Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden Five Minutes from Brick House 319

When I have time I escape to Chanticleer in Wayne, PA, just a 5-minute drive from Brick House 319. It’s a 35-acre lush sanctuary with over 5000 plants. The Ardrossan estate is across the street, which inspired the 1940 film, The Philadelphia Story, with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.


Backstory: Adolf Rosengarten, Sr. and his wife chose Wayne to build their country retreat. The family’s Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck. The house was built in 1913 and the Rosengartens named it after “Chanticlere” in Thackeray’s 1855 novel The Newcombes. The house in this photo was built in 1935 for their daughter, Emily. It’s now used for offices and classrooms.

Great estates were built on the Main Line rivaling Newport, Rhode Island’s summer cottages. In Wayne, Androssan and Chanticleer were among the most impressive.


I entered the garden and sat down for a moment in the shade next to an impressive old oak tree.

IMGP3669There’s plenty of design inspiration for my future garden at Brick House 319.

IMGP3670Chanticleer is all about relaxing and soaking up the surrounding beauty.


The lush gardens are not too contrived; lots of textural green plants and ornamental grasses with a touch of colorful blooms–a little bit on the wild side.


I ascended…


And looked at the view below…and imagined what it would have been like to live here before the depression and WWII.


As I approached the back of the house, I passed a balcony with French doors. Don’t we have a balcony planned for Brick House 319?


The ‘Tea Cup Garden’ and terraces behind the house feature seasonal, tropical and sub-tropical plants. With our high humidity, these plants flourish.

IMGP3687Chanticleer employs 14 gardeners & 7 horticulturists.


I meandered around the gardens and terraces in my Swedish-made clogs. Cape Clogs sent me this pretty hydrangea pair for review. I must admit, each time I wear them, I get compliments from men and women! To visit Cape Clogs, click here.


This is an unusual handrail…


Sit and ponder…


Sit & chat…


The path leads from Chanticleer house to the cut flower and vegetable garden.


What fun…the potting shed!


The cut flower garden entrance…

IMGP3704Foliage trumps flowers everywhere…


A touch of whimsical giant allium…

IMGP3711IMGP3708Snapdragons are one of my favorite garden flowers to cut and place in a vase; I’ll be growing them next year.


Poppy pods create lovely texture in garden-style bouquets…


I opened the gate and entered the rabbit-proof vegetable garden


A handmade wood garden bench…


I left Chanticleer and arrived back to reality with John on a ladder…

If you live locally, consider becoming a Chanticleer member for a local escape!










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