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  • s chandor bridge 1898 w
  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
  • s chandor bowling green stream 1891 w
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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Build, Repair, Expand, Refine
Upcoming Events
Moon Gate
Giant Acorns
Around the Garden
Plants of the Month
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 2014 and 2015.  
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
email SChamblee@

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 - January 2014 
Build, Repair, Expand, & Refine

Happy New Year! Winter is one of the most misunderstood times of the year in a public garden. Most people assume we sit around in comfy chairs, reveling in the "nothing to do" season.

Truth is, winter is our busiest season! With visitation down and many plants dormant, this is our time to build, repair, expand, and refine the garden. Large scale projects such as pond cleaning, stone wall repair, and large area renovation keep us hopping! Every year we "run out of winter" and have to hurry to get things put back together before the beautiful insanity that is spring.

Enjoy a sunny day stroll this winter, while the "bones" of the garden are most visible. But be careful... we just might put you to work!?

-The Chandor Gardens Staff

Upcoming Events

"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event
Sunday, March 23, 2014
couple in Moon Gate1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(Rain date: March 30th)
Free Parking & Admission

Please join us for our annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event, "Say Yes to Romance."
  • Door prizes
  • Fashion Show
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Caterers
  • Cake Competition
  • And much more!
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.

Vendor spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis! For more information or to reserve your spot as a vendor call 817-613-1700 or email .

couple with umbrella

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

buddha frog


Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes twice a week 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. 
  • Drop-in classes - $15 each
    Four classes, prepaid - $48
    Eight classes, prepaid - $80
  • For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700
Hall Ensemble - "Melody and Poetry"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • String Trio, Bassoon and Actors
  • Tickets: $60.00 per person
  • Includes wine and refreshments
  • Doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing
  • Concert begins at 7:30 pm
Hall Ensemble
Music tells stories and poetry adds rhythm to language. Hall Ensemble will weave exquisite music around poetry selections performed by actors from Amphibian Stage Productions. The program includes a World Premier for bassoon and strings by music critic Gregory Sullivan Issacs.

Tickets for this very special evening are on sale now at www.hallensemble.org. Or, you may email for additional information or to purchase tickets.  


Moon Gate

One of the favorite features at Chandor Gardens is the Moon Gate. Fashioning rock, mortar, concrete, and split ceramic pipe into a beautiful garden element, Douglas Chandor also included beer bottles in the design. On the front and back, the beer bottles are the "O" part of the "X & O" design across the bottom of the roof. On the end panels, the beer bottles are easier to see, as they aren't painted. Upon first glance, we were astonished to see "Douglas" written in script on the bottom of the bottle! Closer inspection revealed the writing as "Duraglas."

Moon Gate
Moon Gate
Moon Gate
Moon Gate
Giant Acorns

Douglas Chandor used lead forms to create the refined, yet whimsical acorn finials for his wall columns. Flanking the old Simmons Street entrance drive and running along the eastern border of the garden, almost 1,000 linear feet of brick wall boldly announced, "You have arrived!" to early garden visitors. A total of 29 acorns rest upon the columns; 25 of the giants and 4 smaller ones. Each of the giants weighs approximately 400 pounds, and they required a crane for installation.

Giant Acorns
Above: A 1940's era photo shows the acorn finials at the Simmons Street entrance.

Giant Acorns
Above: Acorn finials add distinction and elegance to the garden's brick walls.

Giant Acorns
Above: Gardener Toby Mize poses with the vintage lead molds.
Around the Garden

Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) begin their spring time dance by pushing aside fallen leaves.
Though the ponds are still icy outside, the greenhouse holds promises for the beauty of spring.

Plants of the Month

Ornamental grasses are plentiful at Chandor Gardens, but it's rare to get the largest and the smallest lined up in the same photo.

The Hardy Sugarcane (Saccharum arundinaceum) in the back reached fifteen feet this year; the Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus') in the middle is about five feet tall; the Mexican Feather Grass (Nasella tenuissima) in the foreground grows to about sixteen inches. All of the garden's ornamental grasses will receive their annual "haircut" at the end of February.

Ornamental Grasses
Parting Shots

When temperatures are expected to dip below 22 degrees, we cover our annual pansy crop with a layer of protective frost cloth. After several years of use, our frost cloth has developed a hole or two. Below, two happy pansy blossoms cuddle together and peek out from under their frost cloth blanket.

Chandor Gardens Memberships

A membership to Chandor Gardens is the gift that gives all year long. Annual memberships are available at 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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