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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
Wild Mushroom Lunch in Chandor Gardens
Chamber Music in the Gardens
Plant of the Month
Garden Stories
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 - July 2012

It's been said that happiness can be found at a table with good friends and good food. As the summer sizzles on, we take a few moments to celebrate our country's birthday by offering you a seat at our table here at Chandor Gardens. Cheers!

See you in the Gardens,
The Chandor Staff

Wild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden

The Wild MushroomWild Mushroom Lunch in the Garden
Kelli Hamilton, of Kelli's Southern Kitchen along with Jerrett Joslin and John Shepherd of the Wild Mushroom Restaurant have teamed up to bring their special culinary talents to Chandor Gardens for a unique dining experience. 

The Wild Mushroom will be serving Lunch in Chandor Gardens every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m. starting July 10th and 11th.

Menu for Our First Week
(choose two of the following)

Garden Salad
Caesar Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad
Bacon, Brie, Lettuce and Tomato
Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast with Cilantro-Jalapeno Pesto, Lettuce and Tomato

Soup of the Day 

and Your Choice of Dessert 
Cheesecake of the Day
Angel Food Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream

Beverages: Iced Tea, Coffee, Water 

Reservations are required.
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

For menu selection after July 11th go to www.thewildmushroomresturant.com

Docent guided group tours available for 10 or more for an extra $5.00 per person, please contact Chandor Gardens 817-613-1700 to set up your guided tour.

Wild Mushroom Lunch at Chandor Gardens 
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.

Plant of the Month
(Caladium bicolor)

Last month, we told you of a generous donation of 3500 caladium bulbs (well, technically they are tubers-- thanks SH) to Chandor Gardens. Well, it is truly amazing what can happen in just one month!

Caladiums are native to South & Central America, and are closely related to another popular garden plant, Elephant Ears. They have been cultivated for over 100 years, but recent developments in breeding and propagation have dramatically escalated the varieties available. No longer must you choose between the "red ones" or the "green ones," etc. Today's caladiums blend colors and patterns in amazing ways: striped, outlined, radiating, veined, margined, spotted, mottled, and many other schemes.

While there are six basic species of caladiums, two types are prominent in horticulture. The heart-shaped leaved varieties are generally referred to as "fancy caladiums." The lancehead-shaped leaved varieties are known as "strap-leaf" caladiums. Here in Texas, the strap-leaf varieties are especially useful, as they can tolerate some direct sun, but will thrive in full shade. Fancy caladiums require shade in Texas. Both types require excellent horticultural care, including rich, moist, well-drained soils.

While caladiums are grown primarily for their beautiful leaves, they do in fact flower. They produce an inflorescence similar to that of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit; a colorful bract (spathe) enclosing with a central fleshy column (spadix). The spadix column is actually composed of hundreds of tightly-packed flowers, and if successfully pollinated, will produce small berry-like fruits.

Caladiums produce both colorful leaves and a curious bloom.

Colorful caladiums fill the beds along the front side of the Chandor home.

Parker County Master Gardeners line up to pose with the caladiums they planted near the Dragon Fountain here at Chandor Gardens.

Garden Stories

We were sharing some stories around the lunch table one day, and it occurred to us that Secrets from the Garden readers might like to join us for some spirited summertime tale-telling.

by Karen Nantz
I remember back about 1999 or so, when Melody Bradford and I were out collecting admissions on a busy weekend in the spring. The garden's only entrance was off of Simmons Street, and we had a little table set up in the shade at the top of the driveway. People are everywhere, and asking us questions and wanting us to show them things around the garden. Finally, we get a quiet moment and turn around to the driveway... and here comes a goose - yes, I said a big ole gray goose--- just strolling up the driveway like he owned the place. Melody and I about died laughing when we saw him, but now we weren't sure what he was going to do since he kept coming toward us. Wide-eyed Melody had her hand over her mouth just to help contain herself. It's a long driveway, so it took a while, but the goose finally got to the table and... just walked right on past us. He kept waddling away until he got to the center pond, then just hopped right in and made himself at home. And he stayed. He used to follow us around while we gave garden tours, which was actually kind of distracting since he would do this kind of "hrrrunk" sounding honk right when I was trying to talk to people. Other than that, he was pretty sweet, and he spent the rest of his days at Chandor Gardens.

by Toby Mize
I remember getting a call to come and help with an emergency during one of our indoor weddings. Somehow or another, a squirrel got caught between some people and the back door to the house. Suddenly, someone on the inside opened the door and the thing shot inside, ran down through the hallway crowded with people, hung a hard left across the brick floor and flew into the back room, scrambling around and up and down the drapes until someone closed the door. By the time I got there, a wide-eyed groomsman pointed to the door and said, "He's in there!" I cracked the door open to see the father of the bride making commando-type moves and saying things like, "Not this time, sucker" and "Who's your daddy?" He turned to me and said, "Quick! I need a coat and a hammer!" I asked him what he was going to do. He said, "I'm going to catch it with the coat and kill it with the hammer!" Well, I didn't think blood and guts was wedding appropriate, so I came back with a broom and a live trap cage. Then I learned he had not yet located the squirrel, which added greatly to the drama, since neither of us knew if it was going to jump out from nowhere and kill us. We finally found it, all bug-eyed and edgy, wedged off into a curtain valance. The father of the bride looked at me and said, "It's either him or us, and I am going to eat some of that $500 wedding cake if it's the last thing I do on Planet Earth." It wasn't easy, but five minutes later, we flung open the door to a room full of very curious wedding guests. I held the caged squirrel high and they let out a cheer. As I made my way down the crowded hallway, the last thing I heard behind me was a whispered, "Do you think there's another one?"

by Lee Ann Nave
Just a week or so ago, it was right at closing time. I shut off the lights in the house and got things ready for the evening. Through the window, I saw Steven Chamblee on the bridge, talking with some garden guests. They were all involved in a conversation, and I really didn't want to interrupt, but I needed to ask Steven if he was ready to shut the fountains down for the day. I let the conversation go on, but gave Steven an "are you ready to close it down?" look while he was talking. He nodded a yes, but after he finished his sentence, he smiled at me and said, "Don't worry, I'll kill 'em here in a few minutes, after I'm finished with these folks." Well, let's just say that the horrified expression on the faces of our guests was priceless. Steven and I just busted up laughing and said, "Not YOU... the fountains!"
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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