Past Events

Creating Miniature Gardens July 9th

Creating Miniature Gardens July 9th

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm Master Gardener, Michelle Cox, gives a demonstration on fairy gardens.  Learn how to create your own miniature garden! We will review themes, designs with a focal point, planting and care practicalities, container choices and types of plants and accessories. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with admission. Photo taken at 2014 Garden Fair – MiniatureGardenShoppe.com, one of our vendors.     Register for Fairy Garden Class Name(required) Email(required) Member Non-Member Comment...

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Get Outside Winnebago July 1st

Get Outside Winnebago July 1st

Explore Klehm The gardens are blooming at Klehm! Stop by and enjoy our beautiful, manicured gardens and take a free ride on the Klehm Express Shuttle.  Rides are unscheduled and will run throughout the day.  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 with hedge maze and lookout tower.  We also have a Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt suitable for all ages.  Come into the Visitor’s Center and we will stamp your Get Outside! passport. This is also Donation Day at the Arboretum.  Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.   Get Outside! Winnebago Get Outside! Winnebago is a free community program presented by the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. Participating families will function as a team and are encouraged to engage in a friendly competition as they explore forest preserves. For more information, visit wcfpd.org....

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Ac.Rock in Concert June 15

Ac.Rock in Concert June 15

Sunday, June 15, 2014 Doors open at 4pm, concert at 6pm Ac•Rock is Chicago’s premier a cappella quartet, singing classic rock ‘n roll favorites from the 1950s and on. Ac•Rock sings boomer rock in stunning vocal harmony without instrumental accompaniment. It’s an engaging mix of tightly-crafted music and freewheeling humor that pleases audiences of all ages. There will be no food available for purchase at this concert, so pack your own food and beverages.  Alcohol is allowed. Woodsong Concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Concerts are held rain or shine! We have a rain site for all concerts. Come join us for the entire season! Concert Tickets Members: $5 Non-Members: $10 Children under 12 are free                                                          Purchase Tickets Now Contact Dawn for groups or 10 or more. dpfluger@klehm.org, 965-8146 Purchase a Membership Ac.Rock performing at Cantigny Park on May...

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Garden Fair 2014

Garden Fair 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014 12pm-6pm Saturday, June 7, 2014 9am-5pm Sunday, June 8, 2014 9am-3pm   Klehm Arboretum and BMO Harris Bank are pleased to present the 21st annual Garden Fair. For more than two decades, Garden Fair has been the place to shop for flowers, shrubs, tools, outdoor art and other garden–related items. The event attracts more than 4,000 visitors every year. With over 70 exhibitors, it’s the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace and there’s something for everyone. Tickets are good for admission all three days. Advance Tickets $5 | Admission $8 at the door Klehm members are FREE when they show their membership card. We will be closed Friday, June 6th until 12pm when Garden Fair opens. Discounted presale tickets can be purchased for $5 at Klehm, Arte Verde Garden Center, Broadway Florist, Gensler Gardens, Meridian Nursery, O’Fallon’s Fine Flowers, Pepper Creek and Village Green through Wednesday, June 4th. 2014  Garden Fair Vendors Branching Out Didier Greenhouses Kitchen Craft                                                                                         Presented by We-B-Popp’n Inc. Winnebago County Forest Preserve Dr. Earth Designs by Jeff Twinkles Fused Glass Lee’s Leaves Scenter Square Just Goods Filigree Studios Soap of the Earth Nelson’s Flowers & Greenhouses Gensler Gardens Miniature Garden Shoppe Gold Canyon Candles Zander’s Elmhurst Farm Stonecrete Route 66 Steel Heart, LTD Sherry’s Fairy Gardens Whispering Pines Studios Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza Pink Zebra Elfstone Studio U of I Extension Master Gardeners Jim’s Ornamental Garden Iron Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Go Nuts Seasons by Deb Dip ‘n Good Dips Bloom & Grow Gardens PRP Wine International Acri Company Chiropractic First of Rockford Meridian Nursery Inc. J. Carlson Growers Inc. Coley’s Coolers Wind Ridge Herb Farm Rock River Bonsai Society Arte Verde Garden Center & Landscape Co. Dandy Donuts Zammuto’s Drive-In & Carry Out Dean’s Doggie Treats   Purchase a Membership...

