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Nature’s Example: Isaac’s Café Specials, May 16-20

Nature sets a great example. This morning I watched a mother robin teaching a fledgling how to feed himself.  She had a fat, juicy worm in her beak and would dangle it just out of reach, then drop it onto the ground just a short distance away and repeat this action over and over until […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: More Blooming Stories

The saying that “you can’t cross the same river twice” is also true for a woodland trail. Each hike on the Bent Twig Trail is an encounter with a changing landscape.  This spring  the visible changes came on like a slow rumble that tumbled into an avalanche of electric green in a matter of weeks. The […]

Vanishing Acts: Wild Apple

The apples we know today: brilliant reds, greens, yellows with a hint of blush, were not always so aesthetically pleasing, nor was their taste delightful, sweet, and crisp. The first apples before domestication were actually small hard fruits resembling our common crabapple. Tasteless, unpalatable, and enjoyed only by wildlife, it was from the wild apple […]

Say hello to freshness at Isaac’s Café: Café Specials May 9-13, 2016

There are few things more rewarding than planting, harvesting, and then eating fresh vegetables that you grew yourself.  Unfortunately, many people don’t have the time, the space, or the know-how to do that.  The Edible Garden at Bernheim, just 200 steps away from Isaac’s Café, is already producing an abundant harvest.  Our garden steward, Cole […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Mysteries of the White Moth

It’s not what we know that ultimately matters, but what we hunger to understand. Whatever fuels our curiosity lights our path, perhaps like moonbeams, or moth wings.  Could it be that our personal evolution is sparked more by moments of wonder and the journey that such “wonder-lust” leads us on, than by moments of clarity? […]

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 […]