Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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United States of America - Kentucky - Clermont

Institution Code: BERNH

BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level IV

About the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim's Mission

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest connects people and nature by:

Providing ample opportunities for quiet, personal experiences with the outdoors,

Fostering curiosity and the love of learning with imaginative, inter-disciplinary, outdoor-oriented horticultural and natural history programs and exhibits, as well as nature-inspired art and cultural activities, and by

Increasing understanding of the natural world through progressive, inter-disciplinary research in horticulture, natural areas management, and habitat restoration.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of strengthening the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s everyday lives. We believe that if people recognize and benefit from the many values found in nature, quality of life will be improved, and thus they will be motivated to protect the natural world for both its practical and its intrinsic value.

Main Address:
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
P.O. Box 130
Kentucky 40110-0130 United States of America

Telephone: (502) 955-8512
Fax: (502) 955-4039
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mark Wourms, Ph.D., CEO
    Curator's Name: Renee Frith
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Hannah Hunt
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 2
    Administration Staff Number: 15

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1929
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 6394 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 242 Hectares
  • Total Area: 6636 Hectares
    Latitude: 37.9239900
    Longitude: -85.6702900
    Annual Rainfall: 1117 mm
    Altitude: 163.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 2075 Clermont Rd
  • Locality: City: Clermont
  • Locality: State: KY

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 764
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 242
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 300000
    Number of Volunteers: 150

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2669
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1503
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes