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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - June 2018

Summer is in full-swing here at Chandor Gardens, and that means there is quite a lot to look at and take in. Summer means flowers, and we have a ton right now! The air smells heavenly and the beds are awash in beautiful color and would make for excellent family photography backdrops.

In addition to the gardens being extra vibrant right now, we also have some updates. Michael Pavlovsky is well underway on his restoration of Douglas Chandor's Dragon Fountain and can be seen in his endeavor most any day in the Gardens should anyone wish to catch a sculptor at work.

Additionally, the Chandor Gardens Foundation is pleased to present their PapaPalooza event on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17th. It will be held at the Heritage Park Amphitheater from 11 am to 7 pm and will be a wonderful way to spend some quality fun time with the dads in your lives. An enormous variety of entertainment is planned for the day including music, food vendors, shopping, face painting, cold brew, professional football legends, toy expo, geocaching, obstacle course, golfing challenges, basketball, a leaf blower race, magicians, pet adoptions, and wet and dry bounce houses! There will also be raffles, a dunking booth, field day games, police/fire/SWAT simulators, a 5k and a fun run, nerf dart battles, wild west games, photo ops, competitions, an exotic petting zoo, and a vote for "Top Pop!" Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3 and under are free).

This promises to be a Father's Day to remember, so come on out to Heritage Park, bring your sunscreen and your camera, and make it awesome!

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

See you at PapaPalooza and in the Gardens,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


PapaPalooza Father's Day


June 17, 2018
11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Location: Heritage Park Amphitheater
Adults: $10  |  Kids 3-12: $5  |  Kids under 3: Free

Make lasting memories with your papa on Father's Day. PapaPalooza is an interactive event packed with experiences for all ages.


Live Music
Bounce Houses
Golf Challenges
Field Day Games

Cold Brew
Sports Legends
Vote for Top Pop
Fun Photo Ops

Obstacle Course
Fetival Food
Dunking Booth
Crazy Competitions
Exotic Petting Zoo


Proceeds benefit the Chandor Gardens expansion project.


Letter from Chandor Gardens Foundation President

Elizabeth Lawrence

PAPAPALOOZA! Celebrate Fathers and families at Heritage Park on Father's Day. At this over-the-top day you can meet pro-football legends, see Fire/Police SWAT simulations, have nerf dart battles and compete in Wild West games, and much more- --WOW. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Chandor Gardens Foundation's Chandor Gardens Expansion Project so please come out and have fun. Special thanks to Foundation member Therese Moncrief and her committee, and to the City of Weatherford.

For Mother's Day the Chandor Foundation sponsored a lovely luncheon at the Gardens. It was a special day for the three generations of ladies below:

Three Generations Enjoy the Mother's Day Luncheon

A NIGHT IN OLD HOLLWOOD, the Chandor Foundation Gala in April, was a magical evening with elegantly dressed guests and "Hollywood stars" dressed for the costume contest. The Dynamic Swing Machine, a 19-piece big band and vocalist, provided show tunes and dance music, as our Master of Ceremonies, Dave Cowley, kept the show going. The money raised went to help pay for the replacement of the huge, iconic Cedar Elm shading the Grey Garden that was destroyed in the January ice storm.

Elizabeth Lawrence
President Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc.

A Night in Old Hollywood

above: "A Night in Old Hollywood"
 A Chandor Gardens Foundation Gala

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.


Dragon Fountain Restoration Update

Michael Pavlovsky, Artist

Fort Worth artist, Michael Pavlovsky, is making great headway on the restoration of the Dragon Fountain.

It hasn't been easy; we had to source several hundred vintage soda bottles and hundreds of marbles just to complete the base alone! However, the project is progressing well and it's fascinating to watch him at work. Luckily, there is a really convenient overlook just south of the Tiered Fountain that provides a perfect vantage point to watch a current artist pay homage to a past artist in restoring and preserving his work.

For more information on Michael Pavlovsky, please visit his website at http://www.michaelpavlovsky.com/

We are so appreciative to Michael for the work he has put into this project and very excited to see the finished project!

Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Chandor Gardens Gift Shop


"Your happily ever after begins here."

Reserve your special day.

Dates are filling up fast for 2018 & 2019.

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.


Plant of the Month


Magnolia grandiflora

Is there anything more stately, iconic, or quintessentially southern as the majestic Magnolia tree? Early summer is it's moment to shine, and does it ever!

The air is redolent from the scent of it's blossoms throughout the garden, and the bumblebees are happy little workers buzzing in and out of the burgeoning blooms.

Some Magnolias fare better than others in our area due to their love of high humidity and DFW's lack of rain. Specifically, the Little Gem Magnolia does particularly well here and we have several growing along the east side of the house for viewing! The Little Gem doesn't get quite as big as a standard Magnolia (20 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide), but that's not always a bad thing as it therefore requires less water than a standard specimen, and it is placed with more ease into a landscape design without overpowering the ultimate design.

Chandor Gardens has many Magnolias in bloom right now, so come on out, give them a sniff, snap a picture, and enjoy the elegance that is early summer in Texas.


Around the Garden

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas are in full bloom right now! This plant is not a true Texas native, but it is still a great plant to use in this area because it handles Texas's seasons and weather like a champ, and it's also non-invasive! We have groups of these growing throughout the garden, and their presence is so welcome. The delicate, papery blossom clusters sit like little snowdrifts on the branches, making them a wonderful backdrop for summer perennial blooms and accents.

Hibiscus syriacus

Hibiscus syriacus
Summer is here, summer is colorful, and summer smells heavenly. Admittedly, it's also HOT, but the trade-off is that everything is erupting in a riot of color and scents. Take this Hibiscus syriacus; it's coloration almost seems to glow and radiate. Mature specimens can get to be about 8-12 feet tall, making them an excellent focal point in any garden.

Blue Larkspur

Blue Larkspur
Blue Larkspur blossoms provide a vivid, yet somehow dainty view from the pergola with their lacy foliage and shockingly hued blue flowers. These gorgeous blossoms make an excellent backdrop to photos; to inquire about photo shoots in the garden, please call us at 817-613-1700.

Purple Porterweed

Purple Porterweed
How cool is this Purple Porterweed? These plants are in the verbena family and they are an interesting addition to any garden, bringing the eye upwards with their vibrant inflorescence and adding interest in that range. We love how everything comes alive during the summer in the gardens, and how things never look exactly the same visit to visit. That's kind of the beauty of Chandor Gardens, everything is changing and evolving as the seasons turn, creating a little oasis of life and seasonally different beauty.


Parting Shot

Ginkgo biloba tree

A Particular Ginkgo Biloba Tree

There is something really fascinating about the growth habit of this particular Ginkgo biloba tree. It's just so compact and full, and yet so tiny. Ginkgoes are basically the oldest living tree species on the planet, having remained virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. Not only that, but they are surprisingly resilient. There are Ginkgoes that were planted in Nagasaki and Hiroshima prior to the atomic bombs being dropped. Those particular trees are one of the very few things that survived the immediate blast, and they are still living today! If you have kids who are obsessed with dinosaurs or fossils, bring them out to Chandor Gardens so they can see examples of plants that were living in very much the same way at the time that the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

See you soon!


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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