Two of life’s great joys converge as I spend a day at Chanticleer with friends. Well three joys if you count photography (they were reluctant models). We packed a basket of local cheeses and wine and set out to this extraordinary garden. Side Note: Chanticleer is centrally located within what is known as America’s Garden Capital, 30 miles throughout Greater Philadelphia which houses over 30 horticultural gems.
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public garden in America. It opened to the public in 1993 and is an oasis of majestic trees and verdant lawns on 35 magnificent acres. Foliage and flowers combine with unique containers, plant combinations and colors. Once the home of the Rosengarten family, it is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. Some highlights of Chanticleer include a ruin garden, pond garden and Asian woods.
Bridges, benches, paths and unique stone furniture accentuate the natural landscape to make Chanticleer a truly unforgettable experience.
New to this delightful pleasure garden is an elevated walkway; it eases a steep ascent in the garden as well as provides a sweeping view of a blooming meadow. The walkway features two viewing platforms with custom furniture made from white oak grown on the property.
Alas all good things must come to an end. My models grow restless and we must leave this treasured garden. We will visit another day and I highly recommend that you do too – with good friends, good food and a camera!
Chanticleer is open Wednesday through Sunday 10am –5pm Friday evenings the garden remains open until 8pm – parking is limited There are several dates that Chanticleer will open at 8am: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 and October 7, 2017