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Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Pleasant Surprises

Virginia Pine

  Walking the Bent Twig Trail regularly helps me experience or discover surprises that I might have missed otherwise. Look what I found - indian pipes, Monotropa uniflora! Because these strange plants are nearly all white, they are sometimes called ghost plants. Although they resemble some sort of strange fungi, indian pipes are actually flowering … [Read more]

Green Roofs’ Growth in the City

Horticulture Intern Shane Stiles pulls weeds from a green roof demo.

Cityscapes and urban sprawls need the oxygen and the shade from a tree as much as (if not more than) forested areas. Potted plants and trees on the sidewalk aren’t the only ways to fill this need. Green roofs have become a popular way to bring nature into the city. More people are expressing interest in bringing plant life into their cities. There … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Spicing it up.

spicebush leaves

There is nothing like a walk in the woods to remind us "there's more to life than meets the eye." The sense of smell is particularly good at conjuring up layers of experience and emotions. Dianne Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, explains that our sense of smell developed from the oldest part of our brain, the olfactory lobe. She … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bridging the Gap

trail and bridge

 I'm thinking about bridges today, perhaps because Bent Twig Trail  has several of them. Each one spanning the ephemeral creek that snakes its way in this small forest fragment. In my role as the Interpretive Programs Manager for Bernheim, I have the great fortune not only of working in a beautiful place, but I also have the privilege of sharing … [Read more]

Is Forest Restoration the New Frontier?

A fist full of Stilt Grass

Is forest restoration the new frontier? If you ask any of the stewards painstakingly removing harmful invasive species from our beautiful, diverse ecosystems here at Bernheim, the answer is yes. Invasive species aren't an established contributor in our local environs, meaning that our native species may not be adapted to make use of them or be … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: A Meditative Morning

morning ligth

"Mornings are my favorite time of day, but it's a shame they only last til noon," my friend Joyce Fry announced a few years ago during a shared morning hike. Being one of the lucky ones who sleeps soundly and wakes up early, refreshed by the mysterious and restorative  power of a good night's rest, I find myself repeating her words often. Morning … [Read more]