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Hallow means saint. The Catholic holiday of All Saint's Day falls on the last day of October and has become interwoven with other European holidays involving the coming of winter, the harvest season and the celebration of the day to become the holiday we know today.
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He was America's first botanist, and his garden is still one of the best to visit. John Bartram was called "the greatest natural botanist in the world" by Carl Linnaeus, who in the 18th century devised our system for classifying plants.
Bartram's garden is a convenient stop during a visit to Philadelphia, just minutes from the Liberty Bell.When he bought this tract along the Schuylkill River in 1728, it was rural land skirting the colonial city. Bartram's travels took him throughout what is now the eastern United States, and this land was where he grew the many plants and seeds he collected in his travels.
Among the Bartrams' most exciting discoveries, in 1765, was the Franklinia tree (Franklinia alatamaha), which they found growing along the Alatamaha River in Georgia and named after their friend, Ben Franklin. William later revisited the beautiful trees and collected seeds, which were planted in Philadelphia.For reasons unknown, this tree was never again seen in the wild after 1803, so the seeds William collected are the source of all known Franklinia trees in existence today.
(Franklinia, hardy to USDA zones 5-8, is a small to medium-size tree with white, fragrant, camellia-like blossoms that open in mid-summer, and leaves that turn coppery red in fall. Good soil drainage is a must.)
Under the leadership of another son, John, Jr., Bartram's granddaughter, Ann, and her husband, Robert Carr, the nursery flourished. By the 1830s, 4,000 species of plants were being raised there, and there was greenhouse space for 10,000 potted plants.
Another plant from China, a gingko tree, was planted in 1785 and survives today. It may be the oldest gingko tree in North America.
To the rescue came Philadelphia industrialist Andrew Southwick, who bought the property, proclaiming, "I don't want a solitary branch cut ... so that not a bush of this beloved old garden shall be disturbed." Unfortunately, with Southwick's death, the property was again sold, this time resulting in the loss of many plants.
Salvation returned in 1891 when the property was bought by the City of Philadelphia. Restoration efforts were spurred by the discovery, in 1950, of a sketch made by William or John of their 8-acre botanical garden.
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