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Spring Ephemera Plant Walk (2018)
Walk Bartram’s Garden with guest horticulturalist guide Kristen Jas Vietty of Lunaria Gardens and enhance your botanical literacy of Philadelphia’s diverse palette of urban flora at one of the most unique sites in the city. Bartram’s Garden stewards a wide breadth of rare and historic potager cultivars, ruderal wilds, and native spring ephemerals. We’ll discuss plant life cycles, growing conditions, ecological relationships, human uses, and cultivation. Expect to exercise your identification skills, and translate this practice in your own hikes, park strolls, gardening, or foraging.
Participants should expect to traverse grass and gravel paths. Kristen recommends bringing comfortable footwear, a water bottle and a notebook. This program may be postponed or cancelled in the event of extreme weather (rain will typically not affect event.) Humans of all ages are welcome as long as they are not disruptive to learning environment and plants, but dogs are not welcome within the confines of the historic core of the garden.
ABOUT THE GUIDE: Kristen Jas Vietty is a lifelong plant geek. As a grower and former permaculture designer, she has worked with kitchen potagers, organic farms, estate gardens, native landscapes, small businesses, and municipal parks. Her artistic explorations have included natural pigments and plant-based papermaking, and she practices sustainable wildcrafting of botanicals for culinary, floral, dye, and herbal use. Kristen currently specializes in floral design utilizing locally farmed, gleaned, and foraged species.