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When Trees Play, Pin Oak Tree Turned into Play Structure

When it became evident that a sixty-five year old pin oak growing near the Garden Pavilion parking area was in rapid decline, Bernheim made the hard decision to cut it down.  We try to make such decisions in a mindful way, so naturally, we considered our options.  A plan was hatched to work with Greenhaven […]

Hollies for the Holidays

Of the many plants associated with the holiday season, the Holly has perhaps the oldest history of any other decorative evergreen. The use of holly in holiday tradition dates back to the Greeks and Romans, who adorned their homes with wreaths and garland made from holly boughs.  This tradition was thought to predict the outcome of the […]

Bernheim Staff To Lead Kentucky Chapter of American Chestnut Foundation

Rick Caldwell, a longtime Bernheim staff member, was recently elected as the President of the Kentucky Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF). The mission of the ACF is to restore the American chestnut to our eastern forests in order to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. Rick’s leadership reinforces Bernheim’s desire to […]

Have you ever spotted a Witches’ Broom?

Witches’  Broom is a term commonly used for any tight cluster of abnormal branching or twiggy growth within a tree or shrub.  Caused by factors including fungus, bacteria, or insect damage, they may appear in evergreen and deciduous trees alike.  These odd growths have become popular among plant enthusiasts, who propagate them through a process called grafting to create new […]

Meet the Plant: Daylilies

Hemerocallis, most commonly known as the daylily, is sometimes considered the perfect perennial. Hemerocallis means “Beauty for a Day”, a fitting name since the bloom of the Daylily typically lasts a day’s time. This flower, of Asian descent, was only originally found in three different colors: red, orange, and yellow. Today, however, hybridizing has allowed […]

Meet the Plant: Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa, commonly known as Butterfly milkweed, is a perennial flower found in most of the Continental United States and the eastern part of Canada. This flower grows to be two to three feet tall, thriving the most in full sun and well drained soils. Butterfly milkweed blooms midsummer or late summer/early fall, attracting butterflies […]

Will it Grow Here?

Have you ever seen a new or peculiar plant, and wondered if it would grow in your area? The most important factor limiting plant growth across large geographic regions (other than water availability) is a plant’s “hardiness” or ability to tolerate a range of temperatures. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture created an interactive […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – American Chestnut

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 […]