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History of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Rockford, IL

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If you are heading for the beautiful Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, in Rockford, IL, then you might be interested to know some of the history of these beautiful trees and shrubs.

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Klehm actually owes its collection of mature trees and shrubs to the site's 60-year old history as a nursery.

You may be able to spot some of the old nursery configurations.

Between 1923 and 1968 William Lincoln Taylor, a landscape architect, ran the Rockford Nurseries on this very site with his brothers, Everett and George.

The Taylor brothers planted seeds and put in cuttings from all over the world.

From 1968 to 1985, after the Taylor brothers retired, they sold off the nursery and all the tree-filled land to Carl Klehm who then continued to work on the business along with his sons.

In 1985, the Klehm brothers then donated all the land to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve so that it could be used as an arboretum that would be named after their parents, Carl G and Lois Klehm.

In 1989, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve granted use of the site to the Northern Illinois Botanical Society - and because of this, the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden grew from the legacies left by two families of great nurserymen.

A visit to the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Rockford's Living Museum - is one you won't be disappointed in, on any trip here to Rockford, IL.

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