Rockford, IL (November 15, 2011)- The mission of the Klehm Arboretum is to enrich people’s lives through education, environmental experiences, and enjoyment in a unique arboretum and botanic garden. Arboretum has an assortment of plant life unlike any other natural area in the United States. The combination of native plants and those from around the world provides a unique botanical resource. The site includes many unique species from throughout the United States that normally do not thrive in this region, plus the Midwest’s most vigorous evergreen collection.
This 155-acre site was established by landscape architect William Lincoln Taylor Rockford Nursery in 1910. Many of the rare trees on the site are a result of experimental plantings by Mr. Taylor. In 2003 the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District and the Klehm Arboretum Board of Directors adopted a 10 year master plan for future development. This development includes new gardens, revitalizing existing gardens, increasing the diverse collections, and the addition of facilities to better meet the needs of visitors as well as offer unique indoor garden exhibits.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden