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Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Address: 2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Phone Number: +1 815-965-8146
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This year-round garden, which started as a commercial nursery, includes 155...

This year-round garden, which started as a commercial nursery, includes 155 acres of trees and 300 woody plant species mapped and labeled. The gardens include: a Rhododendron and Azalea dell, Hosta Garden, Nancy Olsen's Children's Garden, Fountain Garden, Demonstration Garden, Peony Garden, Grasses Garden,Woodland Wildflower Garden and Plant-a-Row garden. There are several signature events hosted each year also. Botanica luncheon,Garden Fair, Plant Sale, Woodsong Concert Series, Autumn in the Arboretum and Twilight in the Garden are all popular annual events.

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hidden treasure in Rockford

What a delight to wander around the ample, beautifully maintained grounds, peaceful, arboretum with many different trees, special children's garden with a fanciful creatures and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
ncarolinawoman
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Atlanta
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Atlanta
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

What a delight to wander around the ample, beautifully maintained grounds, peaceful, arboretum with many different trees, special children's garden with a fanciful creatures and a splash pool.

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KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive remarks. Klehm is a jewel and we love to share it! More 

Antioch, Illinois
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Had our wedding here!!! LOVED IT! It was everything we dreamed of for a outdoor ceremony!! Everyone was very helpful too! The place is beautiful!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

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Thank Krista A
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Krista, We are so happy to hear your wedding day was perfect at Klehm. Outdoor ceremonies in our gardens are gorgeous! Please send us photos to share. More 

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145 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

Was there for a wedding. Lovely and well kept grounds. Very quiet on a Friday afternoon. Not many visitors, maybe because it was so hot. Gift shop has minimal gifts. Only food I saw were candy bars for sale. Lots of stuff on the grounds for kids to play on. Beautiful areas for weddings.

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Thank Coffeeisready
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you taking the time to review us. We appreciate the feedback and praise of our gardens. We are in the process of adding local artists' work to our gift shop, so you will have to stop back again soon for a wider selection of items! More 

West Dundee, Illinois
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We stopped here on our way up to Madison and allowed my 3 year old to run around a bit. It is beautiful and peaceful. It has a nice little walk to a pretty children's garden and a splash fountain that my son enjoyed playing in. There are some paths to take walks on that would be relaxing as well.... More 

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Thank Meg S
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

We are glad you stopped too! Thank you for the positive review. More 

Machesney Park, Illinois, United States
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Who know Klehm has donation days? We went for a donation and everyone in the family got to see trees from all around the world. We had a great time together.

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Thank Amy M
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Hi Amy, Thank you for visiting! Tell your friends to stop by too! More 

Pecatonica, Illinois
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94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The arboretum has a large collection of mature trees that are labeled. There are also beautiful flower gardens. Children will enjoy the children's garden. There are paved trails that are easy to walk. If you are a little more adventurous, you can take the wooded walking trails. It is worth the $6.00 admission price. If you go on the first... More 

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3 Thank Dolly M
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Hi Dolly, Many thanks for the positive review. Come back again and bring your friends! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

We went there for the annual garden show. They had plenty of vendors with an array of garden art, jewelry, plants, and vegetables. They also had wood fire pizza out there which was delicious. We walked around the arboretum and it was well kept, clean, and quiet. Just the place if you're looking to relax. I would definitely go back... More 

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KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We love to hear from our visitors! More 

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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

People who say it's "poor" are crazy. It's so gorgeous! Two miles of main trails and little wooded ones off of it. So bring bug spray! And if you don't like spiderwebs, don't go on them! They'll get all over you! And any camera equipment, etc. It is flower heaven! So peaceful and would be a great place for graduation,... More 

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2 Thank Sarah L
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for the compliments, Sarah. We are a sanctuary. aren't we? We hope to see you back again soon. More 

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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

The wife and I had visted this garden as well as the Japanese and the one a cross from sinnisippi. This was our favorite, less crowded and more flowers

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Thank Dave G
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you Dave. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This place was nice because there were many trails, some were prairie-like and others were wooded. Some of the trails were paved and others more rugged. You can also bring your dog here. There is a children's play area with a hedge maze. We cooled our feet off in these tiny fountains which was nice and there are plenty of... More 

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Thank Laura S
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you Laura. We are glad to know you enjoyed your visit to Klehm. It only gets better as the weather gets warmer and more flowers are blooming! More 

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