The Parking Lot Garden
This will be a series of twelve posts on Chanticleer. It is not about me talking design or types of plants. I may pop in a few comments, but for the most part, it is a leisurely walk where you will accompany me. It a stroll though the grounds at a slow pace.
I am betting that is exactly how they wanted you to experience this place. Some of the gardens I have been taking you to were learning and teaching gardens. Plants were identified on site and the gardens all had teaching moments.
My post on the Scott Arboretum is an example and it was picked up and linked to their site. They use that garden as a design laboratory I believe, teaching students horticulture and design. It is one of the most beautiful gardens I have been to and to learn in that environment would have been an educational joy.
But Chanticleer is not the same experience. Sure, you can learn quite a bit, but you are more inclined to stroll, set up an easel to paint, take a seat and enjoy nature or relax in the beauty of it all.
So each of the posts will begin where the last one left off. We start our stroll in the parking lot. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I arrived an hour before the gardens opened. I was granted access because of my profession and got a chance to speak freely with the grounds keepers and horticulturists. You can bet I was in horticulture heaven here. So see the gardens as I did…
See where we go next…