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Friday morning excursion

We decided to take a quick morning excursion to Chanticleer Gardens in Radnor. It is a short drive from our home in Tredyffrin Township and always a delight to enjoy. These gardens are very natural, acorns sit in the beds, flowers droop as they age, it is not like Longwood where everything is pristine all the time, this is a real garden like ours.

Every time we go we feel inspired and encouraged. We get ideas and feel we can do this or that we have seen.

Here is a view of the main house from the bottom of the garden...

Chanticleer view

This is a great idea, using large stone to create a settee and chairs, more comfortable than you would think. But you will need some serious help to build these.

Stone settee

There are ideas all around for shade gardens, rock gardens, follies, vegetable plots, sunny areas, water gardens, meadows, woodland, you name it they have an example. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did after all the humidity it was a delight to wander round in the cool.

Sometimes you just want to get away and enjoy a few minutes of peace and calm, my phone doesn't work in the gardens so I can be in the moment and enjoy the time wandering around.

We have lots of gardens and places to enjoy nature around us in Tredyffrin Easttown. If you need some suggestions, or have some of your own let us know we would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • September 29 2017 07:05PM


I like to wander around in gardens. Yes Longwood is pristine but it cost a LOT to keep it that way. Love the photos,

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 2 years ago

Looks like a beautiful place. I love to wander around gardens as well. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  beautiful place to get away . I live in a magical place where you can explore and find beautiful places .

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 2 years ago

Hi Nick and Trudy- we all need places that give us that break from the real world and this place certainly fits the bill!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

Nick & Trudy, I am way overdue for a beautiful get away like this one.... so maybe Sunday??? let you know, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Nick and Trudy.  I'm happy to read that you took some time to enjoy yourselves.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 2 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Nick, this excursion would be very cool to see a regular garden.    Thank you for sharing!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 2 years ago

Seems like a nice place to spend some outdoor time. Lovely photos and views!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 2 years ago

Sharon Lee we love Chanticleer because it is not all pristine and you get so many ideas to implement.

Lynnea Miller this is a beautiful place and we love visiting it when it is open over the summer and fall.

It is a magical place and I love visiting gardens where ever we go Hannah Williams 

Kathy Streib it is our equivalent of walking along the shore

Endre Barath, Jr. hope you got some time for yourself Sunday, we all need to recharge the batteries.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 2 years ago

Gabe Sanders our business allows us to get those moments when we can grab some time to enjoy what is around us.

Roy Kelley thanks for the comment

Joan Cox tis is the most lovely garden, uses lots of native plants as well.

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 our go to place to enjoy some time away from our own oasis of a garden and get some inspiration.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 2 years ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Now that's my type of get-away! I love the natural gardens, so eclectic too with stone furnishings. Truly, I would be inspired too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 2 years ago

Nick and Trudy hello.

Looks like a great place to relax and unwind.

Great pictures.

Good week.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) almost 2 years ago

Patricia Feager this is my favorite local garden, it is very relaxing, during the summer Friday evenings you can bring a picnic and a bottle of wine if you drink.It is always very busy.

Shahar Hillel it is a great place to relax the mind.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 2 years ago

I expected a lot of flowers when I read this was about gardens but, gosh, what a surprise seeing the stone seating - I love that, Nick! I see what you mean that it would take some serious help to achieve this but, how cool woud that be to have in your back garden? You could paint the stone each year for a 'new' look too! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 2 years ago

THis sounds like a perfect start to the weekend how cool. I love wondering through gardens! I hope you have a great week!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert almost 2 years ago

It is lovely that you have such a peaceful garden near you. What a perfect place for a picnic:) 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 2 years ago

Wow, such a beautiful garden! It is amazing what beautiful places you can find nearby. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) over 1 year ago

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