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April Plant of the Month – Butterflies magnolia now at the Visitor’s Center!

Butterflies magnolia

For those of you that didn’t make it in time to reserve a Butterflies magnolia last spring, here’s your chance! We offered this beautiful magnolia for our member program, Garden Connections, and we sold out almost immediately. If you have ever seen the magnolias in bloom at Bernheim, you know why. This deciduous magnolia blooms in April, standing … [Read more]

March 26th – Two years apart

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These are photos of crabapple specimens near the front entrance of Bernheim.  The top photo (in bloom) was taken on March 26th, 2012.  The bottom photo (in snow) was taken on March 26th, 2013. … [Read more]

Stone Wizard

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Pat Maxwell, in Bernheim's operations department, is a wizard when it comes to using big machines to move big stones.  On Friday, March 22 he created this stone wall around the pipe that carries water from the new Edible Garden project into a new filtering wetland.  Because the Edible Garden project is an applicant to the Living Building Challenge … [Read more]

Burn Season

Indian Grave Ridge Road burn 3-22-13

The Bernheim fire team headed by burn-boss Rick Caldwell has been hard at it. The team is attempting to get in 17 different burns this year. Each burn plot has its' own unique fire prescription which takes into account the type of fuel (grassland, woodland, etc) the topography and the ecosystem management goals that the burn is intended to help … [Read more]

2013-2014 Bernheim Artists in Residence Announced

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Bernheim Artist in Residence Program, a central aspect of its Arts in Nature program. Although each artist is varied in their approach to their art making practice, each utilizes an aspect of nature as a primary reference in their work. The three … [Read more]

Natural Partners

(Toad will regrettably be returned to the outdoors Friday when warm enough to dig a new home)

Growing plants naturally in the glasshouses can sometimes be tough with disease, insect, and weed pressures. You are, in fact, in a fairly closed system – or so you think. Never forget, Mother Nature has helpers everywhere. Friends like this help to keep balance in my little glass ecosystem…and help to remind us of why we are growing naturally in … [Read more]