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Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
+1 815-965-8146
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Rockford
Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Princeton, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We enjoyed our morning walking thru the gardens. The facility is beautiful and we spent hours exploring the wooded trails. They have some great "yard art" throughout the gardens. We will return again!

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

Thank you for the 5 star rating!. We hope you visit again soon. More

Kenosha, Wisconsin
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a beautiful park where you can walk around two different loops and enjoy the various shrubs and trees as well as wildflowers. Highly recommended.

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

We think it is a gem, too! Thank you for the compliments. More

Indiana
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We enjoyed walking through this arboretum, which is actually an old nursery turned into an arboretum. We were thrilled with how well the plants and trees were identified. My husband's favorite garden was the hosta garden. There is a new wildflower garden that is beautiful in the Spring, There were lots of flowering trees. The Gift Shop is nice, too.

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

We are so glad to hear you appreciated our gardens! Come back in a month when everything is blooming. More

Loves Park, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I am rating this a four because we have been there before when everything is blooming, this time of the year it is not. We took my mother in law there for Mother's day because she loves flowers. The grounds itself is very large so make sure everyone in your party is ready for a day of beauty and exercise.... More

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

The cold weather has delayed our spring blooms, but warm weather is on the way! We hope to see you soon. Maybe at Garden Fair on June 6,7 and 8th. More

Madison, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Klehm Gardens is a gem of a place to spend a beautiful summer or fall day, away from all the hubbub of daily life. Of particular interest, and setting it apart from most public gardens, is the history of the property. From its beginnings as a local family-owned nursery, the property still contains many of the original trees that were... More

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

Thank you so much, JAP1952 :) We appreciate your compliments! More

Rockford, Illinois
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

If you enjoy walking in nature, Klehm is a great destination! I go several times per year and the seasonal changes are wonderful to see. They have great events that draw the public as well. There is a special children's garden with play area and a great maze for slightly older kids. I'm particularly glad they are open year round.

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

Thank you Gail526, We're glad you love Klehm as much as we do! Hope to see you soon. More

Rockford, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A very interesting collection of mature trees, many unusual for northern Illinois; small formal areas are nicely maintained.

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

Thank you for your positive comments. More

Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is a nice little arboretum to visit, however I can not recommend renting Klehm for any event. The rental director was very discourteous (actually verbally insulting), dismissive and disinterested in providing accurate information, customer service or assistance. I have worked with several other venues and have never been as disappointed as I was at the Klehm Arboretum. An apathetic... More

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

We appreciate your comments, Chicago911. We strive for the best customer service and overall satisfaction with our venue. Had we known of your dissatisfaction, we surely would have worked to make your experience a better one. More

Apple Valley, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Finding this well-maintained, elegant attraction was a pleasant surprise--an uncrowded oasis where one would least expect it. We loved the peacefulness and serenity. Klehm is a lovely place to simply take a walk for an hour or two, study and appreciate many rare and unusual trees, or otherwise just admire the beauty of nature. The admission price is reasonable, benches... More

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

We appreciate you taking the time to comment about Klehm. More

Brattleboro, Vermont
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We have not gone again this year, but it is constantly growing (no pun in pleasure). The water features are pure fun in the summer. The gardens themselves are unpretentious, straight-forward Midwestern beauty. We have gone many times with many different ages; never been disappointed. Garden shop is small, but quite nice, too.

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

We are happy to hear you like our grounds. Come back again! More

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