• 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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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Reverence for a Walkway
Wild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden
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. 
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
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 - September 2012

As the summer swelter slowly eases into the coolness of autumn, Chandor Gardens reflects the change with a brilliant season of color. Encore Azaleas are already beginning their fall bloom; remondant roses respond with a brilliant second season of blossoms. Ornamental grasses toss up puffy clouds of soft inflorescences as the lantanas and sages blanket themselves in color. The cool evenings bring the night-blooming angel's trumpet and opulent moonflower out to play, filling the night air with perfume. 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
Picture a lush garden setting, as the regal sounds of the trumpet fill the night air. A duo for violin and viola by Mozart, a double concerto for trumpet and bassoon by Mathieu Lussier, and a charming vignette for cello by Dvorkak provide a bountiful harvest of lyrical melodies and thrilling technique.

Hall Ensemble
  • Tickets: $50, includes concert, wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Doors open at 6:45 for socializing, concert begins at 7:30 pm.
  • Indoor performance in the Chandor home, with tours of the gardens available prior to the event.  
  • Free Parking
  • Call 817-456-3584 or go to hallensemble.org to reserve a seat.


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  

Saturdays, beginning September 15

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, beginning September 5
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
Purple Hyacinth
(Lablab purpureus)

Native to Asia, Purple Hyacinth Bean is a true bean, and has been used as a food crop, but requires special cooking. Here at Chandor Gardens, we just grow them because they are gorgeous. The green foliage is burgundy underneath, giving a two-tone effect when the wind blows. The shiny purple stems grow up to eighteen feet in a single season, creating a billowing blanket of lovely leaves that are perfect for pergolas. In mid-summer, the plant begins to flower, tossing up hundreds of fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers, all arranged neatly along a purple peduncle. As the flowers begin to fade, they are replaced by beautiful, rich purple pods that stay on the plant until frost.

Also called Jack Bean (for its fast growth rate), Purple Hyacinth Bean produces interesting two-toned, black and white seeds, often used in making necklaces and other folk arts. It is a perfect pass-along plant, as the seeds germinate quickly and the vine is easy to grow. Even Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello features Purple Hyacinth Beans.
Purple Hyacinth Bean in full flower.
Purple Hyacinth Bean in full flower.
Purple Hyacinth Beans fruits beginning to form.
Purple Hyacinth Beans fruits beginning to form.
A blanket of Purple Hyacinth Bean surrounds the Urn Fountain.
A blanket of Purple Hyacinth Bean surrounds the Urn Fountain.
Reverence for a Walkway

In the 1930's, Douglas Chandor designed and built a beautiful broken brick walkway surrounding what is now called the Triple Tier Fountain. Composed of different styles of broken bricks, it became the garden's first mosaic project. Sixty years later, the walk had aged poorly and was a tripping hazard, so Chuck and Melody Bradford decided to cover it with tile from the old segregated school lot. And so the original walkway has been hidden for almost 20 years...until now.

Chandor Gardens' Karen Nantz has always had a soft spot for the original walkway, and is currently leading the effort to restore it, as near as possible, to its original appearance. This is not an easy task, so she developed a plan of action.

Toby Mize and Steven Chamblee led community service crews in chiseling off the old tile and clearing the site, which opened the way for inspection to see what procedures lay ahead. Karen then engaged the services of a talented local company, 4G & H Masonry, to return the walkway to its former glory. Because of the historic nature of the walkway, special care will be taken to utilize as much of the original material as possible. Time and regionally-appropriate Thurber bricks, collected from Weatherford street improvement projects, will be used if necessary to complete the project.
A photo from a 2001 Texas Highways magazine article shows the walkway still intact.
A photo from a 2001 Texas Highways magazine article shows the walkway still intact.
Even with the tile removed, extensive work must be done to restore the walkway.
Even with the tile removed, extensive work must be done to restore the walkway.
Archival photo showing the broken brick walkway in its former glory.
Archival photo showing the broken brick walkway in its former glory.
Restoration work has begun at the overlook.
Restoration work has begun at the overlook.
Progress on the broken brick walkway!
Progress on the broken brick walkway!
Wild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden

Lunch at Chandor Gardens catered by the Wild Mushroom Join us each Tuesday for lunch at Chandor Gardens. Make it a day and enjoy a delightful lunch either in the Gardens or in the Chandor mansion, followed by a stroll under a canopy of beautiful trees.

Adults: $15.00 (includes admission to the Gardens)
Children's menu available upon request

For reservations contact Kelli at 817-374-2697.

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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