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Leisure Day Drives – Chanticleer Gardens
By Clare Novak
Posted on 8/2/2021 9:00 AM
This blog on Chanticleer continues the series on little known wonders that fit in a day’s journey from Philadelphia. Late summer and early fall are great times to take advantage of the outdoors as weather is warm and sunny days are just perfect.

Chantecleer Tulip

Flowers restore the soul. Trees cradle it with peaceful green. These were never so needed as they are now. After more than a year of living secluded and reduced to avoid our modern plague, being out, seeing life in three dimensions, is a celebratory event. Chanticleer is a lovely place to celebrate being out in the world.

Chanticleer gardens are a touch whimsical, perhaps reflecting the sense of humor of the original owner, Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine. He named the home after the estate "Chanticlere" in Thackeray's 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was "mortgaged up to the very castle windows" but "still the show of the county."

Flowers are grand and joyful throughout. Some gardens are bold swaths of color and others are the pop-up surprise of a single flower that you’ve never seen before. Seen a Jack-in-the-Pulpit before? You haven’t seen this one. Seen a Lady’s Slipper? Not this one (below). We’ve all seen tulips, but a green and white one (above)?

Ladys Slipper

The footbridges across the creek are each unique. A whimsical favorite is crafted as a giant fallen and hollow tree trunk. As you emerge from the trunk, upon the decaying sides of ersatz trunk, are small succulent gardens designed to look like moss. Intimate areas in sun and shade have seating where visitors can simply be in the garden and relax. Should I ever live nearby, I’d arrive every decent day, book in hand, and find a spot to be swaddled by nature.

Joy and discovery are the heart of this garden. At the fountain, masks of sculpted stone smile up at you. If you look closely, finding the sculpted girl swimming in the pond will make you smile. Discovering familiar flowers in new colors will delight the child in you.

If you love gardens or simply need a change of scenery, Chanticleer, in Wayne, PA, is worth the time. Plan your visit ahead, as parking is limited. Note that you will need both to purchase an entrance ticket and register for a parking space. Parking is free but limited and timed. The time of your parking spot will be the time of your visit.

Clare Novak

Clare Novak travels far and near. She started her travel website and blogs in 2018, seeking to share the world’s beauty and delightful experiences. Ms. Novak is an international consultant in

Human Resources, Gender Equality and Leadership. When at home in Pennsylvania, she travels locally to discover interesting places. For additional information on Clare’s trip to Chanticleer and other travels, visit
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