Bartram’s Garden

Late Spring in Philadelphia is one of the prettiest times of year, and one of the best times for exploring! Today, we visited Bartram’s Garden in South Philly, one of Philadelphia’s most historic landmarks. 

John Bartram lived in Philadelphia through most of the 18th century, and was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker. His interest in horticulture led him to purchase 102 acres of land in 1728, which now make up Bartram’s Garden. He began a trans-Atlantic seed business, shipping native American plants and seeds to Europe, which allowed him to fund the development of his own garden in Philadelphia.

Today, a staff of horticulturists, gardeners, volunteers, and other caretakers keep up the grounds for visitors, preserving many of the same plants that Bartram would have kept. There are also areas where the staff work with neighborhood children to grow food, helping create a sustainable, local way for South Philly residents to obtain fresh produce.

The park is also a sanctuary in the city where wildlife can thrive.

Along the banks of the Schuylkill, you’re reminded that you are still in the city. The natural sites of the garden blend perfectly with the view of the Philadelphia Skyline.

The Philadelphia Skyline as seen from Bartram’s Garden
Looking South from the gardens

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