Chanticleer’s Cutting Edge

As most of you know by now, my favorite public garden on the East Coast (or in the continental US, for that matter) is Chanticleer Garden, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. I’m looking forward to this fall’s annual pilgrimage to the Master Garden Photography Workshop there in early October.

One of the many delightful aspects of the garden is its inspired use of cut flowers in (among other places) its public restrooms. Over the last couple of years, whenever I’ve visited, I’ve shot images both of the current “bouquets” in those areas as well as from the Cutting Garden itself. Here’s a sampling of the combinations I’ve found throughout the garden.

Let’s start with a ‘vignette’ of masterfully chosen perennials which begged to be photographed as well as serving as fodder for bouquets: sunflowers, liatris, lilies, and goodness knows what else:

Chanticleer cutting garden, sunflowers

An enormous sunflower anchors a gorgeous combination of summer flowers in the Cutting Garden at Chanticleer in July 2010. I like this image so much I've framed it and hung it in my own home.

Other summer shots from the cutting garden, cropped for effect in some cases:

An image from the Cutting Garden in August 2010

Chanticleer Garden, cutting garden

Ditto.

Chanticleer Garden, cutting garden

Lilies, rudbeckia, and other annuals in the Cutting Garden in August 2010.

And now, the masterpieces created from the Cutting Garden. Please note (ahem) that at least one of these photos was shot in the men’s restroom (albeit before the garden opened to the public).

Chanticleer Garden, cut flowers, cutting garden, cut flower bouquets

The restrooms at Chanticleer always have amazing cut flower bouquets at the washbasins.

Chanticleer, cutting garden, cut flower arrangements

In the other bathroom.

Chanticleer Garden

A late summer/early fall arrangement.

And visitors are always greeted with astonishingly beautifully arranged cut flowers in the outdoor visitors’ gazebo.

Chanticleer, cutting garden, cut flower arrangements

Gorgeous. What else can I say?

Chanticleer is open until the end of October. If you’re in the area, or within an easy drive, don’t miss it.

Garden Shoots will be on hiatus until early September.
See you in the fall!

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6 Comments on “Chanticleer’s Cutting Edge”


  1. beautiful flowers! I need to go there–I live outside of Ocean City NJ, and haven’t gotten there yet.

    • Melissa Says:

      You should! I have even gone for day trips (2-1/2 hours each way) – well worth it. If you want to shoot, on Friday nights for a while yet they are open until 8 pm, making for better light.

  2. Susan Hirsch Says:

    this was off my radar – I’m going to plan ahead and try to go next year..thanks for the gorgeous photos, Melissa…

    • Melissa Says:

      Yes, do plan a visit the next time you come out East. They are open from early April through the end of October only, so keep that time frame in mind!


  3. what beautifull flowers would look great on my patio


  4. great blog would love to visit sometime


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