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Is Forest Restoration the New Frontier?

A fist full of Stilt Grass

Is forest restoration the new frontier? If you ask any of the stewards painstakingly removing harmful invasive species from our beautiful, diverse ecosystems here at Bernheim, the answer is yes. Invasive species aren't an established contributor in our local environs, meaning that our native species may not be adapted to make use of them or be … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: A Meditative Morning

morning ligth

"Mornings are my favorite time of day, but it's a shame they only last til noon," my friend Joyce Fry announced a few years ago during a shared morning hike. Being one of the lucky ones who sleeps soundly and wakes up early, refreshed by the mysterious and restorative  power of a good night's rest, I find myself repeating her words often. Morning … [Read more]

A Morning at the Quail Barn

Bob White Quail chick

As some may know, Bernheim is working on a quail restoration project to reintroduce quail into natural areas of Kentucky. Although quail are not officially considered threatened or endangered, the population of this bird has rapidly declined in the area due to destruction of its natural habitat. For the past 5 years, Ronnie Moore, Natural Areas … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

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While beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are often prominent shade tolerant trees found in moist hardwood sections of Bernheim, they seem to be proliferating even in some dried upland areas of the forest these days. Beech trees are easy to identify by their gray bark, which is usually silky smooth but occasionally very wrinkled to resemble an … [Read more]

Net Zero Water

Portion of geological map of the Shepherdsville quadrangle, Billitt County, Kentucky, showing the formation layers expected at the drill site.

Portion of geological map of the Shepherdsville quadrangle, Billitt County, Kentucky, showing the formation layers expected at the drill site.Day one, hour one of my food works internship at Bernheim put me right in the thick of one of the main objectives of my time here, helping assemble documentation for certification of the Edible Garden through … [Read more]

Meet Bernheim’s Garden Dragon

Dragon Arbor head work

Willow is a pliable, beautiful wood, making it great for sculptural pieces (like former Sited@Bernheim sculpture, Snake Hollow).  Horticulturalist, James Moody and Edible Gardener, Cole Alexander know the material very well. On July 2, they spent a drizzly afternoon pushing a pile of willow branches past their limits and into something thrilling … [Read more]