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Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pa 19143
Cross Street: Stemer Avenue
General Information
The grounds at Bartram’s Garden are free and open to the public year-round except on City-observed holidays. Hours Tuesday – Thursday 10am - 2pm Fri. Sat. & Sun. 10am - 4pm.

Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House is America’s oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia. You won’t believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanic garden of American native plants.

George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson have all been here. So have thousands of present day gardeners, history buffs, families, and schoolchildren.  We invite you to come and see this historical and horticultural gem for yourself. Explore John Bartram’s 18th century home, barn, and a cider press carved from bedrock. See the delicate Franklinia alatamaha, saved from extinction by the Bartrams and named for John Bartram’s great friend, Benjamin Franklin, and also the oldest Gingko tree in the country. Stroll through the fragrant Common Flower Garden and the riverside meadow with a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline. Catch a cool breeze along the river trail. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

  • Volunteer: Volunteer at Bartram’s Garden! Enjoy the beauty of nature, experience the lure of history, and relish the feel-good sensation of giving of yourself. We are giving back to our most dedicated volunteers. A new Volunteer Membership provides a $35 Gardener membership to those who join us for three, three-hour volunteer shifts in a twelve-month period.Volunteer members receive 15 transferable Program Passes for admission to tours and programs, 10% discount in the Garden Shop, 10% discount at the Spring Plant Sale, and admission to special member days at eight Philadelphia gardens.
  • Price to visit: :Tour tickets can be purchased in the Garden Shop. $10 adults. $8 seniors (62+) and students (with ID). Children 12 years of age and under – free
  • Educational Programs: Education is an important part of the John Bartram Association mission. Every year, nearly 9,000 school children visit Bartram’s Garden to enjoy interactive history, science, and nature programs. The Garden also offers historic and horticultural lectures and workshops and houses a wealth of Bartram-related books, documents, photographs, and other archival information in the John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library.
  • Additional Information: Bicycles, pets, smoking, and picnicking are prohibited in the eight-acre c. 1728 botanic garden. Pets are welcome elsewhere on the grounds but must be leashed in accordance with city ordinances.Outside of the historic garden area, picnickers are invited to throw a blanket on the ground or dine at our picnic tables. Snacks and souvenirs are available in our Garden Shop during the months of April through December.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in our visitor parking lot.
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