• 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, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
All a Tingle in Fall
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
A Peak at the Past
Around the Garden
Parting Shot
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 and 2016.  
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

Karen Nantz
Fax: 817-598-4354
email KNantz@

Steven Chamblee
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Public Hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

noon to 4:00 pm

Closed all City Observed Holidays.

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 - October 2014  
All a Tingle in Fall
That tingle in the air is telling you to celebrate October at Chandor Gardens! Autumn Art Walk, Goblins in the Garden, and a cavalcade of fall blooms make this month something truly special. Jack Frost is on his way soon, so come out and visit before he gets here!


Upcoming Events

Autumn Art Walk
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
12:00 noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $1 per person

Please join us for our annual Autumn Art Walk as we host an array of artists, crafters, and musicians - all with their unique and interesting goods for sale to the public. The event is growing bigger and better every day as we secure more and more vendors who will be attending, including:
  • Melinda Randall - pottery
  • Lynn Norris - wind chimes
  • Douglas B. Clark - sculptures/paintings
  • Margie Ready - jewelry
  • Karla Spurger - clothing
  • Ashley Holden - crocheted goodies, jewelry
  • Linda Hall - jewelry, handmade crafts
  • Laura Kinney - ceramics, soaps
  • JoAnn Wiggs - woodworking
  • Sharon Allen (Pink Zebra) - soy-based candle making products
  • Laura Anderson - Reiki Healing
  • Kelli Hamilton - painting
  • Jacque Brock - handmade jewelry
  • Kathy Cunning - watercolors, landscapes
  • Taylor LePert - photography

Entertaining throughout the day will be Classical/Jazz/Flamenco guitarist Kevin Townson along with his Childbloom Bella Corda Ensemble as well as Anderson's Good Medicine - Ukulele Daily, a family acoustic folk band, who will be celebrating the release of their first CD at the Art Walk.

Ketzler's Schnitzel Shack food truck offering schnitzels, sausages, pretzels and more will be serving folks their fantastic German fare and D'Vine Wine from Granbury will offer a selection of their wonderful wines.

The gardens and mansion will be open for touring and Douglas Chandor's 1929 portrait, Mrs. Brownell and Her Son, on permanent loan to Chandor Gardens, will be on display in the mansion's parlor.

For more information or to become an Autumn Art Walk vendor (booth space is FREE) call 817-613-1700 or email .


Goblins in the Gardens
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults - $2
Children - FREE
17 and under must be accompanied by Adult.

Costumes are encouraged!!
Family at Goblins in the Garden

A spook-free, family, trick-or-treat experience for all ages, Goblins in the Gardens has quickly become one of our most popular annual events.

Costumed characters will be on hand throughout the gardens giving out treats and a themed area will be set up for your personal photos.

Girl at Goblins in the Garden

Come on out to the gardens and make some Halloween memories!

The Ruby Gypsy - Painting Parties
Friday, November 7, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$35 per person: includes light hors d'oeuvres and all supplies
For reservations or more information call Kelli Hamilton at 817-374-2697

Ruby Gypsy Painting Parties

Artist, Kelli Hamilton, will be walking us step by step through a Christmas themed painting. Each person will leave with their very own painting, after an evening of fun and fellowship. No experience in painting needed! Just join us for a great evening, painting in the garden mansion.
Chandor Gardens Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
2:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission: FREE

Celebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens! Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and a tour of the mansion decorated from floor to ceiling with all the glitter and glamour you've come to expect at Chandor Gardens. Choirs and musicians will be entertaining throughout the day and Santa will be here (for kids of all ages) from 3 to 6p.m. Bring your camera and capture a special moment to treasure!

Our Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society's Tour of Homes.

This year's Candlelight Tour of Homes is the 33rd time that owners of some of Weatherford's oldest homes have opened their doors and welcomed visitors.

Summer and Santa

Tickets for venues other than Chandor Gardens are available at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce as well as the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. For more information go to: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.

Yoga Classes
Every Tuesday & Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 pm

buddha frog


Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes each Tuesday and Thursday 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. 
  • Price: Donation based
  • For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700
Plant of the Month
Cockspur Coral Tree/Ceibo (Erythrina crista-galli)    
This small (20'-25') flowering tree is known as Ceibo in its native South America, and is the official national tree of Argentina. It has been widely planted in frost-free gardens around the world, and is a popular street tree in southern California. Ours was grown by seed collected off a tree at The Arbor Gate, a nursery in Tomball, Texas, on the northwest side of Houston. Here in Weatherford, the tree acts as an herbaceous perennial, growing to about eight feet tall before freezing back to the ground each winter, and arising anew from the crown each spring. It is planted near the Cox's Mountain waterfall, where it is protected from northern winds.

Cockspur Coral Tree
Above: Unopened flower buds resemble rooster spurs.

Cockspur Coral Tree
Above: The elegant, fully open red-coral flowers.
A Peak At The Past

The initial building of Chandor Gardens

Garden guests often ask us how the stonework at Chandor Gardens was installed. Many ask, "How big was the crane that moved all of these huge boulders?" Truth is, he didn't.
Vintage photos tell the story. Douglas Chandor hired the Weldon Jordan to haul in and place hundreds of mossy sandstone boulders in various locations around the garden. He and his team used a dually truck modified with a simple, yet powerful, winch and boom system to perform the grueling task of unloading and positioning the boulders, some of which exceeded five tons.
Around the Garden

Asters announce the arrival of Autumn in the garden.

Fresh Pansies and Snapdragons fill the color beds for the fall and winter seasons.

Pink Morning Glories climb a column.

White Beautyberry flaunts clusters of fruit.
Purple 'Princess' Grass holds court near the triple tier fountain.

The edible "apple" fruits of Turk's Cap turn bright red when ripe.

Coral Tree (Erythrina bidwillii) blooms in the Silver Garden.

Lovely pods of Purple Hyacinth Bean cascade down from the curved pergola.
The green "donut" of Duckweed (Wolffia) atop the water in the Boxwood Garden fountain.

Mature Duckweed plants on a fingertip. They produce the smallest flowers in the world.

Crimson seeds emerge from the woody cones on Southern Magnolia.

The strange foliage on our Voodoo Lily (Amorphophallus riversii).


Parting Shot


A classic symbol of summer in the South, this caladium gives up a little Autumn color before fading into dormancy.


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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