Bartram’s Garden Reasserts Itself With $2.7 Million Renovation


The Ann Bartram Carr Garden at Bartram's Gardens will officially open tomorrow, July 14.

The Ann Bartram Carr Garden at Bartram’s Gardens will officially open tomorrow, July 14 | Rendering courtesy of Bartram’s Gardens

  • Mayor Jim Kenney and other officials will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow for Bartram’s Garden’s restored Ann Bartram Carr Garden, its first such project in nearly a century, says Kenneth Hilario of the Philadelphia Business Journal. A new roof for the building and a climate control system were also included in the $2.7 million renovation project. After the Bartram’s Mile trail connects the National Historic Landmark with the Schuylkill River Trail next spring, officials conservatively anticipate an additional 10,000 annual visitors to last year’s apparent record of 50,000.
  • Fairmount Ventures, a local consulting firm for nonprofits, discusses its work with The Woodlands Cemetery in rethinking how the Victorian Age burial ground could move forward surrounded by such burgeoning neighborhoods while respecting its historical legacy. The resulting strategic plan and vision have “allowed the organization to leverage a holistic perspective to spark its own Renaissance” by increasing community access to the green space.
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