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Front Gate Restoration

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Horticulture staff  is busy cleaning up the front gate and getting ready for some new plantings . Check out the two new Coral Bark Japanese Maple ‘Sango-kaku’ as you leave through the front gate, awesome color!                  

Bernheim Beech Collection – Nine days difference

EuroBeeches pano 10-16-12

Top: 10-16-12   Bottom: 10-25-12 What a difference nine days can make. I can’t wait to follow this beech collection near the entrance intersection over the course of the coming year.  Bernheim in early morning light is magnificent.

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Creating An Atlas Of The World Depicted Through Food – PSFK

Food: An Atlas seeks to map food in order to create a greater awareness of where it comes from and how it relates to our lives. The growing collection of over 60 maps has been cooperatively-created by a guerrilla cartography community of more than 100 people around the world Creating An Atlas Of The World […]

Sunrise over Lake Nevin

Bernheim Arb Fall - 009

Recent scene of a beautiful fall morning at Bernheim. See other views of Lake Nevin.

Edible Garden – Pond and Wetland Construction

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  The initial earthwork for the Edible Garden pond and wetland is nearing completion.  We are aiming for an on-site ecological water system that collects, stores, uses, cleans and returns to the environment 100% of the gardens’ water needs.  In shorthand that is “net zero water“.  Since water is such a precious resource it only […]

Fall Play – Children’s Play Garden

Ruby at the Children's Play Garden

Fall is a great time of year to get outside and play.  As the weather gets cooler the fall colors start popping and you don’t have as many insects to deal with. Here’s a great article on the value of outdoor play by David Elkind, a professor of child development at Tufts University. dpi.wi.gov/ccic/pdf/weekly_articles/values_outdoor_play.pdf

Edible Garden Design – Arbor sketch

Edible Garden - Arbor sketch

To meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge the materials used in the Edible Garden have to be carefully selected.  If we use wood it has to come from a locally harvested source where the harvest is part of an ecological enhancement effort or from FSC certified forestry practices.  But steel is also an […]