Chanticleer - a pleasure garden

Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Notes: Limited seasonal schedule
Website: www.chanticleergarden.org
Submitted by: Tim Martin

Chanticleer is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful American gardens, and is a property which London’s Financial Times calls “planted to perfection.” The former Rosengarten estate is about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, and is most definitely a gardener’s garden; around every corner is another breathtaking vista created by a team of brilliant gardeners and artists. Chanticleer is a small garden in relation to some of the giant public landscapes in the Brandywine Valley, but one I could visit again and again. A morning visit to Chanticleer followed by lunch and some shopping at terrain makes for a pretty perfect day! ~Tim

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Photo Credit: Marsha Yeager
The gardens nearest the house are an explosion of color, and displays change with the seasons.
Photo Credit: Marsha Yeager
The Teacup Garden directly adjoining the house changes its appearance (sometimes dramatically) from one year to the next, and is a showcase for the artistic expression of the horticulture team.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
The side terrace is a quiet space showcasing the power of monochromatic gardens.
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The mixed border never fails to impress and inspire gardeners with the mix of tropicals, perennials, and annuals. This border is anything but traditional and predictable!
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This open outdoor porch provides a wonderful respite from the summer sun of the teacup garden.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
An experimental planting in the pool area allows the gardeners to truly play with design.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
Away from the house, the gardens continue to astound the visitor with breathtaking combinations and brilliant design.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
The Minder Ruin Garden was constructed in the early 21st century on the foundation of a home which was razed specifically to create the Ruin Garden. This space is composed of three "rooms," including this space with a marble "billiards table" and a library in which the books are made of stone.
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
The romantic approach to The Ruin Garden is, quite literally, a sea of Pink Muhly grass!
Photo Credit: Tim Martin
The Serpentine gets a completely new look each year, as well. For summer of 2013, it was planted with multiple cultivars of kale.