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The Record Is Within Reach: Meet the Tree Hugging Challenge!

This Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bernheim will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time at the same place. The current record, which is held by a town in South Korea, is 1,200, so we need 1,201 to break it. Our goal is to have 3,000+ people hugging, so we can hold the title for years to come. With … [Read more]

Isaac’s Café, home of the Big Hug! Specials May 31 – June 3

5-31-16 Special - Tree Hugger

In honor of our Big Tree Hug Challenge, the special at Isaac’s café this week will be what we are calling, the BIG HUG! It is a forest of fresh greens from our Edible Garden, piled high with our homemade chicken salad all rolled together with other fresh veggies and given a big hug in the form of a soft flour tortilla, just $5.95! We are also … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Anhui Elm

Anhui Elm
Photo Credit: Morton Arboretum

The Anhui elm, Ulmus gaussenii or Hairy Elm, is a large, stately tree with a lovely open crown, much like our native American Elm. Anhui elm is the rarest and most endangered elm species, as there are very few in cultivation and only 30 trees remaining in the wild. Native to the Anhui region of China, this species grows in the valleys of limestone … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Little Rustler

Male Eastern Towhee photo by Sherrie Duris

They used to fool me with all their rustling about in the undergrowth. Yes, I was convinced that some large animal, surely a mammal was busying away there under the bushes. But I'm on to these little rustlers now! The Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) is about the size of a robin, but when it's hunting for dinner it purposefully hops back … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Monkey Puzzle

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

What’s in a name? This one alludes to the fact that climbing the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), with its sharp branches covered in spiny leaves, would puzzle even a monkey. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1780s along the Andean and coastal Chilean mountain region of South America. Since then, the monkey puzzle tree … [Read more]

Bernheim Welcomes New COO, Scott Turner

Scott Turner, COO

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is thrilled to welcome Scott Turner as the new Chief Operating Officer. Scott will oversee ongoing business strategy, operations, and execution. Turner joins Bernheim from Land Between the Lakes where he previously served as Business Performance Manager. Scott’s expertise will deepen the talent of our … [Read more]