An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature
Be prepared for an adventure of the senses as you wander through this botanical wonderland, a 35-acre “pleasure garden” on the grounds of the old Rosengarten estate. The gardeners here are also artists and they design their installations, incorporating wood, stone and metal. Thus, you’ll want to explore every nook and cranny of the trails that lead through orchards, wildflower meadows and perennials nestled among stone ruins.
For a parting memory, don’t miss the exotic Tropical Teacup garden and the imaginatively planted courtyard, which in summer is crammed with lush tropical plants, many bursting out of containers.
Adolph Rosengarten, Jr., heir to the family who founded the Merck pharmaceutical empire, donated the 30-acre Wayne estate to the Chanticleer Foundation in 1990. There are two large houses on the property: the Administration Building / Main entrance and the main house, Chanticleer.
Follow the winding path past the Tennis Court Garden down to the vegetable gardens toward the stream. Explore the terrace gardens and meander past the grass labyrinth to the pond, which is bordered by sun-worshipping wildflowers. The Minder Ruin Garden, set among the remains of one of the family homes, is punctuated with plants, still pools and unusual sculpture.
And don’t be surprised to come across nature photographers and birdwatchers, as birds are plentiful in this whimsical and innovative garden.
Dogs and smoking are not allowed.
The garden is open to 8 p.m. Friday nights, May – August, a great time to explore the garden during a warm summer evening.
This creative garden has been cited as one of the top ten most exciting new gardens in the world by horticulture magazines.