Welcoming you back to Chanticleer

Chanticleer is open to all. Garden capacity will be limited in order to manage safe distancing. All guests arriving by personal vehicle must make a parking reservation for the day and time of their visit. Purchase individual tickets and 2020 Season Passes online here, or when you arrive.

Parking Reservation

Before you visit

Parking reservations are required for all visitors, including 2020 Season Pass holders, and must be reserved online in advance.
• Painting in the garden is not permitted at this time.
• Rest rooms are open.
• Some paths in the garden are marked as one way for your safety. View the guide map here.
• Plant lists (paper copies) are unavailable at this time.
• Bring your own water. Two water bottle filling stations are available, one in the Kitchen Courtyard near the Entrance and one on the Elevated Walkway. Please prepare for hot weather; it’s better to carry too much water than not enough.
• Seating and furniture should be used with caution as we are unable to sanitize them between each use.
• The historic Chanticleer House is closed.
• View a list of frequently asked questions here.

Visitor Guidelines

• Do not visit if you do not feel well or have symptoms of COVID-19.
• Be safe. Practice social distancing. Avoid gathering in groups and keep your hands clean.
• Please bring a mask or face covering and wear it in the rest rooms, or when you are near other people.

The Chanticleer Story

The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family's pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s.

The Rosengartens hired architect and former classmate Charles L. Borie to design the house, which was completed in 1913. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence and the family moved here permanently.

Mr. Rosengarten's humor is evident in naming his home after the estate "Chanticlere" in Thackeray's 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was "mortgaged up to the very castle windows" but "still the show of the county." Playing on the word, which is synonymous with "rooster," the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate.

Adolph and Christine gave their two children homes as wedding presents. They purchased a neighboring property for son Adolph, Jr. and his bride Janet Newlin in 1933. It is now the site of the Ruin. Daughter Emily's house, located at today's visitor entrance, was built for her in 1935. It is presently used for offices and classrooms.

Adolph, Jr., bought his sister's portion of the estate following her death in the 1980s. He didn't move into the main house, but used it for entertaining and kept it as it was when the family lived there. The house is open for tours by reservation. Adolph, Jr., left the entire property for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. A nine member Board of Directors, six of whom are Rosengarten relatives, oversees The Chanticleer Foundation. The garden opened to the public in 1993. There are 20 full-time staff, of whom two manage facilities and 14 are gardeners and groundskeepers.

Opening Times

Chanticleer is open by reservation Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Early Openings in 2020

Chanticleer opens at 8:00 am on the following Saturdays: August 15,
August 22, August 29, September 5, October 3.
Regular admission fees apply, and reservations are required.  

News & Events

All of us at Chanticleer stand aligned with the outpouring of support for those standing against the unacceptable killings of George Floyd and so many others by those charged to protect us.

We are growing many more vegetables this year and are sharing fresh vegetables weekly with community organizations. The small act of growing vegetables can have a big impact and we encourage all who can to grow and share.

The Art of Gardening & Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots

Now available for purchase online.

House & Garden Tours

We are currently not taking reservations for tours.

Chanticleer In the News

High praise from
The New York Times,
Chicago Tribune, Garden Design,
St. Catharines Standard, and FlipKey by Trip Advisor.

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