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Pecan 12-6-12

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Bernheim Beech Collection – Nine days difference

EuroBeeches pano 10-16-12

Top: 10-16-12   Bottom: 10-25-12 What a difference nine days can make. I can’t wait to follow this beech collection near the entrance intersection over the course of the coming year.  Bernheim in early morning light is magnificent.

Edible Garden – Pond and Wetland Construction

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  The initial earthwork for the Edible Garden pond and wetland is nearing completion.  We are aiming for an on-site ecological water system that collects, stores, uses, cleans and returns to the environment 100% of the gardens’ water needs.  In shorthand that is “net zero water“.  Since water is such a precious resource it only […]

Fall Play – Children’s Play Garden

Ruby at the Children's Play Garden

Fall is a great time of year to get outside and play.  As the weather gets cooler the fall colors start popping and you don’t have as many insects to deal with. Here’s a great article on the value of outdoor play by David Elkind, a professor of child development at Tufts University. dpi.wi.gov/ccic/pdf/weekly_articles/values_outdoor_play.pdf

Edible Garden Design – Arbor sketch

Edible Garden - Arbor sketch

To meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge the materials used in the Edible Garden have to be carefully selected.  If we use wood it has to come from a locally harvested source where the harvest is part of an ecological enhancement effort or from FSC certified forestry practices.  But steel is also an […]

New Garden Pond II

Pond design sketch

It’s amazing to think that a few scribbled lines in pencil on paper can result in an actual ecological feature in a complex garden landscape.  But, that’s how it happens. At least that’s how it starts.

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Construction of Edible Garden Pond 10-10-12

  In another year this will all be under water.  Water that will be growing our food.  Can’t wait till this fills up now.        

Big Prairie Bloom 9-4-12

Prairie 9-4-12

  The Bernheim Big Prairie represents an amazing story of ecological change.  In 2009 this area was a mowed field of fescue grass.  Through years of ecological stewardship it now represents a great example of native tall grass prairie. As a result, the biodiversity of this area has increased dramatically. In this picture you can […]