“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape.”
—Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Summer has a unique status as a season, because it’s truly the only one we refer to in the possessive. “How was your summer?” we ask our friends. And of course at one point or another as kids we all accused someone: “You ruined my summer!”
Summer’s Savor the Season lineup at Bernheim is guaranteed to make your summer fun, positive and fresh!
The series will help us see our own familiar yards in a different light and ask ourselves questions like: How can I help my yard to feed local wildlife and also reduce my grocery and water bills? What are the climate-friendly choices I can make when I go to the nursery?
Friday, July 15, noon-1 p.m.
Bernheim’s Edible Garden: Sustainable Solutions for You to Try at Home
Zoom presentation by Director of Education Kristin Faurest
The Edible Garden is a living classroom designed to help people understand Bernheim’s research mission. Its 2,000 square feet of raised beds produces more than 3,500 pounds of fresh produce per growing season. As an applicant to the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the Edible Garden meets the most rigorous green design standards in the world, following the principles of Regenerative Design. Get inspiration from the Edible Garden to cut your grocery bill, boost biodiversity and enhance your own yard’s beauty. Limit: 100 people. Zoom link provided after registration.
Saturday, July 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Climate-resilient Gardening Takeaways
Walking tour by Director of Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes Renee Frith
This on-site tour highlights how we move water in build environments at Bernheim and use it to sustain native pollinator plants. All practices at Bernheim are meant to be replicable in your own back yard. Renee will show you how you can make your yard a more natural and healthy place! Limit: 20 people. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
Friday, August 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
From Root to Record: Exploring Bernheim’s Collections Through Plant Records
Walking tour by Plant Records Coordinator Hannah Hunt
Join Plant Records Coordinator Hannah Hunt in a discussion of the importance of maintaining plant records in an Arboretum, the role records play in conservation, research, and more. Learn about our newly launched plant database, IrisBG, which is used by more than 200 gardens worldwide. Explore 2,739 living collection plants located on the Arboretum’s grounds. Limit: 20 people. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
Saturday, August 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Drumming for everybody at the Spirit Nest
We close Savor the Season out in the last few weeks of summer with something completely different, but sure to bring you new energy! Accomplished percussionist and music educator K. Michelle Lewis activates the Spirit Nest with an all-ages percussion workshop focused on mindfulness in nature and also inter-generational collaboration. All ages and abilities are welcome, and all instruments will be provided by the instructor. Limit: 30 people.
Advance registration is required for all programs, instructors are unable to sell tickets onsite the day of the program.
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