Serious gardeners love to hate Butchart Gardens, Canada’s most famous public garden, and I’ll cop to being one of the haters. It’s blindingly colorful and the very opposite of naturalistic, the gardening style popular today.
I wonder if people who love the Butchart style could also appreciate a very modern, sophisticated, naturalistic garden like my favorite garden in the whole world – Chanticleer, near Philadelphia. I visited last week and offer these more modern scenes for your enjoyment.
This Tea Garden, designed and maintained by Dan Benarcik, is about as formal as the gardens at Chanticleer get.
Here’s Joe Henderson on the right (with horticulturist Przemyslaw Walczak) having a yuck with me. Hearing Joe talk recently is what promoted my repeat visit, though honestly I’ll use any excuse to go back. It’s a manageable two-hour drive from my house.
Any combination of purple and chartreuse is a hit with me. Here, the Alliums really deliver.
Chanticleer’s iconic Ruins.
I love their use of old-fashioned shrubs, like Weigela and Mockorange.
Above, the kitchen garden.
In the woodland garden, what the heck is this? And how could anyone resist walking through it?
Above, even the restrooms are gorgeous.
Next Friday I’ll report on the good and important work that Chanticleer does, based on my interview with director Bill Thomas.