“Know Before You Go”
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.