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  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
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Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
New Life for an Old Greenhouse
Did You Know
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 and 2014. 
In The Gift Shop
Take the Gardens Home with you.
Chandor Waterfall Postcard
There are postcards, notecards, prints, calendars 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
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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 - October 2012

As the summer swelter slowly eases into the coolness of autumn, Chandor Gardens reflects the change with a brilliant season of color. This is the perfect time to capture an amazing moment in time... complete with music, cuisine, festivities, and friends... a literal banquet for the senses. Take a moment to reserve your place for the October 16 Hall Ensemble Chamber Music concert, "In the Bloom of the Night." Consider it a personal invitation from Douglas and Ina Chandor.

See you in the Gardens,
The Chandor Staff

Upcoming Events

Chamber Music in the Garden
"In the Bloom of the Night
Oscar Garcia-Montoya, trumpet,
joins the Hall Ensemble 
Tuesday, October 16
Don't miss this exciting concert in Weatherford.
Hall Ensemble brings it's popular and engaging concert event to Chandor Gardens complete with wine, hors d'oeuvres and the most beautiful garden setting in North Texas.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of classical chamber music on Tuesday, October 16 as the Hall Ensemble brings you " In the Bloom of the Night" a concerto for trumpet by Torelli, Dvorak's "Silent Woods" for cello, a delightful Mozart duo for violin and viola, Debussy's exquisite "Claire de Lune" and Lussier's exciting double concerto for trumpet and bassoon.

Hall Ensemble
Featuring: Oscar Garcia-Montoya, trumpet
Kevin Hall, bassoon
Kimberly Torgul, violin
Daniel Sigale, viola
Karen Hall, cello
all members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Tickets $50 each, includes wine and refreshments, doors open at 6:45 pm for socializing, concert begins at 7:30 pm.
Purchase online at hallensemble.org, call Hall Ensemble at 817.456.3584, or purchase from Chandor Gardens, 817.613.1700
Very limited seating - call now for reservations!


Autumn Art Walk at Chandor Gardens  

Peacock Door

Sunday, October 21
12 noon to 4 pm
Area artists will be set up around the gardens demonstrating and selling a wide variety of unique art work including: painting, textiles, jewelry, photography, woodwork, sculpture and much more. The day will also feature food, music and tours of the gardens and mansion. Douglas Chandor's 1934 portrait of Miss Aileen Westbrook will be on view in the foyer of the mansion. Admission: $1 per person.



Cement Leaf Class
Friday, October 26 and
Monday, October 29
10 am to 12 noon both days
Cement LeavesOn Friday, October 26th bring your own leaves or use some from the Gardens to create one of a kind cement creations: birdbaths, coasters, etc. Come back to the Gardens on Monday, October 29th and hand paint your creation. These make great holiday gifts! Instructors will be on hand to assist and all supplies are furnished.
  • Space is limited.
  • Registration deadline is October 19, 2012.
  • You may register for either one or both classes.
  • $15 each class  


Goblins in the Gardens
Sunday, October 28
12 noon to 4 pm
Goblins in the Gardens A spook-free, daytime, trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. A themed area will be decorated for personal photos. Costumes are encouraged. Guests 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission: Adults $2 - Children FREE 


T'ai Chi Classes  


10:00 am to 11:00 am
Frog Buddha T'ai Chi/Chi Kung classes will resume in the Gardens every Saturday with instructor Michael Anderson. T'ai chi requires no experience and helps to relax and refresh your energy.

  • Wear shoes and comfortable clothing
  • Classes held outside, weather permitting
  • $10
  • For more information, contact Michael Anderson at 817-596-0550.


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
  • Classes held either inside or out in the gardens - weather permitting
  • Donation based
  • Call for information: 816-613-1700  
Plant of the Month
Air Potato
(Dioscorea bulbifera)

Air Potato is a thin, twining vine with sumptuous, deeply veined, heart-shaped leaves that add a sophisticated beauty and elegance to the pergolas and arbors around the garden. It gets its common name from the inedible "potatoes" (technically "bulbils") that grow from its stems in late summer and through autumn. Here at Chandor Gardens, we collect these "potatoes" prior to first frost and use them to produce plants for the next growing season.

Aside from the beautiful foliage and quirky "potatoes," the air potato plants at Chandor Gardens annually perform another trick that is rarely seen in Texas horticulture---they flower. An informal straw poll of prominent horticulturists at botanic gardens around the state found that few people have actually witnessed this plant in bloom. The flowers are borne along thin, string-like inflorescences that reach about a foot in length and hang inconspicuously among the leaves of the plant.

Native to tropical Asia, air potato can reach 80 feet in length, and produce several hundred bulbils on a single plant. Imported into America for its ornamental beauty, it has become quite a problem in Florida and other frost free areas, and it is listed on the Noxious Species list for its ability to reproduce rapidly and take over native flora...even many trees. Because we get significant freezes here in North Texas, the plant is not invasive and must actually be carefully cultured to grow within the garden.
Pictured below: The heart-shaped leaves, potato-like bulbils, and strings of flowers on the Air Potato plant.
Air Potato Leaf 

Air Potato Vine

Air Potato Fruit  
New Life for an Old Greenhouse

Over a decade ago, Parker County Master Gardener Nancy Newby Brown wanted to take her gardening hobby to the next level by having her own personal greenhouse to care for her plant collection. Her husband, Charlie, favored her notion and built Nancy a greenhouse from the ground up. Time passed, priorities changed, and the greenhouse became vacant. Realizing the benefits of the greenhouse and as an devoted volunteer at Chandor Gardens, Nancy and Charlie discussed donating the greenhouse to the City of Weatherford for use at Chandor. Sadly, Nancy passed away in March of this year. The greenhouse suddenly seemed unimportant in the larger scheme of things, until Charlie decided that one of the best ways to honor his wife was to bring new life to the greenhouse she once loved.

The Brown Family's donation was accepted by the City of Weatherford in September, and several departments such as Parks, Streets, Water, and Electric have worked together to ensure the donation's success. Other volunteers, including Parker County Master Gardener Cyndi Goodwin, were also instrumental in the process. A generous grant from the Parker County Heritage Society abetted expenses associated with the donation such as impact fees, professional grade covering for the greenhouse, a mist bench system, and other such necessities to get the greenhouse operational.

The greenhouse will allow Chandor an opportunity to provide educational opportunities to students of all ages, grow heirloom & other difficult-to-find varieties of plants, and over-winter tropical plant collections, which will eventually result in the ability to plant even more color all while spending less.

People from all different locations and walks of life will be discovering the joy of the Brown's donation when they visit Chandor Gardens; thank you to all who made it possible.
Did You Know

Chandor Gardens is having its archival photograph collection digitized as a part of the PEACH Project? Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH) is a project of the Parker County Library Association, where historical societies and members of the public are asked to bring in documents and photographs of a historical nature so they can be professionally digitized. Once scanned, these documents and photographs become accessible for everyone to view at www.mypcla.com.

The real beauty of this project is that you can keep your original documents and photographs if you wish, and they will even give you a free digitized copy of your photos and documents on CD! You can share your cake and eat it, too!  To participate, contact Christy Bellah at or 817-598-4160. Preserving Parker County history has never been easier!

Historical photo of Moon Grotto at Chandor Gardens
This 60 year-old postcard of The Moon Grotto (pictured above), is just one of more than 500 images Chandor Gardens is submitting to the PEACH Project.
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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