Bartram Gardens, Philadelphia

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    Oldest Botantical Garden

    by dmarino622 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Philadelphia can claim many of the "oldest" for America. One such claim is for Bartram's Garden as the oldest botanical garden in America. It's a bit out of the way, certainly not walkable from Center City, but not terribly far by car. It's a peaceful way to spend some time though I was not thoroughly impressed with the gardens. It has nice forest and it's on the water so it's pretty nonetheless, however, the actual garden was a bit bland. Call me nitpicky. If you pay a few bucks, you can have a tour of some of the historic buildings around the garden. The story goes that a wealthy Quaker farmer opened the garden in the 18th Century. It's still live and kicking through support of a nonprofit organization and the Fairmount Park commition.

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    Bartram's Garden

    by asturnut Written Jan 15, 2004

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    John Bartram was one of our nation's great naturalists. During the 1700's he collected, cataloged and cultivated native plant specimens from the eastern United States. 45 acres- about half of Bartrams original estate has been preserved as a botanical garden of native plants and his home as a museum. The Garden is open from 10-5 every day except holidays, and is free. A guided tour of the museum is offered for a small fee.

    I enjoy going to the Garden when they have special events such as the Native Plant Sale. Some special events such as this have some really fun planned activities and vendors, for which there is a small charge. A listing of events is found on the website.

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    Bartram Gardens

    by seagoingJLW Written Mar 21, 2003

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    America's oldest living botanical garden (all 44 acres of it) surrounds an 18th century home in the middle of bustling Philadelphia.

    George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all were visitors here.

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