Chanticleer Garden visit


By |2016-07-01T10:41:26-04:00June 30, 2016|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|


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 […]


By |2021-06-02T13:05:21-04:00June 2, 2016|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

On my yes-it-is-possible bucket list:
A trip to Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer Garden, in Wayne, Pennsylvania defies any traditional description of a “public” garden. It is SO unique. And it is a place which I am very, very eager to visit. And so, I will be making what I call “a pilgrimage” in the not too distant future.

5_20g This is from their home page on their site.

Chanticleer was the private home of the Rosengartens until it became a foundation in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993. I grew up just a few miles from this place, but, of course, it was a private house then. Little did we all know just how famous and what a “destination” it would become. Some of the finest British gardens send designers-in-training to Chanticleer to train and learn. Now that is quite a distinction!

And then there is the book,
The Art of Gardening
Written by the staff at Chanticleer, it is a unique exploration of all kinds of gardening. The place, Chanticleer, is broken into fifteen distinct areas; each one is discussed in this book with lots of photographs. The individual gardeners who work here are allowed tremendous creative freedom. And the installed artwork, including many seating options, is so unusual and unique. I […]

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