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Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern: Oak Tree

Oak Tree at Bernheim

Isaac Bernheim emigrated to the United States in 1867 at the same time that John Muir was beginning his thousand mile walk to the Gulf of Mexico. As Muir walked through the area that would later become Bernheim Forest, he remarked on the oaks that he encountered, "I have seen oaks of many species in many kinds of exposure and soil, but those of … [Read more]

Bernheim Hosts Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop

The natural light in the Bernheim Visitor Center – Sassafras Room provided the perfect location to discuss landscapes that value nature.

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 … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Wollemi Pine

The 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 … [Read more]

Life and Death on the Bent Twig Trail

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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 love songs from low thickets, in hopes of starting a … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Become a Member, Plant a Tree

Even though Bernheim treats every day like Earth Day, we wanted to add an additional celebration this year. If you haven't heard, Bernheim is celebrating trees throughout the spring in conjuntion with Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, a traveling exhibit from the Morton Arboretum. The exhibit demonstrates the plight of trees and trees importance … [Read more]