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In this Issue

- Beauty & Character
- Wine, Women, and Words
- Spring Fling
- Who's Going To Fill Their Shoes
- Yoga Classes
- Winter Projects
- The Wooden Ramp
- The ragon View Deck
- The Maple Circle
- The Potting Shed
- Around the Garden
- Parting Shot

Secrets from the Garden

Chandor Gardens Newsletter - March 2016

Beauty & Character

Welcome Spring! It's been a busy winter, inside and out, here at Chandor Gardens! We've been working hard to preserve the beauty and character of the garden, while adding a few new surprises for you to enjoy. The interior of the mansion has been revamped as well...with extensive flooring renovations, newly refurbished offices, and some beautiful finish work on the Great Room arch. Come see all the things we've been working on. After all, we did it all for YOU!

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Wine, Women, and Words – An Evening with Texas Humorist Bonnie Rea

Thursday, March 31, 2016
 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments
Tickets: $40 each
6:00 p.m. - Garden social hour
7:00 p.m. - Lecture

The Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce their premiere fundraiser of the year. Thursday evening, March 31st, the Foundation will host "Wine, Women, and Words" with native Texan Bonnie Rea. Bonnie's entertaining talks often center around the topic of "what's important in life" and this one is no exception. With a generous nod to two of Nora Ephron's books "I Feel Bad About My Neck" and "I Remember Nothing" Bonnie tackles the universal question of how to age with ATTITUDE!

This very special Foundation event will be held at beautiful Chandor Gardens, located in the historic district of Weatherford. The Foundation was developed to help protect and preserve the historical heritage of Chandor Gardens, once the home and estate gardens of world renowned portrait artist Douglas Chandor and his wife Ina. Always seeking to enhance the heritage of the property through the development of it in a manner consistent with Douglas Chandor's artistic vision; the Foundation works in alliance with the City of Weatherford to achieve their goals. The proceeds from this event will go towards the ongoing plans for the development and growth of the Gardens future.

The evening will begin at 6p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, wine, and strolling around Chandor Gardens, ripe with spring and bursting with beautiful, fragrant blooms. At 7p.m. you will be treated to an evening of humor and life lessons with one of Texas' most sought after speakers. Seating is very limited so grab your friends and make your reservations now!

"Let me put it this way. Bonnie Rea is one of the most fun speakers I've ever heard. She's lively, funny and real" – Dave Lieber, Columnist, The Dallas Morning News.

Tickets for Wine, Women, and Words are available online at: www.chandorgardensfoundation.org or at Chandor Gardens (817) 613-1700


"Spring Fling" at Chandor Gardens

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission $1 per person

Celebrate the arrival of a long-awaited spring season at our annual "Spring Fling" to help us welcome in warmer weather and renewed gardens! This popular event features music, food, area artists and craftsman.

Every year, our list of talented participating artists and vendors grows and this year will be no exception. The gardens will be loaded with talented people displaying, demonstrating and selling their unique arts and crafts.

So come on out and see the gardens in full bloom and bring your camera for a special family photo or two!


As we grow and expand this popular event every year, we're always looking for new and talented artists and craftsmen to come join in on the celebration and display/sell your goods to the public. This event is FREE (YES, FREE!) to all vendors. We are opening the gates at 8 am for vendor set up and allowing to 4 pm for vendor break down. If interested, please call 817-613-1700 or email .


Join us for Parker County Today's Annual
Who's Going to Fill Their Shoes

Benefitting Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc.
April 30, 2016
6:30 pm

Each year, Parker County Today shines the spotlight on the under-40 set by celebrating those individuals in our community who are making a difference and making it a great place to live, work and play. This year, the event will be held at Chandor Gardens on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc. Individual tickets are $75 each with tables of ten available for $1,000. Checks can be made out to Chandor Gardens Foundation which is a 501 C3 entity. Tickets can be purchased on the Chandor Gardens Foundation website www.chandorgardensfoundation.org or at the Parker County Today offices located at 114 E. Church Street on the Weatherford square. Dinner will be provided by perennial favorite Fish Creek with wine parings by Sweet Springs Winery. Jerry's Bakery will be tickling our tongues with a delicious dessert.

