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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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August 23, 2022

John Bartram’s Journey to Onondaga, 1743

In July of 1743, Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania’s interpreter and diplomat for Native American nations, invited John Bartram and land surveyor Lewis Evans to accompany him to the Iroquois capital of…

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August 3, 2022

The Bartrams, the White Mulberry Tree, and the Story of American Silk

The Bartrams were a family of natural scientists who would happily collect and cultivate almost any plant, but they were not immune to acquiring plants that carried the allure of…

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July 21, 2022

Summer Gardening Tips

With the summer heat rising in the city, the plants in our gardens undergo a lot of stress. Plants that are stressed are more susceptible to insect damage and diseases…

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July 19, 2022

Lenapehoking and Kingsessing: A History

Bartram’s Garden is situated on what was originally the wider territory controlled by the indigenous Lenni Lenape. This territory was referred to by the Lenape as Lenapehoking, which encompassed modern-day…

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Illustration of Cleome gynandra by William Bartram in 1803, displaying leaves, flowers, and seedpods.
July 12, 2022

An African Plant in Louisiana: William Bartram’s Encounter with Cleome gynandra

In October of 1775, William Bartram discovered a curious plant while voyaging through the bayous and cypress swamps of coastal Louisiana. While he was passing by the Taensapoa River along…

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Torbert Ganges' Gravestone
June 29, 2022

The Archive of Torbert’s Journey

Torbert Ganges was born around 1839 in Bucks County.[1] His first appearance in the historical record was at age 11. In the 1850 Federal Census, he was listed in the…

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June 23, 2022

Marketing Done Right

This is marketing done right. It is the process of learning. It is the process of teaching. It is the process of practicing what is learned. The food selection has never been easier, trust me!

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Biking & Walking

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Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

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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.