• Thursday , 17 August 2017

Bartram’s Garden: Philly’s Only 19th Century Flower Oasis

Photos, story by Lou Perri

Bartram’s Garden welcomed Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Senator Anthony H. Williams, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and other friends and partners to a special unveiling of the transformed Ann Bartram Carr Garden on Thursday, July 14th. The event include a speaking program, picnic lunch, open house and tours and Bartram and Eastwick families reunion.

The Ann Bartram Carr Garden, which is the only 19th-century flower garden in Philadelphia, is the result of a transformative $2.7-million project and marks the first major garden restoration at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century.

The Ann Bartram Carr Garden creates a welcoming new entrance as Bartram’s Garden takes its place as a premier river destination in the city. The arrival of the Bartram’s Mile trail, a project led by the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and the Garden’s growing presence as a destination for the Southwest Philadelphia community, provides more than 50,000 Philadelphians with access to nature and recreation each year.

Located to the west of the historic 1731 John Bartram House, the Ann Bartram Carr Garden was established as an exhibition garden by Ann and her husband, Colonel Robert Carr. It was also the first public green space at Bartram’s Garden, showcasing fashionable exotics that the Carrs imported from Asia as well as Ann’s own hybrid dahlias and camellias. In the new garden, visitors will also be able to enjoy boxwood-edged beds, roses, peonies, nicotiana, and bright bedding annuals that will provide color all summer long.

Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy, told Explore Philly: “To me, Ann Bartram Carr remains important because she opened Bartram’s Garden up to the general public and spread the importance of horticulture and open spaces — ideals that are still dear to us 200 years later. She was also one of the first women to run a gardening business in our young nation, carrying on until 1850. Ann taught her visitors and customers about the need for beautiful plants and open spaces in their lives, paralleling a time when heavy industry was blossoming in the Philadelphia area.”

To celebrate the opening of the Ann Bartram Carr Garden, new guided tours of the house and garden will highlight critical conservation work as well the Bartram’s Mile project that will eventually connect Bartram’s Garden with the Schuylkill River Trail and revolutionize access between Southwest Philadelphia and Center City.

Bartram Garden's signage.

Bartram Garden’s signage.

Information on John Bartram, left, and Andrew Eastwick, right.

Information on John Bartram, left, and Andrew Eastwick, right.

Collingswood, New Jersey, friends visit the gardens.

Collingswood, New Jersey, friends visit the gardens.

A trio of singers entertained with a song, Trees.

A trio of singers entertained with a song called “Trees”.

Estelle Eastwick Knapp, and her husband, David.

Estelle Eastwick Knapp, and her husband, David.

Estelle Eastwick Knappl right, and Margaret Hess Johnson, a Bartram descendant.

Estelle Eastwick Knappl right, and Margaret Hess Johnson, a Bartram descendant.

Yellow wood, a tree grown from a seed from either Tennessee or Kentucky, is the oldest tree in the garden.

Yellow wood, a tree grown from a seed from either Tennessee or Kentucky, is the oldest tree in the garden.

the new garden

The new garden.

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Michael Nevadomski and Pete Brown, both communications for the garden, pause at the Carr garden.

Michael Nevadomski and Pete Brown, both communications for the garden, pause at the Carr garden.

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Garden horticulturists Todd Greenberg, Julia Acqular, and Mary Mantey pose for Explore Philly.

Garden horticulturists Todd Greenberg, Julia Acqular, and Mary Mantey pose for Explore Philly.

Signage at the garden.

Signage at the garden.

Boardmembers, from left, Lisa Miller, Heidi Turley, and Kate Dowdell.

Board members, from left, Lisa Miller, Heidi Turley, and Kate Dowdell.

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Former board member Donald H. Cresswell, , of The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. In background is the oldest tree in the garden.

Former board member Donald H. Cresswell, of The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd. In background is the oldest tree in the garden.

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Executive director Maitreyi Roy, center, Stephanie Phillip, assistant execituve director, and former board member Bob Allen.

Executive director Maitreyi Roy, center, Stephanie Phillip, assistant execituve director, and former board member Bob Allen.

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Executive director Roy is seen with benefactors Joan Harvey andd Elizabeth McLean.

Executive director Roy is seen with benefactors Joan Harvey and Elizabeth McLean.

Harry Bartram, enter, and Deb Elliott, right, are descendants of John Bartrem. Jane Bartram, left, is Harry's wife.

Harry Bartram, center, and Deb Elliott, right, are descendants of John Bartrem. Jane Bartram, left, is Harry’s wife.

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell poses for Explore Philly.

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell poses for Explore Philly.

City Councilwman Jannie Blackwellposed for Explore Philly as she enjoyed an ice cream cone.

City Councilwman Jannie Blackwellposed for Explore Philly as she enjoyed an ice cream cone.

With temperatures in the 90's, parasols were a colorful addition.

With temperatures in the 90’s, parasols were a colorful addition.

An ice cream cone in the gardens.

An ice cream cone in the gardens.

An interior view of the Bartram House.

An interior view of the Bartram House.

A tour of the Bartram House.

A tour of the Bartram House.

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledges Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledges Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

A rose in the graland to be cut during ceremony.

A rose in the garden to be cut during ceremony.

The Bartram House in background.

The Bartram House in background.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addresses the friends and descendants of John Bartram.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addresses the friends and descendants of John Bartram.

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In attendance were Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, center, State Senator Anthony Williams, left, managing director Michael DeBerarddinis, Garden executive director Roy, and Bartram president Elizabeth Bressi-Stoppe.

In attendance were Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, center, State Senator Anthony Williams, left, managing director Michael DeBerarddinis, Garden executive director Roy, and Bartram president Elizabeth Bressi-Stoppe.

The singers entertained prior to the start of the ceremony.

The singers entertained prior to the start of the ceremony.

Richard Eastwick Harper, Jr., and his wife, Hermetta travelled from Delaware to be at the ceremony.

Richard Eastwick Harper, Jr., and his wife, Hermetta travelled from Delaware to be at the ceremony.

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Colorful is the order of the day as ladies enjoy their parasols.

Colorful is the order of the day as ladies enjoy their parasols.

Close up of the Harry Bartram and Deb Elliott.

Close up of the Harry Bartram and Deb Elliott.

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