2 Bill Thomas, Executive Director and Head Gardener, and Jonathan Wright, one of the garden's horticulturists, were very kind to give us the tour.
3 Chanticleer is among the most imaginative, pleasure gardens in America. Seven horticulturists oversee the design, planting, and maintenance of the gardens and its more than five thousand plantings.
4 Have you ever smelled the ylang-ylang tree, or Cananga odorata? This tree is a tropical specimen which originated in the Philippines and is valued for its perfume.
5 Various forms of allium can be dried and displayed all year long.
6 Bill and I walked towards the Long Border, across this expansive lawn. On the right was Hemerocallis 'Autumn Red', a showy perennial daylily.
7 This flower garden is much like a traditional cottage garden, especially during summer when it's in bloom. There are four arches, made from rebar and driftwood that add texture to the garden and a place to grow clematis and other annual vines.
8 Bright yellow Rudbeckia laciniata, also known as 'Herbstsonne', add a burst of color to this flower garden.
9 More 'Herbstsonne' towered over the foliage. It's a robust herbaceous perennial with branched stems bearing golden-yellow blooms.
10 One of the highlights of the tour was seeing this magnificent katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonica. The tree on the right is a male katsura, while the one on the left is a female.
11 This was the Chanticleer Potting Shed.
12 It's not just the flowers, but the magnificent trees and foliage that also make Chanticleer a beautiful pleasure garden for the public.
13 Here, Sporobolus heterolepis, also known as prairie dropseed. At Chanticleer, every spring, these tufts of fine grasses emerge from the ground. The grass is burned in late winter, regenerating into dense mounds that remain lush in summer.
14 Prairie dropseed can easily be grown in a wide range of soils. In the summer, they give off a cilantro-like fragrance. And, on the right, Lobelia cardinalis, a native cardinal flower.
15 The Ruin Garden was built on the foundation of the Minder House, where Adolph Rosengarten, Jr. lived most of his life. For safety reasons, the only original parts of the house, were the foundation and the tile 'rug'.
16 This Minder Ruin Garden is composed of three "rooms" - the Great Hall, Library and Pool Room.
17 The Ruin Garden mantle was filled with colorful succulents.
18 Here was the 24-foot long Reflecting Pool at the base of the Ruin Garden mantle - all beneath a towering fireplace chimney.
19 This is Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake' - an oakleaf hydrangea that grows from the center producing new bracts on top of older ones which turn from white to pink tones.
20 The 15-inch panicles always have fresh flowers and interesting two color effect as the bracts age. It should be grown in moist, well-drained soil in an area that receives sun to part shade.
21 This woodland path runs between the Ruin Garden and the great lawn below the Chanticleer House.
22 This whimsical gardener-made bench caught my eye in the Minder Woods.
23 Here we were walking back toward the Chanticleer House.
24 Here was the Chanticleer Overlook from the main house.
25 A beautiful begonia 'Lotusland' makes such a dramatic display in a container on the Chanticleer Overlook. Several years ago, Jonathan gave me a 'Lotusland' begonia as a gift for my collection.
26 Orchids line the Sun Porch mantle - so pretty.
27 And, beautiful flowers and leaves floated in a hand made bowl on the Sun Porch.
28 Bill and I posed for a quick photo on the Chanticleer Sun Porch. The table and chairs were both hand made by various gardeners.
29 A beautiful passion flower. Passiflora is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants. They are mostly vines, with some big shrubs. All the plants come from the family Passifloraceae.
30 Large containers overflowing with tropical plants decorated the Chanticleer Terrace.
31 The Chanticleer Terrace and the Teacup Garden feature seasonal plants, and bold-textured tropical and sub-tropical specimens.
32 This is the Chanticleer Pool House - the pool is located just behind the pots of Agave americana.
33 Bill and I walked past the gravel circle, and the Agave americana that was displayed to the right.
34 Thanks for the tour, Bill and Jonathan!