Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden by Adrian Higgins

By Adrian Higgins

Chanticleer, a forty-eight-acre backyard on Philadelphia's ancient major Line, is many stuff concurrently: a lush reveal of verdant depth and diversity, an irreverent and casual environment for artistic plant mixtures, a homage to the local bushes and horticultural history of the mid-Atlantic, a testomony to 1 man's devotion to his family's property and legacy, and a great spot for a walk and picnic amid the blooms. In Chanticleer: A excitement Garden, Adrian Higgins and photographer Rob Cardillo chronicle the garden's many charms over the process growing to be cycles.

Built at the grounds of the Rosengarten property in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Chanticleer keeps a family scale, leading to an intimate, welcoming surroundings. The constitution of the property has been thoughtfully integrated into the garden's total layout, such that small gardens created within the footprint of the previous tennis court docket and at the origin of 1 of the family members houses proportion house with extra conventional landscapes woven round streams and an orchard.

Through conversations and rambles with Chanticleer's workforce of gardeners and artisans, Higgins follows the garden's improvement and reinvention because it adjustments from season to season, rejoicing within the hundred thousand daffodils blooming at the Orchard garden in spring and marveling on the Serpentine's overdue summer time crop of cotton, planted as a reminder of Pennsylvania's agrarian previous. Cardillo's images show additional nuances in Chanticleer's panorama: an extraordinary and venerable black walnut tree close to the doorway, pairs of gaily painted chairs alongside the trails, a backlit arbor draped in mounds of aromatic wisteria. Chanticleer fuses a strenuous devotion to the sweetness and well-being of its plantings with a relentless commitment to the mutability and normal strength of a dwelling house. And in the backyard, Higgins notes, there's a thread of perfection entwined with whimsy and non-stop renewal.

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One of Chanticleer’s roles is to inspire gardeners, and in that respect the Oak Bed is one of the most instructive parts of the site. We see a world without the ubiquitous vinca and liriope, replaced by an endearing garden of dainty perennials, pressed obligingly into service as unlikely ground covers. teacup and entry gardens | 33 | CHAPTER 2 | Tennis Court Garden The vestigial rectangle of a tennis court, once bounded by thick hemlocks, today provides one of the most geometric gardens at Chanticleer, and with it the opportunity to temper straight lines with soft plantings.

The big blue bottlebrush flowers of the container plantings The Abyssinian banana, Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’. Its rootball is lifted and stored each winter. The Oak Bed in spring, a delicious mix of woodland perennials painstakingly planted to avoid root damage. The purple shrub is Weigela florida ‘Foliis Purpureus’. of Echium candicans ‘Select Blue’ herald the start of this party. Nearby a sheltered stand of the hardy banana, Musa basjoo, begins its year by shooting up from its established crowns.

One of the most enlightening aspects of this experiment was the planting of papaya trees, which go from seed in the greenhouse in April to serious young trees in August. A plant overwintered one year in the greenhouse has a thick, woody trunk and is stuffed with the melon-sized fruit in its second summer. For a tree, it goes about its business quickly, and then dies. But what a show. In late winter, the gardener harvests canes of the yellowtwig dogwood from the Parking Lot Garden and arranges them in overlapping arcs as a perimeter fence for the Teacup Bed.

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