Trees of Klehm — come to the Plant and Tree Auction July 22

Staff Report

You’re invited to the casually elegant outdoor party of the year. Trees of Klehm is the garden’s Third Annual Plant and Tree Auction, to be held Friday, July 22, on the Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden grounds at 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:15. A silent auction will be held until 8:30. p.m.

Dine on delicious hors d’oeuvres, enjoy cocktails and live entertainment, all in the beauty of Klehm’s spectacular Fountain Garden. Choose from an assortment of truly unique trees and plants that you’ll want to add to your landscape. This year’s theme is “Fiesta!” and that means margaritas, mariachis, and dancing in the moonlight.

New this year — Twelve trees will be up for auction to be planted at the new Crusader Health facility. Tree purchases support both Crusader Health and Klehm Arboretum. Also, buy a complete garden bed artfully designed by Jim Wotjowicz. Choose from a Japanese garden, a bird garden, or an English romance garden.

Make reservations online at or by calling (815) 965-8146. Cost is $75 individual, $600 for reserved tables of eight.

From the July 20-26, 2011 issue

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