My Bernheim Story: Judy Franklin

By Jenny Zeller

We are members and frequent Bernheim for hiking, bicycling and walking. One day we were riding our bicycles down Guerilla Hollow and for some reason I found this tree to be very interesting. I think most people referred to it as the rabbit tree [it was a rabbit oak]. I was glad to capture this picture because the tree fell over but Bernheim has the big burl on display down the hill from the Education Center and I also think part of this tree is in the Children’s Play Garden. I don’t know why I kept this picture, I guess it’s like Emily Dickinson said in her poem.

-Judy Franklin

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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