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Spring Road Trip: Chanticleer Gardens in Pennsylvania

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    courtesy of Chanticleer, photo by Lisa Roper

    Martha Stewart called Chanticleer Gardens "breathtaking," so you know it must be good. 

    The gardens, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, date back to the early 20th century, featuring 5,000+ plants and 35 acres of gardens. Seven horticulturists are responsible for the design, planting and maintenance of specific areas -- they basically keep everything looking fantastic for your viewing pleasure. 

    Inside the grounds, you'll find many varieties of trees and gardens, including the Asian woods, a pond garden, a ruin and gravel garden, a teacup garden, a tennis court garden and a woodland area.

    Brand new is the elevated walkway with two viewing platforms and staff-made White Oak furniture. At its highest point, the walkway is eight feet above a blooming meadow where a grove of quaking aspens runs through it. Sounds magical, right? 

    We've been told the gigantic Katsura Tree in the middle of the garden is a must-see.

    Chanticleer Gardens is located at 786 Church Road in Wayne, Pennsylvania, about two and a half hours from downtown D.C. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From May through Labor Day, the garden is also open Friday evenings until 8 p.m. The 2015 season begins April 1 and ends Nov. 1.

    Admission is $10 for those age 13 and older, and free for kids age 12 and younger. Members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and local arboreta get in for $8; Radnor Library cardholders get in for $5. Garden professionals are admitted free.