The Brandywine Valley is filled with amazing resources for any type of plant lover. One such lesser known gem is Chadds Ford Greenhouses and the space they share with Chansonette Flowers & Art. Chansonette is the floral design enterprise of the extremely talented artist Anne Eder. For many years Chansonette was housed in the borough of Kennett Square. Anne's stamp on Kennett is still very evident in the enchanting decorations and floral displays she has created for the Library, Talula's Table and more. It was Anne's close relationship with Talula's that first brought me to the wondrous greenhouse space known as Chadds Ford Greenhouses, as they paired up to hosted a Cheese Tasting and Orchid sale in this magical space. Chansonette currently occupies a corner of one of the large greenhouses at Chadds Ford Greenhouses.
|Chansonette display within Chadds Ford Greenhouses|
If you still have holiday decorating to do or want to give the gift of plants, I cannot recommend enough a visit to this oasis just off of rt. 1 between Chadds Ford and Painters Crossing. The vibrant displays of color along with the richly fragrant humid air is a great respite from the winter doldrums-like a trip to the tropics without leaving the area. The selection of seasonal favorites like cyclamen, Christmas cactus or amaryllis all have the potential for a last minute fairly inexpensive holiday hostess gift.
If you are in need of a gift for the person who has everything perhaps an air plant ( Tillandsias ) would work. They are very popular right now. I have to admit that I am addicted to these low maintenance little creatures. Chansonette has a really nice selection available, including some beautiful Tillandsia "arrangements and ornaments" available on their Etsy Site. Although online shopping is convenient I also strongly encourage you to treat yourself to a visit to this paradise in our backyard. Your deserve it. Happy plant buying.
|Tillandsias on the windowsill|