When I started writing it, I was trying to figure out why I was so obsessed with this garden–I wasn’t sure. It was only through talking to Chris Fehlhaber, the gardener quoted in the essay, that I began to understand it. It also took a long time to understand what exactly about Chanticleer evoked such strong emotions. I’ve visited gardens all over, but there’s no other garden I love as much.
The writing process for this one was incredibly long–at one point my draft was over 40 pages single-spaced! I loved paring it down, which feels sort of like hunting for buried treasure. (In a really circuitous way.)
Thank you for reading it! Here are some of my photos of Chanticleer. Hope you can visit it in person. You might find me writing there in my secret tree.