Chandor Gardens Newsletter March 2014

 
Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Historic Chandor Gardens Photos
Horticultural Help
Plant of the Month
Chandor Gardens Memberships
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day. Dates are filling up fast for 2014 and 2015.  
In The Gift Shop
Take the Gardens Home with you.
Chandor Waterfall Postcard
There are postcards, note cards, prints, and even t-shirts sporting The fabulous images of Chandor Gardens in our gift shop.

We feature unique handmade items by a variety of local artisans specializing in textiles, stained and fused glass, jewelry, painting, photography and much more.
Contact Information
Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX
76086

Karen Nantz
Manager
Phone:
817-613-1700
Fax: 817-598-4354

Steven Chamblee
Horticulturist

Public Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sundays
noon to 4:00 pm

Closed all City Observed Holidays.

Admission
Adults: $5
Children 12 and under: Free
(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Private Tours and Events
Available year-round by appointment.

 


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Secrets from the Garden
Chandor Gardens Newsletter - March 2014 
Spring Will Not Be Denied
March sure came in like a lion this year, and it was a Superfreeze for the record books. But Spring will not be denied, and with each day comes rebirth in the garden. With the start of springtime tours and the Bridal Faire, it will be a March to remember. Let's hope she goes out like a lamb.

 

 
Upcoming Events

"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event 
Sunday, March 23, 2014
couple in Moon Gate 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(Rain date: March 30th)
Free Parking & Admission

Please join us for our annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event, "Say Yes to Romance."
  • Door prizes
  • Fashion Show
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Caterers
  • Cake Competition
  • And much more!
If you are recently engaged or already planning your dream wedding, this is a great opportunity to visit with many vendors in one location. Come see the bridal fashion show and find your perfect dress then help judge the "Cake Off" competition and sample confections from the area's best bakers.

A few vendor spaces are still available, so give us a call soon if you would like to be included! 817-613-1700.

The following vendors will be here to help you with everything you need to make your wedding truly special:
  • Belk Department Store
  • Be Glamorous
  • Hair and Makeup by Maegan Mallory
  • Little Cowboy Carriage Co.
  • Wally's Party Factory
  • Heavenly Candids Photography
  • Get Up & Go Travel
  • Praise Pavillion
  • Unorthodox Weddings
  • Anytime DJ
  • The Orchard Event Venue
  • Strings Classic
  • Creative Cakes
  • Parker Photography
  • Albertson's
  • Alfred Angelo
  • Kinnaird Photography
  • Mobile Pro's DJ
  • Bliss Bridal Salon
  • 360 Catering
  • Kent Evans Photography
  • Harps of Gold
  • The Wedding Connection
  • Pearl Street Station
  • Hollow Hill Farm Event Center
  • Martinez Tailors and Formal Wear
  • Audio Arts
  • Petal Pushers Flower Shoppe
  • The Parson's Table
  • Origami Owl Jewelry
  • Remembrance Flower Shop
  • All In Good Taste Catering
  • Weatherford Democrat
  • Parker County Today Magazine
  • Keller-Williams Realty
  • Kevin Townson
  • Abby Hamessley Events

The "Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event is sponsored by Parker County Today and the Weatherford Democrat.

Parker County Today
Weatherford Democratcouple with umbrella


"Spring Fling" Weekend
Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 6th, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Admission: $1 per person

Celebrate the arrival of a long-awaited Spring season at our annual "Spring Fling" weekend. This popular event features music, food, and area artists and craftsmen.

Every year, our list of talented participating artists grows and this year will be no exception. The Gardens will be loaded with talented people displaying, demonstrating and selling their unique arts and crafts.

Law Dawg concessions will be on hand with a variety of tasty treats and music will be provided by Anderson's Good Medicine - Ukulele Daily and Kevin Townson's, Childbloom Guitar Ensemble.

Come see the Gardens in full bloom and bring your camera for a special family photo or two!

For vendor information please call 817-613-1700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Hall Ensemble - "Melody and Poetry"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • String Trio, Bassoon and Actors
  • Tickets: $60.00 per person
  • Includes wine and refreshments
  • Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing
  • Concert begins at 7:30 pm
UNDELIVERED by Hall Ensemble
Music tells stories and poetry adds rhythm to language. Hall Ensemble will weave exquisite music around poetry selections performed by actors from Amphibian Stage Productions. The program includes a World Premier for bassoon and strings by music critic Gregory Sullivan Issacs.

Tickets for this very special evening are on sale now at www.hallensemble.org. Or, you may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information or to purchase tickets.

