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Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, Texas
In This Issue
In The Gift Shop
Did You Know
Reserve the Gardens
Upcoming Events
Have a Merry Berry Time
Chandor Memories
Plant of the Month
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Chandor Gardens will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday Friday, Dec. 23rd through Monday, Dec. 26th.

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.

Shop early for truly special holiday gifts!
Did You Know

Did you know... that kids will make the craziest faces when posing with the pumpkins at the Ghouls In The Garden event?
Funny Faces
So... now you know!
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.

Dinning room of Chandor Gardens
Now Booking

Book the Chandor mansion for your holiday party! Dates are filling up fast.

The beautifully decorated Chandor Gardens mansion is perfect for your Holiday gathering or office party. The rental includes the 5600 square foot historic home, all tables and chairs, plenty of parking and on site staff. Your guests will also have access to the gardens. The mansion is available for bookings seven days a week from 9a.m. to 10p.m.

Call 817-613-1700 for questions or to make your reservation.

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter
December 2011
Welcome to the holiday edition of Chandor Gardens newsletter! This is a wonderful time of year to visit the garden.
Christmas Decor
The house is decorated from floor to ceiling with all of the glitter and glamour you've come to expect at Chandor Gardens. Natural wreaths and garlands, harvested from the garden, decorate the front door and bridge. We also have new holiday lights out in the garden.

Come and see what all the fuss is about!

Happy Holidays!
The Chandor Staff
Upcoming Events

Chandor Gardens Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Admission: Free

Santa at Chandor GardensCelebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens! Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and a tour of the Chandor mansion all decked out for the season. Area singers and musicians will be entertaining throughout the gardens.

Santa will be here for kids (of all ages) from 4 to 6p.m. during the Open House. Bring your camera and capture a special moment to treasure.

Our open house event is free.

For additional information call 817-613-1700 or email

360 West MagazineChandor Gardens Open House is sponsored by 360 West Magazine.

Our Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society's Tour of Homes. This year's Candlelight Tour of Homes is the 30th time that owners of some of Weatherford's oldest homes have opened their doors and welcomed visitors. Tickets for venues other than Chandor Gardens are available at Weatherford Chamber of Commerce as well as the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. For more information or to purchase tickets online go to: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com

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John Tracy Christmas Concert
A Night of Live Christmas Music & Cheer
December 10, 2011 8:00 to 10:00 pm
After the Open House

John TracyCome share the joy of the Season as we join together inside the beautifully decorated Chandor Mansion for John Tracy's 3rd annual Christmas concert. Bringing us his favorite Christmas classics, adapted with his acoustic guitar signature, he is sure to fill your hearts with glad tidings.

So mark your calendars now and invite your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of this Christmas elebration! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 by calling (817) 933-9102. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert. To hear samples of what is in store for you, visit www.johntracymusic.com.

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Holiday Brunch
Sunday, December 18th
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Adults $35, ages 6-16 $15, children 5 and under are free.

Catering by Affairs to Cater

ATC Signature Tri Color Cheese Torte
Crab Mousse
Displayed with Assorted Crackers and Grapes

ATC Award Winning Artichoke Quiche
Omelet Station
Your Choice of Omelet or
any Breakfast Eggs Cooked to Order

Oven Baked Tender Brisket
Served with Creamed Horseradish

Turkey Breast
Served with Cranberry-Orange Relish

Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Oven Roasted Red Potato

Honey Glazed Yams
With Marshmallows

Green Bean Almandine

Caesar Salad
With Classic Dressing and Home Made Croutons

Holiday Poinsettia

Affairs to Cater Signature Floating Berries Punch

Dessert Table
Affairs to Cater Signature Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake, Cranberry Banana Pudding and Holiday Cookies

Ice Tea
Dinner Rolls and Butter

For details and reservations call 817-613-1700 or email .
Have a Merry Berry Time at Chandor Gardens
by Steven L. Chamblee

As autumn quickly fades away into winter, many people think the garden season is over. Well, don't tell that to the plants that shine this time of year. Here are some wintertime delights found around the garden.

NandinaNandina (Nandina domestica, several cultivars) is a popular evergreen shrub native to Asia that produces large clusters of reddish-orange berries that persist on the plant all winter. It is sometimes called Heavenly Bamboo, in reference to its thin stalks that rise straight up to form a small colony, a bit like the growth habit of bamboo.

