Photo Slideshow: Bartram's Garden

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!

For more professional quality photos of Bartram's Garden, check out Philly Skyline's photo journal, composed by Brad Maule.





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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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