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Vanishing Acts: Dawn Redwood

While fleeing the impending Japanese invasion of the Chinese mainland, well-to-do members of the aristocracy were scouting possible safe zones deep in the wild interior of China, when a forester discovered a tree unlike anything he had previously experienced. Considered one of the greatest botanical finds of the 20th century, the dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Slow and Steady Does It

My year of writing this blog is ending. It’s been a wonderful journey, providing me the opportunity to slow down, pay attention, and share with you some of my discoveries on this one small wooded trail. If you have joined me on this journey, along the way we have witnessed the turning of the great wheel, […]

Following Your Nose: Isaac’s Café Specials, June 20-24

I love it when someone steps into the Visitor Center and says, ” Wow, something smells amazing”.  Usually this occurs in the hours just before Isaac’s Café opens at 11 a.m. while we are turning the day’s harvest into that day’s lunch, but often it lingers throughout the day.  Any time onions, mushrooms, garlic or […]

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 […]

1,416 Tree Huggers Set New World Record at Bernheim

Our team at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to report that, by our accounts, we will soon officially hold the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time at the same place! A big thank you to the 1,416 people that turned out on Saturday, June 4 for […]

Join us for SONICBernheim: Summer Solstice

Join us on Monday, June 20 from 7-10:30 p.m. for Bernheim’s first SONICBernheim of 2016 taking place at the edge of the Big Prairie near the Education Center. You won’t want to miss this site-specific lecture and performance series exploring the relationships between sound, music, and nature all while we celebrate the Summer Solstice. As […]

Trails from the Bent Twig Trail: The Cycle Continues

They’re back!  The spicebush butterflies have been laying their eggs on the spicebush, Lindera benzoin and sassafras trees Sassafras albidum on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere. Some of those eggs have hatched into small caterpillars. Nearly a year ago, I blogged about discovering these along this trail, so it seems fitting to find them again as […]

Isaac’s Café Brings New Opportunities to Expand Your Taste Buds: Specials June 13-17

Yesterday, I went to support my son at Tough Mudder KY (a grueling, 12.5 mile obstacle course held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY). This is not a race or a competition, but a challenge. If you throw in temperatures over 90, high humidity and add lots of Kentucky hills, it becomes insanity, but thousands […]