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In this Issue

- Texas Springtime Transition
 - Yoga Classes
- Look a Little Bit Closer 
- Around the Garden
- Parting Shot

Secrets from the Garden

Chandor Gardens Newsletter - May 2016

Texas Springtime Transition

May is the time when Texas springtime begins to transition into summer. Cool season flowers fade away to be replaced by heat tolerant blossoms. Hummingbirds and butterflies revel in this season, gorging on new nectars. Birds are busy gathering fruits, seeds, and insects to feed their young. People, too, seem to imbibe the natural gifts of the season. Come to Chandor and take a walk... feed your senses.

Please note that Chandor Gardens will be closed on Memorial Day, May 30.

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes each Tuesday and Thursday 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.


Look a Little Bit Closer

Sometimes nature has big secrets ("How big is the universe?"), but sometimes the secrets are small, and require us to focus on the details to appreciate her beauty.

Love In a Mist (Nigella damascena) is a lovely annual flower from around the Mediterranean Sea. The "mist" part of the name refers to the wispy bracts that form a green fog of fine foliage in which the flowers seem to float. The flowers (top photos) are intricate and develop into balloon-like capsules (lower, left) full of black seed that we harvest for next year's crop (lower, right).

The Larkspur we grow at Chandor Gardens are not Delphinium, but rather a close relative botanically referred to as Colsolida ambigua. While the two may look alike from a distance (upper, left) when you look closer you will begin to see the bunny heads (upper, right). Don't see them? The white bunny heads are much easier to see on the pink Larkspur (lower, left). At Chandor Gardens, we overseed our Violas with Larkspur, which provide a wonderful burst of color in Spring. Both annuals fade at the same time, so we pull the entire bed and replant our Summer crops.

The Yuccas at the main garden entrance also hold a little secret of their own: opening downward to facilitate their pollination by moths at night.

Oakleak Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is the toughest of the Hydrageras we grow, and also the largest. It will grow to about ten feet tall and develops foot-long inflorescences at the ends of its branches. The large white individual "flowers" aren't flowers at all; they are sub-floral structures called bracts. As we zoom in, you will see the actual flowers, hundreds of them, buried below the showy bracts.


Around the Garden

We grew these lovely Callafornia Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia hybrids) from tubers donated by Golden State Bulb Growers. The pink variety is 'Ruby Sensation'; the golden yellow is named 'Callafornia Fiesta'.

Above: Late Spring-blooming Shasta Daisy, left, and early summer-blooming Hydrangea (right) enjoy the transition of seasons.

Below: Succulents spill out of pots in the Silver Garden.

Above: Our 'Pink Dawn' Chitalpa tree is beginning its summer bloom.

Below: A male American Anole inflates his throat in a courtship display. A honeybee takes a moment to visit a Poppy flower.

Below: New specimens of Spanish Dagger (Yucca treculeana) were so large they required special staking to keep them upright during establishment. The largest plant weighs almost 2000 pounds!


Parting Shot

Mowing the artificial turf? Absolutely! We've tried vacuums, blowers, and brooms, but Toby Mize knows nothing picks up debris better than our good ol' lawnmower!


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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