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Mother's Day Ideas in Philadelphia

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Bartram's GardensMother worship was common, in Ancient Greece and Rome, yet it wasn't until the Victorian era that the holiday as we know it started to take shape. Mother's Day, as celebrated now, sprang up out of the ideas of Julia Ward Howe. Howe wrote a pacifist response to the Civil and Franco-Prussian Wars, entitled Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870. The concept being that women, especially mothers, had the power to shape their society at a political level. Coincidentally, she also wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." It wasn't until 44 years later that President Woodrow Wilson approved the day as a national observance. For a history of the holiday, via YouTube, click here.

Here are a few ideas for Mother's Day in the Philly area:

For the elegant mother, why not try Le Bec Fin’s brunch served from 11am-4pm. The price of the brunch is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Le Bec Fin is located at 1523 Walnut Street.

Bartram's GardenIf Le Bec Fin is too chi-chi for your mom, why not try The Prime Rib's three course menu at $35. They open at 2pm and you can bring your own wine. Don't forget the favorites such as the Roast Prime Rib and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. The Prime Rib is at 1701 Locust Street.

If Pappa was a Rolling Stone and Mamma's a music lover check out World Cafe Live. Minas, compromised of two talented musicians Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, will be performing their Brazilian music starting at 12pm at the Upstairs Live Cafe. Tickets are $17 and the brunch is sold separately. World Cafe is located at 3025 Walnut Street.

If you and mom missed out Cinco de Mayo festivities, maybe you need a little fiesta in your Dia de las Madres. At Coyote Crossing, moms can enjoy dinner from the new spring menu while dining in the beautiful courtyard. Dinner is served from 5:00 - 9:30pm. Call 610-825-3000 for reservations. Coyote Crossing is located at 800 Spring Mill Avenue in Conshohocken.

Wherever you decided to take mom this year, be sure to make her aware of her special role in your life. Maybe a spa package at one of the many located in Rittenhouse Square area. There is Adolf Biecker, Toppers, or Rescue to name a few. Most offer Mother's Day Specials. Maybe a new trinket from Tiffany's, or perhaps a new frock from BCBG or Knit Wit. All are located on the Walnut Shopping Corridor between Broad streets and Rittenhouse Square.

Bartram's GardensIf mom may be up for more of an experiential present, consider taking her for a picnic and tour at Bartram's Gardens (54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19143), a historic house of a Philadelphia botanist, naturalist, and explorer and America's oldest botanic gardens. Tours for Mother's Day include a Garden History Tour (10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm), which is a 45-minute guided tour of the historic garden, focusing on the plants that the Bartrams collected, brought into cultivation, and shared with an eager audience in Europe. Or consider the special themed Mother's Day House and Heritage Tour (11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm) which is a 45-minute guided tour of the house designed and carved by John Bartram over four decades. This special Mother’s Day tour will feature a rare glimpse of Ann Bartram Carr’s original 1809 wedding dress. To purchase tickets visit the Museum Shop.

Want to make the experience even more special? Get her to the Gardens via a Mother's Day Boat Cruise (1 to 3 pm). Tour departs from the Walnut Street bridge and arrives at Bartram’s Garden for an open house tour of the garden and house, and returns to Center City. Purchase tickets at www.schuylkillbanks.org. Don't forget the picnic! 

Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy mom!

PHOTOS: All images courtesy of Bartram's Gardens.