Southwest Spring Fest at Bartram’s Garden

Teds 01 B 4-23 Issue - Plantings are Picking Up at Bartram's Garden

Bartram’s Garden’s Development Coordinator Alison McDowell has chosen a sunny spot above the upper meadow to set up her welcome table.  She described the many programs and activities scheduled there to help Southwest residents enjoy the coming warm spring weather! 

Plant, Shrub, and Tree Sale Continues

By Ted Behr

An amazing variety of activities and programs has been scheduled by Bartram’s Garden to help the Southwest community families and neighbors welcome the coming warm spring weather.  According to Alison McDowell, Development Coordinator, “Since most take place outdoors they offer a welcome respite to the restriction of the pandemic!”  She mentioned (April 24), and on the way animals navigate (April 27).   

On Saturday, April 24, from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the 56th Street Plaza, there will be music plus local vendors and food trucks from, an educational “Pop-Up” on nests and eggs, and a “Relax and Crafts” event.  

Down the road at the Sankofa Community Farm on Wednesday, April 28 from 5:00 to 6:30pm a free workshop on the basics of planting summer vegetables and other crops is scheduled.  And, on Friday, April 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 a seminar will be held on growing flowers in window boxes.  Registration is required for both these helpful events (see website below or phone (215) 729-5281. 

Tom Reber, Bartram’s Garden Landscaping and Facilities emphasized that the spring plant sale continues.   Some trees are still available for pickup, notably River Birch, Sourwood, Scrub Pine, and Franklin Tree.  Remaining shrubs include Buckeye, Chokeberry, Pepperbush, and some varieties of colorful Rhododendrons.

Among the perennial flower sets are the popular Coneflowers, Salvia, Sedum, and varieties of Phlox.  Pictures of what items are still available may be found on Bartram’s website at

Another way of supporting the Garden is through volunteering.  Details of how and when to participate in the upkeep activities are available on the website as well.

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