It’s difficult to know where to start in describing my visit to this magical place!
The weather was perfect. As in P E R F E C T. Pure sun, warm but not unbearable, a nice breeze and low humidity. I could not have asked for a better day.
Chanticleer is different from so many other “public” gardens in that it is just that: a garden. They don’t host events i.e. weddings, meetings etc. so their energy is focussed on the gardens. They are not a “typical botanical garden” nor are they a museum. Chanticleer had been the private residence of Adolph Rosengarten (1905-1990) who called it “a pleasure garden.” It truly is.
Unlike so many other established gardens, they believe, and it is part of their mission, to innovate and experiment. All the gardeners who head up each section are encouraged to experiment. And it shows.
The variety of topography lends itself to a diverse kind of garden. Mind you, this is 35 acres of garden!
I arrived at 10 AM, just as they opened the gates. While they offer tours both for groups and individuals (which include the interior of the house), the individual tour is only offered […]