• s chandor bowling green 1909 w
  • s chandor bridge 1898 w
  • s chandor home bridge 1971 w
  • s chandor bowling green stream 1891 w
  • s chandor fountain 1884 w

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  • Spirit of the Season
  • Holiday Open House
  • Yoga Classes
  • Goodbye Old Friend
  • Christmas Bling
  • Around the Garden
  • Parting Shot
  • Chandor Memberships

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - November-December, 2015

The Spirit of the Season

This season of change has us hopping! Transitioning from the long summer blaze to the quick autumn colors to the holiday decorating frenzy got us a little behind on our newsletter. In the spirit of the season, we hope you'll forgive us. The garden changes quickly these days, sometimes literally overnight. The tropical plants are tucked away in the greenhouse, the house is in the midst of being decorated for Christmas, and winter projects are already underway.

Don't forget about our Christmas Open House on December 12th, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bring the whole family for a great time!

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Chandor Gardens Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission: FREE

Celebrate the Holidays at Chandor Gardens! Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and a tour of the mansion decorated from floor to ceiling with all the glitter and glamour you've come to expect at Chandor Gardens.

Singers and musicians will be entertaining throughout the day including the Anderson family, the Kevin Townson group, as well as harpist Leta George and flutist Bettie Cline. Santa will be here (for kids of all ages) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, so be sure to bring your camera and capture a special moment to treasure! We will even have elves on hand to help bring in the fun and magic of the season. The Chandor Gift Shop has expanded and will be open during the event for all your Holiday shopping needs.

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 34th 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 the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce as well as the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, or online at www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com


Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes each Tuesday at Chandor Gardens. Loretta's mix of energetic sequences incorporated with stillness through breath work and meditation to quiet the mind will provide a healthy addition to any workout regimen.
Bring your mat and wear comfortable clothing In inclement weather, classes will be held in the Great Room.

Price: Donation based
For more information call 817-597-1503 or 817-613-1700.



"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day.

Dates are filling up fast for 2016 & 2017.

Contact us to schedule a tour.

Gift Shop

Take the Gardens home with you. There are postcards, note cards, prints, and t-shirts sporting 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.


Goodbye Old Friend

Time and the elements have taken their toll on the iconic curved pergola that anchors the Silver Garden. Regular maintenance inspections have revealed some structural compromise in the support system for the pergola, so we have already begun the process of reconstruction.

Simply acquiring the best materials for the task takes a bit of time. Large wooden beams, steel support poles, decorative columns, a new lighting system, conduit, wood stain, paint, concrete, tools, and hardware must all come together in concert to create the new pergola.

Fortunately, we have enlisted the services of Jim Sullivan to lead the project. Jim is the City of Weatherford Parks employee who led the reconstruction of Chandor Gardens' iconic bridge last winter. Jim looks forward to the challenge... "It won't be easy, but we can do it. We'll use some improved building techniques and materials to ensure a long lifespan. The new pergola will be a beauty that will serve the people of Weatherford long after I'm gone... and I plan to live a long time!"

Above: From the east end (left) to the west end, the curved pergola stretches almost 150 feet and rises about 10 feet tall. This pergola was built by Chuck and Melody Bradford in 1995 to replace the original one constructed by Douglas Chandor.

Above: Removal of a sagging column was necessary for full inspection of the support beam within. With the support beam removed, we found evidence of wood decomposition in the bottom of the hole.

Above: The original curved pergola, as it appears in an early 1950's image.


Christmas Bling

Things are starting to look pretty festive around the garden these days... Inside the Chandor home, a staff and volunteers are busy sprucing up and decorating everything in sight.

Outside, Parker County Master Gardener Carol Welch has been a busy little elf these days, making wreaths for the front door, bridge, and the new aquatic Christmas display, complete with dripping wreaths and the over-the-top fabulous wreath floatilla!

Carol has also created a birdhouse village on the steps in the Silver Garden. Aside from the wonderful display, she also rescued some old light fixtures from the barn and renovated the rusting relics into beautiful features for the garden!


Around the Garden

Above: Left, the Ginkgo tree lights up in a short-lived blaze of glory. Right, the bold fruits of 'Oakland' Holly begin to color up for the season.

Below: Left, this ornamental mustard flaunts its purple leaves. Right, a Callery Pear shimmers with fall colors.


Parting Shot

From the archives... this image of the pagoda pool made me chuckle, as whoever took it tilted the camera to take a crooked shot... just like I accidentally did some 70 years later!


Chandor Gardens Memberships

A membership to Chandor Gardens is the gift that gives all year long. Annual memberships are available:

  • individual ($20)
  • family ($60)
  • contributor ($100)
  • corporate ($500)

For more information give us a call at 817-613-1700 or email .


Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Karen Nantz
Phone: 817-613-1700
Fax: 817-598-4354

Steven Chamblee


Public Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, 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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