PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An historic and cultural gem in Philadelphia is holding its annual plant sale this weekend.

Bartram’s Garden is one of those wonderful places a lot of Philadelphians have heard of but haven’t visited.  This weekend, you’ll have the chance to cross the country’s oldest surviving botanic garden off your “bucket list” and snap up some terrific plants.

“The plant sale is going to feature heirloom veggie starts, shrubs, perennials, native plants, and Bartram discovery plants like the Franklinia,” says Stephanie Phillips, development director for the garden, who explains that Franklinia is a rare flowering tree discovered in Georgia by Bartram and his son William.

She notes that Franklinia is now virtually extinct — it hasn’t been seen in the wild since 1803.

Phillips adds that the activities this weekend will include more than the plant sale:

“We’re going to have food and music and fun — all sorts of activities the whole weekend.”

Proceeds benefit the garden’s horticulture and community programs.  For more details, go to

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio 1060

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