• 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

  • Nothing Like This On TV
  • The Queen's Tea & Luncheon
  • Autumn Art Walk, Call to Vendors
  • Yoga Classes
  • Peek at the Past
  • Around the Garden
  • Parting Shot
  • Chandor Memberships


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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - August 2015

Nothing Like This On TV

There's only one way to beat the heat of a Texas summer... and that's to go with the flow and get made in the shade. Much to our delight, visitors continue to flock to the garden, in spite of the near-record heat. The reason? The flowers... the shade...the butterflies? We like the answer we got from a five year-old girl on her first visit to Chandor Gardens... "There's sure nothing like this on TV."

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


The Queen's Tea & Luncheon at Chandor Gardens

September 9, 2015
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
In The Great Room

In order to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning British Monarch in history, Chandor Gardens will be holding a "Queen's Tea and Luncheon" on Wednesday, September 9th inside the mansion. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will surpass Queen Victoria on this day to nab the title of longest on the throne, and we are thrilled to be a part of the small celebration being held worldwide in her honor.

This will also be a time to commemorate Douglas Chandor's coronation portrait of the queen, circa 1952. Douglas, (being born in England and had already previously painted royal family members) spent 6 weeks living in the Savoy Hotel in London as he vigorously labored away at the historical painting. While the original is permanently enjoyed in the British Embassy today, a beautiful lithograph copy of the portrait resides in the parlor of the mansion at Chandor Gardens.

Complimentary tea and scones will be given away from 10am-3pm inside the mansion. The luncheon will take place from 11am-1pm in the "Great Room", which was formerly Douglas's studio. For lunch reservations and menu selection, please contact caterer Kelli Hamilton at (817) 374-2697.

*All guests wearing large or fanciful hats will get in to the gardens for just $1.00 admission price all day long!

So come and enjoy the beautiful, tranquil gardens and celebrate this milestone in British history!


Autumn Art Walk - Call to Vendors

Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

We are looking for vendors for one of our favorite annual events at Chandor Gardens! It is absolutely free to be a vendor at the Autumn Art Walk, where artists and crafters display and sell their goods to the public.

Come and enjoy the cooler temperatures in a beautiful and serene environment surrounded by art, music, crafts and food. We provide the table and two chairs. You provide any table covering needed, as well as your best creations!

We open at 9:00 am the day of the event for vendors to come and setup. The Gardens will stay open until 5:00 pm to give you plenty of time to packup your items. We are advertising in the local paper, magazine, as well as online in our newsletter and on our Facebook Page. It's a Win-Win for vendors. FREE both space and FREE advertising!

If you are interested in being a vendor for the Autmn Art Walk, please contact Jimmy Sorrelss at Chandor Gardens: or 817-613-1700.


Yoga Classes

Tuesdays Only (beginning August 1st)
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes each Tuesday 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.

Price: Donation based
For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700.



"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day.

Dates are filling up fast for 2016.

Contact us to schedule a tour.

Gift Shop

Take the Gardens home with you. There are postcards, note cards, prints, and t-shirts sporting 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.


Peak at the Past

Melody Bradford, former owner of Chandor Gardens, recently shared a number of vintage photographs with us. We were particularly interested that some of the photos showed the garden in the disheveled condition that they found it, as well as early renovation efforts. Time for a little walk down memory lane...with a few updates!

The Triple Tier Fountain, as the Bradfords found it, circa 1993.

The Triple Tier Fountain, the clean-up begins, circa 1995

The Triple Tier Fountain, initial planting, circa 1996.

The Triple Tier Fountain today.

The Bowling Green, as they found it, circa 1993.

The Bowling Green, initial clean-up, circa 1995.

The Bowling Green after renovation, circa 1996.

The Bowling Green today.


Around the Garden

Surprises all around! We had a volunteer Texas Star Hibiscus sprout up in a planting of lantana, so we thought we'd just let it grow. It turned out to be the first white-flowered version of the popular red-flowered plant (right) that we've ever seen.

Clockwise from top left: Maidengrass blooms signal the late summer season; butterflies are abundant in the hot weather; pink-veined white caladiums add softness to the garden; Adenium flushes with color.

We found a little surprise in that first hanging basket on the right...baby birds!


Parting Shot

Perched prominently, this daring dragonfly posed perfectly for her candid close-up!


Chandor Gardens Memberships

A membership to Chandor Gardens is the gift that gives all year long. Annual memberships are available:

  • individual ($20)
  • family ($60)
  • contributor ($100)
  • corporate ($500)

For more information give us a call at 817-613-1700 or email .


Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Karen Nantz
Phone: 817-613-1700
Fax: 817-598-4354

Steven Chamblee


Public Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, 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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