I became aware of the Chanticleer estate garden from Tim Richardson's book Great Gardens of America, so Rhoda and I arrived for our visit on the morning of June 10th. When we arrived, I was amazed to learn how many national and international honor's this little gem in Wayne, Pennsylvania, has earned.
The estate dates from the early 20th century. The 25-year old 35-acre garden features lush courtyards of tropical plants, perennials, containers of colorful cut flowers, vegetables, water gardens, and ponds teeming with life; exotic and native woodlands; spacious terraces, and a spectacular ruin garden.
Chanticleer garden has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. I wholeheartedly agree. I liken walking the grounds of Chanticleer to wandering through a place of enchantment- a definite on my shortlist for a second visit.
To plan your visit go to Visitors Information (chanticleergarden.org)