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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]

Join in the Big Tree Hug Challenge

Bernheim is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for tree hugging, and you're invited to help. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bernheim will attempt to break the record for most people hugging trees at the same place at the same time. Dubbed the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge, the Guinness World Record attempt will require at least 1,201 … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Stories that Restore


"To restore any place, we must begin to re-story it, to make it the lesson of our legends, festivals, and seasonal rites. Story is the way we encode deep-seated values within our culture" Gary Paul Nabhan. In last week's post, I delighted in some of the spring wildflowers that are blooming on the Bent Twig trail, many of these would not be present … [Read more]

Earth Day Every Day: Isaac’s Café Specials April 18-22, 2016

4-18-16 Special

This week marks a very special milestone for the environmental movement.  April 22 is, as many of you know, Earth Day.  Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, knew the importance of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations.  The grassroots movement that he began as a teach-in, became a groundswell of activism that … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Chinese Magnolia

Chinese Magnolia

The Chinese Magnolia, Magnolia officinalis, is a large tree found in broad-leaved forests in central China. Although it is widely distributed throughout China, the population of Magnolia officinalis occurring in the wild has been greatly diminished and is limited to a number of protected areas. Medicines extracted from the bark of this tree have … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Black Walnut

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I owe my love for collecting wild edibles in part to my family's tradition for riding down country roads in autumn  looking for the tale-tell pockmarked stains of black walnut on the payment. We’d park on the side of the road, hop out of the car, carrying buckets and wearing gloves, since the outer hulls will badly stain hands.  We’d gather the … [Read more]