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Fall Play – Children’s Play Garden

Ruby at the Children's Play Garden

Fall is a great time of year to get outside and play.  As the weather gets cooler the fall colors start popping and you don't have as many insects to deal with. Here's a great article on the value of outdoor play by David Elkind, a professor of child development at Tufts University. dpi.wi.gov/ccic/pdf/weekly_articles/values_outdoor_play.pdf … [Read more]

Edible Garden Design – Arbor sketch

Edible Garden - Arbor sketch

To meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge the materials used in the Edible Garden have to be carefully selected.  If we use wood it has to come from a locally harvested source where the harvest is part of an ecological enhancement effort or from FSC certified forestry practices.  But steel is also an option.  Especially since steel … [Read more]

New Garden Pond II

Pond design sketch

It's amazing to think that a few scribbled lines in pencil on paper can result in an actual ecological feature in a complex garden landscape.  But, that's how it happens. At least that's how it starts. … [Read more]

New Garden Pond

Construction of Edible Garden Pond 10-10-12

  In another year this will all be under water.  Water that will be growing our food.  Can't wait till this fills up now.         … [Read more]

Big Prairie Bloom 9-4-12

Prairie 9-4-12

  The Bernheim Big Prairie represents an amazing story of ecological change.  In 2009 this area was a mowed field of fescue grass.  Through years of ecological stewardship it now represents a great example of native tall grass prairie. As a result, the biodiversity of this area has increased dramatically. In this picture you can … [Read more]

What A Difference a Year Makes

Maple 10-1-10

These following three photographs are of a maple tree just beyond the entrance kiosk at Bernheim.  I've been taking photos of this tree over the past several years during the fall color change.  It's amazing to see how different the same tree can be on the same date over three different years. If you are interested in studying phenology (the … [Read more]