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Vanishing Acts: Anhui Elm

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 […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Little Rustler

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 […]

Vanishing Acts: Monkey Puzzle

What’s in a name? This one alludes to the fact that climbing the monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), with its sharp branches covered in spiny leaves, would puzzle even a monkey. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1780s along the Andean and coastal Chilean mountain region of South America. Since then, the […]

Bernheim Welcomes New COO, Scott Turner

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is thrilled to welcome Scott Turner as the new Chief Operating Officer. Scott will oversee ongoing business strategy, operations, and execution. Turner joins Bernheim from Land Between the Lakes where he previously served as Business Performance Manager. Scott’s expertise will deepen the talent of our Senior Management Team and we know that his addition […]

REMINDER: Help Bernheim Break the World Tree Hugging Record

We are just over two weeks away from Bernheim’s Big Tree Hug Challenge and we need you to participate! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4 and head to Bernheim to help us break the Guinness World Record for the most people hugging trees at the same time. To break the record, we need at […]

Join us for BloomFest!

What are you doing this weekend? Why not join us at BloomFest, Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring! The costume parade, naturalist-led discovery stations, local artisans, and food vendors are just some of the many activities available for everyone to enjoy. The day also coincides with our annual Spring Plant Sale, featuring Bernheim Select™ plants, a […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Sound of Music

For years, The Sound of Music was my favorite movie. The scenery, the singing and that jaw dropping flyover of the Austrian Alps as the movie opens still gives me goose bumps.  In all of that grandeur, a small bird intones a few notes that somehow sets the stage for Julie Andrews to come whirling into view. […]

Vanishing Acts: Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir, Abies fraseri, has been in existence for over 12,000 years (called a glacial relict, because its existence dates back to the last glacial age), that is now found only in the highest regions of the southern Appalachians. As the climate warmed since the end of the last glaciation, fraser firs have been pushed […]