The Potager

The Potager

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chanticleer Garden

Yesterday my friend Sheila and I spent the day celebrating our birthdays at the beautiful Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA. It was a perfect day, warm and sunny with a lovely breeze.

Chanticleer Garden is on the former estate of Adolph and Christine Rosengarten. It has been open to the public since 1993. It is 35 acres, every inch of it lovely. We kept remarking how there were no deadheads, weeds or empty spaces. Every bed was arranged to perfection by the horticultural grounds staff.  We asked a gardener how they kept all the tropical plants in the teacup garden alive all winter and were surprised to learn that the staff digs them up, puts them in a nursery pot and moves them to the green house for the winter every year.

The brochure says that they want visitors to feel like special guests of the Rosengartens and there are many lovely places to sit and admire the views. Patios and terraces with lovely patio furniture, fountains and beautiful and imaginative potted containers. Benches made of metal and wood harvested from the property tucked in the woodland by waterfalls, ponds and running streams. Chairs on the lawns also made of wood harvested on the property and painted in vibrant colors and patterns. There are also picnic areas, but we went to a fantastic chain restaurant in Wayne called Le Pain Quotidien. A most delicious lunch of salad and vegetable quiche with blackberry lemonade.
Myself enjoying a sit down break
We tried to decide which area of the garden was our favorite over lunch, but we had a hard time - all of it was lovely. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area, take a day to visit Chanticleer Gardens. You will love it!

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