Bartram's Garden

Bartram’s Garden in West Philadelphia is America’s oldest botanical garden. It surrounds the 18th-Century home of John Bartram, considered “the father of American horticulture.”

Imagine a political body, people drawn together to negotiate and decide the fate of the country, yet so divided they could not bring the work to any conclusion. There were factions, arguments, meetings held behind closed doors and precautions to avoid leaks to the press.

It was large states against small states, agricultural states against states for which their economies relied on business, seasoned veterans of the revolution against younger newcomers. It makes what we hear about Washington politics today seem like it’s nothing out of the ordinary. In her book “Founding Gardeners,” Andrea Wulf researched letters, diaries and other materials to tell her readers that through it all, a love for plants bound many of these men together.

Debby Luquette is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

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