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June 22, 2022

Swim Pony’s TrailOff App at Bartram’s Garden

Immerse yourself in a new narrative along the Bartram’s Mile Trail with a guided story walk through the Garden using the new TrailOff app by SwimPony! TrailOff is a new,…

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May 5, 2022

Abraham Willing

Abraham Willing negotiated the purchase of his wife and son in Kingsessing Township in 1781. The sale of Dinah and Abraham Willing Jr. was somewhat unusual because they were enslaved…

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May 5, 2022

Plantations in Pennsylvania

Passages taken from “Slavery and Freedom at Bartram’s Garden” by Joel T. Fry, presented at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies conference: Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space,…

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May 5, 2022

Mary and Grace Clark

On November 26, 1792, Mary and Grace Clark were manumitted by Ann Bartram (1741-1824), the youngest daughter of Bartram’s Garden founder, John Bartram (1699-1777). Mary Clark purchased her freedom from…

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March 17, 2022

Ready for spring planting?

Spring plant catalogue now available! Shop at our Welcome Center beginning April 1.

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February 22, 2022

“6 likely negroes”: John Bartram and the East Florida Plantation

On April 5, 1766, John Bartram wrote a letter to his son about a shipment from Charleston to East Florida. William Bartram became a plantation owner in the British colony…

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February 16, 2022

Executive Director Maitreyi Roy featured in USA Today

Hot off the presses: Executive Director Maitreyi Roy spoke with reporter Kyle Bagenstose of USA Today about investing in the Garden as an inclusive space rooted in racial equity, especially…

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February 4, 2022

Happy Black History Month!

As both the Marketing & Communications Coordinator and a Black woman who has lived around Southwest and West Philly her entire life, I’ve been thinking deeply about the ways I…

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November 13, 2021

Check out our Handmade Holidays vendors!

Aisha Toombs children’s books @nerdi.bunny // nerdibunny.com Check them out year-round through our shop! Astral Projects ceramic bolo ties, stoneware vessels, relief prints @shopastralprojects // Astral Projects Etsy Shop The…

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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.