The Ruin Garden at Chanticleer, photo by Lisa Roper.

The Main Line is famous around the world, and has been since the early 1900's when it first became the summer playground of Philadelphia's richest families.   They built lavish estates that offered them a beautiful country setting, as well as easy access to the city.

The beautiful Yucca Garden, photo by Lisa Roper
Chanticleer is the last remaining Main Line Estate that is still open to the public.  It was the home of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr. who headed Rosengarten and Sons Pharmaceutical Company which would eventually become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s. 

The house was completed in 1913, and Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence and the family moved here permanently.

It officially opens March 27th, preparing for spring with new plantings, trimmings, and sculptural additions.

Pictured at the top of the story is the Ruin Garden, but you'll also want to explore the Asian Woods, Pond Garden, Tennis Court Garden, Bell's Run Creek, the Cut Flower Garden, Teacup Garden, and the Orchard.
  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm
  • Adults (13 years and over) - $10.00
  • Children 12 years and under - Free
  • Season passes are available online at Chanticleer Garden
786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087