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About the Arboretum

The Arboretum is South Barrington’s newest and most exciting place to shop, dine and play. The open-air center is named for the lush treescapes and gardens of its landscape, and for the large tree farm that formerly stood on the site. An upscale mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues including iPic Theaters, the ultimate cinema experience and a new way to go to the movies; L.L.Bean’s first Midwest outdoor gear and apparel store and the incomparable Pinstripes Bowling/Bocce/Bistro.

It’s all less than a mile from the four-way interchange at I-90 at the intersection of Illinois Routes 59 and 72. Stores include Arhaus, Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank, Ann Taylor LOFT, Victoria’s Secret, DSW, Panera Bread, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and more.

HISTORY

The Arboretum occupies a portion of a 610-acre site that once belonged to Klehm’s Nursery. In the late 1990s, the Klehms sold the tract to a residential development called The Woods of South Barrington. A portion was designated for commercial use, and in 2006 plans for The Arboretum of South Barrington were announced, paying homage to its roots.

The Klehm family emigrated from Germany to Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1852, where they started a nursery business, principally fruit trees. In the 1960s the Charles Klehm & Son Nursery moved to South Barrington, Illinois, where it operated until 2004 under the direction of fourth-generation nurseryman, Roy Klehm.

Roy Klehm is not only known for growing great trees and shrubs, but is also known worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on peonies. He has been featured on Martha Stewart’s television show and his Song Sparrow Farm Nursery in Wisconsin was featured on the cover of Living in 1994.

Mr. Klehm’s other nursery in nearby Poplar Grove, Illinois, is one of a handful of nurseries that provided trees and shrubs for The Arboretum landscape. Some of Roy Klehm’s favorite plants are incorporated into two specific sites set aside especially for him. These areas also include some varieties that Mr. Klehm introduced and are being adapted by the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

VARIETY OF TREES

80 species of shade and ornamental trees were selected for their hardiness against snow and the residual salt from de-icing. Over 2,700 trees in all came from local nurseries, varying in size, shape, and age, including maple, oaks, linden and locust. The larger trees include elm, Autumn Blaze maple, Turkish filbert, Kentucky coffee tree, and Golden Raindrop crabapple.

PERENNIALS, SHRUBS & GRASSES

The Arboretum features 20,000 perennials, including purple coneflowers, numerous types of daylilies, catmint, Russian sage, salvia, peonies and many others. It also showcases nearly 10,000 grasses, including feather reed and prairie drop seed grasses.

 

Mall Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 6pm. Restaurant and Movie Theater hours may vary.