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Join us for SONICBernheim: Summer Solstice

Join us on Monday, June 20 from 7-10:30 p.m. for Bernheim’s first SONICBernheim of 2016 taking place at the edge of the Big Prairie near the Education Center. You won’t want to miss this site-specific lecture and performance series exploring the relationships between sound, music, and nature all while we celebrate the Summer Solstice. As […]

Bernheim Hosts Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop

On Thursday, April 28, the United States Green Building Council hosted the first regional workshop in the nation to introduce the Sustainable SITES Initiative. Fifty-eight design professionals including landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists and site planners gathered in the Bernheim Visitor Center to explore a sustainability rating system for landscape design. Sustainable SITES projects are […]

Vanishing Acts: Bristlecone Pine

If “honor your elders” is a phrase that resonates with you, then the bristlecone pine tree, pinus longaeva, deserves great honor indeed. There are a number of bristlecone pine trees that have been aged at well over 4000 years, and several that are thought to be more than 5000 years old. That makes this tree […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Elm

The American elm, ulmus americana, can be a large, tough and long-lived tree. That is, it can be all of those things if it doesn’t succumb to Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by bark beetles. Before Dutch elm disease, the American elm was one of the quintessential urban landscape trees because of its majestic […]

Walnut Preparing for Winter

This year has been an amazing “mast” year.  Mast is a term biologists give to hard nuts and fleshy fruits that are produced in differing abundance from year to year.  Here are two photos of a lone walnut that sits just outside of the big prairie as it drops its leaves and nuts in preparation […]

Edible Garden Update – Make Your Beds

On May 13th last year we were still in the process of building the raised beds for the Edible Garden. We didn’t get crops planted last year until June and July. We are in better shape this year. Especially after our horticulture volunteers spent most of this morning topping off the beds with new soil. […]

Spring Sprang 3-20-14 at 12:57 pm

It’s a beautiful first day of spring here at Bernheim and the chatter among staff, volunteers and visitors is focused on how ready we all for it to be here. And as evidence here’s a few photos. This first photo is of the first observed bloom on the Magnolia kobus var. ‘stellata’ at the Bernheim […]

Design Challenge – Get Small and Move

For the 3rd year Bernheim has worked with the University of Kentucky School of Architecture to set up a design challenge for the 2nd year architecture students. This year we challenged the 12 students to design small lodging spaces that could move within Bernheim and between activity nodes. Each lodging “ship” is designed to be […]