Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden
A 50-acre pleasure garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Chanticleer is one of the most visually exciting, imaginative, and romantic gardens in the U.S. Formerly the private estate of the Rosengartens, the garden is a study of textures and forms where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of delights and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.
The garden has evolved greatly since opening to the public in 1993.
There are seven horticulturists, each responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance of an area. Contemporary design complements the historic features of the property including terraces, sweeps of lawn, and magnificent trees. Plantings range from native to exotic, hardy to tropical, and from shade to sun. Staff-made furniture and decorative features add personal freshness to the overall effects.
Chanticleer is an experimental garden filled with over 5,000 different plant taxa. In addition to educating guests, Chanticleer offers internships, scholarships, and staff exchanges to help the careers of garden professionals. Vegetables grown onsite are shared with staff and local community groups. Gardens and turfgrass are maintained to reduce environmental impact. Cisterns capture over 50,000 gallons of rainwater. Basins slowly release storm water into the ground; and new pathways are permeable.
London’s Financial Times calls Chanticleer “planted to perfection … in the same high class as the famous gardens in England.” Through self-guided tours of the garden, a guided tour of the historic Chanticleer house, or a picnic lunch, the pleasures of the garden await you. Open April through October, Wednesday through Sunday, find more information at www.chanticleergarden.org
786 Church Rd, Wayne
All visits must be booked in advance via the website.