Save the Date: Bartram’s Garden

Save the date! Join the Smith College Club of Philadelphia for our annual meeting on the evening of Wednesday, May 25th, 2016.

This year’s meeting will take place at the historic Bartram’s Garden. Enjoy a tour of the grounds, drinks and refreshments, and a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline. The tour will be of the historic gardens, which will include details about the site’s history as a working farm and botanical laboratory, interesting architectural and environmental highlights, and background on the Bartram family and their role as the founders of American horticulture. If it rains, we’ll instead tour the historic house, which provides a lot of the same information in addition to more details about day-to-day life on a colonial farm.


Founded in 1728, Bartram’s Garden is America’s first garden and Philadelphia’s green hub. The Garden is located on the banks of the Schuylkill River and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors each year, including more than 10,000 local children and families, for discovery, inspiration, and connections with nature. The 45-acre river garden is supported by a generous network of members and partners and is guided by the legacy of John Bartram (1699-1777), America’s first great naturalist and explorer. In 2016, Bartram’s Garden celebrates the new Ann Bartram Carr Garden, which pays tribute to a great female botanist of the nineteenth century; vibrant new programming on and around the Schuylkill River, including the latest portion of the Schuylkill River Trail; and the grand reopening of the restored 1731 Bartram House. For more information about Bartram’s Garden and upcoming events, visit


The annual meeting is a chance to connect with the Philly Smith community – and to take care of club business, including the election of new board members. Are you interested in joining the board? Know someone who would be a great addition? Nominations will be accepted by email in advance of the meeting and in person the day of.
Ticketing information and further details to follow. Please email us directly at with any questions.

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