Clarcor Update

Friday, September 19, 2014 by

The renovation of Klehm’s Demonstration Gardens is well under way and we are excited to watch the re-design take shape. New retaining walls and a new Clarcor Pavilion wheelchair accessible deck have been added. Two new trends in the horticultural industry, a vertical garden area and rain barrels, will be added as well. These renovations have been made possible by generous gifts from The Blazer Foundation, Alpine Kiwanis Club and private donations.  We still have opportunities to support this project directly.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Dan Riggs at 815-965-8146 for a list of needed plantings, trees and supplies.  ...

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Klehm Receives Challenge Grant

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden has been awarded a matching grant of $10,000 by the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. According to Klehm Executive Director Daniel Riggs, the grant will be used to build the Bur Oak Endowment Fund dedicated to the operating support for the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. “Our agency strives to maintain a living museum for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all people.  Klehm Arboretum hosts a large collection of labeled tree and shrub varieties as well as seasonal garden displays. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden was founded in 1985 and has served the Rockford region as a leader and clearing house for gardening and botanical information and ideas.  Stephanie Jacobs is President of the Board of Directors. The Community Foundation...

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Thank You Volunteers

Saturday, November 16, 2013 by

On Saturday, November 16, 2013 Klehm hosted the yearly volunteer brunch to show appreciation to the numerous dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours contributing to Klehm’s success.  We are grateful for the tremendous volunteer effort it takes to maintain our living museum and always welcome new volunteers to help us keep Klehm beautiful and thriving. Thanks to ABC Catering for providing the meal, Beautiful Day Linens for providing the tablecloths and Broadway Florist for creating the centerpieces. Every year Klehm recognizes three outstanding volunteers for their efforts. Their names will be added to the plaques hanging in the Visitors Center. President’s Award  – Dave Hinde Dave is a long-time supporter of Klehm, contributing in a variety of ways over the years.  He is an integral member of the Tuesday Morning Guys, who come week...

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Help Klehm Meet the Grant Challenge...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by

Securing Klehm’s Financial Future Raising Funds for the Bur Oak Endowment with the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant In 2013 the Klehm Arboretum Foundation (KAF) was chosen to participate in the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNI). They will provide a $10,000 match for $30,000 raised in endowment funds before December 4, 2013. With only $4,000 more needed to reach our goal, we’re asking for your help. The Bur Oak Endowment provides a perpetual source of income for Klehm Arboretum and ensures the arboretum’s financial security for the future. This security allows Klehm to continue to grow and evolve, making improvements to the grounds and widening the scope of educational programming available to the community. Please join the KAF Board of Directors in our commitment...

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2013 Spring Appeal

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by

It’s that time of year again: the time when winter’s grip is beginning to ease, buds are beginning to form and we look forward to getting out into the garden. What an exciting time of year as we wait to trade the drab color palette of late winter and witness the transformation into full spring bloom, so pleasing to the senses. It is with this same excitement and anticipation that I ask for your financial support for Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden and our mission. In 2013 we will continue to revitalize our gardens and floral displays, improve our family programming to better connect with nature, and offer relevant educational opportunities for lifelong learning.   Klehm is a vital part of our community offering essential green space and opportunities to engage with nature: As...

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Annual Fund

Monday, March 4, 2013 by

Broad in scope, the Annual Fund is critical to the Garden’s ability to present outstanding floral displays, care for the specimens in our renowned tree collections, develop education programs, and maintain the facilities. Your gift can be felt by all areas of the Garden and ensures that the Garden remains an inspiring gathering place for the community. Many thoughtful gifts make these improvements possible. We honor all donors who invested to bring enjoyment to the 25,000 people who visited our Garden this year. To help even more visitors celebrate the plants around us, we rely on continued support....

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