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[POSTPONED] Southwest Spring Fest! (2020)

  • Date: April 25, 2020
  • Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Due to the unfolding situation regarding COVID-19, this program will no longer take place as scheduled, but may be rescheduled. Future programming will be assessed on a rolling basis. Please follow our Facebook page for more updates and information. See our full statement here.

Join us as we celebrate our new season at Southwest Spring Fest!

We’ll have a huge variety of hardy perennial plants for sale, as well as a selection of edible plants and houseplants! Enjoy workshops lead by Bartram’s Garden horticulture staff and partners, and try tasty treats from local food vendors.

We’re still hammering out the details, so check back soon for more information!


Plant Swap 10:0AM – 11:30AM (Coach House)

Calling all plant enthusiasts! Join us in the Coach House from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a FREE Plant Swap. Plant material can include cuttings, potted plants, seed starts, divided perennials, just to name a few. From houseplants to outdoor garden varieties, all are welcome to the plant swap table. Connect and share with your neighbors and stay for a presentation on Houseplant Care Basics with Philly Plant Guy, Nakia Maples.

Houseplant Workshop with Philly Plant Guy, Nakia Maples 11:30AM – 1:00PM (Barn)

Nakia Maples, also known as the Philly Plant Guy, will share his experiences and houseplant wisdom. Nakia will discuss care for various types of houseplants such as indoor lighting, pot types, growing media, bug prevention and treatment, humidity requirements, watering strategies, and fertilizer options. A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of growing houseplants, but Nakia Maples plans to grow newfound confidence to experiment with plants at home!


All tours start at the Welcome Center

Lower Garden Tour with horticulturist Mandy Katz

Mandy will give a tour of the Lower Garden, introducing participants to native spring ephemerals and wild edibles in the vast Woodland section of Bartram’s Garden. She will highlight the habitats and growing needs of some of the plants available at the plant sale.

Pollinator Tour

A family friendly tour of the Garden, looking up close and personally at the small creatures that help pollinate our flowers. You may get to hold a butterfly!

Seed Tabling (Throughout the day in the Stable Yard)

Peruse a wide variety of packaged seeds on sale from Bartram’s Garden’s own seed collection, highlighting the wide variety of plants that are grown here.

Owen from Truelove Seeds will not only be offering rare, open-pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds; he also specializes in growing dahlias and will be selling a special selection of dahlia tubers for your purchase (while supplies last!)


We will continue adding to this list as more programming is confirmed!


Large portions of our 50+ acre botanical garden can be explored via wheelchair, though some of our paths should be used at your own discretion. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of the event. ADA accessible bathrooms will be available nearby.