Chandor Gardens Newsletter August 2014

 
Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Cool Color
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month - Purple Waffle Plant
Around the Garden
Re-purposing - A Chandor Tradition
Then & Now
Parting Shot
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 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 - August 2014  
Cool Color
It may be hot outside, but Chandor Gardens has a lot of cool color this time of year. The second wave of caladiums are coming up, providing an amazing extra shot of color to help us beat the heat. Come and see!
Budding Young Artists Drawing in the Gardens.

Planning Ahead...  

Book your holiday events at Chandor Gardens. Days are going fast!

 

 
Upcoming Events

Yoga Classes
Every Wednesday
5:30 to 6:30 pm

buddha frog

 

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes each Wednesday 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

Autumn Art Walk
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
12:00 noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $1 per person

Area artists will be set up around the Gardens demonstrating and selling a wide variety of unique art work. Food, music and tours of the gardens and historic mansion will, once again, be part of this annual event.

For more information or to become an Art Walk vendor, call 817-613-1700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Goblins in the Gardens
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults - $2
Children - FREE

A spook-free, daytime, trick-or-treat experience for the whole family! A themed area will be decorated for personal photos and costumes are encouraged. Guests 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

 
Chandor Gardens Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Admission: FREE

Celebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the Gardens and a tour of the Chandor Mansion all decked out for the season. Area singers and musicians will be entertaining throughout the Gardens and Santa will be here for the kids (of all ages).

The Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society Candlelight Tour of Homes which features some of Weatherford's oldest and most elegant residences.

More details to come in our next Newsletter!

 
Plant of the Month
Purple Waffle Plant
(Hemigraphis alternanta 'Moonlight Improved')

A low-growing plant from tropical Asia, Waffle Plant spreads to form a groundcover in its native habitat. Here at Chandor Gardens, we take advantage of this creeping habit to create luxurious cascades from urns and containers. The name comes from the parent plant's characteristic of making deep puckers on mature leaves, which are much less pronounced on the more colorful cultivars.


 

 

 

 
Around the Garden
A Queen butterfly sips nectar from a Cosmos flower.
Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' dazzles!
A set of vertical garden frames filled with succulents bring new life to a blank white wall.
Closer look at the vertical garden frames
The new drinking fountain offers guests a cool drink.
Caladiums and ferns are made in the shade.
Rainlily (Zephyranthes 'La Bufarosa')
Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus discolor) brings unusual beauty to Chandor.
Geraniums dominate this succession color bed in the Spring.
By mid-summer, heat-loving Pentas take over.
Spider Lily (Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant') thrive at water's edge.
Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) also thrives near the edge of the water.
 
Re-purposing in the Garden: A Chandor Tradition

Douglas Chandor re-purposed bottles, marbles, and broken bricks into many features of his garden. (He even built a fountain from an old transmission casing!) Today, we honor this tradition in a select few spots in the garden.

An old park bench finds new life as a planter in the shade of the old Cedar Elm tree.


 
Purple Shield and Lemon Lollipop light up shady areas of the garden, whether used with an aubergine-painted tire or in an old outdoor table base, both converted into floral containers.

 

   

 

 
Then & Now

Back in Douglas Chandor's day, as you crossed the bridge from the front door of the house, one would meet a statue of Kuan Yin at the edge of a yellow grove bamboo grove.


Today, Kuan Yin has been replaced with a statue of a Chinese man, and a grove of black bamboo sets the scene.

 

 

 

 
Parting Shot

Snakes Alive! Well, sort of. An interesting plant popped up out of a sand pile on the "back forty" at Chandor Gardens for the third year in a row. Prairie Snake-Cotton (Froelichia floridana) is a curious-looking native plant that grows in fields and prairies from Texas to Canada. Upon close inspection, the flowers are borne in tiny spirals, which are then spiraled again into elongated inflorescences that eventually grow to resemble small, white, cottony snakes.

 

 

 

 
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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