ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — — John Bartram (1699-1777) was a botantist who planted the first botanical garden in America in 1728 near Philadelphia. The garden still exists, although Philadelphia has grown and surrounded the gardens.
— The title of William Bartram's book said it all, really, "TRAVELS through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida. The Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaw, Containing an Account of the Soil and Nature Productions of Those Regions Together With Observations on the Manners of the Indians."
— John Bartram and his son William were both nurserymen. That was how John Bartram made his living and how he funded his trips. Some of the plants they found and brought back to Philadelphia were adapted to the climate and later sent to England where they still grow.
— The 2013 Biennial Conference of the Bartram Trail Conference is Oct. 11-13 at The Mountain, Scaly Mountain, North Carolina