Chanticleer Estate Gardens - in Wayne, PA

Flowers are in bloom  - That means visiting our local gardens.  You may have heard of Longwood gardens, but have you gone to Chanticleer Gardens.

Chanticleer Garden near Philadelphia PA offers the locals the opportunity to visit elegant public flower and landscape gardens on 35 acres of the estate. With floral gardens, lush green forest paths, water lily ponds and thoughtfully placed respites with Adirondack and other custom-designed chairs – Chanticleer is a pleasure garden.

According to their website and brochure, the Chanticleer Estate was home to the Rosengarten family whose pharmaceutical company became part of Merck & Company. Chanticleer opened to the public in 1993 at the bequest of Adolf Rosengarten Jr. by creating the endowment of The Chanticleer Foundation. The majority of the floral gardens and landscaping were completed through the foundation. Chanticleer, designed by architect Charles L. Borie in 1913 with landscape architect Thomas Sears, was part of the development that occurred along the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. This area, extending northwest of Philadelphia, became a summer retreat for wealthy Philadelphia families in the early part of the 20th century, and is now known as the Main Line.

Cost is $10.00 for those over 13. It's a great place to walk around and look at flowers. Gardens at Chanticleer are open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. I was thinking of meeting at 11:00 am and seeing the beauty of the gardens. I'm expecting to stay for 1-2 hours just enjoying the gardens. Afterwards, we can find a place to eat for a late lunch (optional).

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  • Arlene

    Awesome place! Just heavenly. So nice to meet such wonderful people, too.

    June 6, 2011

  • Mu

    This place is awesome.
    I hope I can join you all next trip.

    June 5, 2011

  • Maria

    I can't believe I live so close & haven't come here more often. It's a beautiful combination of art & nature. Thank you Sheila for organizing this meetup!

    June 5, 2011

  • Stephanie B

    Chanticleer was an excellent choice for a meetup--refreshing, beautiful, reasonably priced, and not too far from the city. Thanks, Sheila.

    June 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful Garden. Great group, enjoyed having lunch with you as well.

    June 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops! Totally forgot about this! I'm heading there now!

    June 5, 2011

  • Donna

    You will love Chanticleer! I am a member and go often.

    June 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to join you guys tomorrow, never been to this garden before!

    June 4, 2011

  • michelle

    I would be interested in going to this as well. I don't drive. I live in Roxborough. Is anyone going from this area who would share a car service or have room in their car? Thanks.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I'm new to Philly and new to the group. I would love to come to this! I don't have a car though : / Do you think it would be possible to arrange a car share? According to the website it's possible to take a Septa bus, but this looks difficult. I live on 20th & Spruce and could come meet someone if they have space in their car anywhere. If not no worries, I'll just take the bus : ) If anyone cares to join me on the bus, let me know!

    May 23, 2011

  • Sheila E

    Need 2 update cost. I was looking@ dated site. It's$ 1o.oo.

    May 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    website says admission fee is $10 ... unless you've arranged a special rate?

    May 14, 2011

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