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Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Elm

The American elm, ulmus americana, can be a large, tough and long-lived tree. That is, it can be all of those things if it doesn’t succumb to Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by bark beetles. Before Dutch elm disease, the American elm was one of the quintessential urban landscape trees because of its majestic […]

Walnut Preparing for Winter

This year has been an amazing “mast” year.  Mast is a term biologists give to hard nuts and fleshy fruits that are produced in differing abundance from year to year.  Here are two photos of a lone walnut that sits just outside of the big prairie as it drops its leaves and nuts in preparation […]

Edible Garden Update – Make Your Beds

On May 13th last year we were still in the process of building the raised beds for the Edible Garden. We didn’t get crops planted last year until June and July. We are in better shape this year. Especially after our horticulture volunteers spent most of this morning topping off the beds with new soil. […]

Spring Sprang 3-20-14 at 12:57 pm

It’s a beautiful first day of spring here at Bernheim and the chatter among staff, volunteers and visitors is focused on how ready we all for it to be here. And as evidence here’s a few photos. This first photo is of the first observed bloom on the Magnolia kobus var. ‘stellata’ at the Bernheim […]

Design Challenge – Get Small and Move

For the 3rd year Bernheim has worked with the University of Kentucky School of Architecture to set up a design challenge for the 2nd year architecture students. This year we challenged the 12 students to design small lodging spaces that could move within Bernheim and between activity nodes. Each lodging “ship” is designed to be […]

3-11-14 Edible Garden Update – Solar-Safety-Seeds

This winter has made work in the Edible Garden a bit difficult. But things are rolling fast now. This is a sample of what is going on in the garden right now. 1) An additional glass box was added to create a 12’x24′ space that will soon be covered with a 5000kWh solar panel system […]

Each Spring On Its Own Terms – Phenology Report

Each year at this time, talk turns to the signs of spring.  Mostly our chatter is tinged with impatience, and rightly so.  We are tired of winter and ready for the weather to turn to warmer thoughts and longer days.  But let’s put things into a bit of historical perspective; short term historical perspective.  Below […]

February Pop-Up Adventure Playground Days – Feb.26 and 27

Wanna Play?  Then join us for one of these two opportunities: Led by Pop-Up Adventure Play and hosted by the Bernheim Children at Play Initiative POP-UP ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND DAY – Russell Lee Park – Louisville Wednesday, February 26th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. For families and children of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. […]