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“Expansive garden with a variety of floral attractions.”

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Ranked #8 of 35 things to do in Rockford
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Owner description: 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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698 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 841 helpful votes
“Expansive garden with a variety of floral attractions.”
Reviewed 6 December 2011

PROS: Affordable admission fees. Ample parking. Beautiful and serene surrounding perfect for special occasions. On the 3 times we visited this year, there was always a wedding ceremony scheduled. They have a smooth and silent golf cart sized shuttle to provide a quick overview of the arboretum. Diverse variety of trees, shrubs, bushes and flowers. A water attraction (small koi pond with small waterfall) with picturesque bridge perfect for photo oppotunities. An interesting maze with a lookout tower beside it. My kids enjoyed their visit.
CONS: No restaurant in the premises.

Visited October 2011
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3 Thank Big_bro_1_usa
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Big_bro_1_usa,
We love hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions! They are beautiful here amidst the flowers.
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English first
Lisle IL
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice arboretum for family outings”
Reviewed 19 October 2011

Visited Klehm yesterday after visiting Anderson Japanese Gardens, also in Rockford. Pleased to find that it was an easy walk on a paved path for a nice stroll to view their
trees of interest. There are also unpaved paths available. The arboretum offers a small children's garden with a maze, as well as a variety of specialty gardens. Can't wait to
visit again in the spring. Perfect size for a family with small children also. Check it out.

Visited October 2011
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Thank woody
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
woody,
We appreciate your thoughts and nice review.
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illinois
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not worth a return”
Reviewed 7 June 2010

First off this is a botanic garden with very little flowers. My wife has more in our yard. The grounds are also covered in weeds. There are also mant dead or dying plants. For $7 each my wife and I expected a lot more. The plant sale was the best part and was worth the trip. FYI during busy times like the plant sale the parking lot is overwelmed. They have a small lot with no bus or RV parking. The grounds seem smaller than 155 acres and can be covered in less than a few hours. If you have never been to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle you may not be as disappointed. Morton is 1700 acres for $11 and is worth the trip.

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6 Thank rstang50
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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Thank you Rstang50. I'm sorry you weren't happy with our arboretum. Our volunteers work hard to help us keep the ground manicured and looking great. Give us another visit, please. We would appreciate that.
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens but be careful”
Reviewed 26 June 2008

These are beautiful gardens but I had a bad experience when I left my leather jacket on their coat hangers. Sorry to say someone took the jacket. Go to the Gardens but watch your personal items.

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KlehmArboretum, Public Relations Manager at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
TonyRockford,
Thank you for your comments. We hope you return to Klehm.
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