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Wild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden
Chamber Music in the Gardens
Plant of the Month
Gift Shop News
Chandor Gardens Memberships
Mosaics in the Garden
Garden Stories
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
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Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX

Karen Nantz
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Steven Chamblee
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noon to 4:00 pm

Closed all City Observed Holidays.

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Children 12 and under: Free
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Secrets from the Garden
Chandor Gardens Newsletter - August 2012

In the midst of this hot Texas summer, we invite you to sit back, relax, and take a few minutes to enjoy the wonders of this garden and plan your fall visit. Whether it's an evening of exquisite chamber music, a fresh & delicious lunch with friends, or an afternoon immersed in art, Chandor Gardens has you covered. Right now, the caladium display is spectacular, prompting even Texas gardening guru Neil Sperry to say, "Best looking beds of caladiums I've seen in years!" Before the month is out, the fall bloom season will begin: asters, roses, and azaleas, yes, even azaleas, will open their lovely blooms for you.  Take some time to make some memories that will last a lifetime.

See you in the Gardens,
The Chandor Staff

Wild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden

Lunch at Chandor Gardens catered by the Wild Mushroom The Wild Mushroom Restaurant is serving lunch every Tuesday in the Great Room of the Chandor Gardens mansion during the month of August. Make it a day and enjoy a delightful lunch followed by a stroll under the garden's canopy of beautiful trees.

For a peek at the menu go to: www.thewildmushroomrestaurant.com

Adults: $16.00 (includes admission to Gardens)
Children's menu available upon request

For reservations contact Kelli at 817-374-2697 or email her at

Chamber Music in the Garden
the Hall Ensemble 

Chandor Gardens is pleased to announce a very special evening with the Hall Ensemble featuring elegant concerts in beautiful homes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram review states: "Chamber music is too often played in large halls rather than the smaller spaces for which it was written. The Hall ensemble has taken such music back to its origins, and a concert on Tuesday night proved that that's a great idea."
The Hall Ensemble, all members of the Fort Worth Symphony, has been performing in private homes, galleries and intimate venues for the past several years. The concert at Chandor Gardens will be their first venture into Parker County and will kick off their Fall season concert series.

The Hall Ensemble 

In the Bloom of the Night 
Chamber Music in the Garden 
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30p.m. 
Free Parking
Tickets: $50, includes concert, wine and hors d'oeuvres
Doors open at 6:45 for socializing, concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Call 817-456-3584 now to reserve a seat. Tickets go on sale August 15th at hallensemble.org. Reservations for this event are limited - make yours now!

Plant of the Month
Broad-leaved Orchid Cactus
(Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

Chandor Gardens member Bill Warren recently returned from a trip to San Miguel de Allende, a lovely colonial city nestled in the mountains of central Mexico. One of his "discoveries" while there was this amazing flower. Upon his return, Bill re-discovered this flower growing at Chandor Gardens!

Few people know that this large (5"-6" across) and spectacularly-detailed blossom is actually a true cactus. Native to Central America, this leather-leaved beauty is an epiphyte, meaning it grows up in the air, primarily on trees, but also on roofs, utility poles, and billboards. It has been known to get so large (40 feet) that it can completely cover a tree, tricking passersby into thinking they are looking at a cactus tree. Perhaps the most amazing feature about this flower is the intense fragrance; a rich, deep, vanilla-like perfume that fills the air when in bloom. The real trick is to witness it, as it blooms sporadically during the summer months...and only at night...and each blossom only opens for one night. True treasures are always elusive, but they can be found right here at Chandor Gardens.

Pictured below: Beginning to open, these Epiphyllum blossoms fill the evening air with fragrance in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (photo by Bill Warren)
broad leaf orchid cactus 
Pictured below: Epiphyllum stateside at Chandor Gardens, closing its blossoms in the early morning. (photos by Steven Chamblee)
broad leaf orchid cactus
Gift Shop News

Take the Gardens home with you. 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.

Fountain Painting

Douglas would be pleased by the recent interest in the garden by area artists. Over the last few months several painters have visited, palette in hand, and spent entire days immersed in the magic of the gardens. Many of them have purchased memberships so they can come back and capture the beauty of each season. They have been kind enough to agree to sell a few of their lovely pieces of art in our gift shop. The next time you are out in the gardens don't forget to stop by the shop and check them out.
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  
Mosaics In The Garden

Inspired by a visit to the incredible Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Horticulturist Steven Chamblee is currently working to create mosaics for the pathways in Chandor Gardens. After some trial stepping stones and an inlay on the MMVII walk, he realized the full potential of adding mosaic features into the garden, so he decided to recruit some help from the Parker County Master Gardeners.

Mosaics in the Garden

They came to a workshop and produced three different styles of mosaic stepping stones, experimenting with patterns, colored rock, and even colored mortar. "I thought it was a great team-building event," says Steven, "because it requires several people to work together to create a single object. " He adds, "We, and I am including myself here, still need to refine the process and our designs, but it was a great first effort. It exceeded my expectations. And, it was fun."
Mosaics in the Garden
Garden Stories

by Alan Hopkins
I was up at Chandor a few years back, and I had just finished changing out the A/C filters in the house, when I saw a group of seniors on a tour. This was about April, and the garden was in its glory...seemed like every single thing was blooming, and it was gorgeous. They were all doing alright, except this one old fella, who didn't seem to be enjoying the beauty of the garden. As they went by the front door, I stuck up a conversation with the guy. Within thirty seconds, I found out he retired from the plumbing business after 55 years. I asked him if he wanted to see something truly beautiful. He looked a little sour and said he'd seen enough flowers for the day. I said, "Better'n that. C'mon..." and led him to the blue bathroom, where I removed the lid from the tank of the toilet and stood back. The old man peered in, then looked up at me with bright eyes and a big smile. "That's a 1940 American!" I said "Yep." He said, "That was before they became American Standard!" Yep. "There's a leather washer down in the there!" Yep. "There's only one place you can get a replacement!" Chicago. "Wow! You really do know what's beautiful! That's the prettiest thing I've seen in a good long while." Goes to show you...beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

by Steven Chamblee
One day a few years I was giving a tour to a group of English ladies who were big fans of Douglas Chandor and had come to see his Texas garden. We were at the north end of the garden and I introduced them to the "Fairy Fountain."  They immediately laughed in unison. A bit befuddled, I asked them what was so funny. One lady quickly answered, "Those aren't fairies in the fountain." Since I'm no expert in such matters and asked, "Well then...what are they?" A different lady responded, "They're pixies, silly fellow." "Well...," I stammered, "what's the difference?" Yet another lady said very matter-of-factly, "Fairies are female and have wings. Pixies are male and wear hats. Everyone knows that." So - now you know.
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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