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Don’t Miss These Spring Events


Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Garden Fair

Friday, June 7th – Sunday, June 9th

Klehm Arboretum and BMO Harris Bank are pleased to present the 20th annual Garden Fair. For two decades, Garden Fair has proven to be the place to shop for flowers, shrubs, tools, outdoor art and other garden–related items. The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors. With over 80 exhibitors it’s the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace, there’s something for everyone. Tickets are good for admission all 3 days. Advanced Tickets $5 | Admission $8 at the door. Klehm members are FREE when they show their membership card.


Love Your River festival

Saturday, June 8

11:00 am – 3:00pm

Espenscheid Forest Preserve

4800 Perryville Rd., Cherry valley, IL 61016

The public is invited to Espenscheid Forest Preserve, on the banks of the Kishwaukee River in Cherry Valley, IL, Love Your River Day is sponsored by Friends of the Kishwaukee River and the WCFPD. The festival will feature a Loot for Litter river clean-up, prize drawings, giveaways, river safety demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, environmental education activities and free four-color Kishwaukee River wildlife posters. Admission is free.


Macktown Living History

Woodland Vessel-making Class

Macktown Historic Site, Macktown Forest Preserve

9:30 am – noon on Tuesdays, June 25, July 2 & July 9

Join us in our Native American village for a 3-day Woodland Indian vessel-making class.  You will make a clay effigy pot and decorate a gourd vessel lined with beeswax.  9:30 am – noon on Tuesdays, June 25, July 2 & July 9 (one week drying time needed between sessions.)  $55, no credit cards please.  All materials included and tools provided (or bring your own.)  Class size limited.Call 815-624-4200 or email