A message of solidarity to our Black community

June 5, 2020

All of us at the Garden stand firmly with you in grief and anger against the racial injustice that the Black community has borne over generations. Black lives matter.

Much like America, Bartram’s Garden is not just a place but an idea, an aspirational concept that strives to fulfill the promise of love, dignity, and the peace that manifests itself in nature. We acknowledge and regret that the Garden has not always been a place of welcome for all people, especially its majority Black neighbors. We are committed to creating a safe outdoor space for you and your loved ones by acknowledging this history and confronting our colonial past. We vow to present programs that reflect your interests and needs by ensuring your role in their curation and production. We offer the Garden free of charge and as a safe gathering space for socially distanced groups, prayer services, grieving sessions, and community organizing activities. Please reach out to us with your interests at or 215-729-5281 x100.

At this time of need, the beauty and stillness of nature can be a salve for broken hearts and spirits. It can make one remember what it’s like to feel fully human. Bartram’s Garden is open and welcomes you as a place to find respite, contemplation, and renewal.

With hope for the future,

Charles Lomax, President of the Board

Maitreyi Roy, Executive Director

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Boating & Fishing

Flowers, Plants & Trees

Gardening

History

Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Stroll the Schuylkill River Trail or join us for biking!

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.