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In This Issue
Autumn Approaches
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Mystery Solved
New Benches
Around the Garden
New Beauty
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.
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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 - October 2013 
Autumn Approaches

People ask us every day, "When is the best time of year to visit the garden?" They always seem surprised to hear "Autumn." True enough, springtime is lovely, with all of the fresh leaves and new growth. But there is a special fullness about the garden in Autumn... remondant Roses blooming, Encore Azaleas in full flower, Morning Glories blazing, and the trees all lighting up with color. Come see!

Morning Glory

- The Chandor Gardens Staff

Upcoming Events

Autumn Art Walk

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Noon to 4:00 pm

Admission: $1 per person 


Area artists will be set up around the gardens displaying and selling a wide variety of unique art work including: painting, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, iron work, and much more. The day will also feature food, music and tours of the gardens and mansion.  


"Twilight Magic" by Paul Cameron Smith
Artists and Vendors include: 


  • Sarah Bule - paintings
  • Doug Clark - oil paintings
  • Jacquine King - watercolors
  • Kathy Cunning - watercolors
  • Michelle Rea - paintings
  • Jan Humphreys - oil paintings
  • Paul Cameron Smith - oil paintings and giclee canvas prints
  • Susan Presley - flame work jewelry
  • Carolyn Tinner & Ann Rowlins - pottery, jewelry and mosaics
  • Sharry Jones - jewelry
  • Milton Jensen - hand forged garden trellises
  • Michael Anderson - orb drums, garden gongs and leachim flutes
  • Laura Anderson - reiki healing
  • Gay Larson - master gardener calendars
  • Gerri Lowry & Ann Simms - art glass towers
  • Karla Sparger - knotted yarn scarves  
  • Annett Pool - Velata
  • Sharron Potts - Scentsy
  • Donna Anderson - Grace Adele
  • Sharon Allen - Pink Zebra
  • Kevin Townson and the Childbloom Bella Corda Group - Musical entertainment
  • Law Dawg Concessions - Food

Cement Leaf Class
Wednesday, October 23
10:00 am
Cost: $15

cement leaves Bring your own leaves or use some from the Gardens to create a one of a kind cement creation: birdbaths, coasters, etc. These make great holiday gifts!

Instructors will be on hand to assist and all supplies are furnished. Space is limited so give us a call at 817-613-1700 or email to reserve your spot!


Goblins in the Gardens 
Sunday, October 27, 2013
12 noon to 4:00 pm
Adults: $2.00
Children: Free

A spook-free, daytime, trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. A themed area will be decorated for personal photos. Costumes are encouraged! Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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


Lunch in the Gardens

Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Reservations only

call Kelli Hamilton at 817-374-2697
$11 per person (does not include price of admission to Gardens)

Treat yourself well on Tuesdays! Enjoy a stroll in the Gardens followed by a special lunch, served under the canopy of a beautiful old elm tree, in the courtyard of Chandor Gardens. Kelli Hamilton of Indulge by Kelli Catering brings her culinary talents to the Gardens every Tuesday - make your reservations today!

Lunch will be served in the mansion on days with excessive temperatures or rain.



Dreamsicle Cake



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
(Solidago sp.)

Each Autumn, Goldenrod flowers not only signal the change of seasons, but they foretell the arrival of the Monarch butterfly migration. Besides being beautiful, goldenrod contains copious quantities of nectar that help fuel the Monarchs, en route to their overwintering spot, an Oyamel Fir forest northwest of Mexico City. Many other species of insects partake in the feast, of course, including honeybees, beetles, and a wide array of butterflies.
Arching sprays of bright yellow flower spikes make Goldenrod easy to identify.
And just for clarity's sake, know that goldenrod is NOT the culprit causing your allergic fits right now. Blaming the goldenrod for the wind-borne pollen that drives your sinuses bonkers is simply an inaccurate observation. Yes, you clearly see the bright yellow goldenrod flowers open concurrently with your nasal nightmare, but what you are NOT seeing is the simultaneous release of untold trillions of airborne pollen grains by the dull green flowers on various species of ragweed. Furthermore, the goldenrod receives a full pardon because it has an airtight alibi...its pollen is released in clumps called pollinia, which are too heavy to be carried on the wind.
A Hairstreak butterfly feeds on Goldenrod nectar as a honeybee buzzes among the blossoms.
Mystery Solved


Last month, we brought you a caladium conundrum; specifically, what are those funny little growths on the backs of some of our caladium leaves? Well, we checked with caladium hybridizer Bob Hartman, who said this is called a "foliar inversion," and it is common in a few varieties of caladiums. So... now you know!

New Benches

Hewn with a chain saw from two boles of a four-trunked Shumard oak that went down recently a few blocks from the garden, the benches are a memorial for not only the tree itself, but serve as a way to inspire garden visitors to reuse/recycle resources at hand. Douglas Chandor was repurposing bottles, roofing tile, and machine parts 75 years ago... and he still inspires us to try new and creative ways of thinking today.

Oak Benches

Although they are significantly different in diameter (21" and 24"), both trunks are 64 years old and they weigh more than 1000 pounds each. They will soon find a home in the heart of the garden... as soon as we can figure out a way to move them!
Around the Garden

Encore Azaleas re-bloom in the fall, bring a second season of beauty to the garden.

Air Potato Vine
Air Potato Vine begins growing its namesake bulbils, which, though inedible, resemble the famous food.

Snake Dancer Gourd
The stunningly intricate flower of the Snake Dancer Gourd.

Normally a mid-spring bloomer, one of our Hinckley's Columbines sent up a single stem this week, giving us an unexpected surprise.

Brazilian Rock Rose
Brazilian Rock Rose flushes heavily with flowers in the fall.

Fall Aster
Fall Aster billows blue in the cooler weather.

Inland Sea Oats
Laden with seed, Inland Sea Oats arches over the water.

Iceberg Kordes Rose
'Iceberg'; one of the stunning Kordes Roses that flowers from spring until late fall.
New Beauty

Concrete Lantern

The newest addition to the garden is this concrete lantern; a gift from Nita Simpson, the grandmother of Weatherford Parks Director Danielle Felts. A life-long resident of Weatherford, Ms. Simpson has a special connection to Chandor Gardens...she once served as a hand model for Douglas Chandor!
Parting Shot


So much more than simply volunteers, Parker County Master Gardeners Patti Lankford (left) and Thresea Tabor are longtime friends with a special love for Chandor Gardens. Always going above and beyond the call of duty, these two perform their magic on the front by the Scholar Stone.
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 .

Christmas 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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