Eight Must-Haves From Chanticleer

Chanticleer, just outside of Philadelphia, bills itself as “A Pleasure Garden” and I think that title pretty much nails it.  This garden celebrates plants, design, and craftsmanship more than any other I’ve been to. 

Now, there are various kinds of pleasure to be had from various kinds of gardens — kings’ gardens (Versailles), cooks’ gardens (potagers), botanists’ gardens (arboreta), etc.   But with stunning plant combinations at every turn and public restrooms that are nicer than the place you got married, Chanticleer is truly a gardener’s garden

Here are some of the things I’ve decided I must have after visiting this glorious garden:

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Container Nirvana at Chanticleer

A few days ago I made my first visit to Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  It was a beautiful garden, but did it live up to all the hype that I’ve heard from other gardeners about how awesome it is?

Yes, absolutely! 

Tomorrow I am going to post about all the things I saw in the garden that I’ve now decided I MUST have for myself, but in the meantime enjoy these pictures of some of the amazing containers that adorn Chanticleer Gardens.  Along with every other kind of gardening, the folks at Chanticleer really raise containers to a whole new level.

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Putting the Garden Back in Sculpture Garden

Since we’re on the subject of art, check out what DC’s  Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden used to look like:

No wonder they shut it down in 1979 for a major redesign.  Can you imagine what it would have felt like to be down in that place in the middle of July surrounded by all that paving, baking in the Washington summer sun?  Plus, remember that the garden is sunken, so whatever moist and tepid “breezes” might have oozed off of the Anacostia wouldn’t even have reached this garden.

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