Our Story

The Camden City Garden Club, Inc. was established in 1985. The Club is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) environmental and educational organization.

Originally formed for the purpose of assisting Camden City residents with community gardening, the Club's programs soon expanded in 1989 to include the in-school Grow Lab Program and the Youth-at-Risk Job Training and Employment Program.  The organization’s community gardening program has been expanded to include community greening and beautification projects as well as urban farming.

In 1993 the Club began planning the Camden Children’s Garden.  The Garden opened in July 1999 as a four-acre “horticultural playground.” Today, the organization also provides both on-site and distance learning educational programs covering over 30 available lessons, each aligned to the NJ Standards.

Camden Children's Garden is designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play.

The Garden includes three indoor attractions, the popular Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House, the tropical exhibit, Plaza de Aibonito and Ben Franklin’s Secret Workshop. Other exhibits include a Dinosaur Garden, Maze, Tree House, Picnic Garden, CityScapes Garden, Storybook Gardens and the Fitness Garden. Visitors can round out their visit by riding the Carousel, Train and the Spring Butterfly Ride.

The Camden Children's Garden is open 10am-4pm Friday – Sunday, April - December (Thursdays with Group Reservation) and open 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday in July and August.

The Garden is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, Susquehanna Bank Center, Battleship New Jersey and Riversharks Baseball. The Children's Garden is easily accessible by car, bus, RiverLink Ferry from Penn's Landing, the PATCO Hi-Speedline, or the River Line train.  Parking is conveniently located in the Waterfront Garage.

In 1997, the organization was invited to be a major exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show and we have participated each year since.

Major Programs and Activities

1. Community Gardening:  Garden Club members maintain productive community gardens on vacant, city-owned lots or on lots affiliated with community centers or faith-based groups.

2. Youth Employment and Training Program: This program employs youth from the City of Camden. The youth work at gardening, exhibit maintenance, customer service and other tasks.

3. Camden Children’s Garden: Camden Children's Garden is designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play.

4. Educational Programs:  We have a variety of educational programs for both the young and the young at heart!  From children to adults, the Garden has something to offer you.

 

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OUR MISSION is to inspire and educate people of all ages by providing opportunities to improve their quality of life, health and community through horticulture.
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OUR VISION is to be a valuable center for learning and community, as well as, a leading resource enabling access to healthy, high quality, safe and affordable food.