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Garden Bazaar

Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Rockford,Il
Selling annuals, perennials and herbs. Including handing baskets, cucumbers, squash and pumpkins,

Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Sue Cram, 779-200-7192,

Down Peony Lane with Roy Klehm

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Roy will cover all gardening aspects of Woody and Herbaceous Peonies and also the Intersectionals {Itohs}.

Roy and his brothers Arnold and Carl Jr. {Chuck} donated their Rockford Nursery ground (Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden) in the early 1980s to the Winnebago Forrest Preserve District. It was Chuck’s idea and original push to establish this property as an arboretum. The property had numerous large and unusual plant specimens on it”s grounds so it was a good fit.
Roy is currently Vice President of Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery in Avalon, WI. and Beaver Creek wholesale nursery in Poplar Grove, IL. He has been a horticulturist his entire career and was awarded The Perennial Plant Association’s “Award of Merit”. This is given on an international basis to a single person per annum.

This presentation is made possible through the Pauline J. & John R. Cook Horticulture Lecture Series

Members: Free
Non-Members: Included with Daily Admission

Carrie Schommer,, 815-965-8146

Annual Plant Sale at Klehm

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Gardening season will be here soon and there is no better way to start (kick) it off than by coming to Klehm’s annual Spring Plant Sale! Everything from flowering trees and shrubs to perennials, herbs, wildflowers and even a few houseplants will be up for sale! Many of the plants will be dug and donated from the backyards of some of the finest gardeners in the area…Klehm members!
Friday night is Preview Night, and for a $5 fee, you get first choice at this year’s offerings. Saturday is free admission to the plant sale and the Klehm grounds…a perfect opportunity to take a stroll through our beautiful surroundings and see what’s blooming!
Donate 10 plants and receive free admission to our Friday night sale. Bagged or potted and labeled plants can be dropped off Monday, May 2nd through May 5th.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 S. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61102 815-965-8146

Friday, May 6 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 7 9:00am - 4:00pm

Carrie Schommer,, 815-965-8146

Garden Fair

South Main Street and Clifton Avenue, Rockford IL Saturday, June 4, 2016 9am-6pm Sunday, June 5, 2016 9am-4pm
The annual Garden Fair is getting a little face lift this year. "New and Improved" isn't just for your cereal box anymore! We've eliminated Friday night and extended our Sunday hours. We're also adding more vendors, food options, entertainment and even rearranging things a bit. There will still be all the great vendors you have come to know and love. Plus the addition of more art and antique sellers, making for a really great day of 'fairing'! There's always something for everyone at Garden Fair Weekend, whether it's a basket of begonias, some garden art, handmade soap, a vintage gate, or even a nice cold beer. You'll be glad you ventured out to South Main Street and Clifton Avenue. Garden Fair Weekend is Rockford's biggest and best outdoor marketplace for all kinds of terrific stuff.

For more information contact Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden at 815-965-8146.