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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

Specials 12-7-15

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]

Finding Harper Bernheim

As winter arrives, birds are beginning their southern migrations. Among the many birds that will make their way to Clermont are golden eagles. Nearly one year ago, Bernheim (in partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Beckham Bird Club) was able to fit Harper Bernheim with a solar powered GPS tracking device. We had hoped … [Read more]

First Sunday Interpretive Nature Hike

  Join Volunteer Naturalist, Joe Rogers for an engaging nature hike at 2:00 from the Visitor Center. The 45 - 60 minute interpretive hike will include a stroll through Bernheim's holly and conifer collection. No fee and no need to register. Also, the firetower will be opened from 1:00- 4:00 on Sunday, December 6. … [Read more]

Issac’s Cafe Specials – November 30-December 4, 2015

11-30-15 Specials

If you’re like me, you may have over indulged just a bit last week.  We are not unlike other mammals, gathering, storing, preparing ourselves by packing on the pounds for the long lean winter months ahead. However, those creatures do need to pack on the pounds and most of us do not.  In an effort to balance the heavy meals of the holidays, why not … [Read more]