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Will it Grow Here?

Have you ever seen a new or peculiar plant, and wondered if it would grow in your area? The most important factor limiting plant growth across large geographic regions (other than water availability) is a plant’s “hardiness” or ability to tolerate a range of temperatures. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture created an interactive […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Chestnut

Prior to the 1900s, the American chestnut tree once dominated over 200 million acres of the eastern hardwood forest from Maine to Georgia, and west to the Ohio River Valley. Researchers have estimated that 1 out of every 4 trees in the Appalachian Mountains was an American chestnut. The American chestnut lumber was highly prized […]

Restoring the Forests of Kentucky

Although this tree may seem unfamiliar to many people today, it once played a crucial role in the survival of people in Kentucky. The American chestnut (Casteana dentata) was once highly valued for its timber. The nuts of the tree served as an important food source for both humans and animals.  During the first half […]

Spring Plant Sale this Saturday!

Bernheim’s annual Spring Plant Sale takes place Saturday, May 17 as part of BloomFest, our annual celebration of spring! Our plant sale features Bernheim Select ™, a distinctive variety of plants propagated from Bernheim’s own collections, along with a varied selection of other unique trees, shrubs, grasses and perennial herbaceous plants. All plants are suitable for north central Kentucky […]

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 […]

Become a Wintertime Tree Detective!

Winter is a great time to explore and identify trees at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Without leaves, deciduous trees can be tough to identify. However, with a little detective work one can identify trees by bark, seed pods, shape, leftover fruit, twigs, or bud arrangements. Using field guides, taking photos, and researching the internet […]

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 […]

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 […]