Bartram’s Garden Dedicates New Harvey Memorial Garden 


in Honor of Black History of Bartram’s Garden 

Bartram’s Garden will dedicate a new memorial garden within the country’s oldest surviving  botanic garden in honor of the Black history of Bartram’s Garden and the Kingsessing neighborhood.  The space is named in honor of Harvey, a free Black man referenced occasionally in historical records  about the Bartram family but about whom very little is known. The project was led by Yasir Hall,  formerly an Assistant Gardener at Bartram’s Garden and a graduate of the Garden’s youth internship  programs. 

The new Memorial Garden includes space for reflection as well as new plantings, including an unusual  green-flowered rose thought to have been used as a signal planting along the Underground Railroad. 

The event will take place on Saturday, May 11, 10–11 am at Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143

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