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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Imaginings

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There's something about the starkness of the winter landscape -- the muted colors, the openness of the forest, the negative spaces created by the bare branches of trees that sets my imagination on a whirling dance. Maybe it's because I'm a lover of greenness, and the lack of it makes my mind play games with me. Or perhaps it's my eyes playing games … [Read more]

Gift Ideas at Bernheim Gift Shop

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Instead of working your way through thousands of people at the mall, do some holiday shopping at Bernheim's Gift Shop, inside the Visitor Center, and enjoy thousands of trees. Have a healthy meal outside of a food court at Isaac's Cafe, and find all your unique gifts for everyone on your list. We have gifts for everyone, from the kids to the … [Read more]

Celebrate the Giving Season at Bernheim

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for family, friends, merriment, and giving. Whether you are contemplating the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life or you are considering your year-end giving, Bernheim has you covered for both. Membership to Bernheim is the perfect gift for that nature lover in your life. … [Read more]

Hollies for the Holidays


Of the many plants associated with the holiday season, the Holly (Ilex sp.) has perhaps the oldest history of any other decorative evergreen.  The use of holly in holiday tradition dates back to the Greeks and Romans, who adorned their homes with wreaths and garland made from holly boughs.  This tradition was thought to predict the outcome of the … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Curiousities

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Curiosities abound, adding interest and even mystery to our hikes! On the far side of the Bent Twig Trail, you can find a small grove of strange slender trees. Many of these are the right thickness to use as walking sticks. However I wouldn't recommend it - as you will discover upon closer examination, the trunks of these trees are ringed by sharp … [Read more]

Isaac’s Cafe Specials – December 7-11, 2015

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Stop by Isaac's Cafe inside the Visitor Center in for a yummy treat after your brisk December hike. Lunch special of the week: Where’s Waldorf chicken salad! Our fresh made chicken salad with a twist on an old favorite, served on Breadworks raisin pecan bread with a bag potato chips $5.95. Side of the week:  Sweet potato salad, $1.59.  Chunks … [Read more]