Bernheim Forest is one of our nearby treasures. It is 14,378 acres of hiking trails, variety of species of trees, plants and animals, lakes, streams, ponds. The perfect place to be one with nature. It was created by a German immigrant, Isaac Bernheim, who came as a peddler and made it big in the whiskey business. He created Bernheim Forest as an Arboretum and Research Forest. It was his gift to Kentucky for his financial success in our bourbon industry. Louisville owes a debt of gratitude to Bernheim as well because his business success as a distiller and distributor reinforced the city as a major center of bourbon commerce in Kentucky.
Bernheim Forest reminds me of my days in Bardstown, Kentucky. I would load my kids in the station wagon and take weekly trips to the Arboretum to hike, take photos, study the barks of the trees, sneak peaks at turtles sunbathing on logs and enjoy the timelessness of the fresh air. It was where we celebrated birthdays and laid in the grass to relax. It is one of my favorite places in the world.
Bernheim is celebrating Spring with a celebration on May 17 between 9:00am and 4:oopm. It will include a Bloomfest, Plant sale, and the Grand Opening of their edible garden. For more details please visit them at www.bernheim.org or on Facebook and Twitter.