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August 31, 2021

Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram’s Travels, A Documentary

“Cultivating the Wild” is a short (56 minutes 45 seconds) documentary that highlights a group of six environmentalists or, as the film calls them, “modern-day Bartrams.” Roughly following the path…

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Harvey's Grave
August 24, 2021

“Harvey’s Grave”

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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August 17, 2021

Franklinia Series: Franklinia alatamaha’s near relation – The Loblolly Bay

Passages taken from “Franklinia alatamaha, A History of That “Very Curious” Shrub” by Joel T. Fry, in Bartram Broadside, Special Franklinia Edition, published by the John Bartram Association for the…

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August 10, 2021

A RURAL WALK.

(A poem by Alexander Wilson, Gray’s Ferry, August 10, 1804.) The scenery drawn from nature. THE summer sun was riding high, The woods in deepest verdure drest, From care and…

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July 28, 2021

Franklinia Series: Finding Franklinia alatamaha (Part Two)

Passages taken from “Franklinia alatamaha, A History of That “Very Curious” Shrub” by Joel T. Fry, in Bartram Broadside, Special Franklinia Edition, published by the John Bartram Association for the…

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July 26, 2021

Enclosing Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is located in Lenapehoking, on the traditional land of the Lenape people. We are working to uncover and illuminate the complex and intertwining histories embedded in this land….

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July 19, 2021

Franklinia Series: Finding Franklinia alatamaha (Part One)

Our Franklinia alatamaha is starting to bloom! Over the next several weeks, curator Joel Fry will explain the history behind Franklinia and the Bartrams in a three-part series! Passages taken…

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July 12, 2021

Life on Oak Street

The following is an excerpt from “Those We Met Along the Way,” a series of vignettes recounting the African American community’s development in Kingsessing, Slavery, and the Bartram Family For…

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July 5, 2021

James Logan and His Maize Experiments

Passages taken from “Jogging Along With and Without James Logan: Early Plant Science in Philadelphia” by Joel T. Fry, presented at the conference “James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic…

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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.