My Bernheim Story: Robert Frakes

By Jenny Zeller

The peaceful and beautiful view from Bernheim’s Quiet Garden. Image from Bernheim archives.

I do believe my all time favorite memory was taking my mom hiking.  You see, we had been told of her having breast cancer.  So hiking we went.  We walked all over Bernheim that day.  Bernheim Forest has always been my to go to place.  Times when I need to grieve, rejoice.  It all happened in that beautiful place.  The quiet garden was when my son was in Iraq and I needed some time to just pray.  Bernheim Forest is indeed a very special place!

~Robert Frakes


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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