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May’s Featured Plant at the Visitor’s Center!

Those of you that have been through the arboretum in the last month might not have known what the wonderful fragrance was, but I’m sure you noticed it. Most likely you were near a Koreanspice viburnum. From the Education Center to the Garden Pavilion, these shrubs have been filling the air with their heady perfume. […]

April Plant of the Month – Butterflies magnolia now at the Visitor’s Center!

For those of you that didn’t make it in time to reserve a Butterflies magnolia last spring, here’s your chance! We offered this beautiful magnolia for our member program, Garden Connections, and we sold out almost immediately. If you have ever seen the magnolias in bloom at Bernheim, you know why. This deciduous magnolia blooms […]

Natural Partners

Growing plants naturally in the glasshouses can sometimes be tough with disease, insect, and weed pressures. You are, in fact, in a fairly closed system – or so you think. Never forget, Mother Nature has helpers everywhere. Friends like this help to keep balance in my little glass ecosystem…and help to remind us of why […]

Featured Plant of the Month: Weeping Japanese Pagoda Tree

Featured Plant of the Month weeping Japanese pagoda tree Sophora japonica ‘Pendula’ The Japanese Pagoda tree is a medium-size native of China & Korea which was introduced into Japan where it is often planted around Buddhist temples for its showy flowers. The bark of this tree is grayish brown and can become deeply furrowed with […]

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

Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis):  I have featured this small tree before in other Bernheim programs, but couldn’t pass up featuring it as the pick of the month for March! Nothing compares to a serviceberry to welcome in the first signs of spring. Serviceberries usually send out dainty white flowers in April, though some years it […]

What’s in Bloom

Witchhazels in bloom February 28 January 1-15 witchhazels  (Hamamelis) winterberry holly  (Ilex verticillata) paperbark maple  (Acer griseum) river birch  (Betula nigra) Korean stewartia  (Stewartia koreana) January 16-31 witchhazels  (Hamamelis) winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) three-flower maple  (Acer triflorum) paperbark maple  (Acer griseum) river birch  (Betula nigra) Korean stewartia  (Stewartia koreana) February 1-15 witchhazels  (Hamamelis) winterberry holly  (Ilex verticillata) […]

Partnerships

Bernheim horticulturists take care of not only everyday duties within the arboretum grounds, but also seek to strengthen relationships with the surrounding greater ecological community. Bernheim is a member of several local horticultural organizations to include the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association (KNLA), the Kentucky Arborist Association (KAA), and the City of Bardstown’s Tree Board.  […]

Horticulture Mission Statement

Horticulture’s mission is to increase knowledge, appreciation and conservation of plant diversity and be a regional center of expertise in living collection stewardship, landscape design and exhibition and horticultural “best” practices. In order to achieve this mission Horticulture’s goals are to: Develop and maintain a comprehensive and scientifically documented collection of predominately woody landscape plants […]