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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Unplanned Visit to Chanticleer Garden

Here are some pictures from my unplanned visit to  Chanticleer Garden Garden in Wayne, PA in last August. I loved the Garden and hope to see it again - hopefully, in May or June and not on such a sunny day.

What do I like about the Garden: its size (not huge, not small; very walkable), enormous variety of plants, lush plantings, interesting and not common plant combinations, beautiful containers, unique furniture and art pieces; the garden is easy to reach and is packed with ideas.

The Chanticleer Foundation (formed in 1990) owns 47 acres (35 acres are open to public). 
There are 20 full-time employees (14 of them are gardeners and groundkeepers). 
There are seven horticulturists who are responsible for the design, planting and maintenance of an area.

Some chairs in the Garden are painted with the leaves of nearby trees.
The Chanticleer staff is very talented. The talents include wood working, metal working, painting, stone carving, etc.

Chanticleer House Garden  - my favorite part of the garden. I felt excited and happy here. 
Honestly, I was as happy here as I was while visiting Sissinghurt, Great Dixter, Hidcote Manor and other great European gardens.


Cozy place for houseplants 

Two copper-roofed corner structures frame the swimming pool (it replaced the old vegetable garden).

Healthy, happy plants

Bulb Meadow
Autumn colchicum and lycoris (naked ladies) bloom here from August through October.

I didn't take many pictures of the Vegetable garden...
The Ruin Garden:


Ruin Garden brought to my mind some scenes from  "Jumanji" when giant lianas overtook the house...

Marble faces ... yes... but look at the geometrical pattern on the water!


Gravel Garden made me think about Arizona:

Gravel Garden on the slope has both native and Mediterranean plants. 
Fine-textured grasses are combined with large-foliage plants.
Some plants spend winters here, and others (ex. Agave americana) are brought here in summer.

Dry and hot...

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to try how comfortable these stone seats were. Next time!

Yucca rostrata, rare in the Pennsylvania climate, in the background

Some fall colors

Back to the main house with its beautiful terrace:

Chanticleer - a name given to a rooster, especially in fairy tails

I absolutely loved this part of the Garden!

No mulch, no space for weeds...

Agaves are absolutely gorgeous

House is enveloped by plants

I looked through some books about the Garden while taking a break on the terrace.

Those huge leaves...

...and huge containers...

...and beautiful trunks...

Fabulous furniture

One of my favorite pots

Going away from the house:

Elevated walkway with two viewing platforms

Part of the Pond Garden :

Mrs. Perry Slocum, hardy water


A pear?

This is where you enter (and exit) the garden:

Near the restrooms entrances... Fabulous...

It's not the first time when I regret not taking my camera to the trip.
IPhone pictures don't do justice to this Garden called the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public garden in America. Bright sun didn't help either.
I hope to return there one day with more time on my hands and a real camera.

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS


  1. This garden was fantastic! Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

    1. Thank you, Lorraine! I certainly want to see it again, maybe in May or June.

  2. What a great garden! your photos look good for a phone. Sunlight makes photography tricky, but we got a good idea from your photos of how great a garden it is. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Linda! If again in PA, I'll try to see Longwood Gardens.

  3. It looks like a wonderful visit! Chanticleer is definitely on my bucket list. :)

    1. Thanks! Beth, I was thinking - how ironically, I've been to many European gardens, but missed this one! It is a wonderful place!

  4. When we lived on the east coast we visited this garden a couple times. It's probablly my favorite. It was great to see all your pictures of such a wonderful garden.

    1. Hi Linda and Thank you! I'm glad I used several hours before our flight back home for that visit. It was so easy to get there, thanks to Uber. I am wondering now if I'll have a chance to see Longwood Gardens.

  5. Magnificient! Thanks for taking pictures to share. I would love to visit this place someday.

    1. Thank you Peter! I actually didn't expect that I'd love it so much! Such a treasure!

  6. I think you did extremely good with your phone camera. It is sometimes better to just relax and enjoy a garden if you can. I am sure you have many more lovely memories of this garden. It is one I hope to see in the future.

    1. Thank you, Lisa! Yes, we all are obsessed nowadays with taking pictures, but they help to remember all the details and nuances.

  7. How beautiful!
    Wonder of pictures.

  8. Chanticleer is my favorite public garden, Tatyana. It is quite near to me in Pennsylvania, but I didn't get to visit this year. Your beautiful pictures make me determined to make it a priority in 2019. P. x


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