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In This Issue
What's Blooming
Chandor Memories
Plant of the Month
Our Little Secret
Leapin' Lizards!
Mother's Day Tea
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. 
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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 - May 2012

Peace & Tranquilityfrog buddha

A friendly frog Buddha finds peace and tranquility among the garden's greenery... so can you! 

Take a little time to visit the garden before the summer heat sets in. You'll be glad you did!   
What's Blooming?

May is a beautiful and diverse time in the Gardens.
Blue Larkspur
Blue Larkspur and Bird of Paradise Tree Flower
Bird of Paradise Tree Flower
Bird of Paradise trees sport amazingly complex blossoms that unfurl to reveal five inch-long anthers.
Magnolia Blossom
Magnolia blossoms unfurl near the center pond.
Clusters of Chitalpa blossoms brighten up the main parking lot.
Butterflies love the lantana flowers that will bloom across the garden until first frost.
Chandor Memories
The Dean of Texas Painters
Painted by Douglas Chandor

Charles Franklin Reaugh portrait by Douglas Chandor 

The Frank Reaugh Art Club recently donated a lovely print of Douglas Chandor's 1941 portrait of Charles Franklin "Frank" Reaugh, often referred to as "The Dean of Texas Painters." Reaugh was a prolific and influential artist who produced over seven thousand works, primarily small plein air sketches of Texas Longhorns in open prairie settings.

The portrait itself is a powerful one. It features Reaugh with brush and palette in hand, eyeing the viewer with a piercing yet non-threatening gaze...he is in the midst of painting us. Chandor's astounding skill at capturing a fellow artist capturing him draws the viewer right into the middle of this encounter, this duel of sorts. The intensity of Reaugh's stare is one of raw honesty, which enlightens the viewer to the real task of both artists: to look deeply and portray the true being of their subjects.

Douglas Chandor signed the bottom left corner of the portrait, inscribing it: "CHANDOR 1941 PICTOR PICTORI." (Roughly translates to "painter painted" or "painter painting.") Frank Reaugh signed the bottom right corner with "Giving the story of the Longhorn F. Reaugh."

Plant of the Month
Oakleaf Hydrangea
(Hydrangea quercifolia)

Oakleaf Hydrangea 

Native to the southeastern United States, Oakleaf Hydrangea has been successfully cultured in temperate gardens around the world. Prized for its huge, ivory-colored inflorescences in late spring and early summer, it differs considerably from other hydrangeas in that it can tolerate more direct sunlight and much drier and more alkaline soils than other species. (That being said, they still appreciate garden culture and are decidedly not xeriphytic plants.) Colonies of Oakleaf Hydragea thrive in the dappled sunlight here at Chandor Gardens, and never fail to delight garden guests, young and old alike.

The "oakleaf" part of the name is echoed in the scientific name of the plant, as "quercifolia" literally means "oak-like foliage." But the leaves of Oakleaf Hydrangea get much larger than most oak leaves, sometimes measuring up to 11 inches long and wide. These leaves also provide excellent fall color in the garden, turning deep gold and burgundy before finally dropping from the plant in mid-December.

Left unpruned, they can grow to about nine feet tall and wide, though they are easily kept smaller with a quick trim after flowering. One important note: it is tempting to wait until winter to prune Oakleaf Hydrangea, as the stems are easier to access...BUT, if you remove the terminal buds you will also remove the next season's flowers.

Our Little Secret

Garden Docent and Chandor Supporter, Bill Warren recently encountered a small bird sitting on the walk beneath the Silver Garden pergola. Glancing up, he noticed an adult dove sitting on a small nest amidst the tangle of rose branches above. He notified garden staff, who then discovered yet another dove chick in the tiny nest.

After some discussion, they decided to build a platform of branches beneath the nest before returning the fallen bird to the nest to prevent a second fall. As of this writing, mother and her babies are still doing fine.
baby dove
Dazed and confused, the dove chick still holds seeds in its beak after crash-landing on the pavement.
baby dove
The second chick still in the nest.
baby dove
The fallen bird is returned to its mother.
Leapin' Lizards!


The summer sizzle brings out the garden's many species of lizards.
Anole Lizard
This bright green Anole can change color to dark brown when it needs to hide.
Anole Lizard

Although we have lots of Texas Spiny Lizards here at Chandor Gardens, they are fast enough to escape most attempts to photograph them.

The one pictured at bottom right was caught doing the Fandango!
Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day Tea

Sunday, May 13th

12:00 noon to 4 p.m.
No reservations required

Admission for the day
$5.00 for adults
children 12 and under are free

Bakeries and caterers will be on hand with a variety of confections to satisfy Mom's sweet tooth. Aarons Catering, Albertson Bakery, Angel Cake, Brioche Bistro & Bakery and Bumble Bee Occasions are just a few bringing their tasty treats including cake, cake balls, cookies, cheese cake bites, pies and an assortment of hot and cold teas. 

Enjoy the beautiful gardens while relaxing to a unique blend of Latin-Jazz & Flamenco music provided by Kevin Townson, a Classical/Flamenco guitarist and composer.

Then get your picture taken with Mom at the My Live Photos booth; a unique photo space for up to eight people - they even provide props for you to use to make your photos more fun!

For more information call 817-613-1700 or e-mail us at .
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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