January 18, 2024

The most secret part of Chanticleer is the entrance to Bell’s Woodland, set off beyond the colorful cutting garden (coming up in my next post). The plant list for it is tucked inside a metal sculpture of a hornet’s nest hanging from a tree — worthy of a double-take before reaching for it, every time. So creative!

This is Part 9 of my visit to Chanticleer during the Philadelphia Area Fling last September.

You enter this garden through an Alice-in-Wonderland experience of being shrunk down to rabbit size, by passing through a giant fallen tree trunk. It’s manmade but wonderfully lifelike. Planting pockets along the sides and top create the effect of nature colonizing the fallen tree.

The light in the woodland garden was so contrasty that I didn’t get many good pictures. But I have to share this bench hidden behind a vine-smothered trellis, where a woman was peacefully sitting and looking at the creek.

I love how Chanticleer sets up these little sitting opportunities, like this Adirondack perched at the end of a narrow bridge along the creek. A woodland throne.

A conversation spot appears where the path widens into a circular stone patio with a large bowl of water in the center.

The water reflects the trees like a dark mirror.

From there, the path leads over meandering Bell’s Creek and into a more open garden of dappled sun.

A round pond with a frog fountain makes a focal point along the way.

Lavender flowers were showy in a sunken garden.

A closeup

View of the stone-bordered creek from under a pine bough

In another wooded area at the far end of Bell’s Creek, you enter a striking path of slate roofing tiles (I think) laid on edge.

I’ve always admired this intimate spiral patio along the slate path.

A starburst of slate and stone is inset into the path as it segues to stepping stones along the creek.

Utterly charming and harmonious with the ferny woodland.

A wider view

And one more. I love it!

Up next: Flowers, vegetables, and a party in the Cutting and Vegetable Garden at Chanticleer. For a look back at Chanticleer’s mysterious Ruin Garden, click here:

To read about my past visits to Bell’s Woodland and Bell’s Creek at Chanticleer, follow these links:

Creative paths and cutting garden glory at Chanticleer, October 2021

Chanticleer’s Flower and Vegetable Garden and magical Bell’s Woodland, June 2016

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January 18, 2024

The most secret part of Chanticleer is the entrance to Bell’s Woodland, set off beyond the colorful cutting garden (coming up in my next post). The plant list for it is tucked inside a metal sculpture of a hornet’s nest hanging from a tree — worthy of a double-take before reaching for it, every time. So creative!

This is Part 9 of my visit to Chanticleer during the Philadelphia Area Fling last September.

You enter this garden through an Alice-in-Wonderland experience of being shrunk down to rabbit size, by passing through a giant fallen tree trunk. It’s manmade but wonderfully lifelike. Planting pockets along the sides and top create the effect of nature colonizing the fallen tree.

The light in the woodland garden was so contrasty that I didn’t get many good pictures. But I have to share this bench hidden behind a vine-smothered trellis, where a woman was peacefully sitting and looking at the creek.

I love how Chanticleer sets up these little sitting opportunities, like this Adirondack perched at the end of a narrow bridge along the creek. A woodland throne.

A conversation spot appears where the path widens into a circular stone patio with a large bowl of water in the center.

The water reflects the trees like a dark mirror.

From there, the path leads over meandering Bell’s Creek and into a more open garden of dappled sun.

A round pond with a frog fountain makes a focal point along the way.

Lavender flowers were showy in a sunken garden.

A closeup

View of the stone-bordered creek from under a pine bough

In another wooded area at the far end of Bell’s Creek, you enter a striking path of slate roofing tiles (I think) laid on edge.

I’ve always admired this intimate spiral patio along the slate path.

A starburst of slate and stone is inset into the path as it segues to stepping stones along the creek.

Utterly charming and harmonious with the ferny woodland.

A wider view

And one more. I love it!

Up next: Flowers, vegetables, and a party in the Cutting and Vegetable Garden at Chanticleer. For a look back at Chanticleer’s mysterious Ruin Garden, click here:

To read about my past visits to Bell’s Woodland and Bell’s Creek at Chanticleer, follow these links:

I welcome your comments. Please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post. And hey, did someone forward this email to you, and you want to subscribe? Click here to get Digging delivered directly to your inbox!

__________________________

Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance; simply click this link and ask to be added. The Season 7 lineup can be found here.

All material © 2024 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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