2015 Letter to Our Customers

Hello from Song Sparrow! Welcome to our website, we are excited to introduce our new plants for 2015! They are a great group of colorful additions ready to grow and thrive in your garden.

At Song Sparrow we choose beautiful plants, grow them for two to three years at our farm in southern Wisconsin, then carefully pack them in sturdy boxes for shipping. These husky, well-grown plants will give you a good, strong start on a great garden. Enjoy browsing our wonderful selection of plants!

Wishing you a great year in the garden!
Roy Klehm and the staff at Song Sparrow

Summer News

Thank you to all who came to our Open House, we appreciate it and enjoyed meeting such a friendly group of gardeners!

Order now for our last Pick-Up Days of the season!

August Pick-Up Days
Thursday, August 6th, and Friday, August 7th, from 1 to 5 p.m. Orders for pick-up must be placed by July 31, 2015. Our greenhouses are not open on these days. Please note: Herbaceous peonies will not be available for pick-up at this time.
More information about our August Pick-Up Days >

Contact us: 1-608-883-2356, or email info@songsparrow.com
Mailing address (sorry, we are not open for visits other than special days noted above)
Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery
13101 East Rye Road, Avalon, WI 53505

Thank you for visiting our website, please come back again, and feel free to contact us via phone, mail, or email; your thoughts, questions and comments are always welcome.

Plant Guarantee

We work hard to raise and ship only healthy, well-grown plants that are in prime condition for successful planting. We guarantee to ship plants that are true to variety, healthy, and viable when we ship them. We cannot be held responsible for losses due to extreme weather or soil conditions, improper storage conditions, delayed planting, or improper climate plantings. We do not substitute any varieties without your permission. Please open the boxes promptly upon receipt. Please report any shipping damages or missing items within 48 hours after receipt of your packages at 1-608-883-2356.

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History of Song Sparrow Perennial Farm

The Klehm Family and the horticulture industry share a long and storied history together. The relationship dates back to 1852 when John Adam Klehm immigrated from Germany to Arlington Heights, Illinois. There he started a nursery business, principally fruit trees. John had three sons: George, Charles & Henry. All became active in the nursery business. It was Charles Klehm who developed a love for flowers. He was a charter member of the American Peony Society formed in 1903. In 1916, he planted his first peony fields where 'Emma Klehm' and 'Charlie's White' and many more varieties of Klehm Estate Peonies were hybridized, introduced and patented.

In 1943, Charles Klehm formed a partnership with his son Carl under the name Charles Klehm & Son Nursery. The nursery moved from Arlington Heights to South Barrington, Illinois in the 1960s and operated until 2004 under the direction of one of Carl Klehm's sons, Roy Klehm. Roy has introduced many new plant varieties over the years including woody introductions as well as herbaceous plants, many of which are daylilies, peonies and hosta. He has worked with breeders to introduce some of the best shade trees, crabapples, magnolias and lilacs in the industry. Roy and his wife Sarah own and operate Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm in southern Wisconsin. Roy's brother, Arnold operates a wholesale orchid operation, Arnold J. Klehm Growers, in Hampshire, Illinois.

Throughout our history it has been a goal of every Klehm business to supply the highest quality nursery stock with the best possible service. We strive to help our customers succeed by working alongside them and continually improving the horticulture industry through knowledge, hard work and experience. As always, we look forward to working with you in the future.

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Plant Information

Look through this page and the Plant Information pages for answers to your shipping and cultural questions before you call us for help. Many times your concerns can be answered by reading these hints.

How to Order

608-883-2356 (Toll Free)
608-883-2257 (Fax)
info@songsparrow.com (Email)
Download order form as PDF file

Please order early. Many plants in our catalog are unique and may sell out. All pricing and plant material in this catalog applies to the current year. We are strictly a mail order nursery and not open to visits. Plants are not available for sale at the nursery. We reserve the right to delay delivery or cancel portions of or an entire order should natural or unnatural conditions affect our plant material.

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Packing Information

We take a very protective approach to packaging and shipping. Our bare root Peonies and Daylilies are packed with care. Our containerized plants are packaged with the use of specialty lined boxes, sleeves, plain newspaper and bubble wrap.

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Hours of Operation


We are a mail-order nursery and not open to visits. We can be contacted by phone at 1-608-883-2356, email to info@songsparrow.com or a fax to 1-608-883-2257.

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You can sign up for our newsletters and email promotions, view our online catalog, or order a print catalog.

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Gift Certificates

A gift certificate from Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery is the perfect present for every gardener. Available in any denomination and can be purchased year round. Emailed directly to the purchaser and recipient. Gift certificates are redeemable online or contacting us at 1-608-883-2356. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent.

Order a gift certificate online

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Payment Information

Payment in full must be made prior to processing your order. We accept Check, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. NO C.O.D. If you pay by credit card, your card will be processed approximately 1-2 weeks prior to shipment.

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Wire Transfers

Payment by wire transfer will include an automatic U.S. $50.00 wire transfer fee.

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Shipping and UPS Information

Shipping and Handling Charges—USA

Bare Root Peonies and Daylilies
  1-3 Plants Over 3 Plants
Regular UPS $13.00 $2.25 ea. Additional
Alaska Please call or email for estimate.
  1-3 Plants Over 3 Plants
Regular UPS $25.00 $4.50 ea. Additional
Alaska Please call or email for estimate.

