Twilight in the Garden

A joyous evening under the stars

Mark your calendar: Friday, October 6, 2023

Twilight in the Garden is the annual gala to benefit Bartram’s Garden and the year’s largest fundraiser. Join us to celebrate this beloved public space and ensure its continued growth.

In 2022, we recognized the healing effects of our natural world and celebrating three incredible proponents of public green spaces:

2022 Twilight in the Garden Honorees

Through community safety, art, workforce development, and more, these longtime champions of Bartram’s Garden have committed to ensuring that community green spaces offer collective revival and healing.

Join us for a festive night of great company, an unparalleled setting, and deep gratitude as we gather in honor of this legendary landscape. You and your guests will enjoy:

  • A magical choose-your-own adventure evening, with options for everything from sunset garden tours to cozy riverfront fire pits
  • Silent auction featuring travel, artwork, private experiences, and more!
  • Autumnal cocktails and seasonal treats

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. All proceeds from Twilight in the Garden support Bartram’s Garden, a public park welcoming more than 100,000 visitors annually.


2022 Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge leadership support for Twilight in the Garden.


Longwood Gardens


Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects

The Lomax Family Foundation



Ann and Steven Hutton

PURE Insurance


University of Pennsylvania


Bob Allen

Natural Lands

Jane G. Pepper

Stephanie and Bill Stabert

Eric and Susan Swanson

Urban Engineers


J. Blaine Bonham and Richard Spitzborg

Paul Lantieri III

Paul Vernon


Cherry and Hans Bombeck

Elizabeth Bressi-Stoppe and Arthur Stoppe

DAS Architects

Lisa Miller

Vania Miller

With special thanks to Jamie Hollander Gourmet, Kennedy Printing, and Champagne & Stars Event Décor for their support.

List current as of August 18.

Previous Honorees

Twilight in the Garden has previously honored the following pillars of Philadelphia green space:

  • Edward M. D’Alba, former President and CEO of Urban Engineers
  • Michael DiBerardinis and Joan Reilly, civic leaders and green space advocates
  • City Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier, 3rd District
  • Terrence L. Gore, artist
  • The Lomax Family Foundation, dedicated to the health and wellness of African-American communities
  • State Representative Joanna E. McClinton
  • Elizabeth P. McLean, garden historian
  • Paul W. Meyer, former F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia
  • Jane G. Pepper, former President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Paul B. Redman, President and CEO of Longwood Gardens
  • The Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
  • The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden
  • Virginia Smith, green space advocate and Philadelphia Inquirer writer
  • Sidney B. Spahr, civic leader and horticulturist
  • James B. Straw, civic leader
  • Bill Thomas, Executive Director of Chanticleer
  • State Senator Anthony H. Williams

You may also be interested in:

Mark Your Calendar

Twilight in the Garden 2023 will take place on Friday, October 6.

Support Bartram’s Garden

Your tax-deductible donation keeps us growing.

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking


Boating & Fishing

Flowers, Plants & Trees



Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking


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.


Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.


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.