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Cutting the Ribbon at Bartram's Garden, the Oldest Surviving Botanic Garden in the U.S.

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Last Friday, I was very honored to be invited to help cut the ribbon at the Bartram’s Garden annual plant sale and dedication of the new Welcome Center and Garden Store. Located in Philadelphia, Bartram's is the oldest surviving botanic garden in the United States. It was founded 250 years ago by John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a strong interest in nature. After cutting the ribbon, I joined Louise Turan, executive director of Bartram's, for a tour of the property. If you know me, you know that I love working with flowers and actually spend a lot of my spare time gardening and creating floral arrangements. Needless to say, this was a huge honor and a pretty fabulous experience for me. Below are some of the photos from my trip.

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Joining me are Louise Turan, executive director of Bartram’s Garden, and board members, Lisa Miller and Bob Allen.

1 Joining me are Louise Turan, executive director of Bartram’s Garden, and board members, Lisa Miller and Bob Allen.

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Azalea and Rhododendron

3 Azalea and Rhododendron

Me with a stone basin I wanted!

4 Me with a stone basin I wanted!

Visitors buying native plants

5 Visitors buying native plants

Using stone that he quarried himself, John Bartram built this home. He began the process in 1728 and continued to add on until 1770.

6 Using stone that he quarried himself, John Bartram built this home. He began the process in 1728 and continued to add on until 1770.

A closeup of the beautiful stone

7 A closeup of the beautiful stone

Another shot of John Bartram's home

8 Another shot of John Bartram's home

View of the gardens from the house

9 View of the gardens from the house

Banks of the Schuylkill River, located in Philadelphia, PA

10 Banks of the Schuylkill River, located in Philadelphia, PA

Carolina Allspice

11 Carolina Allspice

Closeup of the Carolina Allspice

12 Closeup of the Carolina Allspice

Cross Vine - it smells like a combination of curry and chocolate.

13 Cross Vine - it smells like a combination of curry and chocolate.

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Bartram's formal garden

15 Bartram's formal garden

Heuchera

16 Heuchera

Lily of the Valley

17 Lily of the Valley

Orange you glad I took this picture :)

18 Orange you glad I took this picture :)

Phlox and Columbine

19 Phlox and Columbine

Yellow Rhododendron

20 Yellow Rhododendron

Visitors shop at the plant sale.

21 Visitors shop at the plant sale.

Snow Drop Tree

22 Snow Drop Tree

Spring carpet

23 Spring carpet

Spring Ephemerals

24 Spring Ephemerals

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