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Here's another reason to visit Chanticleer

You can't dress up weather like this. It's horrible. The garden's frying, despite the watering. We desperately need rain. And wait till we get our electric and water bills.

Here's another reason to visit Chanticleer

You can't dress up weather like this. It's horrible. The garden's frying, despite the watering. We desperately need rain. And wait till we get our electric and water bills.

But a visit to a public garden can help. There, you're able to be outside without screaming.

This photo was taken from the terrace of the big house at Chanticleer. If you've been there, you know I'm sitting in one of those beautiful (and comfortable) wooden rocking chairs overlooking the lawn, which - maybe this thought popped into mind to trick me into thinking it was cooler - looked like a grand sledding hill!

Every time I visit this place, I think how nice it would be to come with a friend and a book and just sit in the shade and read. Rock on.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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