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Late Summer Skies

Prairie 9-13-13

At 4:44 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 22nd fall will be here.  You have a few days left to enjoy late summer at Bernheim. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this.

Earth Measure landscape in progress

EarthMeasure landscape install 9-13-13

Friday, September the 13th was a lucky day for us.  A staff work party resulted in a new prairie planting that will grow up around Matt Weirs’ EarthMeasure sculpture that will open in October.  Here are several pictures of the team that got the job done under the direction of nursery manager Renee Hutchison.

Portland Plays – Playground Building Day

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On Saturday, September 7th Bernheim helped the Portland Plays group kickstart a new playground effort at the Peoples Garden in Portland.  It was an amazing day of play and we can’t wait to be a part of the next playground building day.  Supported in part through the Bernheim Children at Play Initiative the Portland Plays […]

Edible Garden Progress

Renee, Masha and Eric plant the first bed

As summer finally heats up, so is the Edible Garden! It’s been a productive time at Bernheim’s Living Building Challenge construction site.  Though the site is still under construction, in the past two weeks, Bernheim volunteers, interns and members of Bernheim’s horticultural staff planted the first assortment of edible plants in raised beds of the […]

One Maple Tree – 22 Days

Maple 4-15-13

Unlike the Kentucky Derby, watching spring unfold is a slow motion sport. But it’s still a sport of kings. Enjoy these six photos of the same maple tree taken over the course of 22 days.

The Blooming V’s

doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum) 5-6-13

The Viburnums and the Vacciniums are putting on a show at Bernheim at the moment. The Chinese snowball vaccinium pictured below can be found on the Two Ponds Loop trail and the doublefile viburnum can be viewed near the crosswalk from Holly Pond over to Mac’s Lake. Both are worth taking a moment to enjoy.

Controlled Fire Season – Over

Ronnie Moore helps lead a grassland burn.

This year the Bernheim natural areas department, with help from staff and select volunteers, completed 18 separate controlled burns. That’s a new record for Bernheim and a grueling task for the burn team. The burn season, which typically runs from mid-April to mid-May, got off to a slow start because of weather conditions but things […]

Earth Measure Update

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Sculptor Matt Weir, working with a crane crew, staff and others, has most of the largest stone pieces in place now for his monumental Earth Measure. At least all of the stones that required a crane are set in place. Now Matt will begin carving on the pieces working toward his final vision for the […]