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Tales from Bent Twig Trail: A Scent of Late Summer

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Wild citronella, Collisonia canadensis has been capturing my eye on all of my recent hikes.  If you have been following my blog regularly, you may know that  I tend to scratch-and-sniff my way along the trail.  For this reason, I have been anticipating our wild citronella coming into bloom, and today was the day! Of course I stopped and gently … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Hidden Jewels

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  The natural world is full of hidden jewels, and late summer is a great time to seek out some specific ones along the Bent Twig Trail. Today, let's explore patches of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis that skirt the wetter portions of this trail. At Bernheim, I often find jewelweed growing at the edge of the woods near streams or ditches. … [Read more]

Findings from the Edible Garden Monarch Waystation

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Want to spot a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) at Bernheim? Stop by the Edible Garden, a popular landing spot for these beautiful insects.  Monarch butterflies are known for their long distance migrations in the spring and fall. Their numbers within Bernheim Forest peak during these migration times.  In recent years, however, there has been a decline in … [Read more]

CONNECT at Bernheim Gets Muddy, You Can Too

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Bernheim invites guests to connect, literally, with the Earth at this years CONNECT at Bernheim. Join us this Saturday, August 22, from 6:26-10:26 p.m. for the annual summer celebration that showcases all that is possible when Art, Science and Nature intersect. New this year -- the Mud Play Zone. If you choose to get muddy we recommend you wear … [Read more]

Bernheim Welcomes Writer in Residence, Poet, D.A. Powell

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Bernheim is thrilled to announce poet, D. A. Powell, as our next Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He will give a free reading at Bernheim’s Visitor Center, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 - 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. D.A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for … [Read more]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: The Seed

Summer has progressed into its season of fullness, with seeds forming and  ripening along the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere. In honor of this annual regeneration, I offer you a poem I  wrote a few months ago. Seed By Wren Smith A seed is dormant most of its life. Time does not exist inside the walls, The stone fruit, the pome, the berry … [Read more]