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Tales from Bent Twig Trail: A Scent of Late Summer

Wild citronella, Collisonia canadensis has been capturing my eye on all of my recent hikes.  If you have been following my blog regularly, you may know that  I tend to scratch-and-sniff my way along the trail.  For this reason, I have been anticipating our wild citronella coming into bloom, and today was the day! Of […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Hidden Jewels

  The natural world is full of hidden jewels, and late summer is a great time to seek out some specific ones along the Bent Twig Trail. Today, let’s explore patches of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis that skirt the wetter portions of this trail. At Bernheim, I often find jewelweed growing at the edge of the woods […]

Findings from the Edible Garden Monarch Waystation

Want to spot a Monarch butterfly at Bernheim? Be sure to stop by the Edible Garden, a popular landing spot for these beautiful insects! They are making quite an appearance just in time for our annual BugFest. Monarch butterflies are known for their long distance migrations in the spring and fall. Their numbers within Bernheim Forest […]

CONNECT at Bernheim Gets Muddy, You Can Too

Bernheim invites guests to connect, literally, with the Earth at this years CONNECT at Bernheim. Join us this Saturday, August 22, from 6:26-10:26 p.m. for the annual summer celebration that showcases all that is possible when Art, Science and Nature intersect. New this year — the Mud Play Zone. If you choose to get muddy […]

Bernheim Welcomes Writer in Residence, Poet, D.A. Powell

Bernheim is thrilled to announce poet, D. A. Powell, as our next Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He will give a free reading at Bernheim’s Visitor Center, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. D.A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: The Seed

Summer has progressed into its season of fullness, with seeds forming and  ripening along the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere. In honor of this annual regeneration, I offer you a poem I  wrote a few months ago. Seed By Wren Smith A seed is dormant most of its life. Time does not exist inside the […]

All Good Things Come to an End

As I sit at my desk during the final hour of my final day here at Bernheim, I can’t help but to feel thankful for all the love and support I have received during my 12 weeks here from the staff, volunteers, and guests. Bernheim is such a welcoming community, and it has been a […]

Terrarium and Aquarium Updates

After many hours of research, collecting, and planting, I am very excited to announce that the terrarium has been completed! The education department has implemented the terrarium as a miniature ecosystem, with a collection of plants and insects that can be found within Bernheim. Plants that can be seen in the terrarium include Indian Cucumber […]