Garden House at Klehm Arboretum
About this Project
Nestled in the heart of Rockford, Illinois, the Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a captivating destination that showcases the region’s natural beauty. With its rich history and recent architectural additions, the arboretum offers visitors a harmonious blend of stunning landscapes and captivating structures.
A Stroll through History
The Klehm Arboretum traces its roots back to 1910 when William Klehm Sr., a renowned nurseryman, began developing the property as a horticultural showcase. Over the years, Klehm nurtured his vision and expanded the arboretum with numerous plantings, including an extensive collection of trees and shrubs. In 1986, the Klehm family generously gifted the arboretum to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, ensuring its preservation for future generations to enjoy.
The “Jewel Box” Structure
Welcoming visitors at the Clarcor Pavilion within the arboretum is the breathtaking glass structure referred to as a “jewel box,” by the arboretum. This structure was manufactured and installed by Crystal Structures Glazing. The structure captivates visitors with its polygon design, dual pane glass, and aluminum framework. The “Jewel Box” seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings, reflecting the delicate beauty found within the arboretum’s botanical treasures.
Functionality as a Specialty Display Greenhouse
Beyond its architectural beauty, the jewel box structure serves a vital function as a specialty display greenhouse. The controlled climate created by the dual pane glass and advanced ventilation systems provides an optimal environment for cultivating delicate and exotic plant species. This specialty display greenhouse provides an insider view of the ornamental and display plants grown by the arboretum staff. Visitors can explore a diverse array of flora and gain a deeper appreciation for the botanical treasures nurtured within the arboretum’s boundaries.
The Klehm Arboretum stands as a testament to the harmonious convergence of nature and architecture. Its rich history, extensive plant collections, and recent architectural additions like the garden house jewel box make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking solace in a tranquil botanical oasis. Whether you’re captivated by the arboretum’s history, entranced by the architectural marvels, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat in the midst of natural beauty, a visit to the Klehm Arboretum promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired and connected to the wonders of the natural world.