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Vanishing Acts: Pau Brasil

The Pau Brasil tree, Caesalpinia echinata, the namesake for Brazil, is native only to Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forest, and has strong cultural ties to Brazil’s social and economic history. This tropical or subtropical tree grows to a height of 40, with a trunk diameter of more than 2 feet. The trunk is the tree’s most […]

Vanishing Acts: Anhui Elm

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 […]

Vanishing Acts: Pygeum

Pygeum, prunus Africana, is a large evergreen tree native to the montane forests of Africa, as well as the high altitude rainforests of Madagascar. An important species to the health of the forest system, its fragrant white flowers are a food source for insects, while the fruit is a major food source for birds and […]

Planning for the Future

Such a big part of any plant lover’s life is planning for the future. Many times, we plan for how we want our landscape to look in five, ten, and fifteen years. Sometimes, however, we are looking far beyond and planning for the future of generations to come. At Bernheim, little steps are made each […]

When it’s cold outside, we’ve got the month of May…

Things are really heating up in the greenhouses! We have left behind the subzero weather that just won’t seem to break, and have moved on to thoughts of Spring. We operate several months ahead of schedule in the nursery, starting vegetables and herbs for the Edible Garden Grand Opening, which coincides with the Spring Plant […]

August Plant of the Month at the Visitor’s Center!

What a perfect time of year to plant glossy abelia! This plant is heading into its most magnificent months of the year. This semi-evergreen shrub blooms from May to September and is a pollinator magnet! At this time of year, these medium-sized shrubs are covered in fragrant pinkish-white blooms that attract bees and other beneficials […]

July Plant of the Month at the Visitor’s Center

Annabelle hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ While this beauty is not considered a hard-to-find cultivar, I think that everyone should have at least one in their yard. This shrub harkens to old-fashioned gardens, bursting with blooms and fragrance, and the seemingly bygone era of front porch sitting with friends, neighbors, and family. This cultivar is a […]

Spring Plant Sale list now available

Start making your wish list! The Spring Plant List species list has been posted. All plants are of limited quantities, so arrive early to beat the crowd. We have a great list of trees, shrubs, and perennials to add to your garden this Spring.