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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Hello Spring!
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Top Ten - What's That Plant?
The Nose Knows
One for the Road
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 2013 & 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 - May 2013 
Peace & Tranquility

buddha frog A friendly frog Buddha finds peace and tranquility among the garden's greenery...so can you!

Take a little time to visit the garden before the summer heat sets in. You'll be glad you did!

See you in the garden,

- The Chandor Gardens Staff
Upcoming Events


Mother's Day Lunch  

12:00-3:00 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2013
Indulge by Kelli Catering
Reservations: 817-374-2697
Prices listed do not include Garden admission fees

Treat Mom to Mother's Day Lunch at the Gardens provided by Kelli Hamilton, owner of Indulge by Kelli Catering. The delicious menu items offered are sure to make Mom's day special. Take a peek at the menu and give Kelli a call to make reservations for lunch followed by a variety of yummy Mother's Day desserts.

Mother's Day Menu
Sandwich Meals

Your choice of:
Chicken salad
Grilled chicken breast with jalapeño pesto
Bacon, lettuce, and tomato
 on a large buttery croissant or sour dough bread
with fresh fruit salad, mini banana bread cream cheese sandwich, and pickles.
Salad Meals

Fajita Salad
Grilled chicken or beef strips on a large colorful garden salad with tomatoes, croutons, and cheddar jack cheese.
Chef salad with chunks of ham, turkey, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, carrots, boiled egg, and cucumbers and topped with cheese.
Fresh strawberry spinach salad with chicken, pecans, feta cheese, and drizzled in a raspberry vinaigrette.
$11 per person
Or Special Order Menu
Choice of :
Pork tenderloin medallions
Grilled chicken breast
Tender beef brisket
with pre-meal dinner salad, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic sautéed asparagus & cherub tomatoes, and a dinner roll
$16 per person
Children 12 & Under Menu
Grilled Chicken strips with rice and corn
1/2 a chicken salad sandwich with chips and apple slices
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips and apple slices
$6 per child
Each followed by a selection of special Mothers day desserts
Tea, water, & coffee provided
Dreamsicle Cake
Dreamsicle Cake

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 will be bringing her culinary talents to the Gardens every Tuesday beginning May 21st. Make your reservations today!

Lunch will be served in the mansion on days with excessive temperatures or rain.
Strawberry Angelfood Trifle
Strawberry Angelfood Trifle
Yoga Classes
Every Wednesday
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Yoga with instructor Loretta Benham involves a mix of energetic sequences, but also incorporates stillness through breath work and meditation to quiet the mind. Classes are held every Wednesday at the Gardens. 

  • Bring your mat and wear comfortable clothing
  • In inclement weather, classes will be held in the Great Room. 
  • Donation based
  • Call for information: 816-613-1700
Plant of the Month
Blue Larkspur
(Consolida ambigua)

A simple gift of a small handful of seed has led to a lovely annual display here at Chandor Gardens...and a little story of resilience.

I was visiting the home garden of Ben Oefinger down in Cleburne about six years ago, and was captivated by the blue larkspur blooming profusely there. Ben gave me a thimbleful of seed, and commented that was all I really needed, and he had lots of other folks wanting seeds, too. I planted them the next February, and we had a small patch of them that spring. For the next two years, I collected the seed and our planting grew ever larger. The next year, while I was out of town for a day, a well-intentioned person cleared the entire flowerbed of "all those weeds," not knowing they were young Poppy and Larkspur plants. I was heart-broken. But Mother Nature had reserved enough seed in the soil to bring forth another small crop the next year, and I learned lessons in patience, saving for the future, and, perhaps most importantly, forgiveness.   

Blue Larkspur

The Blue Larkspur bed is located on the west side of the gazebo, and had just begun to flower in the photo above. If you look closely at the photo below, you can see the central two petals are formed into the shape of a bunny head!

Blue Larkspur
Top Ten - What's That Plant?

Without a doubt, the most popular question from garden visitors is, "What's that plant?" Here's our answer to the top 10 most popular botanical puzzlers.
Indigo - Indigofera sp.
#1: Indigo - Indigofera sp.
Leatherleaf Mahonia - Mahonia bealei
#2: Leatherleaf Mahonia - Mahonia bealei
Shasta Daisy - Leucanthemum x superbum
#3: Shasta Daisy - Leucanthemum x superbum
Yellow Columbine --- Aquilegia chrysantha
#4: Yellow Columbine --- Aquilegia chrysantha
Purple Shamrock - Oxalis triangularis
#5: Purple Shamrock - Oxalis triangularis
Donkey Ears - Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri
#6: Donkey Ears
Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri
American Wisteria - Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
#7: American Wisteria
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
Foxtail Fern - Asparagus meyeri
#8: Foxtail Fern - Asparagus meyeri
Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia
#9: Oakleaf Hydrangea - Hydrangea quercifolia
Calla Lily - Zantedeschia aethiopica
#10: Calla Lily - Zantedeschia aethiopica
Sketching Calla Lily
The Calla Lily is a favorite subject of local artists.
The Nose Knows

Every garden has little spots that are particularly difficult to cultivate, and at Chandor Gardens, that spot is the Stone Ship in the Trellis Pond. After several unsuccessful attempts to find something suitable for this location, we found the solution was, quite literally, right under our noses. During pond cleaning, Toby and I were ripping out some overgrown Chameleon Plant around the waterfall, and discussing the distinctive smell of the plant, its widespread use as a medicinal herb, and its invasive potential. Toby's comment, "This spicy stuff will grow just about anywhere..." was immediately followed by a flash-frozen moment of mutual enlightenment, when we simultaneously smiled and turned toward the Stone Ship. Thirty minutes later, we had transplanted several clumps of rhizomes and a rogue iris for good luck. Our new colony of Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata) is now sailing right along.

Chameleon Plant in Stone Ship

Chameleon Plant
One for the Road...

Noelle Jackson

There's nothing like a child to remind us what is important in life. Singing, skipping, and petting the koi, little Noelle Jackson reminds us to take time to truly celebrate spring.
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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