Past Events

Memorial Day – Veterans Free

Memorial Day – Veterans Free

Monday, May 26, 2014 9am to 8pm To honor our servicemen and women, all veterans and their families receive free admission to Klehm Arboretum on Memorial Day. With the warmer weather this week there should be more flowers blooming.   Thank you for serving our country!

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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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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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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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Explore Geocaching

Explore Geocaching

Saturday, April 19 10:00am-11:00am Explore Geocaching – A Merging of Technology,  Nature, and Fun Did you recently receive a GPS and want to try Geocaching? Have you heard of Geocaching and want to learn more about it? Do you enjoy getting outside and seeing new and spectacular things? Do you want a hobby that your entire family can enjoy together? Do you have a sense of adventure and want to go to some really cool places? If you answered Yes, then Geocaching may be for YOU!   Here are some of the topics that will be discussed An...

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Botanica Luncheon

Botanica Luncheon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:00 am “Creating Perennial Plant Communities – The Know Maintenance Approach” Featured Speaker Roy Diblik – Perennial Gardening Advocate Workshop Presenters - Louise Poska and Karen Hill Creating Your Perennial Plant Community: The Know Maintenance Approach Roy Diblik has been advocating for sustainable perennial gardens for the past 35 years.  He is a recognized perennial and native plant cultivator, designer and master plantsman specializing in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant...

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Guys on Grass Class

Guys on Grass Class

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00am As a die-hard gardener, Mike’s philosophy about lawns can be summed up in this phrase: “When in doubt, rip it out.” Yet, as a radio show host, he knows that people love their lawns, so his compromise is to preach the gospel of organic lawn care. He notes that 68% of consumers say that their concern for the environment is a consideration when buying lawn and garden products. Yet these same people are the ones who are afraid of what their neighbors will think if they don’t  have a lawn that looks like...

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Growing Lilies

Growing Lilies

Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:30am-11:30am Woodruff Imberman  is  past president of the  Lily Society and lectures widely on lilies at garden clubs throughout the Midwest. He is the author of numerous articles in regional and national horticultural magazines on lilies, is an amateur lily hybridizer, an accredited international lily judge, and has won many awards for his lilies. Those attending the talk will learn simple propagation techniques for growing lilies, hear about  the wide variety of lilies that flourish in our area, and how to design...

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Klehm Family Day

Klehm Family Day

Saturday, March 22 10:00am – 2:00pm Our March Family Day will focus on flowers and things that bloom! We have lots of fun things planned  for this months family-focused day. Be prepared to keep busy! Make flower crafts, keep busy with other “blooming” fun and search the gallery room for flowers found in the Klehm Gardens.  We know kids love Scavenger Hunts, so we have hidden ten different flower varieties around the gallery room.  See how long it takes to find all ten. Take a walk outside to look for a Robin.  We know they...

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show Bus Trip

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Bus Trip

Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:00am Join Klehm on a bus trip to explore the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. The show features more than 17,000 feet of flowers, plants, shopping, hands-on workshops, kids’ activities and more! You’ll skip the traffic and parking fees and find everything you need to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Price includes transportation and entrance to the show. Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 Depart from Klehm at 8:00am Arrive back at Klehm at approximately 5:00pm Cost: $45 each Space is limited;...

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