• s chandor bowling green 1909 w
  • s chandor bridge 1898 w
  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
  • s chandor bowling green stream 1891 w
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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Decked-Out for the Holidays
Around the Garden
Chandor Gardens Memberships
Closed for Christmas
Time for Reflection
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.  
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. Shop early for truly special holiday gifts.
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 - December 2012

December brings great changes to the garden. The baring of tree branches accentuates the glitter and shine of holiday decorations. The crunch of leaves underfoot reminds us that everything has a purpose, and it is Nature's plan to let go of the past and embrace new growth when the time is right. The season exposes treasures that have remained hidden for months beneath a cloak of leaves...bird nests, sculpted bark, puffball mushrooms... all are suddenly visible to us. Come and make your own discoveries at Chandor Gardens!

Happy Holidays!
The Chandor Staff

Upcoming Events


Chandor Gardens
Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

little girl with Santa Claus Celebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens! Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and a tour of the mansion decorated from floor to ceiling with all of the glitter and glamour you've come to expect at Chandor Gardens. Area singers and musicians will be entertaining throughout the day.  Kevin Townson, Sunshine Emery and students, Hope Wright, Weatherford High School Choir, and the Childbloom Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble are just a few of the talented performers here to share the spirit of the Holidays.

The Parker County Master Gardeners will be selling their beautiful 2013 Calendars along with their informative must-have book for the plant lover "The Real Dirt."
Santa will be here for kids (of all ages) from 1p.m. to 5p.m. during the Open House. Bring you camera and capture a special moment to treasure.

360 West Magazine logo Chandor Gardens Open House is sponsored by 360 West Magazine

Our Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society's tour of Homes.

This year's Candlelight tour of Homes is the 31st time that owners of some of Weatherford's oldest homes have opened their doors and welcomed visitors. Tickets for venues other than Chandor Gardens are available at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce as well as the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. For more information or to purchase tickets online go to: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.

"Say Yes to Romance"
Bridal Event
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1p.m. to 5p.m.
the proposal
Calling all Wedding Professionals! Don't forget to book your booth space for our 3rd Annual Bridal Event. We will be reserving spaces beginning January 2, 2013 for this popular event. For more information call 817-613-1700 or email


Yoga Classes
Every Wednesday
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Buddha Frog 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  
Plant of the Month
Weeping Yaupon Holly
(Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula')

Weeping Yaupon Holly
Few plants are as gracefully colorful in early winter as weeping yaupon holly. Maturing to about twenty feet tall, weeping yaupon's stiff, evergreen branches cascade down like a green waterfall in summer, then become adorned with brilliant red, shiny berries in the winter. The plant in the photo is one of a pair that flank the old pedestrian entrance to Chandor Gardens. The gardens' new pergola entrance is in the background, festooned with holiday garlands.

Decked-Out for the Holidays

Master Gardeners Decorate for the Holidays

Every year, the Parker County Master Gardeners descend upon Chandor Gardens with pruners in their hands and smiles on their faces to create the outdoor garlands that grace the front of the Chandor home. Using natural materials harvested from the garden, they turn a few simple ropes into beautiful works of art.

Decorated for the Holidays
Around the Garden

Queen Butterfly
Mother Nature has blessed and surprised us with an exceptionally long autumn, which has resulted in some interesting scenes, such as butterflies feeding on still-standing summer annuals, as well as winter annuals such as pansies and violas. The lack of cold weather has kept the butterflies alive into December with no natural sources of pollen to feed upon, so they have come to feed at man-made gardens. The Queen butterfly above is so intent upon feeding that it ignores the human fingers nearby.

Twining of Souls Stone Design
Local Weatherford artist Steffan O'Connor recently came to light as the creator of the baffling stone spirals that appeared suddenly in Soldier Springs Park. We were impressed by his skill and creativity, so invited him to Chandor Gardens to create a sculpture on the bottom of the bridge pond before we refilled it with water. Steffan brought some white stones from a local creek, combined them some black stones we had here at the garden to create his "Twining of Souls" piece here at Chandor Gardens.

Stone Spiral
Steffan also created a smaller spiral starburst sculpture by the small falls stepping stones. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by raccoons overnight while the pond was drained for repairs. Chandor Gardens Horticulturist Steven Chamblee tried his hand at a simpler underwater spiral to replace Steffan's original work.
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  
Closed for Christmas

Chandor Gardens will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday Saturday, December 22nd through Tuesday, December 25th.
Christmas Ornament Time for Reflection

A quick glance at the large studio window that faces the Boxwood Garden reveals the contrast of metallic gold Christmas ornaments inside the Chandor home with the soft golden tones of the cedar elm trees outside. Come discover such nuances for yourself!
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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