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Design Visions 2

HenFeathers Home & Garden Decor
Design Visions - 2

HenFeathers Goes to Chanticleer - Whimsical Pleasure Gardens that Bemuse and Elate the Senses

Elephant Foot Bridge (with our Gnome).
A little while back, we at HenFeathers were amazed to discover that Chanticleer Gardens, one of America's best gardens, was only mere miles from our door. So, we grabbed the cameras, bundled up the gear and headed over to Wayne, Pennsylvania to see what we had been missing. We were impressed.
Actually, it might be more accurate to say we were overwhelmed. Chanticleer has created some of the most imaginative and exciting public gardens in the country. The public areas of the Gardens are spread out over 37 acres and are organized into several themed gardens.

Spiky Brontosaurus, esoteric flora and whimsy abound at Chanticleer
They gardens are creative and well tended; beautifully designed. What really impressed us was the whimsical spirit, the sense of humor that runs throughout the grounds.
The fun is in the details as we learned wandering from garden to garden.

The Ruin Folly

Peek-a-boo! Whimsical lead sculpture in the Chanticleer House Garden
We were constantly surprised and elated as we discovered the next whimsey.
We were bemused with the Stone Living Room, complete
with sofa and easy chairs and imagined it was perfect for the evening garden party. Not the softest of furniture, but, certainly durable.
Stone Pear Folly
Visit the Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, Pa.

The Stone Living Room

Child's Playroom

Near the Stoney Living Room is the fascinating Ruin Folly, with it fountain and reflecting pool. Originally, the folly was to be constructed from a home on the estate that had been destroyed in a fire, but, deemed unsafe, the remains were torn down and the folly was built from scratch.

We noticed how skillfully the gardeners of Chanticleer use water features throughout the grounds and in the folly to add atmosphere and interest. Chanticleer is worth every minute you spend there and there are a lot of garden decor and landscape lessons to be learned there; especially, that whimsy adds that sparkle and delight to your garden, patio or deck.

Add Whimsy to your Garden with HenFeathers!
Add surprise and delight your guests. Hidden whimsical animals, hanging angels, sculpted mushrooms, are just a few ways to add fun to your garden or outdoor garden room.

Katy Kat {USA}n

Blushing Wood Mushrooms Set of 3 {USA} n

Fairy on Vine Garden Sculpture {USA}

Wise Old Gnome {USA}
While not exactly whimsy, water features, plantings, birdbaths and feeders designed to make your area a nature habitat are another way to bring wonder and amusement into your garden. Here are a few ideas, but for more, visit our For the Birds page.

Child with Clamshell Fountainhead {USA}

Coltsfoot Leaf Birdbath

Love Bird Planter - Right {USA}n
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HenFeathers Goes to the Longwood Gardens Conservatory

East Conservatory in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens.
Winter is here and it's cold outside. To keep warm HenFeathers is celebrating the indoor sun room. Sometimes called the solarium or conservatory, the home version of the sun room can be any sunny area filled with plants, vases, and water features. It can be a fully dedicated room with lots of glass and built in flower beds or just a sun filled corner of the family room with greenery filled containers and perhaps a special wall or tabletop fountain.
We visited one the most renowned gardens in the country, the conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania to see what tips we could pick up from the pros.
The Main Conservatory at Longwood is a huge indoor space with twenty or so large themed areas or rooms. The East Conservatory and Exhibition Hall are
noted for the water features, fountains and falls. Impressive. A tropical escape from the snow and ice outside.
Originally, conservatories began in England as Orangeries to grow citrus fruits and indeed, Longwood has its Orangery as well as a Tropical Terrace, Orchid house, Rose House, rooms dedicated to ferns and palms and more. We were overwhelmed with the great rooms, but admired the small vignettes with creative plantings and vessels.
As it turns out, the main elements of the successful conservatory are light, greenery and water, creatively applied with touches of whimsey and unexpected flashes of color, arranged in vases, planters, urns and other carefully selected containers that make your statement. Toss in a garden bench or seat, sprinkle with an appropriate wall plaque or tile and throw whimsical sculpture or two and you've got yourself a great space to escape the winter doldrums. Lessons that anyone can apply to their indoor garden space.

A few photos from the Longwood Gardens main conservatory.

Water canal in the East Conservatory Room of the Longwood Gardens Conservatory.

Spectacular hanging ferns in the Acacia Passage.

Containers and vases are conservatory staples. The Silver Garden Room in the Conservatory at Longwood Garden.

Paros Vase {USA}n
We were thrilled to find one of our tall Paros vessels beautifully set in among green foliage and filled with hanging ferns. Containers are vital elements of an indoor garden space. HenFeathers has a great selection of planters, vases and vessels perfect for the home solarium or sun room.

Cactus garden in a contemporary vessel enhances the solarium feeling of any sun room.

A View of the Main Conservatory.

Spectacular Tropical Terrace Room

Longwood Gardens famed bronze cranes are creatively set in a natural setting that features water and ferns.

The Lizard Wall Sculpture and fountain in the Indoor Children's Garden.

(above) The Wonderful bronze cranes drinking from a fountain in the Indoor Children's Garden.
(above right) The Wonderful whimsical water fountain in the Indoor Children's Garden.
(right) Topiary swans in the main hall of the conservatory at Longwood Gardens.

An orange tree in the Orangery. Conservatories were originally designed to grow citrus fruits in the harsh English climate.
Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Coupon.

Garden bench in the Fern Passage of the Conservatory. Placing garden furniture in your inside garden room brings the outdoors in.

Water feature in the Main Exhibition Hall

Fountains in the Cascade Garden room..

Waterfall in the East Conservatory.

Inspiration: Chanticleer Gardens - Pond gardens in the Fall

One of the Lily Ponds at Chanticleer
In the HenFeathers Collection, many of our designs are inspired by nature and what's more natural than to have these themes grace your gardens, outdoor rooms, decks or inside spaces.
One of our favorite motifs is the lily pad and a recent visit to Chanticleer Gardens and viewing the beautiful lily ponds has rekindled that inspiration. Chanticleer has created some of the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public gardens in America on a country estate in Wayne, Pa.

The Chanticleer Pond Gardens
Spending a day in the Chanticleer gardens is like a return to Eden. Plus the Chanticleer staff members are just wonderful!

Visit the Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, Pa.
A few HenFeathers Lily Pad inspired designs: See the entire collection

Lily Pad Wall Decor {USA}

Lily Pad Clock & Thermometer Set

Lily Pad Fountain/Birdbath {USA}

Lily Pad Table / Seat / Pedestal {USA}
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