Herbaceous Peonies are harvested and shipped bare root in the fall.
We do not ship to Hawaii. Please call or email for an estimate for shipping to Alaska.

USA Customers

We do our best to accommodate the preferred shipping dates for your plant zones. To ensure timely and proper delivery, we do request 1-2 week notice to prepare an order for shipping. Orders do not ship on the same day that the order is placed. All credit cards are processed 1-2 weeks prior to delivery. If you prefer a specific shipping time or a time not to receive your shipment, please notify us at the time your order is placed.

Our shipping season begins in spring appropriate to your plant zone. We continue to ship plants throughout the spring and summer months. However, we do reserve the right to delay shipment of plants due to extreme weather conditions, especially in summer months. Please note herbaceous Peonies are only harvested and shipped in fall. Please refer to the spring and fall shipping schedule for approximate beginning shipping dates for your plant zone.

All orders are shipped standard ground via United Parcel Service. At your request, you may upgrade your delivery services. Please refer to the delivery chart for container and bare root shipments. U.P.S. requires full name and street number and address. U.P.S. will not deliver to a post office box.  Any additional information that will facilitate delivery will be helpful.

For expedited UPS Services (3-Day Select) a quote can be provided prior to shipment, at your request. Please contact our office at 1-608-883-2356 or info@songsparrow.com.

We are unable to ship our products to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands.

All Foreign Customers

We ship worldwide. Two weeks prior to your scheduled ship date, you will receive a brokerage quote, provided by a reputable brokerage service, for freight delivery charges for your plant order. Your freight quote is valid for 30 days. Please review the freight delivery charges and forward your approval to Song Sparrow Farm. Your approved freight charges will then be added to your order. At your request, for an additional cost, the brokerage company can supply insurance coverage for your cargo against damage, loss, fire, war or seizure. If you do not notify Song Sparrow of this addition, we will assume that you do not want this additional coverage on your shipment. Pending your approval, Song Sparrow will proceed with your order for delivery. Effective 2012-All freight delivery charges are directly payable to Song Sparrow Farm and now included in the total cost of your plant order. All other fees associated with destination charges, duties, taxes and VAT are still the customer's responsibility payable directly to the broker at the time of receipt. Song Sparrow is unable to make any modifications to your order once the Phytosanitary Certificate is applied for. If a Permit to Import is required from your country, the customer is required to supply Song Sparrow with this original documentation prior to shipping. All funds paid to Klehm's Song Sparrow must be in U.S. dollars prior to harvest. Song Sparrow will bill you for the following charges at the time of shipping: the cost of your order, a 5% boxing fee with a minimum of $10.00, and the cost of a Phytosanitary Certificate, $100.00, which we will provide and freight delivery charges, pending your approval. Payment by wire transfer will include an automatic U.S. $50.00 wire transfer fee. At your request, bank information can be forwarded. You will receive notification from Song Sparrow once your shipment has left our facility.

Another delivery option: United Parcel Services, U.P.S., is currently available for foreign deliveries. Please contact us for more information regarding foreign shipments into your country. Two weeks prior to your scheduled ship date, you will receive from Song Sparrow, a quote from U.P.S. for approximate delivery charges. The approximate cost of shipping must be charged to your order prior to delivery, which was previously calculated based upon approximate box weight and count. This may be subject to change at the time of delivery. U.P.S. will notify you of all customs clearance, duties and taxes, which are solely your responsibility. If over payment or under payment exceeds $10.00, notification will be sent of an additional debit or credit. Song Sparrow does charge a $15.00 processing fee which will be added to your invoice. If you are a business and have an open account with U.P.S., please provide your U.P.S. account number and this service may be credited to your account prior to shipment. Please review your quote. Pending your approval we will proceed with your order.


Revised 2012

2015 Beginning Shipping Dates

Fall Herbaceous
Peony Shipments
USDA Zone Begins the week of USDA Zone Begins the week of
zone 10 March 16 zone 10 October 12 
zone 9 March 16 zone 9 October 12 
zone 8 March 16 zone 8 October 12 
zone 7 March 23, March 30 zone 7 October 5 
zone 6 April 6, April 13 zone 6 September 28 
zone 5 April 20, April 27, May 4  zone 5 September 14, September 21 
zone 4 May 11 zone 4 August 31, September 8 
zone 3 May 18 zone 3 August 24 

Spring Pick-Up Days:
May 7-8, 2015 from 1-5pm
Orders for pick up must be placed by May 1st. Your payment will be processed prior to your arrival. Our greenhouses will not be open on these days.

Early Summer Open House/Greenhouse Visit:
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8-11 am
Orders for pick-up must be placed by June 5th, 2015. Our greenhouses will be open for you to shop this day. We recommend placing your order in advance to reserve your "must haves." You can add items periodically throughout the growing season or place another order when you visit.

Late Summer Pick-Up Days:
August 6-7, 2015, 1-5 pm
Orders for pick up must be placed by August 1st. Your payment will be processed prior to your arrival. Herbaceous peonies will not be available for pick-up at this time and our greenhouses will not be open on these days.

Herbaceous Peonies are harvested and shipped bare root in the fall.

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Customer Service and Orders

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