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“Hidden Secret” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
+1 815-965-8146
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Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Rockford
Activities: Viewing foliage
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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.
Rockford, Illinois
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“Hidden Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Everytime we go there is hardly anybody there unless it is a special event. It is a very peaceful walk around with wildlife, flowers, trees, looking stand, picnic benches, fountains, childrens area..
Bring a picnic and walk around

Visited May 2013
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
We think of Klehm as the gem of Rockford! Thank you for your review.
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Serene and expansive garden and park.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

PROS: The majestic sentinel Oak tree that is one of the original trees in the garden; the arbovitae hedge maze near the children's section. The variety of Magnolia trees, clean and well maintained paths for families with small children. Free and abundant parking. Very photogenic setting for memorable familial celebrations.

CONS: May be bland for people who do not appreciate the diverse flora they have in the property.

Visited May 2013
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
We are a very tranquil garden, but our signature events bring in a lot of visitors. We hope you join us for one of those, too.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Beautiful park and terrific facilities for a business function. Can take a break and enjoy beautiful gardens. Just take some time to visit a gem in the Rockford area!

Visited May 2013
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
5 stars! Thank you so much. We appreciate the recommendation.
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“Fabulous park setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Great prairie and midwestern plant life is well annotated and planned. I've even enjoyed concerts with the beautiful background. I recently saw photos of an October wedding that showed the loveliness lurking even in the rain.

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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you, Theresa. Send your friends!
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Rockford, Illinois
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“A Stroll Through the Garden!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

What a wonderful place to sit or walk and reflect on nature's beauty. The grounds are beautiful and very well kept. There is still some produce in the garden, tomatoes and okra. I walked through the children's garden to get a feel for bringing a two year old to explore. There is an alphabet flower bed, each letter representing the flower's name. The Begonias are red and very beautiful. what a lovely place to introduce a child to flowers and to have a picnic. Plenty of picnic tables and benches. September is a wonderful month to take advantage of the botanic garden and its fall activities. Admission is free on the first Tuesday of the month, so go and enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you for the review. Klehm is a beautiful place and we love to share it with fellow nature lovers.
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