Philadelphia is a city of many "oldests," hidden treasures, and historic green spaces. Bartram's Garden is all of the above.
America's oldest surviving botanical garden -- and one of the most peaceful spots in the entire city -- can be found just across the Grays Ferry Bridge in Southwest Philadelphia. The 46-acre property holds the original stone house and farm of American botanist John Bartram. Though the Bartram family sold the property in the mid-1800s, it has been preserved while most of the adjacent banks of the Schuylkill River have been occupied by industry.
The following snapshots were taken at the Garden on a recent Sunday afternoon. Though my photos are more informational than picturesque, and my camera is old and cheap, I hope you will still enjoy!