Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk...

Friday, September 18, 2015 by

Friday, September 18, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm First 200 people to register receive a commemorative wine glass. Take a stroll through our illuminated paths while enjoying a twilight wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden.  Twinkling lights, light hors d’oeuvres and live music complete the evening and The Olive Oil Experience will be here providing an array of gourmet oils to sample. Admission: $20 members | $25 non-members Quantity can be changed once added to cart.  No event or raffle tickets will be mailed.   This is a will call event. Raffle Tickets $5 each or 5 for $25 Urban Farm Girl gift basket, Roxy Carmichael gift basket, Elements Salon gift basket, Village Green gift basket, St. Aubin Nursery gift certificate, Pinnon’s Meat Market gift certificate, The Olympic Tavern gift certificate, Northwind Perennial Farm gift certificate, Mrs....

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Native Plants of the Midwest

Saturday, September 12, 2015 by

Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am This presentation is made possible through the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Lecture Series Alan Branhagen is Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, supervising all design and management of horticulture in the gardens as well as the 970-acre property’s natural resources and wildlands. Alan is an all-around plantsman and naturalist (specializing in birds, butterflies and botany).  Mr. Branhagen will share his enthusiasm with midwestern native plants and how to incorporate them into your landscape.  This lecture will be based on his upcoming book –  Native Plants of the Midwest. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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August Blooming Perennials

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Planning your garden for next year?  Below is a list of August Blooming Perennials. Monkshood–Aconitum napellus New York Aster–Aster novii-belgii New England Aster–Aster novae-angliae Leadwort–Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Garden Mum–Dendranthema x grandiflora Red Hot Poker–Kniphofia hybrids Joe-Pye Weed–Eupatorium maculatum Closed Gentian–Gentiana andressii Black-Eyed Susan–Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ Showy Sedum–Hylotelephium x ‘Autumn Joy’ The list was provided by the University of Illinois Extension. Monkshood is...

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Planting Bulbs

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by

Gardeners can find a wide selection of spring bulbs for planting right now. The earlier the bulb goes into the ground the longer it will have to establish before cold soil temperatures arrive. Even if you end up planting spring bulbs with your parka on, the bulbs will still show up and bloom next spring. Bulbs will be planted based on their diameter, bigger bulbs deeper, smaller bulbs much closer to the surface. A general rule of thumb gardeners follow is 2-3 times as deep as the bulbs diameter, unless there are planting instructions stating otherwise. Info courtesy of University of Illinois – Extension.  For more information on fall lawns, bulbs and vegetables click...

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Young Explorers – Sweet Dreams and Moon Beams...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:00am – 11:00am University of Illinois Extension and Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden invite kids ages 6 to 12 to be Young Explorers this summer at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Young Explorers is a new summer program co-sponsored by Klehm Arboretum and U of I Extension. Sessions will be led by U of I Extension staff with help from a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and Klehm Arboretum volunteers, and will feature fun, interactive and educational activities designed to celebrate nature while exploring the beautiful grounds at Klehm Arboretum. Classes will meet on Tuesday mornings, July 14 through August 4, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m. Young Explorers may sign up for as few or as many sessions as you wish. Each class costs $5, and a $5...

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Maintaining Your Perennial Garden...

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by

Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm Master Gardener, Michelle Cox, will cover pruning to maintain your perennial garden and keep it looking good all summer long. Introduction to Pruning Perennials Laying out plants Staking Division Why we prune Techniques Tools Benefits Deadheading Let it go to seed? Cutting back Pinching, Thinning, and Deadleafing Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission Registration Name(required) Email(required) Additional guests Thank you for registering. You will not receive a confirmation...

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