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Sketch of Ailanthus Altissima leaves. Labeled as "'Rhus sinense foliis alatis, foliolis oblongis acuminata, ad basin subrotundis & dentati"
December 15, 2022

Ailanthus: John Bartram and Philadelphia’s Most Notorious Tree

Few trees define America’s urban environments more than Ailanthus altissima, or the “Tree-of-Heaven.” If you are not familiar with that name, you are undoubtedly familiar with the tree itself. Ailanthus…

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December 1, 2022

Check out this year’s Handmade Holidays vendors!

Barefoot Bella LLC Nana’s Hook Light It Up Candles Aisha Toombs Stacey Woodson Akhtarshenas Studio Soothe x Smooth Soap by Alana The Bearded Carver Chrissie’s Tea Cup Fifth of a…

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November 23, 2022

John Bartram’s and Peter Collinson’s Differing Views on Native Americans

Just as family and friends sometimes debate over modern political issues, the events of the past were oftentimes no exception. The correspondence between John Bartram and his business partner, Peter…

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October 6, 2022

“Fall into Bartram’s Garden”

This article appeared in the print edition of our special issue of the October Southwest Globe Times Fall into Bartram’s Garden By Maitreyi Roy   Every season is beautiful here…

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October 6, 2022

“A Never-Failing Friend: Reflections from a Youth Tree Tender”

This article appeared in the print edition of our special issue of the October Southwest Globe Times   A Never-Failing Friend: Reflections from a Youth Tree Tender By Mikaya Woodard…

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October 6, 2022

“Decoding Fall Colors”

This article appeared in the print edition of our special issue of the October Southwest Globe Times   The brilliant colors that leaves take on in fall is one of…

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October 6, 2022

“Bringing Back Botanical Wreaths”

This article appeared in the print edition of our special issue of the October Southwest Globe Times   Bringing Back Botanical Wreaths By Katie Jacoby   On a chilly March…

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September 20, 2022

William Bartram, Indigenous Botany, and the Roots of American Medicine

Eighteenth century American medicine was closely tied to botanical knowledge. While the Bartrams’ contribution to early American medicine through their relationships with physicians in Philadelphia is well-documented, what is less…

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September 8, 2022

Check out The Philadelphia Honey Fest 2022 Vendors!

Join us in the Garden on Sunday, September 11, 10am-3pm for the Philadelphia Honey Fest! In addition to kids’ activities, live hive demonstrations, honey extractions,  bee bearding, and workshops, we’ll…

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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.