• s chandor bowling green 1909 w
  • s chandor bridge 1898 w
  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
  • s chandor bowling green stream 1891 w
  • s chandor fountain 1884 w

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - July 2021

Happy July from the staff here at Chandor Gardens! It's hot out, and summer is in full swing, but thanks to our amazing and hardworking team, the gardens are beautiful, lush, and green! And while it may be warm, there are no shortages of shady and breezy hideaways out in the gardens. It may be quiet around here now, but not for long because we have our fall events coming up.

On Saturday, October 16th, we will be hosting our annual Autumn Art Walk. That seems like a ways away, but now's the time to reserve your spot as a vendor! If you are an artist or a craftsman, if you paint, sing, create something to sell, we want you! To reserve a spot as a vendor, all you must do is call us at 817-598-4334, and we will get you set up!

Additionally, the time draws near to our popular and highly-anticipated Jack-O' – Lantern Nights event! Be sure to mark your calendars for this three-night family-friendly event that includes a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunts, and a spOoOky night walk through the antique Chandor Gardens. The way through will be lit with ethereal lights, fog, and music for a memorable family night. More information on this eerie event is coming soon!

As always, we are deeply honored and happy to have a community of people who actively participate in our events. We couldn't do it if it weren't for you! Stay tuned to our monthly newsletter and follow us online for more information on these events and other goings-on in the gardens!

Keep up with us on Facebook, and we'll keep you posted there too.

See you in the Gardens,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Independence Day, July 4th, 2021

Chandor Gardens is closed July 4th

Don't Forget: Chandor Gardens will be closed on Sunday, July 4th, 2021, for Independence Day, but our amazing Parks and Recreation department has a lot of fun planned for that day, so check it out! Chandor Gardens will resume regular open hours on Monday, July 5th, 2021.

Blue Oyster Cult

Weatherford Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present: BLUE OYSTER CULT, the original rock and roll legends! They will be our headlining act on July 4th at the Heritage Park Amphitheater and opened by the most excellent Texas Clearwater Revival! Make plans for more cowbell this Independence Day because you won't want to miss this historic event.


This is one of the largest fireworks displays in North Texas and can be seen from miles away! Check out the event page for more information! https://fb.me/e/5qXEFa67e

Autumn Art Walk

Autumn Art Walk 2021
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Admission: $5 adults, kids 12 and under are free

Help us celebrate the arrival of autumn in the gardens at our annual "Autumn Art Walk"! This popular event features music, food, and area artists and craftsmen.

Our list of talented participating artists and vendors grows every year, and this year will be no exception. The gardens will be loaded with talented people displaying, demonstrating, and selling their unique arts and crafts. In addition, there will be food vendors to satiate any hunger, and live music will provide the perfect atmosphere for the afternoon. So come on out and see the Gardens in all its autumnal beauty and bring your camera for a special family photo or two!


As we grow and expand this popular event every year, we're always looking for new and talented artists and craftsmen to join in on the celebration and display/sell your goods to the public. This event is free for all vendors. If interested, please call 817-598-4334 or email for more information and the Vendor Application. Please note that we are looking for hand-made wares specifically.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this event!

Yoga Frog

Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Class Sizes Limited
Call to Make Reservation: 817-597-1503
Fee: $12 per class for drop-ins, or $60 per month for monthly unlimited classes
Led by: Loretta Benham

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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. For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700.


Jack-O'-Lantern Nights

Jack-O'-Lantern Nights

October 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 2021 
Admission: $10 adults, kids 6 and under are free

Get ready for a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunts, and a spooky night walk through the antique Chandor Gardens. The way through will be lit with ethereal lights, fog, and music for a memorable family night. This is a family-friendly event for adults and children of all ages and will not include any jump scares; instead, it is a spooky but beautiful evening adventure! More information on this eerie event is coming soon!

Gift Shop is in the Chandor Gardens Mansion

Gift Shop

Take the Gardens home with you. There are postcards, note cards, prints, and t-shirts sporting 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.

Plant of the Month

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maples
(Acer palmatum)

Chandor Gardens has many varieties of Japanese Maples throughout the Garden, and we think the way they are grown is super interesting! Japanese Maples are typically grown by grafting desirable cultivars directly onto Acer palmatum rootstock calipers. This gives these sub-varieties a strong foundation for prime capillary action and stronger roots than what might be achieved by planting extremely temperamental seedlings.

However, sometimes an interesting phenomenon can take place, as demonstrated below! One of our staff provided these pictures of a baby Viridis Japanese Maple, in which the lace leaf foliage is the desired grafted plant and the thicker palmate leaves are from the A. palmatum rootstock. So essentially, there are two different trees growing off one trunk! This is not necessarily desirable for this plant, so we will cut back the offending portion to allow nutrients to reach the grafted species. However, there are times when these abilities are desirable, as is the case with fruiting trees. One could graft branches of several different fruits onto one tree if they did not have the space to grow multiples! We think horticulture is cool sometimes. Come out soon and see the many different cultivars we have throughout the grounds! And don't let the diminutive stature of this baby Maple deceive you; they can grow to be quite large for an ornamental understory tree!

Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple

Parting Shot

Crape Myrtle

A sure sign that summer is here (despite the relatively mild temperatures we've had) is the faithful fiery-hued Crape Myrtle blossoms every which way one looks! The quintessential summer blossom of north Texas is ubiquitous but not unappreciated. We have Crape Myrtles of several varieties throughout the Garden, but this small magenta specimen next to the office driveway just seemed especially picturesque against that big, blue Texas sky.

Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Phone: 817-613-1700
Fax: 817-598-4354

Private Tours and Events
Available year-round by appointment

Public Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm
Closed all City Observed Holidays

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