Past Events

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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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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