• 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
Mid-Summer Lushness
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Off the Wall
Creature Feature
Flower Power
Groovalicious Florapalooza
The Gift That Weeps All Year Long
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.  
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 - July 2013 
Mid-Summer Lushness

As we head into mid-summer, the garden takes on a lushness unlike any other time of the year. Tropical plants blossom profusely, ferns arch upwards, and the nature's critters are abundant. (We keep the mosquitos in check using dunks, minnows, and cultural methods.) Mornings are glorious as the garden comes to life. Take time to come and see what all the fuss is about!

- 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

(Tuesday and Thursday classes begin July 23rd)  


Due to popular demand, instructor Loretta Benham will be offering her 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

painted doorSunday, October 20, 2013
Noon to 4:00 pm

Calling All Vendors!

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.


Christmas in July

We know, it's a bit early and a bit hot to even think about December, but 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 .  


Chandor Gardens in Holiday Decor


Hall Ensemble - "Melody and Poetry"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • String Trio, Bassoon and Actors
  • Tickets: $60.00 per person
  • Tickets go on sale in August.
  • 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
Muskogee Crape Myrtle
(Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Muskogee')

One of the most amazing gifts that former owners Chuck and Melody Bradford gave to Chandor Gardens was the planting of an allee of Crape Myrtles on the west side of the Sunken Garden back in the mid-1990's. The Muskogee Crape Myrtles planted there have matured into a 30+ foot tall cloud of foliage and blossoms, floating atop smooth, muscular-looking trunks. The view through the trunks is spectacular, and frames the dragon fountain in a majestic manner.

Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Individually, Muskogee Crape Myrtle is an amazing tree. Bred by Don Egolf of the National Arboretum back in the 1950's, Muskogee was one of the hybrids he created between Lagerstroemia indica and L. faurei, combining the winter hardiness and disease resistance of the former with the large flowers and beautiful, exfoliating bark of the latter. Usually maturing to a height of about 25 feet (the Chandor Gardens specimens exceed 30 feet), Muskogee Crape Myrtles have excellent fall color, superior resistance to powdery mildew, fast growth rate, and a stately structure that makes them one of the finest plants for Texas gardens.

Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Interestingly enough, most visitors to Chandor Gardens never see the lovely lavender blooms of the Muskogee Crape Myrtles, as the many features around them direct your eyes down from the top of the allee. In August, the blooms begin to shatter, leaving a painted pathway beneath the trees.

Muskogee Crape Myrtle
Off the Wall

A donation of a pair of beautiful wall planters by The Plant People of Fort Worth has led to brilliant splashes of color on what has for decades been a blank white wall. Facing the Silver Garden, this painted brick wall is actually the northern wall of the men's restroom. Festooned with color, it is now a horticultural and architectural feature...with a surprise.

Off the Wall - 1

Off the Wall - 2

On the right side of the wall is a mass of arching, burgundy colored foliage that appears to be growing from a container similar to the first two. But if you look really closely, you will notice the planter for this bromeliad is actually two football helmets! Originally procured from a rubbish bin, these helmets carry on Douglas Chandor's tradition of reuse/recycle, creating extraordinary garden elements from ordinary, everyday things.

Off the Wall - 3

Off the Wall - 4
Creature Feature

Summertime brings out the flora in the garden, and the fauna is never far behind. Aerial acrobats, the dragonflies rule the air around the ponds, darting and whizzing above the aquatic world of their young.


While trying to capture a photo of an elusive dragonfly, we serendipitously caught a bit of drama in the garden. As the dragonfly perches, a spider underneath the leaf prepares to capture it. This time, the dragonfly escaped.

Dragonfly and Spider

Elsewhere, a green heron perches in a tree, scouting its favorite meal, the bullfrog.



Still skin-snouted from his latest molt, this mature male anole sports a crest along his back.

Mature Male Anole
Flower Power

Below: Colorful caladiums erupt from the earth, adding an exotic elegance to strolls in the garden.


Below: Dusty Miller is a plant common to many people, but not familiar as a flower. Here, its summer blossoms celebrate summer as the snapdragons fade away on the heat.

Dusty Miller
Groovalicious Florapalooza


Once in a while, horticulturists see a rare phenomenon in the garden. This particular one is a natural mutation called a fasciation (pronounced "FAY-she-a-shun," and also called "cresting") on a Purple Coneflower out near the parking lot here at Chandor Gardens. Out of about 150 blossoms, only three were affected in this manner. The photo above shows three conjoined flowers a single stem. "Veeeeery interesting."
The Gift That Weeps All Year Long

We recently received a gift of a weeping Japanese Maple for the garden from an anonymous donor. We thank them, as well as the fine folks at Stuarts Nursery, for making this living gift the latest member of the garden's family of foliage. Botanically known as Acer palmatum 'Ryusen,' this green-leaved cultivar creates a cloak of foliage that extends downward and sprawls across the ground. When we chose a location between the bridge and the blowing green that would allow the tree to weep. Once she was planted, we needed a name for her that would symbolize her place in the garden. In honor of all the proposals on the bridge, and the marriages on the bowling green, the name "Issho Ni" seemed to fit well...it is the Japanese word for "together."

Toby Mize, with garden volunteers Jordan and Brittney, put the final touches on the planting of Issho Ni.
Japanese Maple

Blending right in with the surrounding garden, Issho Ni makes herself at home.

Issho Ni
Parting Shot...


As we celebrate our nation's independence this month, this amaranth explodes with color at the garden's entrance.
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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