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  • s chandor bowling green 1909 w
  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
  • s chandor dragon fountain 1945 w
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  • s chandor bridge 1898 w
  • s chandor bowling green stream 1891 w
 
Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Enjoy the Coolness & Colors
1928 Chandor Portrait on View
Upcoming Events
Pause to Remember
Master Gardener's Memorial Dedication
Around the Garden
Bright Idea
Then and Now
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
email KNantz@
weatherfordtx.gov
 

Steven Chamblee
Horticulturist
email SChamblee@
weatherfordtx.gov
 

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 - June 2014 
Enjoy the Coolness & Colors
As the summer winds starts to sweep across the Lone Star state, Chandor Gardens is in high gear for wedding season and a larger volume of visitors. Summer is a great time to bring family, friends, and children to the garden for the perfect local getaway. Take time to slow down this season and enjoy the coolness of the large shade trees, the beautiful fish in our ponds, and the vibrant colors that are the norm for Chandor Gardens.

 

See you in the Gardens,

The Chandor Staff 

 

 
1928 Chandor Portrait on View

Mrs. Roy Brownell and Her Son by Douglas Chandor
We are extremely excited about our newest "resident" here at Chandor Gardens, an original 1928 Douglas Chandor portrait. This aptly named "Mrs. Roy Brownell and Her Son" was given to the gardens on permanent loan from the Brownell family in Flint, Michigan.
After having been in a crate in the basement of the owner's house for twenty-plus years, staff members immediately took to hammers and screw guns to unearth the incredible painting from its slumber when it reached Chandor Gardens back in March. There was an audible sigh when the crate's top was lifted and the magnificence and sheer size of the painting was revealed.
Douglas Chandor traveled to Flint, Michigan to paint this portrait for the Brownell family. The problem was not to make a "Mid-Western portrait" but to do an old-fashioned picture to hang in an old-fashioned home. Douglas said the healthy little boy was "a rascal, a holy terror." He bounced and played about, running from the room. That he happens to appear so calm and still is, the artist recollects, sheer luck. However, Douglas kept his sense of humor during the time of painting, as noted by placing his own caricature in the boy's alphabet book the child is holding.
Close-up of Douglas Chandor Caricature
Close-up of Douglas Chandor Self-Caricature
The beautiful portrait, in its original frame, can be viewed in the parlor room at Chandor Gardens.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Yoga Classes
Wednesdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm

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Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes once 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
 
Pause to Remember

Ornamental Arch Added to Memorial Garden

The Parker County Master Gardeners recently added an ornamental arch to the entrance of the Memorial Garden. As this garden grows, it will blossom into a contemplative place where Master Gardeners are remembered for their service to not only Chandor Gardens, but to public spaces throughout Parker County.

 

 
Master Gardener's Memorial Dedication
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10:00 am

We hope you will be able to join us for the dedication of the Master Gardener's Memorial Garden at Chandor Gardens. For more information please contact LeeAnn at 817-991-8860.

 
 
Around the Garden
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A "Little Gem" Magnolia sports a lemon-scented floral goblet.
Same magnolia blossom 48 hours later.
Same magnolia blossom 48 hours later.
Close-up of Oak-leaf Hydrangea inflorescence.
Close-up of Oak-leaf Hydrangea inflorescence.
Delicate Crinum Lily blossoms atop a sturdy stem.
Texas Olive, aka Anacahuita (Cordia boissieri), blooms near the Bride's Cottage Garden.
Texas Olive, aka Anacahuita (Cordia boissieri), blooms near the Bride's Cottage Garden.
A unique variety of Wandering Jew (Tradecantia sp.).
A unique variety of Wandering Jew (Tradecantia sp.).
The concrete bunny amidst Pentas and Begonia blossoms.
The concrete bunny amidst Pentas and Begonia blossoms.
The tiny flowers of Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal' adorn wiry stems above patterned leaves.
The tiny flowers of Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal' adorn wiry stems above patterned leaves.
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) leans out from the lip of the old lead urn.
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) leans out from the lip of the old lead urn.
Young Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolius), grown here from cuttings, graces the Buddha Niche pond.
Young Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolius), grown here from cuttings, graces the Buddha Niche pond.
Below: Two different species of Aloe grow along the East Walk.
Aloe along East Walk

Aloe along East Walk
 
Bright Idea
Contractors are installing night lighting around the garden to ensure our evening events are both safe and beautiful. It's amazing to see how these folks can turn a few piles of wire and fixtures into an elegant evening glow, highlighting the gardens many features. Perhaps even more amazing is that they run wire "invisibly" all through the garden without making a mess or disturbing the plants.
A skilled installer places a light more than 30 feet up in a live oak tree.
A skilled installer places a light more than 30 feet up in a live oak tree.
New fixtures are carefully placed near the base of each crape myrtle in the allee.
New fixtures are carefully placed near the base of each crape myrtle in the allee.

 

 
Then and Now

Bowling Green about 1950

The photo above shows the Bowling Green about 1950, with Douglas Chandor tending plants along the right border. The photo below is the Bowling Green today. Both photos have been digitally colorized to a sepia tone for comparative purposes.

Bowling Green Today
 
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  

 

 
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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