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Spring Cleaning: Isaac’s Café Specials March 28 – April 1, 2016

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It’s spring cleaning time at Isaac’s Café and time to make room in our freezer.  We are using the bounty of our well stocked garden freezer to create mouthwatering soups and specials.  It won’t be long before the Edible Garden is in full swing and our dedicated volunteers  will be filling up the freezer once again with summer’s bounty of squash, … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Beautiful Bloodroot

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Easter weekend was indeed a celebration of new life on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere.  Wildflower enthusiasts, naturalists, and hikers were rewarded by the bright presence of clusters of moon white bloodroot blossoms shining up from the forest floor. Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, has long been a favorite of mine, partially because it's an … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Elm

This painting by American landscape painter George Inness (1825-1894) is titled ‘Old Elm at Medfield’

The American elm, ulmus americana, can be a large, tough and long-lived tree. That is, it can be all of those things if it doesn’t succumb to Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by bark beetles. Before Dutch elm disease, the American elm was one of the quintessential urban landscape trees because of its majestic vase shaped architecture, tolerance … [Read more]

It’s Spring Harvest Time: Isaac’s Café Specials March 21-25, 2016

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Many celebrations of modern times are built on the foundation of ancient rituals, followed religiously by some cultures and given a modern flair.   At Isaac’s Café, we are celebrating the Edible Garden’s First Harvest!   Cole Alexander and I have just harvested tender Asian greens that will be the foundation for this week’s special. The perfect … [Read more]

Meet 2016 Bernheim Artists in Residence

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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Bernheim Artist in Residence Program, a central aspect of its Arts in Nature program. Although each artist uses a different form of art, all use nature as a primary reference in their work. The three artists selected for the 2016 year are photographer and … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Pygeum

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Pygeum, prunus Africana, is a large evergreen tree native to the montane forests of Africa, as well as the high altitude rainforests of Madagascar. An important species to the health of the forest system, its fragrant white flowers are a food source for insects, while the fruit is a major food source for birds and monkeys. Humans have used the … [Read more]