After leaving Fort Miflin, I was reading reviews of the place on Trip Advisor, and one review mentioned Bartram's Garden. I looked up, saw a sign for Bartram's Garden, and off we went.
We purchased two tickets but did not understand that just going to the garden itself is free, because it is part of the Fairmount Garden system. It was just slightly after three, so we asked the person in the visitors' center/gift shop if we could join the tour...She said yes if we had already worked it out with them. What??? We asked her where the tour was, and she had absolutely no idea.
Fortunately, we were able to locate the tour. Normally, the 3 pm tour, which is the last tour of the day, is garden only, but since there were only two people on the tour (and then we made four), the tour guide did a combination house/garden tour. The tour guide absolutely made the experience. She was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Had we not had the tour, our experience wouldn't have been much of anything. Bartam's Garden is not a show garden, and the flowering season was in decline. We enjoyed learning about Bartram and his family and the various businesses they ran.
After the tour, we went around the rest of the garden. While we were there, a wedding was setting up, and definitely Bartram's Garden is a beautiful, serene venue for a wedding.
I definitely enjoyed taking photographs!
So since the day pass is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62+, the tip would be to make sure you get both the garden and the house tours, since the price includes both.
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