Bartram’s Garden

Address: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Neighborhood: SouthwestPhiladelphia

Website: https://bartramsgarden.org/

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Contact: 215-729-5281

Email: [email protected]

Description:

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landscape on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

The garden is named for John Bartram (1600-1777), a naturalist and explorer whose journeys into the American wilderness fostered a transatlantic plant exchange that transformed landscapes in the colonies and Europe. Bartram’s son, William Bartram (1739-1823), and granddaughter, Ann Bartram Carr (1779-1858), furthered our knowledge of the natural world through horticulture and the arts.

The history of this garden extends beyond the Bartram family. This land has been home to the indigenous Leni Lenape, early Swedish settlers, the family of Philadelphia industrialist Andrew Eastwick, and early African Americans living in and around the garden. For many, this natural space has served to inspire community and spark creativity through its connection to these histories and its unique access to the Schuylkill River. As a public park, this inspiration is now accessible to any and all who seek it.

Resources for Researchers

Information for Visitors

  • Grounds
    • Free
    • Open 365 days a year,from dawn to dusk
  • Guided Tours:
    • April 1 through the first weekend of December, Thursday-Sunday
      • 12PM House Tour
      • 1PM Garden Tour
      • 2PM House Tour
      • 3PM Garden Tour
    • $12 for adults
    • $10 for students and seniors

Subthemes

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce

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