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The CADES Community Playground & Garden

A place to
relax with friends…
enjoy nature…
experience community.

  Plant: Tradescantia - Sweet Kate

Plant To Watch: Tradescantia
“Sweet Kate”

Sometimes called Golden Spiderwort, this striking plant is a native perennial that can be found in the CADES Community Garden. It is always a favorite here due to its brilliant golden foliage and wonderful deep blue flowers. It grows to about one foot tall, likes full sun to part shade, and blooms late spring to late summer. This great plant is also deer resistant. Watch for it in our garden!

The CADES Community Playground & Garden was established in 2007, with the help of many community supporters, volunteers, and grants from generous donors. One of the few all-abilities playgrounds in the Delaware Valley, our Playground & Garden has received significant regional attention for its colorful beauty as well as its ease of use and friendly atmosphere. It is located on our campus grounds behind the CADES headquarters in Swarthmore.

Our Community Playground & Garden features slides and swings adapted for children with disabilities, a basketball area, a vegetable garden, a berry garden, and beautiful perennials, herbs, and shrubs selected for sensory stimulation as well as for safety. We grow our own lavender, peaches, garlic, and blackberries, among other crops. Dedicated community volunteers help us grow our garden, and the adults and children at CADES plant and maintain the area throughout the year.

We welcome children of all ages and abilities to our playground. Although the playground is closed to the public during schools hours of 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., we invite the community to enjoy the playground and garden from 3:30 p.m. until sunset. We have a lovely Pavilion that is available for reservation for birthday parties or other small-to-medium size gatherings. If you are interested in renting the Pavilion, please click here to download the necessary Pavilion Reservation Request Form. We ask everyone who enjoys the playground and garden to respect it by cleaning up after themselves, avoiding stepping on plantings, and acting appropriately around others.

We strive to reduce our impact on the environment, and have fun along the way. Rain barrels provide our Adult Day Program with water to use to tend the vegetable garden in the summer. We use local leaf mulch for compost and do not use chemicals in our garden. We reuse…we recycle…and we refuel our spirits in our Community Playground & Garden. We invite you to come and do the same.

To check date availability of Pavilion Reservation, please click here.