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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
Autumn Approaches
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Around the Garden
Archival Photo Dig
New Statuary for the Garden
New Life for an Old Vessel
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
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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 - September 2013 
Autumn Approaches

As Autumn approaches, we may be long on heat, but the daylight is definitely getting shorter. The garden's plants are responding to Mother Nature's changes each day... some are setting seed; some are setting flower buds; some are going dormant. We invite you to personally witness this change of seasons. Come see us!

- The Chandor Gardens Staff
Upcoming Events

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


Autumn Art Walk

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

Calling All Vendors!

fall color We are taking reservations for booth space at our Third Annual Autumn Art Walk. This popular event continues to attract more visitors each year. Our goal is to add to the variety of artists and activities as we grow. Once again, vendor spaces are free and available on a first come first served basis. Give us a call at 817-613-1700, email , or come on out to the Gardens and pick 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 photo. Costumes are encouraged. Guests 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.


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
Evergreen Wisteria
(Millettia reticulata)

In spite of its common name, Evergreen Wisteria isn't really a wisteria at all.

Evergreen Wisteria

A native of China, this liana grows to about 15 feet tall on woody twining stems that require vertical support. The leaves are evergreen in all but the coldest Texas winters. From July through November, it produces masses of beautifully-scented, multi-hued purple flowers on the tips of the vines. At Chandor Gardens, we have specimens planted along the north fence and on the stairwell between the mansion and the garage.
Around the Garden
Full Blast Hibiscus
Recently, we got a package from the nice folks at Proven Winners, with a sample of new plants to trial. The Full Blast Hibiscus (Hibiscus x 'Resi') is attracting some attention, with it's large, lovely blooms on a Lilliputian plant. Not quite 12 inches tall at the moment, it will eventually reach a mammoth ten feet in height, supplying the garden with a beautiful bouquet in the midst of the summer's hottest months.
caladium leaf

caladium leaf
A quick peek underneath a caladium leaf (pictured above) reveals a small mutation that resulted in the development of two unusual foliar growths on the underside of the leaf. Plant breeders look for and value such natural variations, as they can sometimes be used to produce new and different plants. We have submitted photos of this plant to caladium breeders. In the next issue of Secrets, we will let you know what they had to say.
praying mantis
Praying Mantis
praying mantis
We found this little praying mantis stranded on the Dragon fountain during a recent cleaning. He proved to be very friendly, and eagerly accepted a ride aboard the index finger express to the shrubs that border the pool.
Archival Photo Dig

While studying some of the archival images that we scanned as part of the PEACH Project with the Weatherford Public Library, we made some interesting connections into the life of Douglas and Ina Chandor.

archive photo 1
Albeit out of focus, the photo of some Chinese figurines in the house reveals an amazing reflection in the mirror that shows the open front door to the house, with what appears to be a flying saucer hovering in mid-air just outside!
Turns out that reflection is one of the Chinese style metal lanterns Douglas Chandor suspended throughout the garden... from wires strung to guide the wisteria he used to create "ceilings" in his garden rooms. In the photo below, the lantern is clearly visible above the door.

archive photo

A statue placed in front of a mirror of the Chandor's bedroom may provide some insight into the design structure of two of Douglas Chandor's most important portraits... those of Queen Elizabeth (1952) and his future wife, Ina Kuteman (1932). Painted twenty years apart, these are the only portraits we know of that Chandor set against a mirror, producing a double image of the subject.

Did the mirrored statue (below) provide the inspiration for Chandor's famous portrait of the Queen? What do you think?

archive photo

Chandor portrait of queen
portrait of Queen Elizabeth
Above: a rare glimpse of Chandor working on his portrait of the Queen.
Below: the completed portrait of Ina graces Chandor's studio.
Portrait of Ina Chandor
New Statuary for the Garden

George and Sheryl Bray recently donated a pair of white ceramic statues to Chandor Gardens.

new statues

We installed them on the wall pedestals at the eastern end of the bridge, where Douglas Chandor originally placed his large statues of Kuan Yin.

new staues

The new statues are a male and female, each attired in traditional Chinese apparel and standing upon a pedestal. The woman holds a lotus blossom in her left hand, and a mirror in her right. The man holds a fan in his left hand and a scroll in his right. We are currently performing research to see if we can identify this mystical couple.

new statue
new statue

The origin of the statues is unknown, as they came from Mrs. Bray's mother's estate, which was composed of many eclectic items from around the world... the result of decades of international travel as an interior designer.
New Life for an Old Vessel

Just about the time we think that we've discovered it all here at Chandor Gardens, something else comes unearthed.


While removing a declining shrub in one of the garden's beds, we found a large clay pot, festooned with a floral garland pattern. Something about it looked familiar, so we took a second look at some archival photos, and sure enough, there it is, a part of Chandor's garden back in the 1940's.
Toby at work

Toby Mize displays his handiwork at re-planting the historic pot with succulents.
archival photo with vessel

At far left, a pair of the festooned pots flanks the front door to the mansion in this archival photo.
Parting Shot

Dianne McMahan

A brief, unexpected shower during a recent Master Gardener workday brought out the true blue fashionista in Dianne McMahan. Our thanks go to all Parker County Master Gardeners, who help keep Chandor Gardens and many other areas within Parker County looking beautiful.
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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