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Vanishing Acts: Monkey Puzzle

What’s in a name? This one alludes to the fact that climbing the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), with its sharp branches covered in spiny leaves, would puzzle even a monkey. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1780s along the Andean and coastal Chilean mountain region of South America. Since then, the […]

Bernheim Welcomes New COO, Scott Turner

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is thrilled to welcome Scott Turner as the new Chief Operating Officer. Scott will oversee ongoing business strategy, operations, and execution. Turner joins Bernheim from Land Between the Lakes where he previously served as Business Performance Manager. Scott’s expertise will deepen the talent of our Senior Management Team and we know that his addition […]

REMINDER: Help Bernheim Break the World Tree Hugging Record

We are just over two weeks away from Bernheim’s Big Tree Hug Challenge and we need you to participate! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4 and head to Bernheim to help us break the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time. To break the record, we need at […]

Join us for BloomFest!

What are you doing this weekend? Why not join us at BloomFest, Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring! The costume parade, naturalist-led discovery stations, local artisans, and food vendors are just some of the many activities available for everyone to enjoy. The day also coincides with our annual Spring Plant Sale, featuring Bernheim Select™ plants, a […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Sound of Music

For years, The Sound of Music was my favorite movie. The scenery, the singing and that jaw dropping flyover of the Austrian Alps as the movie opens still gives me goose bumps.  In all of that grandeur, a small bird intones a few notes that somehow sets the stage for Julie Andrews to come whirling into view. […]

Vanishing Acts: Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir, Abies fraseri, has been in existence for over 12,000 years (called a glacial relict, because its existence dates back to the last glacial age), that is now found only in the highest regions of the southern Appalachians. As the climate warmed since the end of the last glaciation, fraser firs have been pushed […]

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 […]