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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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Wonderful Surprise

I brought my boyfriend here as a way to get him out of the house after having bypass surgery a month ago. He loves trees and flowers so I figured it would be a good way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
gina208
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Roscoe, Illinois
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Roscoe, Illinois
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my boyfriend here as a way to get him out of the house after having bypass surgery a month ago. He loves trees and flowers so I figured it would be a good way to distract him from the ordinary scenery he's had while he's recovering. We love hiking and being outdoors, so this seemed like a great... More 

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Thank gina208
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thanks gina208! We are glad you were pleasantly surprised with us! Be sure to stop back soon. Maybe when the leaves are changing? It's gorgeous in the fall, too! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it’s easy to enjoy Klehm while walking on cleared and paved paths Pick up a trail guide at the Visitors Center. Explore miles of paved paths in two loops and 2.5 miles of unpaved trails leading you through the heart of the Arboretum. A leisurely walk takes approximately 1-1/2 hours.

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Belvidere, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took my young daughter there and she loved it. It was a nice day so we were able to take advantage of the trails. I would suggest only going on a nice day though.

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

We hope you will return again soon! The scenery is always changing here. Thanks for the positive feedback. More 

Normal, Illinois
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We (seniors) walked the 1.8 mile loop. The information desk gave us a map and a brochure that explained the 23 stops on the walk. Really neat viewing many different varieties of trees.

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

Hi Alan, We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Klehm. Schedule a fall visit, too. The Arboretum is beautiful in the autumn, as well. See you soon! More 

Rockford, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Be sure to experience the Klehm garden show, held in early June every year. Spread alongside paved winding paths are a great mix of vendors selling plants and everything else you can think of for gardens, delicious food, music, and jewels of plantings tucked into the wooded setting. The well-planned event runs smoothly and efficiently on the clean well-grounds, offering... More 

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Thank marm4723
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Dear Mamm4723, We are so happy you loved our Garden Fair Weekend at Klehm. Plan on visiting next year, as we hope to make it even better! Since you are from Rockford, you can visit the gardens daily, too! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

My favorite event at Klehm is the June garden event. Great kick off to the summer for flowers, gardening, vegetables and variety of foods.

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

Thank you for the great review, Marcia. Garden Fair Weekend is our favorite event, too! This year it will be held June 4,5 and will include art, antiques, music, food and flowers, of course. See you there! More 

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70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I'm not sure if this place is a secret but I happened upon it accidentally. What an absolutely fabulous find! The grounds of these gardens are meticulously manicured and plants are carefully labelled. These gardens offer a relaxing environment but the plant education is spectacular. We visited on a weekday and were rather surprised to find the grounds fairly devoid... More 

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

We are a peaceful sanctuary to take a run or a walk through park-like grounds. I'm glad you view and appreciate Klehm the way we do! More 

Loves Park, Illinois
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125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

It was a very relaxing walk through the grounds. And there are benches placed around so you can sit and enjoy seeing the wildlife and just hang out whether alone or with friends. You can see at their website that they have events such as dinners on occasion.

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Thank Beast308
KlehmArboretum, Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us a nice review. Klehm's peaceful, park-like grounds are perfect for reflecting and enjoying nature. More 

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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Thank ncarolinawoman
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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17 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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