Explore one of Bernheim’s most unique attractions – The Edible Garden. This four-acre site across from Bernheim’s Visitor Center serves as a gateway to connect people with nature. The Garden's freshly grown food is used daily at Isaac's Café and teaches visitors the connections between gardening and ecology.
The Edible Garden follows the Living Building Challenge (LBC) criteria, meaning it is built to meet the most rigorous sustainable design standards in the world. It focuses on regenerative design, which is building with the intent to improve the natural environment and make it healthier.
What makes the Edible Garden special?The Edible Garden is a living classroom designed to help people understand the research mission of Bernheim.
- The Edible Garden is designed to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. The paths and several of the beds are wheelchair accessible.
- The Edible Garden helps people connect gardening and ecology. Learn more here.
- The Edible Garden integrates all of Bernheim’s expertise in one location – Horticulture, Natural Areas, Research, Art, Education, and Experience.
- Bernheim strives to be a leader in ecological stewardship. The Edible Garden meets the most rigorous green design standards in the world by following the Living Building Challenge (LBC) criteria and implementing principles of regenerative design.
- Bernheim sourced all of its materials as locally as possible to reduce its carbon footprint. That’s why:
- The stones that make up the plant beds were cleared from a local pasture.
- The steel in the Grand Arbor was purchased from less than 300 miles away.
- The solar panels selected were manufactured in America.
Bernheim Ambassador Kenyetta Johnson Hosts Chef “E” at the Edible Garden
I recently invited Chef Eneitra Beattie to visit Bernheim’s Edible Garden. Kenyetta and Bernheim’s Horticulture Director, Renee Frith, met Chef “E” at … Read More »
Square Foot Gardening at Bernheim
The Edible Garden hosts a variety of different vegetables, as well as flowers for attracting pollinators. We also explore techniques to minimize the … Read More »
Featured Edible Garden Plant: Pink Beauty Radish
In the Edible Garden, 16 pink beauty radish (Raphanus sativus) are planted in a one square foot section of a raised garden demonstration bed. The … Read More »