Gardens Worth Visiting: Chanticleer
Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Chanticleer, a wonderful garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with Carolyn from Carolyn’s Shade Gardens and Jan from Thanks For Today. Chanticleer was originally developed in the early 20th century as the home and garden of Adolf Rosengarten, a pharmaceutical magnate. Rosengarten acquired adjacent properties as wedding gifts for his two children, and all three properties were eventually combined into the 37 acre garden that is now open to the public under the ownership of The Chanticleer Foundation.
In mid-April, the garden was a vision of spring dominated by spring bulbs and flowering trees, as you can see above in the garden that has been created from the former tennis court and below in this inviting area known as the Chanticleer terrace.
|Chanticleer is divided into many garden areas, each with its own distinctive beauties. This stand of bamboo in the Asian woods area provided both soothing sounds and beautiful movement as it was stirred by the breeze.|
Chanticleer is not designed for plant study, but for sensual enjoyment. There are picnic areas and seating spaces for quiet contemplation scattered throughout the garden, and visitors are encouraged to use all their senses. On this fine spring Sunday, people were enjoying the garden in many ways; but one of my favorites was the sight of children rolling down this grassy hill.
Chanticleer is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., from late March until late October. During the summer (Memorial Day until Labor Day), the garden is also open on Friday evenings until 8 p.m. I imagine that it would be well worth visiting at any time from spring through fall. Most visitors arrive by car, but it is also possible to take public transportation (the SEPTA rail system) to the Wayne Train Station and then walk or take a taxi the last 1.4 miles. If you are going to be in the Philadelphia area, Chanticleer would be a garden well worth visiting.