Weddings at Chandor Gardens
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|In The Gift Shop
Take the Gardens Home with you.
There are postcards, notecards, prints, calendars 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.
711 W Lee Avenue
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
noon to 4:00 pm
Closed all City Observed Holidays.
Children 12 and under: Free
(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Private Tours and Events
Available year-round by appointment.
|Chandor Gardens Newsletter
|Spring has sprung here at Chandor Gardens! The warm weather is pushing the spring bloom up a bit, so come out and see nature flaunt her flowers. Big days ahead include the Bridal Event (March 18) and the Spring Fling (March 31 & April 1), but any day is a good day to visit the garden.
Scroll down for some great photos of the garden; some from today, some from 60 years ago. Get the scoop on some of our pond pals.
See you in the garden.
The Chandor Gardens Staff
Out & About in The Garden
Warm weather has brought us an early spring, so don't delay your visit to Chandor Gardens too long! Buds are swelling on plants all around the garden, and we're predicting the spring bloom peak from March 15 to April 15. The Chinese Fringeflowers are especially pretty right now... we even have an unusual white-flowered variety.
The new entrance to the garden is progressing along nicely. We planted a hedgerow of specimen Nellie R. Stevens hollies to screen the parking lot, then added rosemary and ornamental grasses to compliment them.
"Fringe White" and "Fringe"
The Lady Banks roses we placed on the pergola should provide us with some good shade before too long. Chamblee's Roses in Tyler donated 47 rare shrub roses to help us out, and we have highlighted them right at the new entrance's main bed, encircling the Windmill Palm.
The new Cottage Garden (at right) is beginning to take shape. We used antique brick and an old clay drainage pipe to form the hardscape of the garden, then softened the look with weathered boulders and old-fashioned flowering perennials.
The garden is full of lots of tiny "weeds" right now...that will grow up to be flowering poppies!
Spring brings a new vigor to the ponds, as well as plants. We'd like to introduce you to a few of our aquatic friends.
1) Java, Chandor's largest catfish, rarely slows down for a photo.
2) Fu Man Chu is one of the largest butterfly koi at the gardens.
3) Frog - One of the tadpoles released back into the pond! (The first, and likely the only, photo as a frog... she's fast!)
"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event
Sunday March 18, 2012
(rain date: March 25th)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission & Parking are free
Please join us for the 2nd Annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event.
Photo by Sterling Steves
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.
- Door prizes
- Fashion show
- Cake competition
- And much more!
Please contact us for more information - 817-613-1700 or email .
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Annual "Spring Fling" Weekend
Saturday, March 31: 9a.m. to 3p.m.
Sunday, April 1: 12 to 4p.m.
$1 Admission for All
Celebrate the arrival of Spring at this popular annual event. The Gardens will be in full bloom and ready for your family photos!
Art by Bailey Mize
Once again, the weekend will feature music, face painters, food, garden tours, and the "Ask a Master Gardener" information station.
In addition, area artists and craftsmen will be set up throughout the gardens and mansion displaying a wide variety of talents including: painting, pottery, wood carving, jewelry, mixed media designs and much more.
Spring Fling - Participating Artists
- Martie Bailey - painter, mixed media
- Judy Mason - drawings
- Michael Anderson - handmade flutes
- Shawn and Amanda Clark - painter, mixed media
- Jared Lindsay - photography
- Shad Kingston - woodwork
- Garren Still - leather work
- Baily Mize - painter, mixed media
- Rosalie Kobetich - graphite and prismacolor pencil, realism
- Linda Skov - painter
- Winston Sterling - custom leatherwork
Plant of the Month
(Pieris japonica 'Mountain Snow')
We received this plant as a donation from the folks who grow the Southern Living Plant Collection about two years ago. I was leery of growing it at Chandor Gardens, because I knew it did very well in Philadelphia and Portland... an almost sure-fire clue that it might roast to a crisp in our Texas summers. Well, we planted it in a pot with ultra-premium potting soil, and gave it lots of water and fertilizer. This spring... shazam! We were rewarded with a flowing fountain-like effect of blooms, courtesy of many pendulous strings of gorgeous little "inverted urn" flowers. If those little flowers look familiar to you, it's because Pieris is a member of the Heath family, which also includes blueberries.
This plant is among those I place in the "gourmet plant" category for North Texas. It is not for the novice, but for those seasoned gardeners who want to push that envelope in hopes of something unusually spectacular.
Last month, we showed you a vintage photo of Douglas Chandor and his gardeners in the Silver Garden. Your response to this was so overwhelming that it inspired us to take some "then & now" photos of other places around the garden.
Name the Newsletter Contest
Entries are still coming in for the Name the Newsletter Contest! Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline for entries to March 15, 2012. We promise to post the winner in the April newsletter.
Thanks to all of you who have sent in your entries already.
The winning contestant will receive a one year family membership to the Gardens with your photo and a brief article in the next newsletter.
Email or send your entry to Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Avenue, Weatherford, Texas, 76086.
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.
-The Chandor Gardens Staff