WONDERLust – Chanticleer Gardens

I woke up this morning feeling restless. I didn’t want to stay in bed all day but I also didn’t know what to do. I also had a few stipulations when trying to figure out what to do because I’m currently on a “girl, get your life together” mission (aka stop spending money on bullshit.) After some Googles, I decided to go to Trader Joe’s.

For those not local to Reading, the nearest Trader Joe’s is located almost an hour away in Wayne, PA. While I love a good drive, I did not want to just drive two hours only for a supermarket. Having just been talking to my friend Tiana about sightseeing in Lancaster (my backup option) I googled the city of Wayne. The first thing to pop up in the “known for” section was the Chanticleer Gardens.

After browsing on the website for 4.5 seconds, I knew this was where I was going today. I love me some gardens and natural scenery. Living in a city, you really take for granted gardens and greenery since we are often surrounded by concrete buildings and less than desirable trees.

The Chanticleer Gardens were worth every mile. Tucked away in the heart of some back road type loops and “into the forrest-ty” area, the journey to the gardens seemed almost magical. It was raining on our drive overthere which just made everything seem more mystical. Once we arrived, the rain lightened and we paid our $10 per person entry fee.

The Chanticleer Gardens is spread out over a mile-ish loop with so many areas of interest. The entire landscape can be best described as “green.” So much green, so much life. Although there were other people on the property, it was very quiet and serene. I instantly felt so at peace and the more I journeyed, the lighter I felt. I wanted to breathe in every particle and absorb every sight. Having just rained, everything felt ALIVE. While I was taking pictures, I also made sure to just experience it because I wanted a vivid memory of the moment spent there.

All photography taken by Lisa De La Cruz, The Wonder of Ivy

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