bartram’s garden (national public garden day may 10th)

by Barb on May 7, 2013

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Bartram's GardenA few weeks ago, my 4 year old son and I played hookey and went to Bartram’s Gardens in South Philadelphia. The oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, the gardens are situated on the banks of the Delaware River. Part of the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation, the garden is free for self-guided tours with guided tours available for a fee.

Bartram's GardenOne of the many spring plants blooming in the wooded area of the gardens.

Bartram's GardenTwo goldfish in the small pond hanging out in the shade of a lily pad.

Bartram's GardenI took many pictures of these yellow flowers. They looked like a wild daisy.

Bartram's GardenThe vegetable gardens immediately behind the house. A wisteria arbor is nearby.

Bartram's GardenThese ferns were in beds next to the house. I loved their fuzziness.

Bartram's Garden: Community GardenDown the hill from the main house is a community garden site for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Many gardens will be open on Friday with special tours for National Public Garden Day. See if your local public garden is offering free admission for the day. Taking a tour is a great way to get your kids interested in nature walks.

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Bridgette Klose May 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

This is such a great place. Thanks for sharing!!
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Gina Badalaty May 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

Nice! I love how the ferns look like a flock of geese on the lawn, lol..maybe spending too much time with the kids :)
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Barb May 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

LOL – Cute! I just loved their fuzziness!


Vickie May 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

These are beautiful pictures! Love the ferns. I really, really like the design of the gate in the first picture – it’s absolutely beautiful! Thank you for revealing this beautiful place!
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Nicole @ One Punky Mama May 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

How gorgeous! I can imagine the stress of the world just melting away when you walk into that place.


Denise @ Couponing 4 a Difference May 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Thanks for sharing Barbara! These pics are great. I am going to put this on the list of possibilities to visit for next year’s National Public Garden Day. I am bummed I can’t go this year. Enjoy if you do!


Barb May 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Don’t forget it’s free all year-long since it’s part of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation System.


Steph May 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I have always wanted to visit there but have never made it down there.


Denise @ Couponing 4 a Difference May 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

Thank you! I didn’t know that. Maybe a few of us can meet up there sometime with our littles.


Barb May 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

That would be great! I think you would feel very comfortable there and not worried about losing someone or too much traffic. It’s set back from the main road.


Becky May 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

It’s so cool to see how much the veggies came in since we went about a week later. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!
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