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Shop South Philly Feature: Bartram's Garden (and speaking of gardens...)

Another in an occasional series of blog posts highlighting our wonderful Shop South Philly Partners. Bartram’s Garden has inspired people to see with all their senses for over 5,000 years (even before it bore the name "Batram's" -ed.). The grounds are free and open to the public year-round except on city-observed holidays For a more in-depth experience, Bartram’s Garden offers guided tours of both the historic garden as well as the Bartram family home. New in 2012: What if every visitor to Bartram’s Garden could take home a plant? What if they could check out a leaf in a microscope or look up an interesting bloom in a reference book? Two new initiatives are literally bringing our mission to life. Visit their website for more information about these exciting new opportunities. For all South Philly Food Co-op members, Bartram's Garden is offering $2 off the regular price of Day Pass admission (does not apply to senior or student admission). Just show your member card! Bartram's Garden is located along the Schuylkill River southwest of Center City at 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. And speaking of gardens... we are just 19 days away from the 2nd Annual South Philly Garden Tour on Saturday, September 8. Inspired by the same impulses that drove John Bartram, our Garden Tour participants are a mix of fruit and vegetable growers, ornamental gardeners, flower enthusiasts, rooftop adventurers, container experts and vertical experiments. Tickets are on sale NOW for $20 at a number of locations AND at any event the Co-op is doing from now until the Tour. For your convenience, they are also available online. Check out some photos from last year's Garden Tour which enjoyed a 99% satisfaction rate among surveyed participants. This year's Tour features over 20 gardens, many of which are new this year, with an emphasis on home gardens. So if you went on the Tour last year, be prepared for a whole slew of different gardens. Get your tickets now!