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Summer Magic at Isaac’s Café: Specials June 27 – July 1


Summer evenings at Bernheim are truly magical. If you have ever sat in the shade near the sunset amphitheater, watched the setting sun dance across the water, or stood under the "Let there be Light" statue overlooking the Big Prairie then you know what I'm talking about. This past Friday and Saturday at Bernheim brought a new perspective to … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: The Franklin Tree

Franklin Tree

Like a true southern belle, the Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha) is rooted in Dixieland and its name boasts impressive lineage. With camellia-like, sweetly fragrant, snow white flowers, it is unusually beautiful and a rare find. So rare, in fact, Franklin trees are extinct in the wild and have not been seen in their natural habitat since … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood

While fleeing the impending Japanese invasion of the Chinese mainland, well-to-do members of the aristocracy were scouting possible safe zones deep in the wild interior of China, when a forester discovered a tree unlike anything he had previously experienced. Considered one of the greatest botanical finds of the 20th century, the dawn redwood, … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Slow and Steady Does It

box turtle

My year of writing this blog is ending. It's been a wonderful journey, providing me the opportunity to slow down, pay attention, and share with you some of my discoveries on this one small wooded trail. If you have joined me on this journey, along the way we have witnessed the turning of the great wheel, the ripening to fullness of late summer, as … [Read more]

Following Your Nose: Isaac’s Café Specials, June 20-24

6-20-16 Special - Turkey Panini and Soup

I love it when I hear someone who just stepped into the Visitor Center exclaim, "Wow, something smells amazing!" Usually this occurs in the hours just before Isaac's Café opens at 11 a.m. while we are turning the day's harvest into that day's lunch, but often it lingers throughout the day. Any time onions, mushrooms, garlic or fresh herbs are … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Chestnut

American Chestnut 7-7-15

Prior to the 1900s, the American chestnut tree once dominated over 200 million acres of the eastern hardwood forest from Maine to Georgia, and west to the Ohio River Valley. Researchers have estimated that 1 out of every 4 trees in the Appalachian Mountains was an American chestnut. The American chestnut lumber was highly prized for its … [Read more]