• 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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In This Issue
Hello Spring!
Upcoming Events
Around the Garden
Plant of the Month
Goodbye to the Sculptures
Ina's Walk
Fuzzy Around the Edges
Sharing the Love
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.
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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 - April 2013 
Hello Spring!

From the dramatic Emerald Snow Chinese Fringeflower to the elegant Redbud tree to the wall of delicate Bridalwreath, rich floral displays are, and have always been, the hallmark of springtime at Chandor Gardens. Everywhere you look, something is blooming! Take time to visit Chandor Gardens as she wears her floral finery.

- The Chandor Gardens Staff
Emerald Snow Chinese Fringe Flower
Emerald Snow Chinese Fringeflower
Upcoming Events


Spring Fling Weekend

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $1 per person   


Celebrate the arrival of Spring at this popular annual event. Once again, the weekend will feature music, face painting, food, garden tours and information booths.  



In addition, area artists and craftsmen will be set up throughout the gardens and mansion displaying a wide variety of talents. Our participating artists this year include: 

  • Lynn & Gail Norris - Wind chimes
  • Doug Clark - Painter
  • Milton Jensen - Hand forged trellis
  • Susan Presley - Flame work jewelry
  • Becky Hansen Williams - Painter
  • Court Bailey - Oils, watercolors, pastels
  • Michael & Laura Anderson Bamboo flutes, metal art and reiki
  • Linda Schmidt - Fired arts and crafts
  • Jacque Brock - Jewelry
  • Sheri Jones - Oil painter
  • Dan Spangler - Painter
  • Carol Welch - Cement leaves
  • Laura Kinney - Jewelry
  • Jared Lindsay - Photography
  • Barbara Calderon - Quilting
  • April Brim - Oilcloth bags, totes and makeup bags  

The Parker County Master Gardener's "Ask a Master Gardener" booth and Pat Fairchild, a Cross Timbers Urban Forester, will be here to answer all your gardening and landscaping questions.

Bring your appetite and indulge in a variety of delicious treats. Hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy - are just a few of the items available from Tracey and Angela Cryer with Law Dawg Concessions.

The Gardens are in full bloom and ready for your family photos! Bring a camera and capture your special memories! 



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
Around the Garden


Paperwhites are blooming all around the garden. Recently, a major bulb wholesaler donated over 7000 Paperwhites to Chandor Gardens, and we planted them under the curved pergola, along the bowling green, across the west side raised beds, in the new memorial garden...well, everywhere! Native to the Mediterranean region, Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) are closely related to daffodils, and are usually sold as bulbs that can be forced indoors in wintertime. They are also intensely fragrant, bringing an exotic sensory experience to the garden this spring. 
Plant of the Month
Lord Byron Viburnum
(Viburnum x 'Lord Byron')

This small tree was created by Paul Cox of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and named after his son. It is a hybrid between Viburnum obovatum (Walter's Viburnum) and V. rufidulum (Rusty Blackhaw). Lovely clusters of small, cream-colored blossoms adorn the strongly-horizontal branches from mid-March through April, even in a shady location. Evergreen in all but the coldest winters, it will mature to about fifteen feet tall. Our specimen was a gift from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. 
Goodbye to the Sculptures
Michael Pavlovsky with 3 of his bronze sculptures
Michael Pavlovsky poses with his bronze sculptures just before they are bundled and secured for transport.
Five years ago, prominent Fort Worth artist and sculptor Michael Pavlovsky wanted to show his support for Chandor Gardens by loaning us three bronze sculptures. The bronzes are part of Pavlovsky's "Flyaway" series of sculptures that integrate nature's rhythmic movements with human forms. True enough, "all good things must come to an end." The sculptures have been relocated to a fine arts gallery, pending their move to a private art collection. We would like to again thank Mr. Pavlovsky for his kindness and support for Chandor Gardens.
Ina's Walk
Ina's Walk
Ina's Walk
Ina's Walk has always presented a bit of a challenge horticulturally. The long, thin beds range from full sun to deep shade, making it difficult to achieve a consistent look all the way down. Using some old-fashioned ingenuity, we sliced a piece of damaged drainpipe into short sections, then laid them on their sides to create a series of round planters along the walk. This has brought a sense of rhythm and continuity to the area, and honors the re-purposing traditions that Douglas Chandor set into motion some 75 years ago.
Fuzzy Around the Edges
Poppies just days from their spectacular bloom!
Poppies just days from their spectacular bloom!
"Fuzzy Around the Edges" is how one recent visitor described our northern border beds here at Chandor Gardens, saying that we should remove those unsightly weeds. When informed that those "unsightly weeds" are actually young bluebonnet, poppy, and larkspur plants, our visitor quickly said, "Fuzzy is good!"
Sharing the Love
One of the many Penstemons destined for Chandor Gardens.
Sharing the Love for plants, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery recently donated a hefty load of native and well-adapted plants to Chandor Gardens. For the sunny areas of the garden, they supplied Blue Yucca, Red Skullcap, Dwarf Baccharis, 'Trident' Sage, 'Blonde Ambition' Blue Grama Grass, and an assortment of Penstemons. To supplement the shady areas of the garden, Columbine and 'Big Momma' Turk's Cap will provide perennial color for years to come. Thanks to our friends at Mountain States!
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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