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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 Sale expands to include our outdoors location, too. Choose from hundreds of colorful plants, including unique varieties from local nurseries. Afterwards, you’re welcome to stroll the beautiful Klehm grounds to see what’s blooming. Free admission Donations of plants are always welcome! Donate 10 or more plants and receive a coupon for free entry to the Preview Night (a $6 value). Bring your potted or bagged and labeled (color, variety) donations to Klehm Arboretum between May 5-8. Arboretum hours are 9am – 4pm daily. Thank you for donating! Need more info? Call Klehm at (815) 965-8146 or email slambert@klehm.org Purchase a Membership   Road Closure Thursday, May 8 – Thursday, May 22 S. Main St. will be closed between Harrison Ave. and Iroquois Ave. during this time frame. If traveling to Klehm from the East via Highway 20, take 251/11th St exit North to Harrison Ave., left (West) on Harrison Ave. to S. Main St. then right (North) on S. Main St. to Klehm entrance. 2715 S. Main St.  Klehm is on the left. If traveling to Klehm from the West via Highway 20, take Montague Ave. exit North to Springfield, right (East) on Springfield to S. Main St. then left (South) on S. Main to Klehm entrance. 2715 S. Main St.  Klehm is on the right. If traveling to Klehm from the South, via Route 2, take Highway 20 exit right (East) to 251/11th St. exit left (North) to Harrison Ave. Left (West) on Harrison to S. Main St. right (North) on S. Main St. to Klehm entrance. 2715 S. Main St.  Klehm is on the left. If traveling from the North via N. Main St, there will be lane closures, but no closed roads or detours. Check back to see if S. Main reopens earlier than May, 22. We hope to see you at Klehm...

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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 with the loss of jobs, your help can make all the difference to sparing children, parents, and the family pet the heartache of separation. Cash donations allow Kibble Korner to purchase pet food at a discount, so your dollars go much further. Find out more about this great volunteer run organization at kibblekorner.com. Dogs must be leashed and well behaved. All dogs and Klehm members are free. Half Price Admission: $3 adults, $1.50 seniors, kids and students Purchase a...

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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 Introduction to Geocaching What is Geocaching? Who Geocaches? What do you need to go Geocaching? Where to find Geocaches Why do over 5 million people worldwide participate in GeoCaching? When can you find a Geocache? What does a Geocache look like? What’s in a Geocache? / & Trackables Types of Geocaches Who hides Geocaches? Getting started with Geocaching.com What to do when you find a Geocache? Geocaching with your Smartphone How Geocachers Give Back Global Positioning System (GPS) Basics What is a GPS What is a GPS Receiver (GPSr)? How does a GPS Receiver work? This is a hour long brief introduction to geocaching.  Let’s go GEOCACHING! Members: Free Non-Members: Included with Admission Register online Name(required) Email(required) Member Non-Member Add any additional guests here:   Purchase a...

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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 a golf course fairway.  In this talk, Mike looks at why the concept of the “perfect lawn” is so harmful, starting with that lock-step mentality and moving on to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pervasive pesticides. He explains how some simple cultural practices can be just as effective as expensive chemicals to keep your lawn green and healthy. He shows you why what’s in your soil is at least as important as what’s above it. And he dares to ask the question, “Why are weeds so bad?” (Hint: they’re not.)  Registration required. Members: Free Non-Members: Free with Admission Mike Nowak is host of the “The Mike Nowak Show,” Sundays from 9 to 11am on Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM. For a decade before coming to WCPT, he was the host of WGN Radio’s “Let’s Talk Gardening.” In 2012 and 2013, he and Jennifer Brennan from Chalet Nursery in Wilmette hosted 18 TV gardening and cooking programs called “Dig In Chicago, which aired on WCIU’s “U Too” channel and on Comcast Network. He has also appeared on WGN-TV Channel 9, CBS 2 Chicago and the DIY Network. Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. In January of 2014, eCycle Best.com named him one of the “Top 5 Male Green Talk Show Hosts on Radio.” The April, 2011 issue of the late, great Garden Design Magazine listed Mike’s show as one of five radio programs “we’re listening to.” Mike is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, as well as an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper. In 2002, he co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance and served as MELA’s president for four years. He is currently president of the not-for-profit Chicago Recycling Coalition Mike Nowak’s presentation is hosted by the John and Pauline Cook Horticultural Lecture Series Register online Name(required) Email(required) Member Non-Member List any additional guests here: Purchase a...

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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 a garden with lilies so some are in bloom all summer long. Imberman’s talk, one in the Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society’s  16th Annual Spring Education Series, is part of its  public  outreach program for gardeners interested in growing and propagating true lilies. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with admission Purchase a...

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