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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Around the Garden
Plant of the Month
An Informal Memorial
One of Our Own
Greenhouse Dedication
Chandor Gardens Memberships
Parting Shot
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 - February 2013 

Most people think that mid-winter is a time for gardeners to sit back and relax, maybe even catch up on reading those plant catalogs that arrived just after Christmas. Here at Chandor Gardens, mid-winter means project time. Inside, we have been busy with planning for the Bridal Fair and scheduling events throughout the year. Outside, we have replaced worn out pumps, cleaned ponds, installed a new memorial garden, completed the greenhouse, hard-pruned the roses and the Bowling Green hedge, and refurbished the Sunken Garden area. It's been a lot of hard work, and we hope you will come out to see the fruits of our labors... after all, we do it all for you!

The Chandor Staff
azalea bloom
A precocious Azalea blossom hints at the impending springtime bloom.
Upcoming Events


Docent Training Class
Tuesday, March 5th
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


If you love gardens and enjoy meeting new people you would be perfect as a Chandor Gardens Docent. This class, on the history of the Gardens and the people who created it, was developed to educate and entertain our incoming docent volunteers. The class will include a guided tour of the Gardens and Mansion by a Chandor Staff member followed by a question and answer period. You will also receive packets covering the information given in the tour with additional information on the seasonal plants blooming in the Garden.

Our busy group tour season is right around the corner - discover how much fun it is being a member of our team!

Active docents receive unlimited admission to the gardens for up to 2 people each visit as well as invitations to member-only events. To sign up for this class call 817-613-1700 or email

"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1p.m. to 5p.m.
the proposal (Rain date: March 24th)
Parking & Admission:  Free

Calling all Brides! 
Our third annual Bridal Event, sponsored by Parker County Today Magazine and the Weatherford Democrat, will once again feature vendors specializing in catering,travel, music, flowers, cakes... literally everything you will need to make your special day spectacular. You will have the opportunity to taste and see cutting edge creations by the premier pastry artists around the region at our "Cake-Off" competition and your vote will count in crowning the winner! The day will also include a very special fashion show featuring bridal gowns by top designers as well as loads of fantastic door prizes that will be given out throughout the day.

For more information about this exciting event contact us at 817-613-1700 - email - or visit us on Facebook.

We hope to see you here!


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   


Once again, we will be celebrating the arrival of Spring at our annual Spring Fling weekend. This popular event features music, food, and area artists and craftsmen.



Every year our list of talented participating artists grows and we are hoping this year will be no exception. If you or someone you know would be interested in displaying, demonstrating or selling their unique arts or crafts please let us know.

The Gardens will be in full bloom and ready for your family photos!  

For vendor information please call 817-613-1700 or email .  



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
  • During the winter, classes will be held in the Great Room. 
  • Donation based
  • Call for information: 816-613-1700


Around the Garden

There is a lovely little white statue by the canal at Chandor Gardens that goes unnoticed by many visitors. Most people who do notice the figurine assume it is of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, who is popularly found in gardens. But this little statue is not Saint Francis, and it comes with a story...

Back in 1994, when Chuck and Melody Bradford bought the Chandor property, the garden was a mess. After years of abandonment, most of the original ornamental plantings were dead, with the exception of green bamboo and wisteria, which had run ramshackle over, in, and through the garden. Still, the Bradfords could see the diamond in the ore, so they bought the place with the grand intentions of renovating it back into a garden of beauty. Wanting to share this dream, they brought some friends over to see what they had just purchased. Overwhelmed by the shock of the garden's condition, but not wanting to extinguish the Bradfords' enthusiasm, the friends politely acknowledged that this, indeed, was quite a project.

A week or two passed before the Bradfords saw their friends again. When they arrived for their second visit, they brought a present with them... a little statue. This statue was a tongue-in-cheek gift for the Bradfords, whose hopes remained high in spite of the mountainous task in front of them. The statue was not Saint Francis, nor Saint Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners. Instead, the statue was of Saint Jude, the patron saint of lost causes.  

(While we love the humor of this story, we must acknowledge that the statue must indeed be effective, for the gardens have returned to an oasis of beauty.)

Plant of the Month
Black Bamboo
(Phyllostachys nigra)

That little statue of Saint Jude sits in a small niche within a grove of Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra). We introduced it into the garden in an area where Douglas Chandor once grew a wall of Yellow Groove Bamboo (P. aureosulcata) just east of the bridge, to screen the house from the main driveway. (After Chandor's death, the highly aggressive Yellow Groove Bamboo quickly overtook the garden with its rampant growth. Decades later, the Bradfords decided to remove it entirely to simplify maintenance and allow for the establishment of other plant species.)  

black bamboo   
Unlike its rambunctious relative, Black Bamboo is much more appropriate for garden cultivation, being smaller in stature (to about 18 feet) and having a less aggressive growth habit. It remains evergreen in all but the coldest Texas winters, providing an exotic appearance to the garden year round and a protected perching place for small songbirds. Black Bamboo also makes an interesting "swishing" sound in the breeze.
Interestingly enough, when the new shoots of Black Bamboo emerge from the ground in mid-spring, they are entirely green, and grow to their full height in about forty days. During the summer, the grove is a mixture of the new green and older black canes. After the first hard frost in the next autumn, the green canes will start to show black speckles. Within six weeks of the initial speckling, these canes will become completely black.

Informal Memorial Ceremony

Douglas Chandor passed away sixty years ago, on January 13, 1953. We marked the occasion here in his garden with a small, informal ceremony of thankful prayer and the burning of fragrant incense at the Scholar Stone, which brought a wonderfully mystical ambiance to the garden.

In memory of Douglas Chandor

In memory of Douglas Chandor
One of Our Own

Every once in a while, we see people recognized publicly for the work they do behind the scenes. Recently, our own Events Assistant, Lee Ann Nave, was the recipient of the 2012 Parker County Master Gardener of the Year. But that's just part of the story.

Lee Ann Nave and La Donna Stockstill

Lee Ann's longtime close friend, La Donna Stockstill, was also in the running for the award. The judges were deadlocked between the two ladies, each having contributed so much to the Master Gardener program for so long. Knowing the depth of their friendship, the judges decided the only reasonable thing to do was to award them both the honor. Each was awarded her own engraved stone with both names on it, which seemed like the perfect way to honor not only their service, but their friendship.
Greenhouse Dedication
March 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Mark your calendar to attend the official dedication of our new greenhouse. Thanks to donations from Nancy & Charlie Brown and The Parker County Heritage Society, this dream has become a reality. The 1800 square foot greenhouse, featuring areas for classes, potting benches, large plants, and crop production, will allow us to make a deeper and more meaningful connection with our community...and grow lots of plants!

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  
Parting Shot

The unusually warm weather this winter has brought the Iceland Poppies into bloom a bit early...a welcome sight for staff and visitors alike!

Iceland Poppies
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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