• 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

- Long Time, No See...
- Autumn Art Walk: Vendor Call
- Yoga Classes
- Letter from Chandor Gardens Foundation President
- Foo Dogs Come Home
- Around the Garden
- Plant of the Month
- New Fairy Garden
- New Japanese Maple Bed
- Parting Shot

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - August 2017

Long Time, No See...

Pardon our absence! We've been so busy this season that we had to take a break from the newsletter. Now that we've caught our breath, it's time for us to catch up with you and let you know what's been happening at Chandor Gardens. Hang on... there's a lot to tell you!

Keep up with us on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted there too.

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

Autumn Art Walk

Chandor Gardens Autumn Art Walk

Sunday, October 22, 2017
12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Admission: $1 per person

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.  Bring two large bags of premium Halloween candy and you get to set up your booth for FREE! For more information, or to become an Art Walk vendor, call 817-613-1700 or email .

Yoga Frog

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.


Letter From Chandor Gardens Foundation President

Elizabeth Lawrence

From Elizabeth Lawrence,
President Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc.

Exciting News! Jeff Barnett, well known life-long resident of Weatherford and keeper of stories and memories, has given the Chandor Gardens Foundation the pair of antique Chinese Foo (Fu) Dogs that were part of Douglas Chandor's original garden. The Foo Dogs are 19th century, according to Jeff, carved granite, and were probably purchased by Douglas in Chinatown, New York City, in the late 1940's. Jeff wanted these beautiful pieces returned to the garden where they belong and has given them in memory of his parents Worth Wilford Barnett and Lou Ola McEntire Barnett.

The Foundation hopes to encourage the gradual return of original art by Doulas Chandor, furnishings, and antique garden features as part of our mission to preserve this historic gem for future generations. Thank you, Jeff, for your generosity.

The Chandor Gardens Foundation and the Chandor Gardens Society are working hard to increase the awareness in the community of our beautiful historic garden. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chandor Gardens Society to provide support for the Gardens and promote arts and culture in our community, please visit us at www.chandorgardensfoundation.org.

Original Foo Dog in Douglas Chandor's Garden

Above: One of the foo dogs (in the foreground) in Douglas Chandor's White Shadows garden is visible in this archival image from the 1940's.


Foo Dogs Come Home


Jeff Barnett, a longtime friend of Chandor Gardens, generously donated a pair of carved granite Foo Dogs to the Chandor Gardens Foundation. Originally placed in White Shadows by Douglas Chandor himself, the sculptures were acquired by Mr. Barnett at an auction many years ago The figures finally found their way back to the garden, and are settling into their new-old home.

Foo Dogs Come Home

Above left: (L to R) Dr. Harold Lawrence, Jeff Barnett, and Toby Mize gather for a photo prior to moving the sculptures back to Chandor Gardens.
Right: Transport crates are opened as the Foo Dogs arrive at the garden.

Below left: The male Foo Dog, with his paw on a ball.
Right: The female Foo Dog, with her cub.

Foo Dogs Come Home
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Chandor Gardens Gift Shop


"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day.

Dates are filling up fast for 2017 & 2018.

Contact us to schedule a tour.  817-613-1700 or

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.


Around the Garden... Early Morning

Around the Garden

Above, left: Our favorite arc of caladiums down by the Dragon Fountain always cheers garden guests.
Right: Aging junipers had become an eyesore, so we cut the trunks off at four feet for posts and used some of the branches to make this rustic fence.

Below, left: Planted this spring, the pallet-style vertical gardens planted with succulents are thriving in the summer heat.
Right: A cheerful Rain Lily rises from a small niche.

Around the Garden
Around the Garden

Above, left: Morning sunlight pierces the garden at 7am, alighting the 'Muskogee' Crapemyrtle Allee and (right) highlighting the exfoliating bark.

Below, left: The Pixie Pond fountain glows in early light, drawing us past many beds of colorful caladiums (right) along the way.

Around the Garden
Around the Garden

Above: Two curious photos that I liked. Left, pre-dawn light on a peaceful brick stairway.
At right, I meant to focus on the fountain, but I like the result anyway.

Below, left: A red "sport"of growth arises from a small Japanese Maple that was savaged from a local nursery's compost pile.
Right: Black bamboo, normally almost twenty feet tall, can be coaxed into shrub form if judiciously pruned at the right time of year.

Around the Garden
Around the Garden

Above, left: Butterfly Weed highlights a sweet garden vignette.
At right, these spectacular night-blooming Epiphyllum blossoms will close by mid-morning.

Below, left: New leaves expand from tight curls on a Sago Palm.
Right: Hidden away deep in the garden, this delicate Voodoo Lily (Amorphophallus rivieri) produces beautifully complex, four foot-wide leaves.

Around the Garden

Plant of the Month

Turk's Cap: Malaviscus drummondii
Named for the appearance of the spiraled petals, Turk's Cap is a late-Summer to Fall bloomer that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. This tough-as-nails Texas native has large, heart-shaped leaves and grows in a peculiar sprawling manner that defies any gardener's attempt to shape it. The flowers develop into bright red fruits that look and taste like little apples.

Turk's Cap

A New Fairy Garden

We thought about installing a fairy garden for a long time, but the time and place never seemed right... until one day, we took a new look at an old spot. One phone call later, it was decided. The following morning, Parker County Master Gardener, Carol Welch showed up with a look of determination and a truck full of stuff. Nine straight hours later (she didn't even take lunch!), we had a Fairy Garden!

New Fairy Garden
Carol Welch adds the final touches to the new Fairy Garden.

Above: Carol Welch adds the final touches to the new Fairy Garden.


A New Japanese Maple Bed

Still unnamed, this new bed replaced an old azalea bed that was looking pretty tired. Ten yards of home-brewed compost, six red fence panels, nine mossy sandstone boulders, one Sago Palm, a dozen Columbine plants, ten Japanese Maples (5 varieties), and three hundred caladiums later, we have a beautiful garden! The design intent is that the Maples will eventually fill the bed entirely as they mature. We are playing with the idea of some ornamental embellishments on the fence...what you see on it are prototypes.

Japanese Maple Bed

Parting Shot

Spotted a little green frog on a leaf by the big waterfall...

Little Tree Frog

...did I mention "little?"

Little Tree Frog

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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