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Top 10 Public Gardens for Garden Travelers


Photo: Courtesy of Huntington Botanical Gardens

For Garden Travelers looking for some inspiration, as well as ideas for this spring’s plant shopping list, TripAdvisor.com just published its Top 10 Public Gardens in the U.S., in honor of April as National Garden Month.

While public gardens may not offer the intriguing personalities found in the private gardens on the garden tours that will be coming up this time of the year, wonderful gardens, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, are a fabulous opportunity to see which plants do well in that part of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.


Photo: Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

Plus, you’ll see plants that are properly labeled, well-tended and healthy. And unlike the transplants in the garden center, it’s easier to evaluate a mature plant and decide if you want to invest the time (and your back) digging that hole in your own garden. Then there’s the added bonus of refreshments in a garden café usually readily available, along with plenty of strategically arranged artistic benches and fully-stocked gift shops.

So, bring your iPad or old-reliable pen and notebook and don’t miss an opportunity to take notes as you pay a visit to these gardens if you’re in the area. After all, if a plant is deemed worthy of a spot at Chanticleer, maybe it’s worth considering for your garden as well.

TripAdvisor’s ten best public gardens in the U.S. for 2013, based on reviews and opinions online:

  1. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Boothbay, Maine
  2. Longwood Gardens: Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania
  3. Missouri Botanical Garden: Saint Louis, Missouri
  4. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens: San Marino, California
  5. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Tucson, Arizona
  6. Brookgreen Gardens: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  7. Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Washington, D.C.
  8. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  9. Sarah P. Duke Gardens: Durham, North Carolina
  10. Chanticleer: Wayne, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia: Chanticleer Garden


Chanticleer is appropriately labeled a pleasure garden and it’s easy to see why it’s included in the recent TripAdvisor list of the 10 best public gardens in the U.S.

Originally a summer home that Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr. used to escape Philadelphia’s heat, the 35-acre garden is celebrating its centennial in 2013 as the Rosengarten domain. Rosengarten named his home “Chanticlere” after the estate in Thackeray’s 1855 novel “The Newcomes.”

The 35-acre garden includes a Teacup Garden and Chanticleer Terrace with seasonal and tropical plants. Bell’s Woodland features plants of the eastern North American forest, with azaleas, foam flowers, and ferns, as well as wetland plants including skunk cabbages, rushes, and sedges.

There’s also the Asian Woods, Water Garden, Stream Garden, Ruin Garden, and the Cut-Flower and Vegetable Garden, where a potager, enclosed by paling, contains a mix of vegetables grown for taste and ornament.

Chanticleerveg1Photo: Cut flower and vegetable garden

In addition to horticultural expertise, many of the Chanticleer staff have talents ranging from wood working, stone carving, painting, and metal working. Their artistry, found throughout the garden, contributes to the uniqueness of the garden.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Painting is allowed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during open hours.

Admission: Open from 10 am until 5pm. Wednesday through Sunday and Friday evenings until 8:00 p.m. from May through Labor Day. Season begins in April and ends at the end of October. Wheelchair accessible.

Photo: The Teacup Garden planted with purple mustard, and apricot Diascia barbarae
[Flirtation™ Orange] = ‘Dala Oran’ and Heuchera ‘Caramel’. Photo by Lisa Roper

Website: Chanticleer Garden