Burford HollyA mainstay of Texas tough gardens, the evergreen Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii') grows to about 15 feet tall, forming an excellent large screen. Like most other hollies, it produces clusters of berries along its outer twigs during the winter months. It is also available in a dwarf form (I. cornuta 'Burfordii Nana') which matures to about six feet tall...the perfect height for most residential privacy hedges. Both forms flower during April and May, providing excellent nectar for honeybees.

Yaupon HollyYaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) is a native Texas tree that matures to about 18 feet tall. It produces shiny red berries that stay on the plant all winter, until eaten by flocks of Cedar Waxwing birds in early spring. Not all hollies make fruit because hollies have separate male and female plants (dioecious). Almost all types of hollies sold in nurseries produce berries, because they are clones of female plants. The dwarf form of yaupon holly is used extensively in landscaping, but lacks berries, as it is a clone of a male plant.

PossumhawYes, Virginia, there are deciduous hollies, and right at the top of the list is Possumhaw (Ilex decidua). Native Texas possumhaws produce clusters of orange fruit on bare stems that really stand out in the garden. The cultivar 'Warren's Red' is popular in nurseries, and produces large, red berries.
Eve's Necklace (Sophora affinis) is a small, native Texas tree that produces large clusters of dark pink flowers in spring that mature to "necklaces" of black fruits in the winter. It is a relative of the famous Texas Mountain Laurel from the Hill Country.

Eastern Red CedarEastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is actually a large juniper that is native from Texas to Georgia. The leaves are small, dark-green scales that emit a rather pleasant smell when crushed. The fragrant, red and white wood is valued for making rustic furniture. Female plants produce fist-sized clusters of small blue fruits (technically called "fleshy cones") that adorn the tree through the winter.
Chandor Memories

Whenever I tour a group of people through Chandor Gardens, I always ask them if they've been here before. Usually, someone says they've been here before, and usually to attend a wedding. Imagine my delight when, a few weeks ago, the answer was, "1963." Imagine, then, my absolute giddiness when the woman told me she had not only been here, but took photographs...and she still had them. It was my lucky day! A few weeks later, a small package arrived in the mail containing a tiny note, dated 11/11/11, and 11 slides of Chandor Gardens in 1963.
Chandor Gardens 1963
Yes, we have some vintage photographs of the garden, but to tell you the truth, we'll never have enough. The reason is that a garden is a living, breathing, and ever-changing entity...much like a person. True enough, a photograph captures but a little slice of time. But collect enough slices and you begin to see the continuity, the evolution, the life of the garden.

Do you have old photographs of the garden? I would love to see them. With today's technology, we can easily copy vintage slides or photographs in a digital format... and you can keep the original if you like. To share, just e-mail me at or call me at 817-598-4335. It would mean a great deal to your garden, and your community. Thank you.

Photos of Chandor Gardens in 1963 by Doris Jamison.
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.

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"Say Yes to Romance" Bridal Event

Sunday March 18th - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Chandor Gardens Bridal Event, where we'll have:Say Yes to Romance
  • Door prizes
  • Fashion show
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Cake competition
  • Caterers
  • And much more!
Plant of the Month - Bear's Breeches
(Acanthus mollis)
Bear's Breeches
Bear's Breeches is an herbaceous perennial from the Mediterranean region. Here in Texas, it grows a huge rosette of large, glossy leaves during late autumn and early winter. These intricate leaves appear to be very delicate, but they are cold hardy. They are also so lovely that they inspired the artistic design of Corinthian column capitals of Greco-Roman architecture.

In late spring, it grows stunning 40" tall flower spikes, decorated with orderly rows of thumb-sized, hooded, mauve and white blossoms. That is...if we have a mild spring. The Texas spring of 2011 was so hot that the flower spikes failed to develop properly. After flowering, the plant goes dormant for the rest of the summer, emerging again in the fall. With adequate rainfall and mild temperatures, it is a spectacular garden plant. (And no, I can't for the life of me figure out why such a beautiful plant has such a silly name...my research came up empty.)
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

-The Chandor Gardens Staff
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