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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 […]

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 […]