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Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Dogwood

What is your favorite native flowering tree? If you said flowering dogwood, you aren’t alone. Flowering dogwoods, Cornus florida are favored by many people, as well as wildlife – providing beauty and ecological value to our landscapes. Flowering dogwood trees owe their showy beauty to special modified leaves known as bracts. These large white bracts surround the button-sized cluster […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Stories that Restore

“To restore any place, we must begin to re-story it, to make it the lesson of our legends, festivals, and seasonal rites. Story is the way we encode deep-seated values within our culture” Gary Paul Nabhan. In last week’s post, I delighted in some of the spring wildflowers that are blooming on the Bent Twig trail, […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Black Walnut

I owe my love for collecting wild edibles in part to my family’s tradition for riding down country roads in autumn  looking for the tale-tell pockmarked stains of black walnut on the payment. We’d park on the side of the road, hop out of the car, carrying buckets and wearing gloves, since the outer hulls will […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Flora Rewards of Restoration

Restorations of natural areas provides many rewards. Invasive species, such as winter creeper, Euonymus fortunei, and various species of exotic honeysuckle Lonicera sp. take their toll on the health and natural diversity of a landscape by crowding out native species: species that have complex ecological relationships that evolved over eons. But thanks to the hard work […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bloodroot Unearthed

When we take the time to learn  the stories hidden in plants, we find tales of ecology, mythology, history, and mystery. We find stories that root us to the land; stories that help us feel connected to the earth. Last week I shared an ecological story hidden in the relationship between bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis and […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Beautiful Bloodroot

Easter weekend was indeed a celebration of new life on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere.  Wildflower enthusiasts, naturalists, and hikers were rewarded by the bright presence of clusters of moon white bloodroot blossoms shining up from the forest floor. Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, has long been a favorite of mine, partially because it’s an early bloomer, […]

Experience Bernheim at Night

With the first day of spring arriving this weekend so do our popular night programs.  From Full Moon Hikes to Creatures of the Night and Laser Guided Star Tours, our night programs are a great way to connect with nature in an entirely different way. The night adventures begin Wednesday, March 23 from 7:45 – […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Toothsome Toothworts

 The Toothsome Toothworts & Purple Cress Spring wildflowers have begun to bloom on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere at Bernheim. The two-leaf toothworts that held their buds in tiny closed fists for days, are now opening. Both the common name for these diminutive members of the mustard family (Brassiceace), and one of the often […]