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Seeing Green: Isaac’s Café Specials, March 13-17

Magnolia and lilac near entrance 3-10-17

It certainly is not unusual to see green this time of year. In fact, we have been seeing green for most of February.  It started with the tender buds sprouting on so many of the trees at Bernheim to the daffodils coming up behind Isaac's Café.  Even with the colder weather this week, the plants seem to be holding their ground, braving the chill and … [Read more]

Wildflower Strolls Series Begins Next Week

A wildflower grows in the wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. With nearly 15,000 acres of land, Bernheim is full of thousands of these beauties. Spring is a great time to begin observing the wildflower from bud to blossom, and that is exactly what you can do in our newest Wildflower Stroll series. Join Wren Smith, Bernheim … [Read more]

The Portable Shelter Project at Bernheim


Bernheim is partnering with a studio design class at the University of Kentucky School of Architecture to explore innovative temporary shelters that are transportable and that sit lightly on the land.  In keeping with Bernheim’s commitment to thought leadership, these prototype design projects explore the idea that shelters for visiting artists, … [Read more]

A Tale of Two Orchids: Puttyroot and Cranefly

The Puttyroot Orchid

Puttyroot Orchids (Aplectrum hyemale) is a beautiful orchids that develops a single leaf in the fall which persists through the winter until late spring when it begins to flower. It is one of our more common orchids, but by no means does that mean it is abundant. It is found in higher quality habitats and seems to be especially adapted to mixed … [Read more]

The Sage: Winter Reflection Wisdom from the Edible Garden

Cole Taking Notes 3-3-17

For many cultures throughout history, winter, particularly January through March, has been recognized as the moment in time to most successfully reflect on the past and envision for the future. Though this winter has not always felt like winter, it’s still important use this time to reflect and acknowledge that life can be filled with unexpected … [Read more]

When Trees Play, Pin Oak Tree Turned into Play Structure

This is the pin oak we decided to remove before it became a hazard.

When it became evident that a sixty-five year old pin oak growing near the Garden Pavilion parking area was in rapid decline, Bernheim made the hard decision to cut it down.  We try to make such decisions in a mindful way, so naturally, we considered our options.  A plan was hatched to work with Greenhaven Tree Care to deconstruct the tree in a way … [Read more]