• 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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Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Adventure into Uncharted Waters
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 - January 2013 

January is a traditional time for rest in the garden, but we've had little time for that. Between making arrangements for the Bridal Fair, greenhouse construction, and re-landscaping a few sections of the garden, we've been busy! Even so, the 60th anniversary of Douglas Chandor's passing made us pause, walk the garden, and count our many blessings. We have all been touched deeply by the spirit and creative efforts of Douglas and Ina Chandor, and it is our privilege to be the stewards of their legacy.

Come and take a winter walk through the garden... the berries shine bright, the birds flitter, and bare branches form sculptures against the Texas sky... much like they did sixty years ago.

The Chandor Staff

Upcoming Events


Texas State Historic Marker Unveiling
Friday, January 25th
3:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (come and go)

Unveiling scheduled for 4:30p.m.
Light refreshments
Admission: Free

The City of Weatherford and the Parker County Historical Commission along with the staff of Chandor Gardens are pleased to announce the arrival of the Texas State Historical Marker for Chandor Gardens.

Please join us Friday, January 25th for the marker unveiling and reception. A special exhibit of Douglas Chandor's drawings and plans for the Gardens will be on view in the great room of the mansion.

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

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event, "Say Yes to Romance." 
  • Door prizes
  • Fashion show
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Cake competition
  • Caterers  
  • And much more!
If you are recently engaged or already planning your dream wedding, this is a great opportunity to visit with many vendors in one location. Come see the bridal fashion show and find your perfect dress then help judge the "Cake Off" competition and sample confections from the area's best bakers.

Vendor spaces are limited! For more information 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

Spring Fling Weekend

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


Celebrate the arrival of Spring at our annual Spring Fling weekend. The two day event will feature music, face painters, food, garden tours and the "Ask a Master Gardener" information station.  

Art by Bailey Mize
Art by Bailey Mize

Area artists and craftsmen will be set up throughout the Gardens displaying and selling their work. A list of participating artists will be in the March Chandor Newsletter.


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

Plant of the Month
Burford Holly
(Ilex cornuta 'Burfordi')

Burford Holly

Burford Holly  
Native to China, Burford Holly is commonly used in North Texas gardens, and for good reason. A robust evergreen shrub that grows to about 16 feet tall, Burford Holly's dense growth makes it an idea screen, as well as a lovely ornamental. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, it is adaptable from full sun to moderate shade, though it flowers better in sun, which is necessary to produce the copious clusters of bright red berries that make the plant so attractive during the winter. It can be sheared to produce a dense growth habit, or left untrimmed for a more open and natural look.

Adventure into Uncharted Waters

There's nothing quite like an adventure into uncharted waters, and we have had quite a voyage getting our greenhouse together.

From the initial donation of a greenhouse frame by Nancy and Charlie Brown, we have worked our way through utility installation, a near- impenetrable rock pad site, assembling the frame, building concrete forms, pouring the concrete slab, scoring concrete, installing the water system, constructing the end walls, installing fans and shutters, installing the roof, and assembling both plant and work benches - whew!

As our "to-do" list comes to a close and we prepare to move plants into the greenhouse, let's take a look back at some of the highlights.
The greenhouse frame before moving.
The greenhouse frame before moving.
Charlie Brown and Snoodles say goodbye to their greenhouse.
Charlie Brown and Snoodles say goodbye to their greenhouse.
Unloading the greenhouse frame at Chandor Gardens.
Unloading the greenhouse frame at Chandor Gardens.
The forms are ready for the concrete pour.
The forms are ready for the concrete pour.
The concrete pour.
The concrete pour.
The concrete slab is finished.
The concrete slab is finished.
The roof is on.
The roof is on.
The interior begins to take shape. We are currently awaiting final hook-ups before bringing in the plants.
The interior begins to take shape. We are currently awaiting final hook-ups before bringing in the 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  
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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