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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
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Best Place to Host a Party!
Contact Us
Out & About in the Garden
Upcoming Events
Plant of the Month
Chandor Memories
New Grand Entrance
Name the Newsletter Contest
Thank You!

Chandor Gardens has been voted "Best Place to Host a Party" in the Weatherford Telegram's Best of Weatherford 2012.


A big thank you to all who voted.

Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day. Dates are filling up fast for 2012 & 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
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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.)

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter
February 2012
Don't you just love Texas winters? One minute you're shivering and the next you're wearing shorts!

Wintertime at Chandor Gardens is much different than most people think---it's one of the busiest times of the year. Pond cleaning, infrastructure repair, project installation...and the list goes on.

Our new street lighting and the new pedestrian entrance have both brought many changes and challenges, but they will make the garden a better place for you. Come see what all the fuss is about!

The Chandor Garden Staff
Out & About in The Garden

February finds the garden's fish particularly happy in their clean ponds. We have seven different types of fish at the moment: standard koi, butterfly koi, standard goldfish, fantail goldfish, catfish, bluegill, and a growing population of fathead minnows.
Koi and Bullfrog Tadpoles
Koi and Bullfrog Tadpoles
We also were careful to conserve a small population of bullfrog tadpoles during the pond cleaning process, and they seem quite content in their new home.
Toby Mize and Master Gardeners
Toby Mize and Master Gardeners
Work continues in the greenhouse; bumping up tropical into larger containers, separating and refining the succulent collection, and sowing seeds of unusual plants to feature in the garden.
Bowling Green after the big rain
Bowling Green after the big rain

"The Big Rain" event on January 24 & 25 left its mark on Chandor Gardens by turning the Bowling Green into a veritable swimming pool.

A local urban legend exists that this area actually used to be a swimming pool, an idea refuted by vintage photographs that show it was always a bowling green.

Upcoming Events

February Events

Landscape Design Class
Saturday, February 4
10a.m. to 12 noon

The Parker County Master Gardeners will be hosting a Landscape and Design class on Saturday Feb. 4th from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist at Chandor Gardens, will be giving the program on designing and building a Cottage Garden. The class will cover how to preserve the historic look of the Gardens while adding a new feature as well as discussing how to achieve maximum impact in a small space. A Cottage Garden will be added directly behind the Chandor Gardens Bride's Cottage. We will be planting evergreen shrubs in this new area the day of the class. Herbs beds and a cutting flower section will be added later after all danger of frost has past. Several varieties of flower seeds have already been planted in the greenhouse by the PCMG for this project. The fee for the class will be $10.00 and handouts will be available for you to take home. We hope you can join us for a great educational experience. Be sure to bring your gloves as this will be a hands on experience. To register or for additional information please call Lee Ann at 817-598-4402 or 817-613-1700.

The Master Gardener Association is a volunteer organization whose members are trained by county extension agents and faculty from Texas A & M. We volunteer for the Texas Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County. We are happy to share what we have learned from these experts as well as years of personal experience with the citizens of Parker County . Contact the Master Gardener Association at 817-598-6168 or at www.pemga-texas.org.

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Docent Training Class
Saturday, February 25 10a.m. to 12noon
Tuesday, February 28 1p.m. to 3p.m.

Calling all volunteers! If you love gardens and enjoy meeting new people you would be perfect as a Chandor Gardens Docent. These classes, on the history of the Gardens and the couple who created it, were developed to educate and entertain our incoming docent volunteers. The class will include a guided tour of the Gardens and Mansion by a Chandor Staff member followed by a questions and answer period. You will also receive packets covering the information given in the tour with additional information on the seasonal plants blooming in the Garden.

Our busy group tour season is right around the corner - discover how much fun it is being a member of our team!

Active docents receive unlimited admission to the gardens for up to 2 people each visit as well as invitations to member-only events.

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Valentine's Brunch
Sunday, February 12, 2012
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Adults $35.00
Ages 6-12 $15.00
Children 5 and under are free.

Treat your Valentine to a divine brunch hosted by Affairs to Cater and served in the beautiful Chandor Gardens mansion.

Call to reserve your spot at the table! 817-613-1700.

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March Events

"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event
Sunday March 18, 2012
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission & Parking are free
(rain date: March 25th)

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event.
Say Yes to Romance
  • Door prizes
  • Fashion show
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Cake competition
  • Caterers
  • And much more!
If you are recently engaged or already planning your dream wedding, this is a great opportunity to visit with many vendors in one location. Come see the bridal fashion show and find your perfect dress then help judge the "Cake Off" competition and sample confections from the area's best bakers.

Vendor spaces are limited - reserve yours before February 15th and receive a 20% discount!

Please contact us for more information - 817-613-1700 or email .

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Annual "Spring Fling" Weekend
Saturday, March 31: 9a.m. to 3p.m.
Sunday, April 1: 12 to 4p.m.
$1 Admission for All

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at this popular annual event. The Gardens will be in full bloom and ready for your family photos!

Once again, the weekend will feature music, face painters, food, garden tours, and the "Ask a Master Gardener" information station.

Local artists display work at Spring Fling

In addition, area artists and craftsmen will be set up throughout the gardens and mansion displaying a wide variety of talents including: painting, pottery, wood carving, jewelry, mixed media designs and much more. A list of participating artist will be available in the March newsletter.
Plant of the Month - Winter Daphne

Winter Daphne
Winter Daphne
The botanical name of Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) gives a clue to one of its distinct features: a powerful and lovely fragrance emitted by its small blooms. Native to China and Japan, this small evergreen shrub is seldom seen in North Texas gardens, as it requires careful pampering to survive our summers. The payoff comes in mid-winter, when clusters of rosy buds open up into golf ball-sized spheres of extremely fragrant, pink, tubular flowers that cast a delightful scent far into the garden.

Our particular specimen was a gift from Linda Gryfon, a Canadian who, eight years ago, took a landscape design class from Steven and insisted that he include "an absolute gourmet plant that none of my neighbors will have" into her garden design. Returning to her homeland in 2008, she dug up the plant and presented it to Steven as a gift before she departed.
Chandor Memories
Douglas Chandor - Hands-On
Douglas Chandor - Hands-On Gardener
This vintage photograph shows Douglas Chandor making adjustments to a bed of Artemisia as two workers look on. Mr. Chandor was a hands-on gardener, who often got a little grubby planting or laying stone and mortar in the garden.
New Grand Entrance

New Grand Entrance

In last month's newsletter we included a photo of what will become our main pedestrian entrance to the Gardens. The new stone and brick stairway is completed and driveway lighting has been installed. As you can see, landscaping will be our next step. Our goal is to complete the project by our "Spring Fling" weekend - we'll keep you updated.
Name the Newsletter Contest


We're looking for a new and unique name for the Chandor Gardens Newsletter. Put on your thinking caps and give us a hand.

Submit your ideas by February 21, 2012. We will be choosing a winner to be announced in the March edition.

The winning contestant will receive a one year family membership to the Gardens with your photo and a brief article in the next newsletter.

Email or send your entry to Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Avenue, Weatherford, Texas, 76086.

Good Luck!
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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