 

Yoga Classes
Every Tuesday & Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 pm

buddha frog

 

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes twice a week at Chandor Gardens. Loretta's mix of energetic sequences incorporated with stillness through breath work and meditation to quiet the mind will provide a healthy addition to any workout regimen.  

  • Bring your mat and wear comfortable clothing
  • In inclement weather, classes will be held in the Great Room. 
  • Drop-in classes - $15 each
    Four classes, prepaid - $48
    Eight classes, prepaid - $80
  • For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700
 
Historic Chandor Gardens Photos

Parker County Master Gardener La Donna Stockstill brought a rather large package to the garden the other day. Stuffed with photo albums, postcards, newspaper clippings, and a few other items, the bag held a patchwork history of Chandor Gardens. Dating from as far back as 1952, some of the items filled a few gaps in the history of the garden.

Please consider sharing your Chandor Gardens photos with us! You can even keep your originals if you'd like. We can digitize your images in just a few minutes, preserving them for future generations. Pre-1980 images are particularly sought.

Below: Newspaper articles from 1952 included a full page spread on Chandor Gardens.

Chandor Gardens Featured

Chandor Gardens Featured

Neil Sperry visits Chandor Gardens
Neil Sperry's visit to Chandor Gardens was documented by the Weatherford Telegram.
Fort Worth Star Telegram article
This article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram brought hundreds of visitors to Chandor Gardens the next day.
Pictured below: Snapshots of Parker County Master Gardeners working in the garden provide a glimpse into daily life at Chandor Gardens.






Chuck and Melody Bradford
Former Chandor Gardens owners Chuck and Melody Bradford at the Gardens for Peace Ceremony in 2003.
 
Horticultural Help

As if the drought, never-ending freezing temperatures, and that 3.5" layer of ice wasn't enough, Mother Nature threw us gardeners another dirty one-two punch at the beginning of March. Immediately following a warm-up into 80-degree temperatures that coaxed many plants into new spring growth, the polar vortex swooped down and nailed us with two nights of 13 degree temperatures that freeze-dried many of our favorite spring flowers. So what's a gardener to do?

First things first: cry. Go ahead and cry... get it out of your system. (No shame here... I did it myself.) Then get a grip and get busy. Assess the damage to spring-flowering shrubs by closely observing small twigs. Even if all of that luscious new growth looks blow-torched, look a little closer.

On many plants, tiny buds have already begun to appear beneath the toasted foliage. If not, take a sharp knife and skim a slight amount of bark off the twig to expose the cambium layer underneath. If it is bright or shiny green, you're in luck - the twig is still alive. If the cambium is a dull green or flakes off, chances are good you've lost the twig. Move down the twig a foot or so and repeat the process until you find healthy cambium. If you are unsure about doing this, just wait about three weeks and trim your plant off just above where it re-sprouts from the stem.

Many deciduous plants that flower before putting on new leaves (pear, redbud, fringe flower, etc.) will likely not redevelop flower buds this year. All you can do is wait it out... like those sports fans who keep saying, "We'll get 'em next year."
Chinese Photinia
One some plants, like this Chinese Photinia, it's easy to tell where to remove dead plant tissue.
Bridal Wreath
Tiny green buds appear along a dead-looking Bridal Wreath stem.
rose
Above & Below: Both of these twigs appeared dead at first glance. A slight scrape of the bark reveals green cambium just underneath.

rose

 

Below: Both of these twigs appeared dead at first glance. A slight scrape of the bark reveals green cambium just underneath.  

 

 

cabium
 
cabium

 

 
Plant of the Month
Pindo Palm
(Butia capitata)

This stunning tropical plant went through the ice & cold of this past winter and came out without so much as a blemish. One of the most cold-hardy of all palms, it grows slowly to about 20 feet tall. In its native range of savannahs and dry woodlands in South America, it may reach 30 feet. Prized in gardens for its long, curved, bluish-gray, "feather" leaves, (technically "pinnate"), Pindo Palm has an elegance unmatched by other cold-hardy palms.

Pindo Palm

At about ten years of age, it bears two-foot long clusters of delicious, quarter-size fruits that taste somewhat like a mixture of apple, banana, and apricot. These clusters can weigh 15 to 20 pounds each! These fruits are usually chewed for a few minutes, then the stringy pulp and large seed is expectorated. And in case that sounds unappetizing to you, there's always the idea of making jelly with the fruit, which has been done for centuries... leading to the plant's other common name, the Jelly Palm. 

 

 
Chandor Gardens Memberships

A membership to Chandor Gardens is the gift that gives all year long. Annual memberships are available:
  • individual ($20)
  • family ($60)
  • contributor ($100)
  • and corporate ($500) levels.
For more information give us a call at 817-613-1700 or email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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