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Somethings Growing in Freedom’s Backyard

July 18, 2011

 Many 18th century residents of what is now Center City used Germantown as a summer escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. We encourage you to do the same, and find your own refuge in the many gardens and farms of Freedom’s Backyard.

Visit Grumblethorpe, also known as “John Wister’s Big House”. It is an 18th-century country seat in Germantown, and is home to an expansive in-use farmland with the oldest fruit bearing gingko tree in North America. On Saturday mornings, Grumblethorpe is also the site of a youth-run farmer’s market!

Stop by the home of nine generations of one fascinating Quaker family: Wyck . Wyck combines the beautiful and the useful with a rose garden and vegetable garden. They also have a farmer’s market with  fresh veggies grown in their farm and goods from local vendors. Visit on Friday afternoons from 2-6 to see why Philadelphia Magazine named Wyck’s Farmers Market one of their favorites!

And don’t leave without checking out Awbury Arboretumwhich celebrates the Quaker heritage of The Fancis Cope House and surrounding landscape.  This 55-acre green area has been noted as a perfect place for picnics or perusing, and is open free to the public sunrise to sunset.

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