• 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 - September 2021

The nights are steadily growing longer, the days are getting shorter, and we will soon enter into a reprieve from the brutal Texas heat. The ornamental grasses have put out their photogenic seasonal tufts. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are available once again. And it will not be long until bags of candy stock store shelves as far as the eye can see. Autumn is imminent. Soon, the cedar elms will begin their annual showers of dainty gold leaves that scatter across the Garden grounds. The gingkoes will turn bright yellow and drop in unison. The Japanese Maples will turn vibrant shades of red. Are you ready? We are, and we have some fun fall events in store for you, so let's fall in love with fall all over again!

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

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Autumn Art Walk

Autumn Art Walk 2021
Saturday, October 16, 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.

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.


12:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Dylan Hoffman
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sunshine Emery


Tacos to Die For
Sweetie's Cheesecakes


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!

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. This will be a captivating musical experience that conveys a range of emotions and will stir the soul.

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.

McGuire's 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 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).

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.

The (Creepy) Circle of Life

circle of life
circle of life

If you have ever had a garden in our area, you know several absolute truths. Gardening is good for the soul, big plants come from little seed packages, and tomato hornworms (Manduca quinquemaculata) are as annoying as destructive. Prone to going after certain herbaceous plants such as tomatoes (or any other Nightshade they can find) or the Pentas above, they can strip a plant bare quickly and destroy entire crops and gardens in a few days' time.

However, pesticides are often indiscriminate and kill most insects, including those necessary for pollination and production of crops, so what's a weary gardener to do?

Enter the parasitoid wasp.

A female wasp (Cotesia congregate) spots a destructive Hornworm doing its thing, lands, injects her eggs and necessary symbiotic viruses into the host along with some venom. The viruses disable the immune system responses of the hornworm that would otherwise eliminate the intruder eggs, which hatch in the host within two to three days and simultaneously release special cells from the eggs. These special cells, called teratocytes, grow to become giant cells visible to the naked eye.

The teratocytes secrete hormones that work in tandem with the virus, and the wasp venom prevents the hornworm from pupating into a moth. After hatching in the caterpillar, the wasp larvae will undergo two molts inside the host. After 12 to 16 days after the initial parasitic attack, they emerge from the caterpillar and spin cocoons from which the adult wasps fly about 4 to 8 days later. The unfortunate caterpillar does not survive to perpetuate its species. Therefore, the parasitic wasp keeps it in check for gardeners who can't risk pesticides.

While we don't recommend using this as source material for a child's bedtime story, despite its creepy factor, gardeners can rest easy knowing that Mother Nature is generally inclined to help them out in her disquieting yet satisfying way.


Plant of the Month

Turks Cap

Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)

Turk's cap is September's plant of the month due to its reliability and its resilience. This Texas native perennial can withstand intense summer heat and the deepest of winters with a strength that is nearly unmatched in a garden. It also has a unique ability to flourish in total sun to solid shade. As pictured, its scarlet rosettes will bloom on schedule, even in entirely shaded areas! After the blooms die out, it produces a tiny little fruit. The fruit is similar in taste to a tart apple for any critter (or intrepid human) who wants to taste a different treat of the foraged variety. These plants grow to be around 3-4 feet tall and wide and are a welcome addition to any garden.


Parting Shot - The Gardens at Night

The Gardens at Night

The Garden at night is an entirely different garden.

The accent lighting brings with it a depth and attention to texture in areas that are not oft the focus of a daytime perusal. While many admire these tall Crape Myrtles in daylight hours, they generally only do so in passing on their way to the Dragon Fountain or the Cave Grotto.

But in the right circumstances, supporting cast members can take center stage, and the moody night lighting is the ideal circumstance for these trees and many others throughout the Garden.

While we aren't often open to the public at night save for a few special events, when the Garden or Mansion is rented for a special event, guests attending have the freedom to roam our storybook-style grounds, all of which are lit tastefully at night.

In autumn, evanescent firefly lights are visible, flitting in and out of the distance. In the early winter, the crimson Japanese Maples put on quite a show.

We have openings for evening events in November and December, so give us a call at 817-598-4334 to plan your special event soon!

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.)