Past Events

Park District Hiking Club Coming to Klehm

Park District Hiking Club Coming to Klehm

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9am-10am Come take a walk and explore nature with Environmental Recreation and Education (ERE) staff from the Rockford Park District. Each 60-minute hike will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Look for a van with the Rockford Park District logo on the side. Locations are subject to change. Call 815-874-7576 to confirm. No registration is required for this drop-in program. (There is no charge for this event). This is a Rockford Park District event.  Please contact them with...

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Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 10 am – 12 pm Volunteers are invited to celebrate a great year at the arboretum – one that wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of all our volunteers.  Get the scoop on what you can expect from Klehm in 2014! Food will be provided by ABC Catering. RSVP to Sarah Lambert at [email protected] or 815.965.8146 by Monday, November 4th.

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Exploring Rockford’s Roots

Exploring Rockford’s Roots

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Klehm Hours 9am-4pm Klehm Arboretum has partnered with SWIFTT,Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, the Ethnic Heritage Museum and seven eateries in southwest Rockford for the community to “Explore Rockford’s Roots.” Admission is free to all three destinations and patrons will receive coupons worth up to $8 each for lunch or dinner at participating restaurants. This event has been organized by SWIFTT, a membership-based, non-profit economic and community development organization whose charter includes attracting...

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Hiking for Hounds – The Costume Contest

Hiking for Hounds – The Costume Contest

Sunday, October 13, 2013 10am – 2pm | Contest at 1pm Bring your costumed canine friends to spend a day enjoying and exploring our entire 155 acres of gardens and grounds. We have picnic sites and Coley’s Cooler will be on hand serving hot dogs. At 1pm that day, dog owners are encouraged to enter their furry friends into a free costume contest. Prizes will be awarded, and everyone will be able to take home good memories and pictures. In addition, there will be vendors with pet-friendly products to visit and an adoption event featuring...

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Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum

Sunday, October 4 | 9am – 4pm Admission is Free all Day Discover the beauty of autumn at Klehm’s annual fall festival. 155 acres of family-friendly enjoyment: Horse-drawn wagon rides, Billy the Balloon Guy (9am-2pm), Pickles the Clown (11am-3pm), face painting, scarecrow building, crafts and fun await the entire family. Enjoy music with DJ Stephen (11am-3pm) and end the day with violin by Olivia Dvorak.  Come prepared to play! Generously Sponsored by the DAO Foundation   Food Vendors Zammuto’s will have cider donuts, coffee, and...

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Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Klehm will be opening its doors free of charge (to ticket holders) along with 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live!  This immensely successful program, in which Klehm Arboretum will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institute’s Washington, D.C. based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide. Participate in this great event.  To receive free admission, get your ticket at Smithsonian’s website smithsonianmag.com....

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Heirloom Flavor: Presentation and Book Signing by Doreen Howard

Heirloom Flavor: Presentation and Book Signing by Doreen Howard

Heirloom Flavor: Yesterday’s Best-Tasting Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs for Today’s Cook Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 6pm – 8pm Doreen Howard is an award winning author, enthusiastic gardener and heirloom authority. Foodies and gardeners alike will want to attend Doreen Howard’s presentation on her latest book. She offers an alternative to the mass produced and too often flavorless-produce available at today’s supermarkets. Let her show you how to return to flavor with heirlooms. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer...

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Seeing Nature in a Different Light

Seeing Nature in a Different Light

Thursday, September 19, 2013 5:30pm – 7:30pm Join professional photographer, Hans Rupert, for a program covering the key role that light plays in photography. He will teach you how choosing where and when we shoot can greatly alter the look, feel and impact of our photos. Years before Photoshop and easy photo manipulation, Hans learned to scout locations based on their light for his film photography, which could not be altered later, and he’ll teach you to do the same. The presentation will include examples of photos taken at Klehm with...

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Twilight in the Garden

Twilight in the Garden

Saturday, September 7, 2013 6pm – 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 prepared by Chef Ryan Adams and wine pairings from PRP Wines. The chef and sommelier will introduce each course, explaining where the locally-sourced...

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Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Thursday, September 5, 2013 6pm-7:30pm Presented by Jeff White Vertical gardening is a great option (and may be the only option) for small yards, but even those with lots of space can enjoy the advantages of growing plants up rather than out.  Use vertical plantings to disguise unattractive landscapes, for privacy, shade or to define garden “rooms”. Vertical gardens are convenient and can be accessed by all gardeners, regardless of their abilities.  Join Jeff White, University of Illinois Master Gardener, to learn the advantages of growing...

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