An early spring visit to Chanticleer
Although it has existed as a public garden for only 20years, Chanticleer is a place revered by people who are passionate aboutplants. So when I was within striking distance (the garden is roughlyequidistant from Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE), I was happy to make adetour, even though Chanticleer had opened for the season—after one of theworst winters anyone remembers—only five days before. Even with almost nothing yet in bloom (or even unfurled), itwas a feast for the eyes.
The teacup garden.
They know how to do containers here: Festuca glauca, poppies and stems from yellow-twigged dogwood (I think).
I love the sedum running along the top of this wall leading to the tennis court garden.
Maybe every lawn needs purple chairs.
Arches made from driftwood and rebar punctuate what will be, in due time, an almost impossibly lush cutting garden.
The local fire department does a controlled burn of the prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) every year to mimic what would happen in its native environment.
Chartreuse heuchera with the new foliage of ligularia. (At least I think that is ligularia. They don't label things at Chanticleer because they think the labels detract visually. There are plant lists with photos in charming little boxes.)
The pond garden.
Witch-hazel. still in bloom in April.
Every bridge is different, each a piece of garden art.
From the other side, this sculptural tunnel resembles an overturned beech tree.
More container mastery.