Past Events

“Get Outside!” Forest Preserve Day

“Get Outside!” Forest Preserve Day

Sunday, July 12 9:00am – 8:00pm The gardens are blooming at Klehm Arboretum! Stop by and enjoy our beautiful, manicured gardens and take a free ride on the Klehm Express Shuttle. Rides are unscheduled and will run between 10:00am – 3:00pm. Klehm’s paved trail is an ideal place to push a stroller and provides a flat smooth surface for easy walking for all ages. Don’t miss the children’s garden!...

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Loaded Brush Painting Class – Peonies

Loaded Brush Painting Class – Peonies

Saturday, June 20, 2015 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Get creative and learn to paint in the great outdoors with Klehm and the expert instructors of 317 Studio & Gallery. The class will take place in the Children’s Garden gazebo and feature a brand new painting of Klehm’s very own peonies. We’ll provide everything you need just bring your friends and a bottle of wine! Space is limited; Registration required...

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America in Bloom Judging

America in Bloom Judging

Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19, 2014 We take great pride in our community, and we feel that it shows. As most American cities with a manufacturing history, Rockford is periodically challenged to redefine our economy and adapt to a new reality. Over the decades of change there has been a single constant, our affinity for our beautiful gardens, excellent park system, and rich heritage that is reflected...

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Community Dog Walk

Sunday, May 17, 2015 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...

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National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 8, 2015 9:00 am – 8:00pm National Public Gardens Day takes place annually on Mother’s Day weekend, an unofficial start of spring and a time when the environment is top of mind. Visit Klehm this day to explore and discover our gardens, while learning about our commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship. FREE Admission (Does not include admission to our Plant Sale Preview Sale from 5:00pm...

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Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00am- 11:00am Michelle Cox, U of I Extension Master Gardener Grasses provide interest and texture in the garden; however the choices are numerous. Michelle will provide guidance for selection and care, and offer ideas on unique and appealing pairings in the landscape. Members: Free Non-Members: Daily Admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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What Trees to Plant after EAB Strikes

What Trees to Plant after EAB Strikes

April 18, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am This presentation is made possible by the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Series Dave Wanninger is the Horticulturist in Charge at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Previously, Dave worked many years as Horticulturist at Beaver Creek Nursery and Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm (not affiliated with Klehm Arboretum). Before that, Dave operated a landscaping company and was the nursery manager...

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Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon

Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 am   Featured Speaker – Melinda Myers Help us welcome spring at Botanica 2015! This year’s luncheon will feature speaker Melinda Myers, a nationally renowned gardening expert and author specializing in Midwestern gardening. Among many other projects, she’s a columnist for the magazines Birds & Blooms and Gardening How-To, produces the nationally-syndicated radio and TV segments ‘œMelinda’s Garden Moment,’ and has published 20 books,...

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Seed Starting and Propagation

Seed Starting and Propagation

Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:30am-11:00am John Moors, Director of Collections at Klehm Arboretum, will discuss seed selection, growing supplies, artificial lights and caring for tender young plants Members: Free Non-members: Included with admission       Registration Name(required) Email(required) List additional guests here. Purchase a...

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Lilies in the Rock River Valley

Lilies in the Rock River Valley

Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:30am-11:30am Dr. Woodruff Imberman will present a slide show/talk “How To Make Your Rock River Area Lilies Great”. 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...

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