Past Events

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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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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Mom & Me Class – Postponed

Mom & Me Class – Postponed

Date: TBA Moms, aunts, grandmas and women bring the special child in their life to attend Mary Lynn Deckard’s class on building fairy gardens with kids.  Mary Lynn will fire their imagination with her easy to follow steps and discussion about different containers and themes available for these gardens.  They’ll especially love being able to look at the living examples Mary Lynn will display that day. You’ll also see how miniature furniture and figurines can turn these gardens into a beloved living doll house. Make a day of it and pack a...

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Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

Sunday, June 16, 2013 Gates open 4pm, Concert starts at 6pm Miles Nielsen’s stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-esque Cosmic Americana. Pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth as butter keys. Milesnielsen.com Cost: $10 per person / $5 members / Kids 12+under  FREE  

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Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience

Saturday, June 15, 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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Garden Fair 2013

Garden Fair 2013

Friday June 7th – Sunday June 9th Friday, 12pm – 8pm Saturday, 9am – 5pm Sunday, 9am – 3pm Klehm Arboretum and BMO Harris Bank are pleased to present the 20th annual Garden Fair. For two decades, Garden Fair has proven to be the place to shop for flowers, shrubs, tools, outdoor art and other garden–related items. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors. With over 80 exhibitors it’s the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace, there’s something for everyone. Tickets are good for admission all 3 days. Advanced Tickets...

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Hiking for Hounds

Hiking for Hounds

Sunday, June 2, 2013 10am – 2pm 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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