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Klehm is Northern Illinois’ top outdoor destination for families.

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Garden Fair Weekend 2023

Garden Fair Weekend 2023

June 3 – 4, 2023

Experience a wide variety of plants, flowers, garden décor, art, educational information booths and more! Listen to live music performances in our Fountain Garden while enjoying a meal from local food truck vendors.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators

David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators

June 10 – September 10, 2023

Consisting of 10 larger-than-life sculptures made of reclaimed forest wood and other natural materials that will astound visitors of all ages.

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What Can I Experience at Klehm?

As one of Rockford, Illinois’ top outdoor family-friendly destinations, there’s something for everyone. Our 155 acres of woodlands and botanical gardens feature a children’s garden, 1.4 miles of paved paths, 3 miles of wooded trails and much more!

Nancy Olson
Children’s Garden

Explore Kid’s Creek for interactive stream play and frolic through our splash pad! Enjoy different kid-friendly gardens, an observation tower and oversize play structures that invite children to experience nature in a playful setting.

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Specialty Gardens

provide a showcase for themed plantings of ornamental shrubs and trees as well as annual and perennial plants.

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Pavillion

This spacious outdoor tented venue and landscaped patio is perfect for hosting wedding receptions as well as corporate and social functions.

Bradley & Georgann Gummow
Family Foundation

Entry Water Feature

This peaceful pond, rushing waterfall, and landscaped patio is the perfect spot for a moment of reflection during your visit.

I love this place. Sometimes on the trails I can forget that I'm in the middle of a 100k+ city. It is sufficiently forested to remove the bulk of the city noise and allow me to attune myself to sounds of nature. I can trek the trails for a couple of hours and not walk the entirety of the grounds. I would definitely recommend going in the fall and the spring. Nature's fireworks are on full display during these seasons. Consider buying a membership if you like places like these. Restrooms: Very clean and well maintained. Dog-friendliness: Very popular place to walk one's dog. Everyone seems to be very courteous with dogs on leashes and cleaning up after their pets.
Joshua Blackwell
I love this place. Sometimes on the trails I can forget that I'm in the middle of a 100k+ city. It is sufficiently forested to remove the bulk of the city noise and allow me to attune myself to sounds of nature. I can trek the trails for a couple of hours and not walk the entirety of the grounds. I would definitely recommend going in the fall and the spring. Nature's fireworks are on full display during these seasons. Consider buying a membership if you like places like these. Restrooms: Very clean and well maintained. Dog-friendliness: Very popular place to walk one's dog. Everyone seems to be very courteous with dogs on leashes and cleaning up after their pets.
Joshua Blackwell
Joshua Blackwell
This is a wonderful place in Rockford, IL! The admission fee is very reasonable. You can bring young children for the splash park and creek. Our party had 2 4 year olds that played for more than an hour, took a break for lunch and rest room breaks and then went back to play some more. The only reason I didn't choose 5 stars is because there is so much more park to see, I want to reserve the 5th star for my next visit.
Barbara J. Arnold
This is a wonderful place in Rockford, IL! The admission fee is very reasonable. You can bring young children for the splash park and creek. Our party had 2 4 year olds that played for more than an hour, took a break for lunch and rest room breaks and then went back to play some more. The only reason I didn't choose 5 stars is because there is so much more park to see, I want to reserve the 5th star for my next visit.
Barbara J. Arnold
Barbara J. Arnold
There are endless beautiful things to see. You can choose paved or natural paths.
Kristine Maynard
There are endless beautiful things to see. You can choose paved or natural paths.
Kristine Maynard
Kristine Maynard
Very beautiful. Nature at it's best. Tons of flowers, plants and trees. Many unique tree varieties and many are labeled. The main paths are wide and paved and there are more narrow paths that cut through the wooden areas. We brought our dog and had a great time.
Ken Witz
Very beautiful. Nature at it's best. Tons of flowers, plants and trees. Many unique tree varieties and many are labeled. The main paths are wide and paved and there are more narrow paths that cut through the wooden areas. We brought our dog and had a great time.
Ken Witz
Ken Witz
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National Pollinator Week is coming June 19-25 and we are kicking it off early with Raines Honey Farm! Local honey farmer, Phillip Raines, will be at Klehm to give a free presentation all about honey bees and the benefits of honey! Join us Saturday, June 17th to catch the pollinator buzz!
Learn more or register at: klehm.org/the-buzz-on-honey-bees/
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National Pollinator Week is coming June 19-25 and we are kicking it off early with Raines Honey Farm! Local honey farmer, Phillip Raines, will be at Klehm to give a free presentation all about honey bees and the benefits of honey! Join us Saturday, June 17th to catch the pollinator buzz!
Learn more or register at: https://klehm.org/the-buzz-on-honey-bees/

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He’s a very entertaining speaker!

Get your tickets now for our Woodsong Summer Concert Series kicking off June 25 and catch the opening act, The Hurricane Project! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for Klehm members. Make sure to bring food and drinks to enjoy during the concert!
klehm.org/woodsong-summer-concert-series-hurricane/
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Get your tickets now for our Woodsong Summer Concert Series kicking off June 25 and catch the opening act, The Hurricane Project! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for Klehm members. Make sure to bring food and drinks to enjoy during the concert!
https://klehm.org/woodsong-summer-concert-series-hurricane/

Our busy spring keeps on going! Construction on our new Dwarf Conifer Garden continues, while the Rhododendron & Azalea Dell is filled with color. And some peony varieties have already begun to bloom in our Fountain Garden, too! Stop out and see what you're missing today! ... See MoreSee Less

Our busy spring keeps on going! Construction on our new Dwarf Conifer Garden continues, while the Rhododendron & Azalea Dell is filled with color. And some peony varieties have already begun to bloom in our Fountain Garden, too! Stop out and see what youre missing today!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Do you still have the peony business?

It’s a great place for a walk 🌺

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

So beautiful 🌸🌸

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