About Bartram’s Garden
Located on 50 acres on the Tidal Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is a free public park and North America’s oldest surviving botanic garden. Named for botanist John Bartram, who established his home and garden here in 1728, the site now welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually.
Since 1893, the Garden has been operated by the non-profit John Bartram Association in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. The Association’s mission is to create equitable relationships among people and nature through immersive, community-driven experiences that activate the Bartram legacy, Garden, and House, on land and on the Schuylkill River, in Southwest Philadelphia.
The Historic Bartram House, as seen from the Ann Bartram Carr Garden adjacent to the Bartram’s Mile Trail. John Bartram began building the house in 1731. Photograph courtesy Steve Weinik/Art@Bartram’s.
Neighbors enjoying weekly free fishing sessions on the Bartram’s Garden dock on the Tidal Schuylkill River, where more than 40 species of fish abound. Rods, tackle, bait, and basic instruction are provided. Photograph courtesy KromahStudio/Bartram’s Garden.
A youth leader plants chard at the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden. Founded in 2011, the 4-acre farm focuses on the food and farming traditions of the African Diaspora, employing more than 20 local high school students each year. The term “Sankofa” comes from a longer phrase in the Akan language of West Africa; literally translated, it means, “It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” Photograph courtesy Alan Brian Nilsen/GlaxoSmithKline.
An outdoor storytime at Bartram’s Garden for children and families. Photograph courtesy KromahStudio/Bartram’s Garden.
Drum Line Parade
After leading a procession through Southwest Philadelphia, the West Powelton Steppers & Drum Line and Moko.Motion stilt walkers arrive at Bartram’s Garden for a festival. Photograph courtesy LJ Brubaker/Bartram’s Garden.
Jean-Jacques Gabriel leads outdoor yoga along the Bartram’s Garden riverfront as part of “Verse and Vinyasa,” an outdoor workshop series featuring movement paired with spoken word by poet Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Photograph courtesy Bartram’s Garden.
A visitor places an offering at can anybody help me hold this body, a public grief altar installed temporarily by artist devynn emory at Bartram’s Garden. Photograph courtesy KromahStudio/Bartram’s Garden.