Visiting these gardens have been something I wanted to do for a few years, but never got around to it until a few weeks ago. They have a Facebook page and their photos were tempting me so much! So Brian and I went over to Wayne, PA and spent a few hours enjoying the property here.
The lady who takes the admission is sitting in a gazebo outside! She gave us the run down and we first walked around the daughter’s home on the property.
Here’s a little history right off the webpage:
The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family’s pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s.
The Rosengartens hired architect and former classmate Charles L. Borie to design the house, which was completed in 1913. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence and the family moved here permanently.
Mr. Rosengarten’s humor is evident in naming his 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.” Playing on the word, which is synonymous with “rooster,” the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate.
Adolph and Christine gave their two children homes as wedding presents. They purchased a neighboring property for son Adolph, Jr. and his bride Janet Newlin in 1933. It is now the site of the Ruin. Daughter Emily’s house, located at today’s visitor entrance, was built for her in 1935. It is presently used for offices and classrooms.
Adolph, Jr., bought his sister’s portion of the estate following her death in the 1980s. He didn’t move into the main house, but used it for entertaining and kept it as it was when the family lived there. The house is open for tours by reservation. Adolph, Jr., left the entire property for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. A seven-member Board of Directors, five of whom are Rosengarten relatives, oversees The Chanticleer Foundation. The garden opened to the public in 1993. There are 17 full-time staff, of whom two manage facilities and 12 are gardeners and groundskeepers.
This is the first thing you see when you approach the gazebo to buy your ticket.
I love vines with flowers! I didn’t even see if they smelled good, but I’m thinking they did.
The daughter’s home
There’s the gazebo
I’m ready to go!
But first we looked around the Teacup garden around the front of the property
Many clever designs and so many plants!
Then we went down the hill:
A cutting garden
It was nice to see this huge Zinnia bed. My grandmom loved them.
Such a peaceful sight!
They propagate many of their plants and flowers and there were the pretty Cardinal flowers in many spots!
And a pond or two….and huge Koi!
Biggest waterlilies ever!
Thanks to hubby Brian for taking most of the photos.
Part II coming up
Update-my toe is healing, but I hit it against the table today-ouch!