Get a free tree at Bernheim Forest


After picking up a free tree, be sure to check out Bernheim's nationally recognized arboretum.

If you’re working on your yard this spring, consider planting a tree. There are lots of reasons for planting trees, and one of the most compelling is that trees help us breathe by producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. They also provide shade, form windbreaks and help prevent erosion.

In honor of Arbor Day, Bernheim Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be giving away oaks, dogwoods and other varieties of saplings for its annual Adopt-a-Tree celebration April 2-3. The saplings range from 1 to 2 feet in height and can be easily transported. Bring your gardening and planting questions for the staff horticulture experts who will be on hand for the event.

Bernheim’s Adopt-a-Tree celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The event is free with regular admission to Bernheim. Admission is free for members and for visitors on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, admission is $5 per vehicle, $10 per passenger van or RV.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, nonprofit nature preserve located 25 miles south of Louisville in Clermont, Kentucky. Covering 14,000 acres, the forest is the largest privately owned natural area in Kentucky.

The tree giveaway will take place at Bernheim’s Research Center.

From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate. For more information, visit Bernheim online at or call 502-955-8512.

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