Raffle Opportunity

Saturday, August 29, 2015 by

As part of our ongoing fundraising effort, raffle tickets will be sold at our Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk on Friday, September 18th. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets will be mailed to you. Please consider supporting Klehm through this fundraiser. Supportive local businesses have provided a wide array of prizes to include: Urban Farm Girl gift basket, Roxy Carmichael gift basket, Elements Salon gift basket, Village Green gift basket, Pinnon’s Meat Market gift certificate, The Olympic Tavern gift certificate, Northwind Perennial Farm gift certificate, Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips gift basket, Abreo gift certificate and bottle of quality wine, Tavern on Clark gift certificates, Five Forks Market gift certificate, Rockford Brewing Company growler with beer of choice and others. Questions? Please call us at (815)...

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Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by

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 “Melinda’s Garden Moment,” and has published 20 books, including 2014’s Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. “Garden Renewal” Transforming an empty lot into a beautiful landscape or an overgrown struggling garden into a colorful centerpiece can be easier and more affordable than you think. Start with a plan, recycle items into garden art, add planters and feeders, share a few plants, phase in changes and give yourself some time. We’ll explore all of these things and...

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SWCD Tree Sale

Monday, January 12, 2015 by

Deadline Friday, March 21 Each year the district sells bare root trees, evergreen, shrub seedlings, and transplants in an effort to increase efforts to provide energy conservation and/or habitat cover for wildlife in the rural setting.  These starter seedlings and transplants are an investment in the future. In addition to energy conservation and wildlife habitat, trees serve a number of other purposes.  Ten mature trees remove approximately 5 tons of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere annually.  They also dilute polluted air with fresh oxygen.  One hundred mature trees catch about 250,000 gallons of rainwater each year.  Trees planted appropriately can save up to 25% of annual cooling costs and save 10 to 25% of energy used for heating.  In 40 years, the average tree returns $2.70 in benefits for every $1 of investment.  Click...

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Volunteer Appreciation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by

Thank you to all of our wonderful, supportive volunteers! A Volunteer Appreciation Brunch was held on Sunday, November 23rd at the arboretum.  We are so grateful for the countless hours put into the gardens and arboretum with volunteer time.  Weeding, dividing, ticket sales, planting and painting (yes, painting!) are among the long list of tasks completed by our volunteers.  Awards were given out to three special people whose contributions did not go unnoticed.  The recipients are listed below. Thanks, again, for all of your hard work!     President’s Award: Jan Bowman Jan has long been one of Klehm’s most vocal supporters, making sure practically everyone she meets knows about the arboretum and all it has to offer. She’s contributed her time and talent for many years, as a board member, event volunteer and...

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Horticulture for the Holidays

Saturday, November 15, 2014 by

Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00am – 12.00pm University of Illinois Extension’s annual Horticulture for the Holidays event is scheduled for November 15th from 9 a.m. to noon (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.) at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Participants will experience two make-it-take-it workshops. The $25 fee includes all workshop materials, admission into Klehm Arboretum, and morning beverage service. Registration is limited. Call The hands-on workshops are designed to inspire participants to incorporate horticulture into their seasonal celebrations. Candice Miller, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator and floral designer, will present the principles of good floral design, and then lead a hands-on workshop with participants to create their own one of a kind, fall arrangement. She will then demonstrate how to transform the fall arrangement into a festive winter/holiday arrangement. Participants will make their...

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Donation Day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 9:00am – 4:00pm Bring your friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Klehm.  We have almost 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 appreciated.  Your support makes a...

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