Chanticleer – A Tour With Dan Benarcik – Part 2

In the first video, Dan took us on a tour of the Entryway and Tea Cup Garden.

In this video, before leaving the Tea Cup Garden, Dan shows us one more silver element, rosemary willow – Salix elaeagnous – a small tree or shrub.

Dan cut it back hard this year to re-introduce light, heat, and air circulation into the garden. He likes it because it’s green on the top side with a silver effect on the underneath – which in the wind and breeze creates an interesting two tone effect.

In the video below, Dan is in the Lower Courtyard where he has created an environment that is lush and formal. He shares his thought process in designing this magical piece of art.

Dan also offers up some pearls of wisdom for both the garden and life.

To view the Courtyard and Tea Cup Garden Tour, click here.

To learn more about Chanticleer Garden, click here.


About Fran Sorin

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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8 Responses to Chanticleer – A Tour With Dan Benarcik – Part 2

  1. Shirley August 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks Fran and Dan! I really enjoyed this portion of the tour. I do love how resilient willow can be and this specimen is lovely.

  2. Kathie August 3, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you for this Chanticleer video interview (and the other one); it was beautiful, informative and satisfying on many levels.

  3. Patrick August 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Really enjoyed this Fran. I’m quadriplegic now and can’t travel so this was a real gift. I bought Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden and have enjoyed it very much.

  4. Fran Sorin August 4, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Patrick – Thank you for your thoughtful words. Knowing that the video is a gift for you made my day ~ Will pass onto Rob Cardillo that you bought the book – it is excellent. Where do you live? Fran

  5. Fran Sorin August 4, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I’m glad -I think that Dan offered a plethora of great information… I hope you’ll be able to visit the garden one day:) Fran

  6. Fran Sorin August 4, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Shirley – Am glad you enjoyed. The rosemary willow is an excellent specimen. I grew it for years in a location where its roots where it we received little water and was in a cramped space. It’s one of those specimens that keeps on giving and giving. Fran

  7. raju August 16, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    The video is awesome Fran. There are many information in this video. What a beautiful garden it is! I make a dream to see the garden in my own eyes.

  8. Fran Sorin August 17, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Raju -
    I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Chanticleer is one of my all time favorites – hope you get to visit it one day. Have a great weekend…Fran