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Chanticleer

An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature

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Visitors are in for an adventure of the senses when they wander through Chanticleer, a 35-acre “pleasure garden” on the grounds of the old Rosengarten estate.

The gardeners here are also artists, and they design their own installations, incorporating wood, stone and metal; thus, guests will want to explore every nook and cranny of the trails that lead through orchards, wildflower meadows and perennials nestled among stone ruins.

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.

Don’t be surprised to come across nature photographers and birdwatchers, as birds are plentiful in this botanical wonderland.

The Experience

The gardeners here are also artists, and they design their own installations.

Chanticleer offers much to explore. 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.

Two large houses reside on the property: the Administration Building and the main house, Chanticleer.

For a parting memory, don’t miss the exotic Tropical Teacup garden and the imaginatively planted courtyard, which in summer brims with lush tropical plants, many bursting out of containers.

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