• 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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In This Issue
December Brings It All
Upcoming Events
Annual Garland Party
Ice Around the Garden
Meanwhile, in the greenhouse...
Then and Now
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.
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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 - December 2013 
December Brings It All

December brings it all to the garden... the end of autumn, the beginning of winter, sunny days, crazy weather, bright lights, beautiful adornments, and smiling faces. Come see what all the fuss is about!

Happy Holidays!
-The Chandor Gardens Staff

Upcoming Events

Chandor Gardens
Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 14, 2013
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Admission: Free

Parker County Today
Chandor Gardens Open House is sponsored by Parker County Today Magazine.

Celebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens!
Christmas time at Chandor Gardens
Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and a tour of the Chandor mansion all decked out for the season. Area singers and musicians will be entertaining and Santa will be here from 2 to 5 p.m. for the kids (of all ages). Our open house event is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society's Tour of Homes, where owners of some of Weatherford's oldest homes will open their doors and welcome visitors. Tickets for venues, other than Chandor Gardens, are available at Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and the Doss Heritage Museum. For more information visit the Heritage Society's website: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.

For additional information about the Chandor Holiday Open House call 817-613-1700 or email .

A Special Christmas Lunch in the Gardens
Offered by Indulge Catering by Kelli
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
12 to 2:00 p.m.
Reservations required

For more information and to make reservations call: 817-374-2697


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

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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.  


The Annual Garland Party

A squadron of nineteen dedicated Parker County Master Gardeners recently came to the garden for the annual garland-making party. Using plant materials from the garden, they constructed twin forty-foot garlands for the bridge, and a thirty-foot garland that graces the front door to the mansion. Smiles and laughter turned this labor-intensive task into a festive occasion...typical for this group of hard-working gardeners who help us out each and every month of the year.


Ice Around the Garden

Meanwhile, in the greenhouse...

Dramatically frigid temperatures led us to seek some drastic measures in keeping the greenhouse warm this winter. Since we were unable to afford expensive, hard-cell greenhouse skin, we had to improvise by suspending a second layer of plastic sheeting from the bottom of the support ribs. We used scrap plastic to seal the end walls and foam board to cover the vents. It wasn't easy, and it isn't pretty, but it proved to be very effective in keeping our plants warm and comfy.

Toby Mize wheels large tropical plants into the greenhouse for safekeeping.
Toby working on completing the insulating layer of plastic.
The greenhouse glows ominously at night.
Inside, all is toasty in this night time shot.
Then and Now

The recent weather has given us a chance to compare the Chandor Gardens of yesteryear with the present. (All photos have been digitally altered to present similar coloring.)

Looking down toward the old Simmons Gate driveway about 1940 (above) and today (below).

View across the bridge pond circa 1950 (above) and today (below).
Parting Shot

Long time Chandor Gardens supporter Bill Warren came out to take a few photos of the icy garden, and encountered a rare sight ...an icicle-encrusted waterfall. Even more interesting was the icy shell that had formed around our floating gazing ball, which broke off as he was photographing the scene. Within seconds, it sunk under the water and was gone.
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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