Bartram’s Garden

Friday, May 10, is National Public Gardens Day. To kickoff the day Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia hosted a special media event. Having “30 gardens in 30 miles” Philadelphia promotes itself as America’s Garden Capital.

Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, commenting on the some unique gardens in the area”

“There are  ones, like Jenkins Arboretum (Devon, Pa.),Welkinweir (near Pottstown), and even the Shofuso Japanese House that’s located in nearby Fairmount Park, where you can get out and really get away with your family for the day.  But each one of them has something particular, something special that none of the others have.”

Bartram’s Garden sits on property purchased in 1728 by John Bartram. He traveled around the colonies gathered seeds and plant species for propagation. Together with Benjamin Franklin, he founded the American Philosophical Society.