My Bernheim Story: Shannon Kederis

By Jenny Zeller

When I first moved to Louisville in 1993, Bernheim Forest quickly became one of my favorite places.  My husband and I were married in the Quiet Garden in 2006.  We visit Bernheim several times a year to go hiking, to ride bikes or just to enjoy a picnic.   I like to come by myself to take pictures of the changing seasons or to feed the turtles.  At the end of the school year when seniors write good bye letters to their teachers, I always bring mine to Bernheim to reflect on another year and the students that left an impact on me.  I’ve traveled all over the world but my favorite place will always be Bernheim Forest.

Shannon Kederis, St. Matthews, Louisville, KY

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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