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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: a Huggable Tree

Tulip tree blossom

On Saturday, Bernheim unofficially broke the world record for the most people hugging trees at the same time and place. It was a grand day! There is something so fitting about taking time to show some love and appreciation for all that trees add to our lives. Perhaps we owe our very lives to these graceful giants. While I joined in on the … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Serbian Spruce

Serbian Spruce

Native to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian spruce, Picea omorika, is known from a specimen of fewer than 1,000 trees.  Before the ice ages, the native range of the Serbian spruce spread across the majority of Europe. Over many years, its range has diminished dramatically in part due to fire, overexploitation, and competition from Norway spruce … [Read more]

The Record Is Within Reach: Meet the Tree Hugging Challenge!

This Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bernheim will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time at the same place. The current record, which is held by a town in South Korea, is 1,200, so we need 1,201 to break it. Our goal is to have 3,000+ people hugging, so we can hold the title for years to come. With … [Read more]

Isaac’s Café, home of the Big Hug! Specials May 31 – June 3

5-31-16 Special - Tree Hugger

In honor of our Big Tree Hug Challenge, the special at Isaac’s café this week will be what we are calling, the BIG HUG! It is a forest of fresh greens from our Edible Garden, piled high with our homemade chicken salad all rolled together with other fresh veggies and given a big hug in the form of a soft flour tortilla, just $5.95! We are also … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Anhui Elm

Anhui Elm
Photo Credit: Morton Arboretum

The Anhui elm, Ulmus gaussenii or Hairy Elm, is a large, stately tree with a lovely open crown, much like our native American Elm. Anhui elm is the rarest and most endangered elm species, as there are very few in cultivation and only 30 trees remaining in the wild. Native to the Anhui region of China, this species grows in the valleys of limestone … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Little Rustler

Male Eastern Towhee photo by Sherrie Duris

They used to fool me with all their rustling about in the undergrowth. Yes, I was convinced that some large animal, surely a mammal was busying away there under the bushes. But I'm on to these little rustlers now! The Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) is about the size of a robin, but when it's hunting for dinner it purposefully hops back … [Read more]