My Bernheim Story: Cristy Doughty

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In loving memory of James T. Ansel. Photo by Cristy Doughty.

I discovered Bernheim bringing my step-dad back from what would be his final road trip to Nashville in November 2017. He enjoyed our times in nature and we would do great self propelled adventures like our 30 parks in 30 days we dreamt up while exploring roadside America. He truly was happy when we visited this day and I took him via wheelchair from the gift shop to the grove of American Holly on the other side of the little pond. We lost him on December 5th, 2017, and Bernheim will forever be one of my fondest final memories with him.

~ Cristy Doughty, Grafton, OH


In honor of Bernheim’s 90th anniversary in 2019, we are making a conscious effort to collect stories and memories of Bernheim. In addition to your stories, both old and new, we are seeking any photographs, video footage and historical information you may have about Bernheim from the past 90 years. Please let us know if you or someone you know has a great Bernheim story to share by contacting us at

Please note: Any information provided to grants Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest the permission to reuse this information in print and/or digital formats, as well as other public display for the promotion of its 90th anniversary in 2019 and beyond, to further the efforts of our mission in connecting people with nature.

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