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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - August 2021

August is here with the hottest weather of the year as usual. But fret not. It is simply summer's last stand as it slips imperceptibly into fall. The nights are already steadily getting just a little bit longer, and dawn comes just a little bit later. Teachers and kids alike are getting ready to start the 2021-2022 school year, and our fall festivities are right around the corner! We are so excited to have everyone out for our Autumn Art Walk and Jack-O' -Lantern Nights events coming up in October, and we made sure to provide more information on those events below.

While we know it's been sweltering, the impending cool weather that we promise is on its way. The influx of triple-digit days brings with it the chance for migratory pollinator sightings, so keep your eyes peeled for the annual southern migrations as they flee the encroaching frost from the north.

Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on Garden happenings!

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

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 artisans.

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 artisans 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 817-598-4334.

Chandor Gardens Foundation Concert

Christopher McGuire Classical Guitarist Concert

September 18, 2021 
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm
Water and light snacks will be available for purchase at this event.
Tickets are $30


Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. is pleased to present an intimate evening with classical guitarist Christopher McGuire performing Bach, Brazil, and The Beatles in the courtyard of the beautiful Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Texas.

American guitarist Christopher McGuire commands the many expressive qualities of the guitar with what one critic called "unselfconscious intensity." His engaging performance style invites people of all ages to feel they are taking part, not just taking a seat. Audiences and critics on five continents fulfill the prediction by Andrés Segovia that "…he will be appreciated and applauded everywhere." In his 1981 letter of recommendation, Segovia also said he is "…an artist, sensitive, with perfect technique."

He has studied with or performed in masterclasses for several of the world's foremost guitarists, including Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Pepe Romero, Robert Guthrie, and José Tomás.

McGuire has performed hundreds of solo concerts in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Germany, Spain, and the Canary Islands. He has played his guitar for presidents of the United States of America and Mexico, three former governors of Texas, and Spanish Royal Family members. He has performed more than 1500 informal performances in schools and other community venues in cities throughout North America, Spain, Venezuela, and Japan.

His direct influences are as varied as they come, ranging from private lessons with Maestro Segovia to jam sessions with Stevie Ray Vaughn. He has performed with some of the great musicians of our time, including Charlie Byrd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Roland Dyens, Carlos Bonell, Karin Schaupp, Robert Guthrie, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist José Feghali, and violinist Swang Lin. In October of 2005, Chris shared the stage with the legendary Van Cliburn in a tribute concert for Fort Worth philanthropist Roz Rosenthal.

He is currently Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society (FWCGS) and the Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas (AGSD).


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.

Pollinator Display

Pollinator Display

The Parker County Master Gardeners put together this excellent display of some native butterfly and bee species native to our area. They placed it on view in the Chandor admission office, and kids of all ages love looking at the different insects trying to identify what they've seen out in the Garden. These critical pollinators are becoming increasingly at risk, with increasing species being added to the endangered/threatened list each year. Here at Chandor Gardens, we grow plants throughout the Garden that are critical for pollinator survival and thought we might share some key plants with you!

Solid choices for pollinator garden planting include (but are not limited to) Echinacea, Mistflower, Verbena, Lantana, Turk's Cap, Milkweed, Butterfly Bush, Scarlet Sage, Salvia, Alyssum, Vitex, Desert Willow, and Yarrow.


Parker County Master Gardeners

Parker County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners have been hard at work in the Garden in preparation for the hottest weather of the year. This includes plantings of more heat-resistant plant cultivars, pulling out the last of the spent spring annuals, trimming back the Virginia Creeper in the Bowling Green as seen above, and helping to maintain the serenity of the grounds. We are so happy to have such a wonderful and dedicated group of knowledgeable Master Gardeners at our side as we navigate Texas weather and seasonal shifts.

For more information on the Parker County Master Gardeners, call 817-598-6094 or visit them in person at the AgriLife Extension office at 604 North Main St., or visit their website https://www.pcmg-texas.org/ to learn how to get involved with this very cool group of individuals.

As always, Chandor Gardens would like to say a most heartfelt "thank you" to the Parker County Master Gardeners for all that they do!


Pollinator Feast

Butterfly Milkweed - Pollinator Feast

In the portion above on the pollinator display, several plants were listed for solid pollinator garden plants, so we thought we'd share one of the best plants with our readers!

Without further ado, one of the very best plants to provide garden pollinators is the Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). This native Texan grows best in dry open habitats and was once abundant in the wild prairies and Great Plains. It is an essential source of food to many pollinators, including the endangered Monarch Butterfly! Not only that, but the blooms on the Asclepias are lovely and bright as well, making them both purposeful and ornamental.

The best way to plant this vital species is to either plant small starts procured from your local nursery or to sow from seed in the cool autumn months as they need roughly three months of cooler temperatures to spur germination. This plant, unfortunately, does not transplant very well after being put in the ground. It develops a deep, woody taproot which gives it its characteristic drought tolerance. So, bear that in mind when planning out a garden and watering schedule.


Plant of the Month

Graffiti Red Lace - Plant of the Month

This richly blooming annual is striking in the Garden right now, and you won't want to miss this scarlet show of color. This photo above is of the lush beds right at the Courtyard pergola entrance, but our hardworking staff used them strategically throughout the Garden for a flowing and cohesive effect. Hardy from zones 10-11, this flowering plant is usually only grown as an annual in North Texas and would prefer a full sun exposure of 6-8 hours a day and is somewhat drought tolerant. Additionally, it has proven to be relatively deer resistant!


Parting Shot - Harmony

Parting Shot - Harmony

A garden is a lesson in patience, trial and error, and being in harmony with the Earth, the plants, and in a garden of this size, your fellow humans. It's a symphony of color, conditions, and texture, so we would like to call attention to this beautiful grouping in the pergola beds of Kent Beauty Oregano, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, various Coleus and Caladium species, and the deeply hued Purple Shield plant.

This grouping was meticulously chosen for size, light, and water requirements and to provide a complementary contrast between texture and color. It is maintained both by our staff and volunteers who work in sync to keep them all watered and in their peak conditions.

We couldn't achieve this harmony without you, the public, who patronize our historic Garden season after season, year after year. You continue to provide support and awareness to our mission of good environmental stewardship and to furthering the ultimate vision of Douglas Chandor himself: A Garden Oasis in the heart of Weatherford. We could not do it without you, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us continue to keep Chandor's largest art piece of all going strong for more than 80 years.

Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Phone: 817-598-4334

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 on Major Holidays

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