Garden Inspirations ~ The Garden Charmers Favorite Gardens

Favorite Gardens

Favorite Gardens for Inspiration


Some of my Garden Charmers friends and I recently compared notes about our most memorable garden visits. All seasoned gardeners know the best place to turn for garden inspiration is to beautiful gardens. We live in different parts of the country, in different growing zones, and each of us has our own unique growing conditions. But what we have in common is the appreciation of the artistry involved in creating a magical planted space. Come see our favorites. Maybe they will inspire you in your garden as well!


Barb of Our Fairfield Home & Garden has a favorite garden, the unusual and romantic Chanticleer Pleasure Garden. This former estate in a residential area of Wayne, Pennsylvania, features seven distinct gardens, each designed, planted and kept up by an individual horticulturist/gardener. Because of this diversity, visiting Chanticleer provides the impression of being larger than its thirty-five acres.

Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer’s Teacup Garden

Stephanie of Garden Therapy is enamored of The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State. Imagine the sight of fields full of spring-blooming bulbs. Row upon row of these bright blooms create a living quilt of color on the farmland.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1st – April 30th the fields are abloom for The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.


Carol of The Gardening Cook lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and takes inspiration from The J C Raulston Arboretum there. Exploring the beautifully planted grounds gives Carol great ideas to try in her own garden. Then again, some displays, such as this dragon are just to be admired!

J C Raulston Arboretum

Dragon “swimming” across the lawn greets visitors to the J C Raulston Arboretum.














Shelley of Sow and Dipity found out what’s trending in the garden industry by attending The Chicagoland Garden Tour. Four impressive retail nurseries and garden accessories stores, topped off by a visit to The Chicago Botanic Garden, will serve as inspiration at the garden center she manages!

Chicagoland Garden Tour

One of the stops on the tour was the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Amy Of A Healthy Life For Me took a very special tour of a three-acre, themed garden owned and cared for by Beth Karp. Although this is a private garden, Beth shares her creativity with avid gardeners and is part of the Garden Conservancy program. You can take the tour too by watching the wonderful video Amy made of her trip.

Beth Karp's Garden

Beth Karp’s Garden is catalogued in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

Carol of The Gardening Cook loves The Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. This huge private garden gives public tours and is lovingly maintained by an eighty-three-year-old mother and her daughter, Janie Newton Teel.

Stott Garden

Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana













Judy of Magic Touch and Her Gardens loves Longwood Gardens for inspiration. Begun as a private garden by Pierre S. duPont in 1870, then transitioned into a public garden, it has become a world renowned garden destination. Judy took some great pictures to give you the feel of Longwood in the early fall, but there is so much more to see in all the seasons!

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Jacki, of Drought Smart Plants, nominated the Un H2O Garden located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Opened in 2011, this garden’s purpose is “to show people the variety of garden styles that can be achieved using xeriscape methods, including a Mediterranean garden, ornamental grass garden, native garden and butterfly garden.” Created by The Okanagon Xeriscape Association largely from donations (Jacki donated some of her wonderful plants!), this public garden shows plants thriving in a harsh environment.

Un H2O Garden

Un H2O Garden

You might enjoy these garden tours too!


Take a tour of TheDCH !

Newark Garden Tour

Newark Garden Tour

Goodstay Gardens

Springtime in Goodstay Gardens


Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods is magical!



6 Responses so far.

  1. Judy A Muche says:

    What a wonderful stroll, it is almost like being there. You have provided us a front row seat to see some of the most incredible displays of plants and flowers. I am inspired! Thank you…

    • Barb says:

      So glad you enjoyed the gardens. I know when I gathered The Garden Charmers posts together,this post took extra long. Since I love garden tours myself, I had to go visit them all and take it all in first! See you at Longwood!

  2. Feral Turtle says:

    Gorgeous pics! Thanks for a wonderful tour.

    • Barb says:

      Each one of The Charmers had a very special garden, Feral Turtle! I wish I could visit each of these gardens in person ~ virtual will have to do for now!

  3. Shenice says:

    Hello Momala, I hope you are doing well. I have a gardening question for you. So I Love my new home and I am allowed to plant flowers in flower pots. I also love the day lily “BonnieAnnette” (that may be spelled wrong) as well as Calla Lilies(once again spelling is a little questionable) :-). Are they good flowers for flower pots? If not, what would suggest that would give that beautiful orange, yellow and or coral colors and sweet smell? Have a great day!!!!
    Your Cocoa Daughter

    • Barb says:

      Hey, Lovey!
      For color right now, there are lots of yellow and orange pansies. For late spring though fall, try annuals such as zinnias, marigolds and lantana. If you have a good-sized pot or two, add sunflowers for height (can plant from seed on your windowsill or buy starts) and red, yellow and orange nasturtiums to trail down over the sides.
      Better yet, call me and I’ll come help you shop & plant!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers