Southwest’s great cultural, gardening and farming, and historical site is open for visitors, young and old. The quiet wooded trails that run along the cool Schuylkill River are great for walking, with the Philadelphia skyline in the distance. The gardens are in full bloom with early summer flowers and shrubs. Hours are 10-4 on weekdays and 10-6 on weekends.
While John Bartram House and the other buildings and restrooms are closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, visitors will enjoy checking out what is growing at the Sankofa community farm. Much of the produce will be on sale later in the season at the stand outside the Bartram’s Garden entrance at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
On the events schedule is a mini-course via Zoom entitled William Bartram’s Travels. This will take place June 30 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. This presentation begins a free 3-episode lecture series on Bartram’s travels that changed America’s horticultural history. For info and links visit, https://bartramsgarden.org/event/ or phone Phone: 215-729-5281
Farther out, on July 26, Bartram’s has posted a Family Art Workshop: Butterflies, Bees, & Spotted Lanternfly from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Parking is free, and the gardens are conveniently accessible on the 36 SEPTA trolley. For more information about the education programs and workshops visit the website at https://bartramsgarden.org/event/ or phone 215-729-5281.