Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

2715 S. Main St.

Rockford, IL 61102

Rockford’s Living Museum

June 2nd, 9am – 5pm

June 3rd, 9am – 4pm

Days til Garden Fair Weekend








The 25th Annual Garden Fair Weekend

Get ready for nearly 100 vendors selling flowers, antiques, and art, to descend on our beautiful 155-acre grounds! Our popular Fountain Garden will be transformed into a food court, including beer and wine from Prairie Street Brewing. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the entire weekend, and there will be plenty of room to sit and relax between shopping. Learn more

Open 7 days a week
9 am – 4 pm
9 am – 8 pm Memorial Day – Labor Day
(815) 965-8146
Email Klehm


  • Adults: $6
  • Seniors (62+): $3
  • Students (18+ with ID): $3
  • Children: $3
  • Children 2 and under: free
  • Leashed dogs are welcome!

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AHS Reciprocal Gardens List

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden honors members belonging to participating gardens that fall outside the Rockford, IL area.

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With the frost-free date getting closer every day, it won’t be long before we start planting our pots, baskets, and containers with beautiful annual flowers and tropical plants.  Help us out by making a donation that will go directly toward the purchase of summer blooming annual plants.  Any amount is appreciated, but a gift of $100 or more will buy you a “This planter brought to you by YOUR NAME HERE” placard tucked amongst the blooms.  Your dollars will keep us in flowers, all season long!  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Carrie at 815-965-8146.

Water Feature Coming to Children’s Garden

Coming in spring of 2018, the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden will be unveiling its new interactive water feature for kids to explore, climb on, play in, and just plain have fun with!  Three distinct areas will interconnect to form a replica of a natural stream complete with stone bridge, small waterfalls, a wooded island, large boulders and a 30’ diameter splash pad so kids can cool off on warm days. Paved walkways, complete with shaded sitting areas, will bisect the new activity area creating ample vantage points from which parents can supervise the fun.

The water feature will be adjacent to the popular hedge maze and the lookout tower that currently anchor the children’s garden, and will offer another level of nature-based outdoor play and learning opportunities for kids of all abilities.  Dan Riggs, Executive Director of Klehm Arboretum, explained “The Olson Family, who sponsor the Children’s Garden, suggested the addition of a stylized stream play feature for Klehm after a visit to the Denver Botanic Garden.  We put together a few design ideas and the Olson’s were kind enough to fund the project.  We’re very fortunate to have such committed and generous donors.”

“Kids love anything to do with water, and all too often they are only allowed to look at it, when in reality what they really want is to be able to wade right into it, get wet, and have fun” notes Jim Wojtowicz, Klehm Landscape Architect.  “This project is designed so that kids can do just that.  Whether simply getting their feet wet, playing make-believe river explorers, or racing floating pine cone ‘boats’ down the center of the stream bed, this new attraction is guaranteed to be a huge hit with families.”

Construction started the week of October 9th and is scheduled to be complete sometime in mid-spring of next year.  Buy your family memberships now and get ready for a summer of outdoor fun.  Klehm would like to thank the DAO Foundation and the Olson family for making the water feature possible.

…and enjoy the water feature all summer long!

Donate to the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden renovations.