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2019 Letter to Our Customers

Greetings from Song Sparrow Farm & Nursery-

As many of you may be aware, the Klehm Family has retired from the horticulture industry after three generations of nurserymen. Over the years, Roy Klehm has introduced many new plant varieties including woody introductions as well as herbaceous plants, many of which are Daylilies, Tree Peonies, Herbaceous Peonies and Hosta. He has worked with several breeders to introduce some of the best shade trees, Crabapples, Magnolias and Lilacs in the industry.

As of spring 2019, Song Sparrow is now under new ownership. A neighboring farmer has purchased Song Sparrow and is fully committed to the 2020 shipping season. We will continue to work hard to get as many plants as possible into the hands of our garden fanatic customers this year. We have the same awesome staff and quality plants, as always.

In addition to our 60 greenhouses of perennials, trees and shrubs, acres of peonies and daylilies, we have also been propagating and growing many liners for our sister company, Beaver Creek, which is now going through its own change in ownership. Basically we have three generations of stock on hand, ranging from large garden-ready, bare-root plants to trays of plugs. We are encouraging our customers to send us their "wish list" items and we would be happy to review our inventories for you.

We would be remiss if we didn't take a moment to thank you, our valued customers, for the trust you place in us and the friendships we have made along the way. So, thank you. Our customers are the best!

Wishing you a great year in the garden!

The staff at Song Sparrow

Contact us:
phone: 1-608-883-2356

Mailing address:
Song Sparrow Farm
13101 East Rye Road, Avalon, WI 53505

Visit Us! 2019 Open House and Pick-Up Days

Dates To Be Determined

While we are not open to the public on a regular basis, we occasionally have special pick-up dates and one open house each year. Please check back here for available dates and times, or sign up for our emails and we will send you an invitation.

Plant Guarantee and Return Policy

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 24-48 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 (Phone)
608-883-2257 (Fax) (Email)
Download order form as PDF file

Please order early. Many plants on our website are unique and may sell out. All pricing and plant material online applies to the current growing season. We are strictly a mail order nursery and not open to daily or weekly visits. 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 hand picked and 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

Office Hours: 8am to 4pm Central Time

Hours may vary with the seasons. Please contact us by email, fax 1-608-883-2257, or phone 1-608-883-2356, if all our employees are busy, please leave a message. All messages will be answered promptly.

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Sign up for our newsletters and email promotions or shop our online catalog. We add new plants throughout the year.

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Gift Certificates

We are not offering gift certificates at this time.

Order a gift certificate online

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Payment Information

Payment in full must be made prior to processing your order. We accept checks, money orders, 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 Call/email for estimate.
  1-3 Plants Over 3 Plants
Regular UPS $25.00 $4.50 ea. Additional
Alaska Call/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 or Spee-Dee Delivery. Please refer to the delivery chart for container and bare root shipments. U.P.S. and Spee Dee Delivery require full name and street number and address. Unfortunately, plant material cannot be delivered to a post office box. Any additional information that will facilitate delivery will be helpful. We are unable to ship our products to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands.

All Foreign Customers

Due to increasing regulations and restrictions, we are limiting our international shipments at this time. Please contact us directly if you would like to pursue shipments outside the United States/ Canada at

CANADIAN SHIPMENTS: All Canadian shipments are sent via United Parcel Services, U.P.S. All plants are shipped when dormant, bare root, early spring or late fall, without exception. A phytosanitary certicate fee of $100.00 will be applied to your order, which we provide. Two weeks prior to your scheduled ship date, you will receive from Song Sparrow, a quote for approximate U.P.S. delivery charges. The estimated shipping cost will be charged to your order prior to shipping. 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 the customer's 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. Please review your quote and final billing prior to shipment. Pending your approval we will proceed with your order.

Revised July 2018

2019 Beginning Shipping Dates

Fall Herbaceous
Peony Shipments
USDA Zone Begins the week of USDA Zone Begins the week of
zone 10 March 18 zone 10 October 14 
zone 9 March 18 zone 9 October 14 
zone 8 March 18 zone 8 October 14 
zone 7 March 25, April 1 zone 7 October 7 
zone 6 April 8, April 15 zone 6 September 30 
zone 5 April 22, April 29, May 6  zone 5 September 16, September 23 
zone 4 May 13 zone 4 September 2, September 9 
zone 3 May 13 zone 3 August 26 

Visit Us! 2019 Open House and Pick-Up Days

Dates To Be Determined

While we are not open to the public on a regular basis, we occasionally have special pick-up dates and one open house each year. Please check back here for available dates and times, or sign up for our emails and we will send you an invitation.

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Customer Service and Orders

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