Past Events

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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Blackhawk Woodcarvers Exhibit and Presentation

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Exhibit and Presentation

Saturday, August 24, 2013 Exhibit 10am – 3pm Kids Soap Carving 11am Presentation 1pm Come to Klehm’s Gallery for a special exhibit and presentation by the Blackhawk Woodcarvers. The exhibit will highlight different forms of wood carving with many examples sure to interest all ages. Kids will delight in using wood tools to carve soap with help from members of the Woodcarvers. At 1pm they will give a presentation talking about the wood carvings on display. The Blackhawk Woodcarvers is a local organization whose mission is to continue the old...

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Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Saturday, August 17, 2013 10am to 12pm This summer, kids will be captivated as volunteers read from nature themed stories in the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden. Each story will be followed up by a related activity with Jan and Mary from the Two Toads Environmental Experience. The fun can keep going when you pack a picnic lunch for the family.  Klehm has two picnic sites, one in the Children’s Garden. Cost: Included with Admission

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Common Ground

Common Ground

Sunday, August 11, 2013 Gates open 4pm, Concert starts at 6pm Sit back and relax with a glass of wine as you enjoy an open-air concert in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Free guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Doors open at 4:00pm so you have plenty of time to explore the gardens and grounds before the concert starts. There will be food and drinks available for purchase by Calvanese Deli Italia and Javamania. All concerts are held outdoors so...

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Bonsai Society Exhibit & Class

Bonsai Society Exhibit & Class

Saturday, August 10, 2013 Exhibit 10am-3pm | Class 1pm Learn the history and philosophy of this elegant horticultural technique. Bill Horschke, president of the Rock River Bonsai Society will discuss the science of bonsai and explain how it includes more than just the small trees usually associated with this technique.  In addition to the class, the Bonsai Society will have an exhibit of Bonsai trees displayed in the Visitors Center along with information about the art of Bonsai and their club. The exhibit is included in the admission to...

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Donation Day August

Donation Day August

Donation Day is the first Tuesday of every month. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Klehm. We have two miles of paved paths winding through gardens and arboretum, plus over 2.5 miles of unpaved, woody trails. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.  Admission is free and donations of any amount are encouraged. Your support makes a difference.

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The Yarn Bombing Begins

The Yarn Bombing Begins

Opening Saturday, July 20, 2013 Presentation Knit in Public 12pm to 2pm Yarn bombing – its graffiti but you’ll love it. This summer Klehm’s entrance and Nancy Olson Children’s Garden will be covered in color and patterns by local knitting clubs and enthusiasts.  As a living museum Klehm is proud to offer an outdoor exhibit which will bring a new form of art and visual delight to the Rockford area.  The exhibit debuts July 20 with a “Knit in Public” presentation by the many groups and knitters who contribute to its success. Exhibit Begins July...

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Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Saturday, July 20, 2013 10am to 12pm This summer, kids will be captivated as volunteers read from nature themed stories in the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden. Each story will be followed up by a related activity with Jan and Mary from the Two Toads Environmental Experience. The fun can keep going when you pack a picnic lunch for the family.  Klehm has two picnic sites for lunch after story time, one in the Children’s Garden and one next to the Fountain Garden.  Cost: Included with...

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Deals Gone Bad

Deals Gone Bad

Sunday, July 14, 2013 Gates open 4pm, Concert starts 6pm Sit back and relax with a glass of wine as you enjoy an open-air concert in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Free guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Doors open at 4:00pm so you have plenty of time to explore the gardens and grounds before the concert starts. There will be food and drinks available for purchase by Calvanese Deli Italia and Javamania. All concerts are held outdoors so don’t...

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Dad & Me: Behind the Scenes Tour of Klehm Grounds & Operations

Dad & Me: Behind the Scenes Tour of Klehm Grounds & Operations

Saturday, July 13, 2013 | 10am – 11:30am This child-oriented behind the scenes tour will be led by Klehm’s Director of Horticulture, John Moors.  The tour will cover our grounds, collections and the natural features which make Klehm Unique.  The tour will also include a look at the tools, machinery and activities involved in maintaining 155 acres of arboretum and gardens.  Klehm has two picnic sites for lunch after the tour. Cost: $5 per person/Free to Members To register for this event, visit our Event Registrations...

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