Sylvia Briscoe: It's really effected people to understand that Bartram Gardens is here for them. This space changed people's lives. I think that's what John Bartram wanted to do, and I think that's what we're doing.
Sylvia Briscoe: We live in all these isolated communities now. We have children that live places that don't have the options or had the access to what's available to them. That's why I jumped in two feet, and I thought, "Wow, they're just not growing food, they're doing phenomenal things."
Sylvia Briscoe: It brings in a plethora of people from different backgrounds, multi-generational, and a multicultural feel to it. It opens up something totally different, an attachment to the earth.
Maitreyi Roy: When I first came here, I walked around this garden, and I was struck by its extraordinary beauty, but what was really missing were people. I thought that this garden would really come alive if people could see it as part of their lives. For many years, this part of the city has been farmland, and the Bartram family made their home here.
Maitreyi Roy: One of the things that has been really wonderful is to see the role it plays in getting our young people ready for careers. Imagine this garden in the future entirely youth run. Imagine that your tour guide is a young student who is learning about being an educator in the community. Our hope is that in the future, we have this entire garden be a model for how our young people in the community can take charge.
Sylvia Briscoe: Bartram's mission is not very different, even though it was centuries ago, than today's mission. We just made it a 21st century thing to serve community.