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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Beauty Abounds
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Around the Garden
Perfect Patio
Archives Alive!
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 - August 2013 
Beauty Abounds

True enough, it's a Texas summer,
Weather's rough, and that's a bummer.
But the garden's lush, with blooms galore,
In mid-morning's hush, you can explore
To find butterflies, songbirds, sometimes a hummer...
Beauty still abounds, in the heat of summer.

- The Chandor Gardens Staff
Upcoming Events

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
Dreamsicle Cake
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
  • Tickets are on sale now.
  • 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 go on sale online in August at www.hallensemble.org. Or, you may email for additional information or to purchase tickets.  


Plant of the Month
The "Grandmother's Mystery" Phlox
(Phlox sp.)

Shakespeare never said, "Would a phlox by another name not smell as sweet?"...but he might have, had he been able to see our favorite summer perennial. Donated to Chandor Gardens by our friend and neighbor, Melissa Moorman, this Texas tough beauty has been through its paces here in the garden. When she first told us of the plant, and how it did not get powdery mildew (a foliar disease that devastates almost all known ornamental phloxes), frankly, we were skeptical. Well, Melissa was right! After four years in various locations around the garden, it has remained spotless.


Perhaps our favorite feature of this pass-along plant is the story of how Melissa's grandmother, Daisy Dill, brought the plant to Texas from Georgia...hand-carrying a clump of rhizomes on the train more than 50 years ago!
Around the Garden

Pink Flamingo Celosia

Gibsoni Castor Bean

Purple tones flush the leaves of Pink Flamingo Celosia (top) and Gibsoni Castor Bean (immediately above).

Brunnera and Blue Fescue

Silvery blues found in Brunnera and Blue Fescue Grass grace a pot under the curved pergola (above).

Below, the Dwarf Pineapple accents the succulent collection.
Dwarf Pineapple

Anole Lizard
Texas Spiny Lizard

Above, tiny lizards frolic in the summer garden.


Caladiums grace the old lead urn along the garden's east side.
Perfect Patio

Ashley Deal Memorial Garden

The Ashley Deal Memorial Garden is a project of the Parker County Master Gardeners and borders the main parking lot at Chandor Gardens.

Ashley Deal Memorial Garden

Using antique brick from an old street in Abilene that was donated by garden supporter Dustin Weathersby, the Master Gardeners fashioned a delightful circular patio between the garden's two benches. Playfully dubbed, "The Friends Circle," it will serve as a transition point during future expansions of the garden.
Archives Alive!

In cooperation with the PEACH Project (Preserving & Expanding Access to Culture and History) and the Weatherford Public Library, we now have digitalized all of our archival slides of Chandor Gardens! Next, we will begin the process on all photographs...and YOU CAN HELP! We are currently searching for images of Chandor Gardens prior to 1990. If you have some, we would love to scan them into our collection, and you can keep the original if you'd like. Pre-1953 photographs are particularly prized. Ask that aunt, uncle, or favorite grandparent if they have some old photos of Chandor Gardens. You could become a part of history!

Douglas Chandor

Douglas Chandor got "in the way" for a moment during a 1952 photo shoot inside his home.

Snow at Chandor Gardens

This unusual, undated photo of Chandor Gardens blanketed in snow is an archival treasure.

at the Moon Grotto

Chandor and an unidentified man at the unfinished Moon Grotto.

Douglas Chandor and Spring Blooms

A relaxed Douglas Chandor takes in the spring spectacle of blooms.
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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