greens, Pecans, Apple Cider Vinaigrette and Spiced Wine Glace Range Free Breast of Chicken with Fresh Herbs – Brined & Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and Parsley Marinated Wing on Breast.  With Kale, Leek & Forged Mushroom Quinoa, Chicken Demi Grilled Asparagus with Roasted Red Pepper Barbecue Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Medallion – Dry Spice Rub, Hot Smoked With Cracked Pepper and Molasses Baked Sweet Potato Puck Apple Walnut Tartlet   Raffle Supportive local businesses have provided a wide array of prizes to include: Urban Farm Girl gift basket, Roxy Carmichael gift basket, Elements Salon gift basket, abreo gift basket, St. Aubin Nursery gift certificate, Pinnon’s Meat Market gift certificate, The Olympic Tavern gift certificate, Northwind Perennial Farm gift certificate, The Chocolatorium gift certificate, Tavern on Clark gift certificate, Five Forks gift certificate, Village Green gift basket, Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips gift basket and others. REGISTER NOW   RSVP by SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd  Sponsored by  ...

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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 exploring the beautiful grounds at Klehm Arboretum. Classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, July 14 through August 4, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Young Explorers may sign up for as few or as many sessions as you wish. Each class costs $5, and a $5 discount is offered to anyone who signs up for all four classes (a $20 value for $15). Free entrance into the Arboretum is included. August 4 – Sweet Dreams and Moon Beams Have you ever wondered what goes on outside when we’re tucked in bed, fast asleep? Nature at night is a fantastic thing. Come join us as we sit around a make-believe campfire, learn about nocturnal animals and the night sky, and maybe even enjoy a s’more or two. Register here...

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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 https://youtu.be/N_TTKs5aX2I FREE EVENT   BIO Oba William King is recognized as one of the most exciting Storytellers of his peer group. Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme. He masterfully combines professional theatrical training with a distinct poetic style. Oba is an entertaining educator sharing the traditional art form, as if it were a sacred gift. Known as The Poetic Storyteller; Oba’s most significant influence in the art of storytelling came as a result of his sojourn to Benin, West Africa (in the villages of Apolydaho, Sedgae’ and Dakota), resulting in solo performances to share and celebrate his original Anthem “I Love My People”. Following the Africa visit Oba wrote, produced and directed; “The Courtroom” HIV / AIDS awareness prevention in one act. Oba is currently pursuing opportunities to produce ongoing Storytelling workshops, collaborations and presentations for a new circuit of MidWest Venues. Oba is an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient in Traditional Folk Arts, Jewel/Osco Hidden Jewel of The Neighborhood. Gwendolyn Brooks Hands on Stanza’s award recipient, Illinois Humanities Council “ROAD” Scholar, Dr. Margaret Burroughs “TORCH” Bearer as well as other distinguished honors. Oba is a featured artist through Center Stage for WTTW television in Chicago; the Bermuda State Library; PBS radio station WBEZ FM program “So Many Ways To Tell A Story;” The Bronzeville Children’s Museum, the DuSable Museum, Chicago Public Schools Early Childhood Education, and The Sun Foundation’s Arts and Science in the Woods. Oba’s history of presenting programs for teen, adult and seasoned adult audiences dates back to 1994 “Breaking Chains” a one-man show at Beatrice Community College in Nebraska. In 1998 Oba received an award nomination for the lead role in Dracula at Lifeline Theatre, in Chicago. His trend-setting presentation of Sound of a Voice, by David Henry Hwang. Oba won the Black Theatre Alliance award-for best lead male actor for his portrayal of Louie in Louie and Ophelia at ETA Theatre also in Chicago, Illinois. “Tall Tales” NABS LIARS Contest...

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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 exploring the beautiful grounds at Klehm Arboretum. Classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, July 14 through August 4, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Young Explorers may sign up for as few or as many sessions as you wish. Each class costs $5, and a $5 discount is offered to anyone who signs up for all four classes (a $20 value for $15). Free entrance into the Arboretum is included. July 28 – Plant Science Palooza Humans rely on plants every day…they provide us with food, shelter and the air we breathe. Put your botanist hat on and prepare to take a closer look at the awesome world of plant science. Register...

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Maintaining Your Perennial Garden

Maintaining Your Perennial Garden

Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm Master Gardener, Michelle Cox, will cover pruning to maintain your perennial garden and keep it looking good all summer long. Introduction to Pruning Perennials Laying out plants Staking Division Why we prune Techniques Tools Benefits Deadheading Let it go to seed? Cutting back Pinching, Thinning, and Deadleafing Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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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 session on bumble bee identification and how to pick out the different species. Then we’ll go to the gardens and look for bumble bees and other types of pollinators that might be active. Warm summer days are a good time for bee hunting and Klehm is lovely place to watch them. Barbara Williams will lead this talk and has been bee hunting with a camera for five years in the Rockford area. She’s been a fan of natural history and an avid birder for many years. If you cannot make this class, we will hold a second class on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1:00pm. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with admission Affinis Queen pictured Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional...

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Young Explorers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Young Explorers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Tuesday, July 21, 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 exploring the beautiful grounds at Klehm Arboretum. Classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, July 14 through August 4, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Young Explorers may sign up for as few or as many sessions as you wish. Each class costs $5, and a $5 discount is offered to anyone who signs up for all four classes (a $20 value for $15). Free entrance into the Arboretum is included. July 21 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Grab your lassos and saddle up the horses, kids. We’re headed outside to search for some nasty outlaws…invasive species! During this session, we’ll identify and learn about nature’s bad guys and why we should run them off our property for good Register...

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