Bartram's Garden

Southwest Philadelphia

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In a Nutshell

Tours include a Garden Tour and behind the scenes Hidden History Tour; artists’ workshops include Botanical Illustration and Bird Anatomy

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Promotional value expires Jan 4, 2016. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Weekday tour packages are available on Thursdays and Fridays only. Artist's Workshop tour packages are available Thursday - Sunday. Reservation required for workshops, classes are subject to availability. Ice cream availability is restricted to cookie sandwiches or 4 oz. cups. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • $12 for two passes for weekday à la carte tours ($24 value)
  • $30 for full weekday à la carte tours for two and two Little Babies ice creams ($60 value)
  • $89 for guided tour and specialty artists’ workshop for two and two Little Babies ice creams ($188 value)
  • $36 for a guided tour and basics artists’ workshop for two and two Little Babies ice creams ($72 value)

Guides lead visitors through the historic gardens on walking tours held May though early December. During Artist’s Workshops, instructors Heather Rinehart and Alina Josan teach a variety of subjects ranging from Botanical Illustration to Bird Anatomy.

Bartram's Garden

Plants and flames should usually be kept apart, but when John Bartram settled on a 102-acre plot of land in 1728, he was lit with a "Botanick fire" that inspired him to create a comprehensive catalogue of local plant life. Bartram's Garden carries on his enthusiasm for making a “compleat Discovery of the Native Growth in America," collecting an array of native plants, including the oldest Ginkgo biloba in North America and the Franklinia alatamaha, which John discovered in Georgia and saved from extinction.

Bartram's Garden has been a site of historic significance since 3,000 B.C., when Native Americans left behind numerous artifacts, including flakes from stone tools and fire-cracked rock. After Bartram settled on the land, it became a meeting place with his friends, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, with whom he founded the American Philosophical Society and the country's first beach-volleyball league. As King George III's royal botanist, Bartram was charged with shipping crates of precious seeds back to Britain. He helped color Britain’s gardens with new magnolias, rhododendrons, and sugar maples, none of which had been seen outside of America, and published the first nursery catalog in the United States in 1783.

Today, the garden stretches more than 45 acres of parkland, wildlife habitats, tidal wetlands, and a reclaimed meadow. Visitors can wander the grounds and gaze at Bartram's austere stone cottage and farm buildings, or look around at the same trees and plants that Bartram discovered centuries ago. Past the manicured nursery and orchard, a recently completed mile-long trail extends to the Schuylkill riverfront and east coast greenway.

Customer Reviews

If you are getting the guided tour, don't go before May2016 since they are renovating the house where Bartram used to live However, the surrounding areas are still worth a visit and it's free! Although we didn't get to see the house, are tour guides were excellent!
Prashant V. · November 8, 2015
I would go back. A hidden gem in west Philly.
Audrey Y. · December 22, 2013
it was so great i bought a membership
Regan L. · January 4, 2013

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