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Vanishing Acts: Pau Brasil

Pau Brasil

The Pau Brasil tree, Caesalpinia echinata, the namesake for Brazil, is native only to Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forest, and has strong cultural ties to Brazil’s social and economic history. This tropical or subtropical tree grows to a height of 40, with a trunk diameter of more than 2 feet. The trunk is the tree’s most valuable characteristic, and … [Read more]

Bernheim Welcomes Artist in Residence, Eileen Neff

Leaf Wall, from Travelling Into View, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, 2015. (Installation photograph by Karen Mauch Photography)

Bernheim is pleased to welcome painter and installation artist, Eileen Neff, who arrived in May and will continue her stay through June. While here, she will explore the natural geography and plant life in the region.  “…Having formally studied painting before photography, and poetry before painting, I consider the ideas and boundaries between … [Read more]

1,416 Tree Huggers Help Bernheim Set New World Record

Tom Block, Isaac Bernheim's Great Grandson and current Bernheim Trustee, Dr. Mark Wourms, Bernheim Executive Director, and Kurt Mason, Bernheim Trustee hug a tree on June 4 as part of the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge

Saturday, June 4 was one for the record books! 1,416 tree huggers turned out for the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge. That means we now hold the world record for the most people hugging trees at the same time in the same place. We’re submitting the results to Guinness, who will soon make it official, but we can’t thank the community enough. … [Read more]

Making History at Isaac’s Café: Specials June 6-9.

6-6-16 Special sandwich

If you were here for the Big Tree Hug Challenge on Saturday, you helped us make history (the unoffical number is 1,416, pending Guinness verification). Thank you! In our own small way, we became part of something bigger than ourselves. The world will know that something special happened at Bernheim on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 and you were part of … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: a Huggable Tree

Tulip tree blossom

On Saturday, Bernheim unofficially broke the world record for the most people hugging trees at the same time and place. It was a grand day! There is something so fitting about taking time to show some love and appreciation for all that trees add to our lives. Perhaps we owe our very lives to these graceful giants. While I joined in on the … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Serbian Spruce

Serbian Spruce

Native to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian spruce, Picea omorika, is known from a specimen of fewer than 1,000 trees.  Before the ice ages, the native range of the Serbian spruce spread across the majority of Europe. Over many years, its range has diminished dramatically in part due to fire, overexploitation, and competition from Norway spruce … [Read more]