"The program will celebrate the greatness that is all around us," said Marsha Brown, Parker County Today publisher, and "there are 25 awards and each one is named for a Parker County hero and leader of the past or present. The trophies are fancifully-created one-of-a-kind shoes that celebrate the spirit of each award."

All funds raised will benefit Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is dedicated to helping preserve the unique beauty of these historical Gardens for future generations, and to use the 13.5 acres of unimproved land adjacent to the Gardens to provide additional facilities. The concept plans include a gift shop and visitor's center, an event center/pavilion with expanded capacity, available for a variety uses (which would also serve to lessen the physical stress of large events on the existing home and gardens), provide a cultural center with classrooms for the visual and performing arts, and create additional nature and botanical spaces for community use.


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 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.


Winter Projects

Outside, the sawdust has been flying this winter. Replacing the grand curved pergola in the Silver Garden proved to be challenging, as expected, and we still encountered some unanticipated issues. With some assistance from the crews at the City's Parks, Recreation, and Special Events, we powered through the problems and got the new pergola up and ready for your enjoyment.

Above: The old pergola comes down. Below, left: Some of the old brick pillars required replacement.
Below, right: New columns in place, the beams are positioned.

Below, left: Once the cross beams are hoisted into place, you know the job is nearing completion.
Below, right: The existing Lady Banks roses are carefully wrapped around the columns of the beautiful new pergola!


The Wooden Ramp

The wooden ramp outside the office door was in desperate need of replacement. Demolition (below, left) revealed a major new surprise. The old wooden ramp had been built over a brick patio (below, right) that served as the rear entrance to the house back in the days before the 1960's expansion added the west wing onto the original structure. A door was once located where the center, undraped window is in the photo.

(Below, left) We decided to redesign the new ramp to include the brick porch in the design. Once the wood has properly cured, we will stain the floor of the new ramp (below, right) to better blend in with the surrounding landscape.


The New Dragon View Deck

Akin to the method of building campus sidewalks where the students walk, we built a deck in the location where many of our garden guests already like to congregate. People were constantly dragging chairs over to a point overlooking the Dragon Pond, so we installed a new deck so they could enjoy the view year round.


The Maple Circle

Built into an unused section of the garden east of the Bowling Green, the Maple Circle is a tiny garden designed to serve as an intimate gathering place. Seven Shantung Maple trees are planted in a circle, surrounded by a low wall of antique brick that used to pave a road in Abilene, Texas. (These bricks were brought, 100 at a time, to the garden by two brothers who love Chandor Gardens and stop here regularly.) The round deck is surrounded by twin hedges of Japanese Boxwood and Autumn Sage.


The Potting Shed

Constructed of wood salvaged from the old curved pergola, the potting shed was built onto the eastern end of the greenhouse. A combination workspace and storage area, the new potting shed features a deliberately chunky design and windows from a 1905 original Sears & Roebuck catalog home. The Parker County Master Gardeners, who use the shed regularly, have already make their own mark on the inside of the doors.


Around the Garden

"Nothing heralds Spring like a tulip." ---Clara Wilson

Tulips abound in the beds all over Chandor Gardens.

Above: Tulips light up the landscape. Below: A Japanese lantern and azaleas. Right: White 'Ice Follies' and yellow 'Carlton' narcissus line the old Simmons drive into the garden.

Above: White Chinese Fringeflower (left) and pots of Dusty Miller and Snapdragons adorn the porches of the mansion. Below: Pink tulips (left) and (right) the rare Tulipa clusiana.

Above: Ina's Walk (left) all dressed up for Spring. Right, Pink Chinese Fringeflower. Below: Left, the "Fire & Ice" bed of flaming tulips and cool blue pansies. Right, a dwarf ornamental flowering peach tree.


Parting Shot

The first blooms of Yellow Lady Banks rose always bring a smile to the gardener.


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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