Workshops at Chanticleer

Chanticleer Gardeners Share: Integrating Bulbs into Your Garden

Dates & Details:

Wednesday, October 23, 8:30am – 4:00pm;
followed by a casual reception with Chanticleer staff and participants
Thursday, October 24, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Course Location:

Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne PA 19087

Course Description:

Unmatched in their exuberance, flowering bulbs give Chanticleer glorious displays across multiple seasons each year. Using the garden as inspiration, participants will learn how the Chanticleer horticulturists incorporate bulbs into numerous sections of the garden. The horticulturists will lead the workshop, which is timed when bulb planting occurs for next year’s display. The course will consist of lectures in our classroom, as well as talks and demonstrations in the garden.

Held over the course of two days, participants will gain insight into how Chanticleer staff weave bulbs into borders, containers, meadows, and in varying soil conditions. Participants will gain insight on how to deal with bulbs after flowering and what to consider when buying bulbs.

The course is designed for students with some gardening experience, whether as a keen amateur gardener or garden professional. While the course will cover the fundamentals, the purpose is to extend students’ plant knowledge, enhance their technical abilities and inspire them to experiment and explore their gardening styles. Course topics are tailored to provide insight into the Chanticleer ethos of gardening. Refreshments and two lunches are provided.

Course Topics:

• Basic botany of bulbs
• Design, culture, sourcing
• Perennializing vs. naturalizing
• Bulbs in the wild
• Bulbs in horticultural history
• How to prevent damage from pests
• Layering bulbs with herbaceous and woody plants
• Bulbs in containers


$450.00 - Includes course registration, lunch and refreshments on Wednesday and Thursday, and a casual reception on Wednesday evening.

Space is limited. To register, please complete the registration form.

Vision, Craft, and the Desire to Grow with Rob Cardillo

Dates & Details:

Friday, October 25th 5-7pm – a reception and presentation from Rob and evening photography shoot.
Saturday, October 26th, 7am-6pm – an early morning photography shoot, midday editing and evening photography shoot.
Sunday, October 27th, 7am-3pm – an early morning photography shoot and group critique

Workshop Location:

786 Church Road, Wayne PA 19087

Course Description:

Compelling images are made when a fully engaged body, mind, and soul are coupled with impeccable camera technique. This workshop will help you find and translate your own personal vision of garden beauty by providing you with new tools, new ideas and new experiences. We’ll be shooting at the edges of the day at the peak of fall color in one of the world’s most exceptional gardens so expect to find drama!

The weekend begins Friday evening with a reception, giving you a chance to meet Rob and mingle with participants. Following the reception, Rob will give a presentation on photographic design principals to jumpstart the workshop. Participants will have access to the garden both Saturday and Sunday before the garden opens to the public. Afternoon sessions will allow plenty of time for editing, discussion, and group critiques.

The workshop is open to all skill levels but is best suited for individuals who are comfortable and competent operating the equipment they bring. All cameras (including phone cameras) are welcome but bring along extra cards, spare batteries and any additional lenses you care to work with. A tripod is useful but not necessary. A laptop to download and edit your work is strongly recommended and will allow you to better participate in the group critiques. This workshop will be held rain or shine. Regardless of weather, dry socks and spare shoes are always a good idea.

Rob Cardillo has been providing exceptional images of plants, gardens and the people who tend them for 20 years. His work appears regularly in Garden Design, Country Gardens, GROW, the New York Times and over 25 garden books. Check out Rob’s work on his website.


$500.00 - Includes workshop registration, admission to the garden, as well as supper on October 25 and breakfast and lunch on October 26 & 27.

Space is limited. To register, please complete the registration link.

Garden Design Workshop with Annie Guilfoyle

Dates for 2020 have not yet been set. Please email Erin McKeon to express interest and to be notified when registration opens.

Opening Times

Wednesday - Sunday

10am - 5pm

Friday Evenings

For the remainder of the 2019 Season the garden will be closed on Friday evenings. We will resume the Friday evening schedule in May of 2020.

End of Season

The garden will remain open until Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.

Early Openings in 2019

Chanticleer opens at 8:00 am on the first Saturday of each month:
November 2nd will be our last early opening of the 2019 season.
Regular admission fees apply.

Limited Parking

Our parking lot holds 120 cars
and fills at peak times (weekends
and Friday evenings). Please carpool. Once we reach capacity, you’ll need to wait until we direct you to an open spot or return at a non-peak time.

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2020 Season Passes Now Available

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2020 Season Passes!

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