Past Events

Helping Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators in Your Own Backyard

14 Apr 22:30 - 23:30 14 Apr 22:30 - 23:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Saturday, April 14th 10:30 am 11:30 am Learn about the terrific difficulties our birds, butterflies, and pollinators face in their migration and everyday life. Find out how you...   More info

Woodland Wildflower Walk

21 Apr 10:30 - 11:30 21 Apr 10:30 - 11:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Take a guided walk thru the Vi Bates Woodland Wildflower Garden and don’t forget your camera! Learn about woodland plants that are native to northern Illinois and what plants will...   More info

Boy Scout Merit Badge Class - Nature

22 Apr 09:00 - 12:00 22 Apr 09:00 - 12:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Scouts will become master gardeners and horticulturalists in this program. They will learn about the parts of a plant, the process of photosynthesis, discover various plants...   More info

Spring Bloom Tranquility Walk

25 Apr 13:00 - 14:30 25 Apr 13:00 - 14:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
This walk was originally scheduled for April 12th, but has been rescheduled due to the lack of spring blooms. Enjoy spring in its full splendor while experiencing the...   More info

Arbor Dash 5K

27 Apr 18:30 - 20:00 27 Apr 18:30 - 20:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Do you love trees and love to run? Then lace up your sneakers and come to Klehm on Friday, April 27th, Arbor Day for the 4th running of the ARBOR DASH, a 5K family fun run through...   More info

2018 MDA Muscle Walk of Rockford

28 Apr 08:00 - 12:00 28 Apr 08:00 - 12:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Join us on Saturday, April 28th for the 2018 MDA Muscle Walk of Rockford at Klehm Arboretum. MDA Muscle Walk empowers individuals in hometowns across America to raise critical...   More info

Peace Pole Painting Party

28 Apr 09:00 - 15:00 28 Apr 09:00 - 15:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Let’s make a Peace Pole for your garden! A Peace Pole will add color and creative flair to your flowerbeds. Come on out and learn how to make your personal Peace Pole garden art...   More info

Mindful May

01 May 11:00 - 29 May 12:00 01 May 11:00 - 29 May 12:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Join Northern Illinois Hospice at Klehm and take an hour of your day to slow down. During this time, we will explore the importance of sadness, meditation for grief and loss, how...   More info

Loaded Brush Night at Klehm

09 May 18:00 - 21:00 09 May 18:00 - 21:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Loaded Brush Night with Klehm and Studio 317! Come out to Klehm for a night of sipping of wine, and fun. Studio 317 will be hosting the class. Participants must be 21 and over...   More info

Plant Sale

11 May 17:00 - 20:00 11 May 17:00 - 20:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Plant Sale Kickoff Friday, May 11, 2018 5:00 pm. 8:00 pm Shop early for the best selection of plants. Many plants are donated from the area’s best gardeners Klehm members! $5...   More info

Plant Sale

12 May 09:00 - 16:00 12 May 09:00 - 16:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Spring Plant Sale Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:00 am 4:00 pm Hundreds of native plants from local yards. Afterward, you’re welcome to stroll the beautiful Klehm grounds to see what’s...   More info

May Flower Tranquility Walk

15 May 10:00 - 11:30 15 May 10:00 - 11:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Enjoy spring in its full splendor while experiencing the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature on this 1.5 hour guided Tranquility Walk. We will explore a small...   More info

Essential Oils for your Home

20 May 11:00 - 13:00 20 May 11:00 - 13:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Did you know that some of the most dangerous things that can affect your health are things we have chosen to keep in our own homes? The products we use daily can be what’s...   More info

Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Kickoff Event

30 May 15:00 - 16:30 30 May 15:00 - 16:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
If you’ve ever considered building an endowment for your nonprofit organization then join the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at Klehm Arboretum on Wednesday, May 30 at...   More info

Garden Fair Weekend

02 Jun 09:00 - 17:00 02 Jun 09:00 - 17:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Get ready for nearly 100 vendors selling flowers, antiques, and art, to descend on our beautiful 155-acre grounds! Our popular Fountain Garden will be transformed into a food...   More info

Garden Fair Weekend

03 Jun 09:00 - 16:00 03 Jun 09:00 - 16:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Get ready for nearly 100 vendors selling flowers, antiques, and art, to descend on our beautiful 155-acre grounds! Our popular Fountain Garden will be transformed into a food...   More info

Summer's Coming Tranquility Walk

05 Jun 15:00 - 16:30 05 Jun 15:00 - 16:30 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Experience the beauty of the Arboretum as well as the transformative, restorative and healing powers of a meditative walk in nature. This is the last Tranquility Walk in our...   More info

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal - The Voice Contestant

17 Jun 18:00 - 20:00 17 Jun 18:00 - 20:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk, and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his...   More info

Kids Art Day in the Garden

08 Jul 14:00 - 16:00 08 Jul 14:00 - 16:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
YOUNG REMBRANDTS Pastel Workshop Join us as we learn how to use chalk pastels while recreating Master Artist, Claude Monet’s Regatta at Aregenteail. The results are sure to be...   More info

Pollinator Walk

14 Jul 10:00 - 11:00 14 Jul 10:00 - 11:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Naturalist and Illinois Bee Spotter, Barbara Williams will help you discover our native pollinators and their important roles in our lives and our landscapes. Insects pollinate...   More info

Danielle Juhre Concert

15 Jul 18:00 - 20:00 15 Jul 18:00 - 20:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Powerhouse soul vocalist, Danielle Juhre, who records simply as Danielle, is an award winning soul and pop artist from Chicago, IL affiliated with Berklee College of Music, The...   More info

Photographing Flowers by Painting with Light

22 Jul 12:00 - 13:00 22 Jul 12:00 - 13:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 12:00 pm 1:00 pm Thomas Brain, photographer and author of Floral Inspirations and Floral & Scripture will share his technique for creating amazing floral...   More info

Paws to Read

05 Aug 12:00 - 14:00 05 Aug 12:00 - 14:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Have a child that loves dogs? Bring them to Klehm and have them read to the therapy dogs of the Canine Caring Program of Swedish American Hospital. The Caring Canines Program has...   More info

The Jimmys

19 Aug 18:00 - 20:00 19 Aug 18:00 - 20:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Pack your blanket, a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine and sit back and enjoy the show in the midst of our fragrant Fountain Garden! Klehm will close at 3:00 pm and reopen at 4...   More info

Hot Diggity Dog Festival

16 Sep 10:00 - 15:00 16 Sep 10:00 - 15:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Every dog has his day .and Sunday, September 16th is it!! Pack up the pooch and come on down to Klehm for a fun day dedicated to our lovable four-legged friends. Dog shelters and...   More info

Autumn at the Arboretum

14 Oct 10:00 - 15:00 14 Oct 10:00 - 15:00 - Rockford Rockford
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Our most popular family event is back again this year on Sunday, October 14th. Activities include scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides...   More info


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