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It’s Derby Week! Isaac’s Café Specials: May 2-6, 2016

Hold on to your hats, it’s Derby week! Ever wonder how wearing an outrageous hat became a thing at the Derby? As it turns out, it all started when horse racing wanted to give the track a much needed  face-lift, so to speak.  The track was typically a place where “proper” women would not be […]

Bernheim Hosts Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop

On Thursday, April 28, the United States Green Building Council hosted the first regional workshop in the nation to introduce the Sustainable SITES Initiative. Fifty-eight design professionals including landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists and site planners gathered in the Bernheim Visitor Center to explore a sustainability rating system for landscape design. Sustainable SITES projects are […]

Vanishing Acts: Wollemi Pine

The Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) was considered extinct until it was discovered in a remote gorge of Australia’s Wollemi National Park in 1994. Considered by many as the most important botanical find of the century, the tree’s history dates back 200 million years when its family was widespread across the supercontinent of Gondwana. Surveys indicate […]

Life and Death on the Bent Twig Trail

Typically when we think of Spring, we think of new life . . . after all, the woods, fields, creeks and our own backyards are bustling and buzzing with the sights and sounds of this annual stirring. This is certainly true on the Bent Twig trail where I heard the shy ovenbirds loudly chant their […]

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 […]

Become a Member, Plant a Tree

Even though Bernheim treats every day like Earth Day, we wanted to add an additional celebration this year. If you haven’t heard, Bernheim is celebrating trees throughout the spring in conjuntion with Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, a traveling exhibit from the Morton Arboretum. The exhibit demonstrates the plight of trees and trees importance to […]

Join in the Big Tree Hug Challenge

Bernheim is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for tree hugging, and you’re invited to help. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bernheim will attempt to break the record for most people hugging trees at the same place at the same time. Dubbed the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge, the Guinness World Record attempt will require […]

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, […]