Klehm Arboretum – Rockford, Illinois

We came to the Arboretum last July when the mosquitoes were insane. April there were no bugs, however there were very few leaves or blossoms to see also.  The magnolias were doing their thang tho!

In 1910, the land was bought by landscape architect William Lincoln Taylor, who started the 155 acre farm. Many of the trees in the arboretum were grown and created by Mr. Taylor. The Klehm family bought the nursery in 1968 and maintained it until 1985, when they donated it to the county as long as it stayed an arboretum. It took a bit of time to sort things out, however the Arboretum opened in March 1998.

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Rhododendron area. Ah, I must come back soon!!

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Again, the magnolias were the stars!!

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Red horse chestnut

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Peonies of every color.


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

31 thoughts on “Klehm Arboretum – Rockford, Illinois

      • Did you say that there seemed to be less leaves and blooms this year?
        I have been looking at things the last few years.
        It looks like the trees and plants are a little more pissed off each year.
        Our area is not as pretty as it usually is this year. And the elm tree is so so…it never put out as much seed as it usually does.
        I can think of two reasons for this.
        One is it has been colder. But there is a place called harp…only with two a’s. Do a little reasearch on them. Nasty place.
        And the chemtrails. Yes, I know it sounds like a kooky thing, but my husband is a ex pilot. And knows the difference in the skies. You can see these things all over the skies doing their dirty deeds. And sometimes it looks like a checkerboard. Some days are worse than others. They carry nasty chemicals that fall down to us. It messes with the plants, animals and us. I have seen videos of the insides of these planes. So has my husband.
        These things are some of the things wrecking out planet. Yes, they are all over the world. People take pictures of them all the time.
        We are letting them tear up what is dear to is.
        Seriously.

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        • I was at the arboretum at a later time, last time I was there. That is what I meant about less leaves.
          Timing wise, up here is going faster than last year, but not as fast as 2014 or 2012. I’ve been doing my “blooming flowers” series for 3 years now. It’s not scientific, however you can tell (ok, I can tell) how soon or late things may be in bloom. I reference the last 3 years in every post.
          I don’t doubt any theory that the gov is trying to use, kill, mind control, or use us as lab rats… I just can’t focus on it as my brain will make me insane. I tend to just stay out of the mainstream. No FB, city water, I’m rural and try to grow my own food.

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  1. I have some beautiful white ones. And they are heirlooms. They have the smell too. 😉
    I just hope my husband doesnt mess that up too…or ill put him his room amd lock the door. Ha.
    I know where some magenta colored heirloom ones are…. but i’d have to ask permission there…they are gorgeous. And around 100 years old they said.

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    • Oh! The smell! I could be mind controlled with that scent 😋
      My sweet doggies decided to dig up mine that came with the house. 😠 I’ve only got 5-7 stems popping up. I am going to see if my perennial nursery has any left so I can replant. They won’t be the same, but better than nothing.

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