Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

2715 S. Main St.

Rockford, IL 61102

Rockford’s Living Museum

Open Monday – Saturday
9am – 4pm
Closed Sundays thru Feb.
(815) 965-8146
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The Children’s Garden is closed during construction of our new water feature.

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

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What a great year!
In spite of the cool and wet weather we all experienced this spring, construction of the new Garden Pavilion & Terrace was completed on time and ready for its debut at Garden Fair Weekend in June. The new pavilion has been busy all season with wedding receptions, corporate events, and Klehm functions. Our August Woodsong Concert, normally held outdoors in the Fountain Garden, would have been rained out for the first time in many years, had it not been for the pavilion saving the evening so the band could play on!

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!