Went on a back roads adventure yesterday but so hot shot most of my pictures from the car.
Went To Bernheim Arboretum and Research Center about 13 miles from our home.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 14,000 acre (57 km²) arboretum, forest, and nature preserve located in Clermont, Kentucky (25 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky, United States).
Bernheim was founded in 1929 by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German immigrant and successful brewer whose whiskey distillery business established the I.W. Harper brand. He purchased the land in 1928 at $1 an acre because most of it had been stripped for mining iron ore. The Frederick Law Olmsted landscape architecture firm started work on designing the park in 1931 and it opened in 1950. Bernheim Forest was given to the people of Kentucky in trust and is the largest privately owned natural area in the state. Olmstead designed the gardens at Biltmore Estate In N. C, and Central Park in New York. Bernheim, his wife, daughter, and son-in-law are buried in the forest.
In 1988, at least one outside consulting firm was engaged and work on a new long-range plan for the forest was begun. One of the directives of the new strategic plan was to make the arboretum a primary focus. In addition, the forest decided to strengthen its research ties with institutions such as the University of Louisville. As a result, Bernheim Forest was renamed Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. However, most local visitors still refer to the property as "Bernheim Forest," and some of the signage located along surrounding roads still refer to the old name. In recent years, Bernheim has developed a strong volunteer program, added frequent public workshops and classes, and successfully hosts several large public events each year. These include the annual ColorFest in October, Bloomfest in May, CONNECT, an evening in August where art, science and nature converge in unexpected and funky ways, and a 5-mile (8 km) run/walk, held in October. The most recent even was Hug a Tree on Earth Day. Hundreds of folks traveled here to do just that.
When we first moved to this area we visited Bernheim weekly.
Picnics, hikes, school and community activities.
Seen many a concert on the Great Meadow by the Louisville Orchestra.
In addition to the natural beauty all the art in the forest is of natural materials.
There is an artist in residence at all times.
The famous Ray Harm once lived here for many years.
Too hot to get out of the car to see the name and artist of this new piece.
This piece has been here for many years and is unnamed. It can be seen on Bernheim's website.
Behind this sculpture is a fish pond, pagoda, and beautiful Nevin Lake.
I happen to have this photo of the lake in my archives.
Just too not for me to walk that far.
Mosaic of glass outside the Isaac's Cafe
The Children's Garden and play area.
Wonder if anyone heard this huge tree fall in the forest from a lightening strike.
There is no end to the treasures in this place.
When It is cooler I will present some more treasures from here.
Linking with Tom's Treasures