Super-Duper Chanticleer Book and Contest



The Book, available next month from Timber Press, is the story of the garden from its very own gardeners. And Chanticleer IMG_5445-001Garden is a garden that’s designed and managed, not just cared for by gardeners, so they reveal more than pretty images – though Rob Cardillo’s are amazing.  It’s called The Art of Gardening – Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer by R. William Thomas (shown here during my 2006 visit) and his team.

This is one of maybe two gardening books I’ll actually read this year, because for me Chanticleer is such an exciting place – garden as performance art, and modern.

The Contest is exciting, too, compared to most book launches in the gardening world. Prizes include “luxury accommodations for two,” $200 worth of a “premier dining experience in historic Wayne, PA”, invitations to the launch party, and copies of the book. Click here to enter before September 4th. Multiple chances to win! 


The Photos here, which I took on my two visits to Chanticleer, are pretty enough but wait ’til you see Rob Cardillo’s versions of these scenes and many more in the book. To die for.

Design Ideas from Bill Thomas from lead author Bill Thomas are already available on A Way to Garden, and they’ll whet your appetite for more.


My Blog Posts about the garden include photos of my May 2011 visit and a review of the book Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden by Adrian Higgins and Rob Cardillo.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. I am SO excited that, at last, I will see Chanticleer in person next week! A lifetime wish fulfilled.

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