• 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
Mother Nature's Magic
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Around the Garden
What IS that Wonderful Fragrance?
Lee Ann Retires
Then and Now
Parting Shot
Holiday Parties
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.  
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 - November 2013 
Mother Nature's Magic

The sun is setting on another successful gardening season; however, fall has arrived and mother nature has worked her magic adding a beautiful hue to the leaves. To complement her splendor, the staff at Chandor Gardens has introduced additional color with seasonal planting. All in all, it is the perfect time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chandor Gardens.

Take a peek at the activity to come...

Happy Thanksgiving!
-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 throughout the gardens. Santa will be here 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 or you may purchase tickets online at: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.

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


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.  


Plant of the Month
Mexican Mint Marigold
(Tagetes lucida)

Mexican Mint Marigold

As the Cottage Garden's Goldenrod fades away, the golden yellow color is immediately replaced by the bright yellow blooms of the adjacent Mexican Mint Marigold. Native to Texas, this lovely perennial grows in a tight and tidy manner all summer long, its bright green leaves on sturdy stems reaching about thirty inches high. These leaves hold a delightful secret --- when crushed, they smell like licorice. Some people harvest these leaves and use them as a substitute for French Tarragon, hinting at the plant's other common name: Texas Tarragon.

Mexican Mint Marigold

The flowers themselves are not fragrant, but attract honeybees, resident butterflies, and perhaps a few straggling Monarchs on their way down to Mexico.
Around the Garden

A quick tour around the garden finds lots of lovely botanical bliss!

Hoja Santos
Hoja Santo's large leaves smell like root beer.

The exotic crimson flowers of Coralbean.

Spanish Flag
Spanish Flag is actually a relative of Morning Glory.

'Soft Caress' Mahonia begins to bloom.

The last of the summer's caladiums.

Duckweed on the water in the Boxwood Garden.

Two pictures above:
The sight of our flowering Encore azaleas in late autumn never fails to surprise and delight visitors.

Turk's Cap
Turk's Cap blooms profusely in the fall.
Orange Nandina fruits will soon turn bright red.

Brazilian Rock Rose
Brazilian Rock Rose flies Texas Aggie colors.

Purple Hyacinth Bean
Purple Hyacinth Bean shows a TCU inclination
What IS that Wonderful Fragrance?

Every November, garden visitors stop in their tracks, bewildered by the beautiful fragrance wafting through the garden. They spin in circles, looking for the magical flower that can create such an amazing aroma. Normally, they end up giving credit to a few remondant roses, far away from the real hero.


This time of year, the Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens) sports thousands of tiny, pendant flowers among it's silver-speckled green foliage. Small enough to fit about five flowers on a dime, you could say these little blossoms really give their two-cents worth!

Lee Ann Retires!

Lee Ann retiement celebration cake

Lee Ann Nave retired from Chandor Gardens on October 30 after 3.5 years of employment here. The very next day, she headed out on a road trip to Canton, Houston, and the Brenham area. Ever the trooper, she returned to the Garden on November 5, but just to lead the Parker County Master Gardeners in the first of their two monthly Chandor Gardens workdays. It's doubtful she will become a stranger around here... she's been volunteering since 2003!

Lee Ann's retirement party.
Above, left to right: Toby Mize, Martha Lott, Lee Ann Nave, Steven Chamblee, and Karen Nantz.

Lee Ann's retirement party.
Above, left to right: Steven Chamblee, Martha Lott, Lee Ann Nave, Karen Nantz, Judy Hernandez, Ken Bean, Toby Mize.
Then and Now

The photo on the above was taken in the early 1950's.
The photo below was taken, November 7, 2013.
Differences in the camera lenses account for slight differences in the depth of field. Both photos were digitized and colored with a sepia tone to allow a more "apples to apples" comparison.
Parting Shot

Bullfrog on Frog Statue

Few people will realize the full beauty of this photo. For several years now, Horticulturist Steven Chamblee has infrequently encountered one of our bullfrogs atop the frog statue... but capturing a photograph of it has always eluded him.

"It's too far away for the cell phone camera, and there's no pattern to his appearance on the statue. I photograph the garden several times each month, but my camera and the frog never seem to be in the same place at the same time. Today, I saw the frog atop the statue, so I ran in and got my camera. When I returned, there were people walking around in that area, and I immediately knew I had missed the rare opportunity. But, the frog was stoic today; still sitting there. I managed two quick photos before he jumped."
Holiday Parties at Chandor Gardens

Winter is just around the corner and available dates for holiday parties are booking up fast! Chandor Gardens will, once again, be decked out in all her finery for the holidays and ready to accommodate you and your guests for a truly magical evening. For pricing and package details contact us at 817-613-1700 or email .

Holidays at Chandor Gardens
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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