“Know Before You Go”

July 5, 2022
Cavhanah Baht T'om

This was included in the print edition of our special issue of the July Southwest Globe Times newspaper.

 

Bartram’s Garden is Southwest’s park too:

Come by and see all the things you can do.

 

You’re welcome any time before dusk and after dawn

There’s free parking or bike racks, if you’re a biker jawn.

 

Or the 36 trolley is right up the drive.

However you get here, once you arrive,

 

Make the Welcome Center your first destination

We’ll hook you up with maps and information

 

Like the best shady spots for your picnic blanket

Or how we can host your wedding banquet

 

We’ll tell you all about what’s in bloom:

Foxglove, larkspur (aka delphinium)

 

We won’t judge if you hug the trees––

You came for Franklinias? This way, please!

 

Rent some free binoculars or fishing gear

(Over 100 species call it home here!)

 

Experience the historic gardens’ quaint charm

And see how we’re “going back” at Sankofa Community Farm

 

The Bartram’s Mile Trail is accessible for all to explore

Or come boating for free down the Schuylkill’s shore

 

Go to the Meadow for a frolic and a view

Then visit the plant nursery to take the Garden home with you

 

We are center of welcome, respite, and celebration.

We invite all into our visions and aspiration.

 

We are proud to welcome all, every day, for free,

Here in Southwest Philly, our community.

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.