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Vanishing Acts: Magnolia Officinalis

Magnolia officinalis, sometimes referred to as the Houpa magnolia, is essentially unknown outside of China where it grows only in mountainous regions and valleys. It is a fast growing tree, reaching 50 feet in height, bearing highly aromatic large flowers in the spring. It is prized among Chinese herbalists, not for its flower, but for […]

Hidden in Plain Sight: Isaac’s Café Specials, March 14-18, 2016

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “hidden in plain sight”.   At Bernheim,  now is the perfect time to find things hidden in plain sight if you just know where to look.  I can’t tell you how many times I have walked right past a newly bloomed wildflower only to have Wren Smith, our […]

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 […]

Vanishing Acts: In Search of Trees

With only a few days to go, we anxiously anticipate the public opening of the Vanishing Acts exhibit which highlights rare and endangered species from all over the world.  Informative, interactive signs have been installed and are a great resource for learning about these species and their importance in the world’s forest.  Many of the […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Making Change

Virginia Pines are agents of change. Like all trees, virginia pines, Pinus virginiana, are alchemists, transforming ingredients such as water, carbon dioxide, and the energy of the sun, into food (carbohydrates) for the planet. But first the energy becomes trunk, root, and leaves, or in this case, needles. During this remarkable transformation the trees release oxygen. […]

Can’t wait for Asparagus! – Isaac’s Cafe Special March 7 – 11

My mother always said, “patience is a virtue”.  She certainly did not coin the phrase but this was her go-to response whenever there was wait time for something good to happen.  When it comes to asparagus, Asparagus officianalis Liliaceae Family, patience truly is a virtue. Asparagus greets us in early spring but may take 2 […]

Bernheim Offers Certified Interpretive Guide Training

There is still space, and still time, but act soon! The CIG Program The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation […]

Bernheim Expert Staff Speaks at Carnegie Center in Conjuction with Exhibit

In conjunction with the exhibit, Bernheim: A Natural Muse, The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany will be hosting two events featuring members of Bernheim staff. On Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m., Martha Slaughter, Bernheim’s Visual Arts Coordinator will be giving a talk titled, “A Natural Muse: Challenging Notions of Art”, which […]