• 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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In this Issue

- Butterflies in December
- Holiday Open House
- New Year's Eve Celebration
- Yoga Classes
- Plant of the Month
- Christmas Carol
- Wreath & Garland
- Around the Garden
- Double Take
- Parting Shot

Secrets from the Garden

Chandor Gardens Newsletter - December 2016

Butterflies in December

The unusually warm weather this autumn has prolonged the late summer season right into the holidays. Who could imagine... butterflies in December! The flying jewels have even kept us company while we decorated for the holidays.

And speaking of holidays... this special time of the year is the perfect time for you to bring the whole family out to Chandor Gardens for a visit. (Hint: That's what WE want for Christmas!)

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Chandor Gardens Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 10th, 2016
11:00 am to 7:00 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. Choirs and musicians will be entertaining throughout the day and Santa will be here (for kids of all ages) from 2 to 5p.m. Bring your camera and capture a special moment to treasure!

Our Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society's Tour of Homes. This year's Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will be the 35th 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. For more information go to: www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com.


Chandor Gardens Foundation 1st Annual New Year's Eve Celebration

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
8:00 pm to Midnight
Tickets: $100 per person (a portion of which is tax deductible)
Limited tickets available

Join the Chandor Gardens Foundation for an extra special New Year's Eve event held in the mansion here at the Gardens. The evening includes music by The Kevin Townson Quartet, heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Indulge Catering, wine, beer, and champagne to ring in the New Year. Proceeds from the event go to Chandor Gardens Foundation (a 501c3 organization) who's focus is to preserve the heritage of the Gardens and work with the City of Weatherford to further develop the Chandor property, in keeping with Douglas Chandor's artistic vision.


Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Fee: Donation based
Led by: Loretta Benham

Instructor Loretta Benham offers yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.

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 & 2018.

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.


Plant of the Month... Well, "Minute," Anyway

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Ginkgo trees are famous for many things. Botanically, they are quirky anomolies, being more closely related to conifiers, like pines and spruces, than to broadleaf trees, like oaks and maples. Historically, they are living fossils, as they once provided food for dinosaurs. Horticulturally, they are slow-growing trees that test a gardener's patience, but reward the wait with unique beauty.

Then there's that fall color. The green leaves color up quickly to a magnificient golden yellow that is simply unparalleled in Texas gardens. BUT, you'd better look fast. Those same famous leaves that paint gold against the sky will infamously drop to the ground faster than a speeding bullet. So fast, in fact, that by the time you read this, it may be down to bare branches...and these photos were taken December 1st!

So in the spirit of enjoying it while it lasts, we thought we'd have a little digital fun with the gloroious colors of the Ginkgo.


Christmas Carol

A self–admitted Christmas fanatic, Parker County Master Gardener Carol Welch goes crazy each year, assisting with the holiday decorations at Chandor Gardens inside and out. She does so voluntarily, and without fanfare. She's also fast...buzzing from one area to another like a tinsel-crazed hummingbird. We were lucky to catch her (below) as she was installing the wreaths to the Four-Tier Fountain.


Wreath & Garland

Once again, the Parker County Master Gardeners have splendidly decorated the front door to the Chandor home and the garden's iconic bridge. It takes lots of hands and patience to assemble the forty foot-long garlands from real greenery and install them each year...and they do it all in one morning! We are so appreciative of their talent and efforts. Come and see for yourself!

Above; Left: The festooned front door. Right: The garden's bridge all dressed up.

Below; Left: A nice touch on the succulent pots. Right: These "trees" are actually cleverly-placed branches.


Around the Garden

Above; Left: Violas brighten an iron urn. Right: Homerun roses are still in bloom.

Below; Left: The four-Tier Fountain before decoration. Right: Betty Prior, the "sweetheart rose."

Above; Left: A shy Monarch feeds on Celosia before migrating south to Mexico. Right: Gulf Fritillary butterflies frequent the garden daily.

Below; Left: Ever-fluttering Swallowtails in a feeding frenzy on Anisacanthus. Right: A Sulphur butterfly feeds happily on Lantana.

Above; Left: The plump fruits of Alamo Vine turn into interesting, flower-like, dry capsules, right.

Below; Left: Sunshine illuminates Coralbark Maples. Right: Giant Alocasias are still rocking, adding a tropical ambiance to the garden.


Double Take

The word 'photography" literally translates to "write with light." These photos illustrate the importance of front-lighting and back-lighting to a photographer. They were taken thirty seconds apart, from opposite ends of the East Trellis.


Parting Shot

A cutting of red-leaved hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) on the propagation bench in the greenhouse simply couldn't wait for next year...so she flowered now!


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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