Photo by Lisa Roper, Courtesy of Chanticleer
Visiting Chanticleer Gardens
Located 30 minutes west of Philadelphia, Chanticleer covers 47 acres 35 of which are open to the public. Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden dates to the early twentieth century when Adolph Rosengarten Sr., leader of a pharmaceutical business, built the Chanticleer estate as a summer home. His son, Adolph Jr., left the garden to be a public garden, which has evolved greatly in the following years. Today, a full-time horticultural staff of 14 maintain the garden. 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.
Special Features of Chanticleer Gardens
- Bell’s Woodland, with plants native to the Mid-Atlantic region North America.
- Teacup Garden and Chanticleer Terraces, with seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants,
- Tennis Court garden, transformed into displays of summer and fall herbaceous plants.
- The Ruin Garden, a folly built upon the foundation of the founder’s home.
- Asian Woods, a woodland with species and cultivars from China, Japan and Korea.
- Gravel Garden, with spring bulbs and summer- and autumn blooming, drought tolerant plants .
- The Pond area, with summer and fall-blooming herbaceous plants and aquatics.
- Staff-made furniture, handrails, and plant list boxes located throughout the garden.
Tips for Visiting Chanticleer Gardens
- Chanticleer is open Wednesday through Sunday from April through October, with house tours available on Fridays and Saturdays. Check the website for details.
- Chanticleer is wheelchair accessible, however wheelchairs are not available to rent.
- Admission for adults is $10, children 12 and under are free.
- Check out of easy-to-use plant list before you go, available on the website and organized by garden area.
- Chanticleer estimates that to walk the entire garden at a leisurely pace takes about 1-1½ hours. The main path covers 1 mile.
- The only transportation around Chanticleer is by foot, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and attire.
- Chanticleer’s website has more information about admission prices, parking, tours, and what’s in bloom. Check it out when you’re planning your trip.
786 Church Rd, Wayne, PA 19087