Back by popular demand! 

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM at the Cranford Community Center, for a first-person, dramatic presentation, “John Bartram Lives!” with Kirk R. Brown costumed and acting as America’s first botanist and creator of the world’s first public botanical garden in Philadelphia.

After a standing-room-only presentation of the life of Olmsted,  Mr. Brown is coming back to Cranford to bring another important historical figure to life! 

John Bartram was America’s first native botanist and was friends with many of America’s Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison and John Adams. In addition to producing North America’s first pharmacopeia of native medicinal plants, he is credited with reforesting most of the English countryside with his many new “American” plant introductions. 

Bartram was especially conscious of how easily humans can destroy the balance in nature and he was interested in preserving the natural habitat.  Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia continues to inspire plant-lovers today. His life and legacy prove that one man can have a profound impact for years to come and Mr. Brown will bring us along for the ride!

John Bartram Lives!

The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. in Cranford.  The program is free and open to the public.  No registration is required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  


Township of Cranford

This history program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.