Twilight in Minder Woods at Chanticleer Garden


At the end of our opening-to-closing day at Chanticleer in early June, Diana and I packed up the wrappings of our picnic dinner (the garden stays open until 8 pm on summer Fridays) and wandered around taking last-minute photos. I meandered through Minder Woods, a small woodland garden adjacent to the Ruin.


On one edge of the woods, a sunny meadow garden shows off flowering perennials and grasses.


Blues and purples and chartreuse green


It makes a cheery welcome to a shady woodland trail.


A narrow, pine-needle-strewn path leads the way.


Hostas and ferns thrive in the dim light under the trees.


An even narrower stepping-stone path leads through leafy groundcovers.


The main path widens about halfway through the woods to make room for a handcrafted bench and another unique plant-list box…


…shaped like shelf fungus on a tree stump! The wooden lid lifts open to reveal the plant list. So clever!


That’s all I have from Minder Woods. But here are a few last images, mainly from the lawns…


…where pairs of chairs entice you to sit and just enjoy the view. Who could resist?


Diana gives one a try.


As I wandered around post-picnic, I also couldn’t resist capturing my fellow picnickers enjoying the garden. Some came with extended family and friends.


Others enjoyed a quiet dinner for two.


It was so peaceful in the soft light of evening, seeing people quietly enjoying the beauty of the place.


So long, Chanticleer. I hope to see you again soon!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these scenes from Chanticleer, a “pleasure garden” in the Philadelphia area. For a look back at the mysterious Ruin Garden, click here. From there you’ll find links, at the end of each post, to the previous posts I’ve written about Chanticleer in early June 2016 (nine in all).

Up next: A tour of lovely Linden Hill Gardens, the nursery and destination gardens where author Nan Ondra of Hayefield works. She gave us a personal tour while we were in the area.

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10 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    So beautiful! I live near Baltimore, and you’ve convinced me I need to get myself up to Chanticleer to visit before the summer is over. Thanks so much for sharing! This is my first visit, will be back for sure!

  2. Saurs says:

    Can we just go and live there now, Pam? This series has been amazing and thorough. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. A fascinating tour through Chanticleer. It makes me want to go there in the worst way. Have fun at the fling. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  4. I always like to see what other gardeners decide to photograph rather than what magazines and speakers show.

  5. Hi Pam! You did an outstanding job showing this garden to us! Our family spent the first part of July on the East cost. We’ve been to Philadelphia too, but I didn’t have time to visit Cnanticleer, and it was my biggest regret. You gave me the chance to walk through it. Your comments are greatly appreciated, and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I enjoyed all your Chanticleer posts and found them very inspiring. Thank you, thank yaou, thank you!!!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Hi, Tatyana! I’m so happy to have been able to share this garden with you. I know how hard it is to have to miss a garden you really want to see, but I hope you’ll have another chance one day. —Pam

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