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Olympics Fever at Isaac’s Café: Specials August 8-12

I always find the summer Olympics exciting. Possibly because both of my children participated and competed in sports that are at the center of the Summer Games: swimming and gymnastics.  I have wonderful memories of cheering them both on from the sidelines with such pride.  In watching these athletes, I recognize that they all possess […]

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 […]

Welcome J.W. Fike, Artist in Residence

Bernnheim is excited to welcome one of 2016’s Artists in Residence, J.W. Fike, who arrives at Bernheim on August 1. Since 2008, Fike has been engaged in an epic quest to photograph and digitally illustrate a formidable collection of wild edible plants that spans the continental United States. He hopes this grand archive will highlight our country’s […]

Nature’s Notebook: A View from the Firetower

For the past two years, I have been privileged to be a frequent guide for visitors to the Bernheim fire tower.  It is a role that I requested soon after I started my training in Bernheim’s famed Volunteer Naturalist program.  I was fortunate to have been selected and have enjoyed every one of what is […]

Take Good Care: Isaac’s Café Specials, August 1-5

Can you believe that it is August already? It’s time for the kids to go back to school, time for parents to start the juggling act once again between homework, sports, and a million other demands on their time. It’s easy to forget how important it is to take good care of ourselves while trying […]

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 […]

The Little Kitchen that Could: Isaac’s Café Specials, July 25-29

Isaac’s Café has been referred to as the “Little Kitchen that could,” and I have to agree.   Every day, the staff of Isaac’s takes our little corner of the Visitor Center and transforms it into a symphony of taste and tempting smells.  When Isaac Bernheim envisioned a place for people to connect with nature, I […]