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Following Your Nose: Isaac’s Café Specials, June 20-24

6-20-16 Special - Turkey Panini and Soup

I love it when I hear someone who just stepped into the Visitor Center exclaim, "Wow, something smells amazing!" Usually this occurs in the hours just before Isaac's Café opens at 11 a.m. while we are turning the day's harvest into that day's lunch, but often it lingers throughout the day. Any time onions, mushrooms, garlic or fresh herbs are … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Chestnut

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Prior to the 1900s, the American chestnut tree once dominated over 200 million acres of the eastern hardwood forest from Maine to Georgia, and west to the Ohio River Valley. Researchers have estimated that 1 out of every 4 trees in the Appalachian Mountains was an American chestnut. The American chestnut lumber was highly prized for its … [Read more]

1,416 Tree Huggers Set New World Record at Bernheim

Our team at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to report that, by our accounts, we will soon officially hold the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time at the same place! A big thank you to the 1,416 people that turned out on Saturday, June 4 for the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge. We … [Read more]

Join us for SONICBernheim: Summer Solstice

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Join us on Monday, June 20 from 7-10:30 p.m. for Bernheim’s first SONICBernheim of 2016 taking place at the edge of the Big Prairie near the Education Center. You won’t want to miss this site-specific lecture and performance series exploring the relationships between sound, music, and nature all while we celebrate the Summer Solstice. As the sun … [Read more]

Trails from the Bent Twig Trail: The Cycle Continues

They're back!  The spicebush butterflies have been laying their eggs on the spicebush, Lindera benzoin and sassafras trees Sassafras albidum on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere. Some of those eggs have hatched into small caterpillars. Nearly a year ago, I blogged about discovering these along this trail, so it seems fitting to find them again as … [Read more]

Isaac’s Café Brings New Opportunities to Expand Your Taste Buds: Specials June 13-17

6-13-16 Special - Turkey Wrap

Yesterday, I went to support my son at Tough Mudder KY (a grueling, 12.5 mile obstacle course held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY). This is not a race or a competition, but a challenge. If you throw in temperatures over 90, high humidity and add lots of Kentucky hills, it becomes insanity, but thousands of people do it in many states and … [Read more]