Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer

Bill Thomas

About The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer

Join The Trustees as we host Chanticleer’s Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a presentation on “The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer’. This visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer, once the home of the Rosengarten family, is known for residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, a wide variety of containers, and imaginative handmade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to make the garden fun, visually exciting, and environmentally responsible. Bill will offer insights on what inspires this special place.

We are particularly pleased to host this exciting event at Naumkeag, one of The Trustees flagship public gardens. Naumkeag’s unique gardens and horticultural displays were created by Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele on the principle that fine gardening is an art form as important as sculpture or painting. Chanticleer’s public garden continues under these same principles.

Bill arrived at the 48-acre pleasure garden Chanticleer on April Fools’ Day, 2003. Previously, he was at Longwood Gardens for 26 years, the last five in Research and Production and the prior 21 in Education. Bill leads the talented and creative Chanticleer staff in its continued development of the young garden, now in its 28th year. He emphasizes an environmentally sensitive and multi-century approach to the property and is unifying the former estate into one cohesive garden. The staff and he co-authored The Art of Gardening (Timber Press), recipient of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) Book Award. Bill helps lead Greater Philadelphia Gardens, promoting the Philadelphia region as “America’s Garden Capital.” He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received the Scott Medal and Award in 2017 and the AHS Professional Award in 2016.

Join us for a cocktail reception and book signing in the garden following the lecture.

There is a limited capacity for the inperson talk due to COVID. An exclusive recording of the talk will also be available for those wanting to join virtually – register for the virtual event here!

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