A tour of Chanticleer (Pennsylvania)

Photos and text by Michael Broschat, October 2010

Chanticleer, “A pleasure garden” certainly turned out to be just that

Although the forecast had been for rain clearing by the time we reached Chanticleer (from Washington, DC), it continued lightly for a bit. Just made the gardens that much prettier.

There’s a house to see (on certain days), but even if allowed to photograph, it was simply interesting and not dramatically so. The real charm of this place is its arrangement of nature.

Being mostly shots of the gardens, I won’t have much to say, but the distinctly tropical feel some areas have is due to extreme human intervention. They place tropical plants during the summer then move them indoors during winter.

Chanticleer, Pennsylvania 2010

The house is not the mansion scale dwelling that Nemours is, but it would hold 5-6 people comfortably.

Flowers floating on water.

The work on the garden is done by a small crew of gardener-artists. Some of them do wood-working, too.

There are some wonderful displays of grasses throughout the estate.

A facade of the house, as we move away from that tour and into the various garden areas.

The estate is divided into regions, and each artist-gardener is given responsibility for a region. S/he gets to do whatever s/he wants.

We’re about to enter “the ruin.” Not much after this visit, I read Bill Bryson’s At Home, which discusses (among many other things) the history of landscape gardening, and how Brits used to love to make ruins in their gardens.

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Hard to believe, but this granite sofa was more comfortable than the one I’m sitting on right now.

There’s a flower garden just used for cut flowers.