A central belief in John Bartram’s time was that your views about the world could be changed with information–that all sources could work to deepen and enrich your life. This is what John Bartram’s study of plants and his friendship with Benjamin, friendship was about; they did not seem to close off sources of information, but were always seeking out new ones. They started their own library as a means to share books that they could not obtain on their own.
Join us on our first special conversation and tour in the series SEEDS OF DISSENT. We’ll uncover how does this translate to our own lives? How do we sift through information in our time? How do we separate truth form fiction (likely a problem faced in the Bartram era)? Seeking out knowledge is the essence of radicalism: what he was seeking was NEW.
About this tour series: SEEDS OF DISSENT
Bartram’s Garden has long been a place for the exchange of ideas. This season, we offer a series of eight conversations held on the second Saturday of each month at 11 am from April through November. Free!
We’re highlighting the way in which the Bartram family (and the Garden itself) has been radical through the times. What did resistance look like to the members of the Bartram family? What forms did it take? What does it take to achieve resistance?
In answering these questions, we will come to find that radical thought has long been a staple of this garden and, in fact, been the driving force of its long tenure. Come join us in talking about the history of this garden and the people who inhabited it so that we may, together, find the inspiration to follow their lead.