Bartram’s Garden is a public park and 50-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the non-profit John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and welcoming an estimated 100,000 visitors each year.
In December 2020, the John Bartram Association Board of Directors adopted the following vision and mission after a seven-month process led by a committee comprised of Board and staff:
Bartram’s Garden is a place and an aspirational vision for the future, where:
- Public spaces are centers of welcome, respite, and celebration.
- Nature and the environment are accessible and inviting to everyone.
- People decide what happens in their own communities.
- Historic places seek to repair our fraught legacies.
The mission of the John Bartram Association is to create equitable relationships among people and nature through immersive, community-driven experiences that activate the Bartram legacy, Garden, and House, on land and on the Schuylkill River, in Southwest Philadelphia.