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  • Spring has Sprung!
  • "Spring Fling"
  • National Recognition
  • Yoga Classes
  • Around the Garden
  • Report from the Bridge
  • Pond Renovations
  • Chandor Memberships

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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - April 2015

Spring has Sprung!

Wow! Spring has sprung with authority!

From a March filled with ice and snow to an April full of beautiful blossoms, Chandor Gardens is the place to be to witness the wondrous change of seasons... and see our newly-completed renovations.

Pack up the family and see for yourself.

Don't forget your camera!


"Spring Fling" at Chandor Gardens

Saturday, April 4th
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Admission $1 per person

Come and 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 craftsmen.

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.

Short Chefs Creations will be on hand with a variety of tasty treats and music will be provided by Kevin Townson and his young guitar ensembles, as well as a sprinkling of music from the Weatherford High School jazz band. There will even be a clown entertaining the younger ones with humor and balloon animals.

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

It's not too late! 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. The 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 now or email . See you in the gardens!


Chandor Gardens to Receive National Recognition

Chandor Gardens will host their National Registry Plaque Dedication April 9, located at 711 West Lee Ave.

The dedication will begin at 5:30 p.m. to commemorate the gardens national recognition from the Texas Historical Commission and celebrate the gardens historical significance to the community.

City Manager Jerry Blaisdell and Mayor Dennis Hooks are scheduled to speak on behalf of the city, as well as representatives from the Texas Historical Commission.

The historic garden was built in 1936 by world renowned English portrait artist Douglas Chandor and his wife Ina. Chandor Gardens is a city-owned and operated garden that consists of English and Chinese influenced botanical landscapes, along with a large 5,600 square foot mansion that houses Douglas's infamous studio. Chandor Gardens is available for public/private tours, retreats, private parties and weddings year-round.

"We are truly honored by this national recognition, one of only a few in the area, and look forward to the continued success and participation that Chandor Gardens has with the citizens of Weatherford," said senior office assistant Jimmy Sorrells.

"Chandor Gardens is a hidden gem within our city," said Director of Parks, Recreation and Special Events Director Shannon Goodman. "This dedication will symbolize the hard work our dedicated employees have passionately given to maintaining the property and to preserving a piece of Weatherford's history."

Chandor Gardens is maintained and managed by full-time staff from the Parks, Recreation and Special Events Department. For more information about the dedication, contact senior office assistant Jimmy Sorrells at 817-613-1700 or .


Yoga Classes

Every Tuesday & Thursday
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 2016.

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.


Around the Garden

The good news is... the tulips are blooming! All 11,000 of them!

The bad news is, with these warm 85°F days, they won't last long. Come see them NOW!


Report from the Bridge

The iconic Chandor Gardens bridge replacement project is complete! We heartily acknowledge the Herculean efforts of Weatherford Parks, Recreation, & Special Events Carpenter Jim Sullivan and his assistant, Kevin Goodworth. They braved icy weather and ridiculous deadlines to complete the project quickly so we could finish our pond renovations in time for Spring.

Top: The bridge built by Chuck and Melody Bradford in the mid-1990's.
Bottom, left: Our newly completed bridge.
Bottom, right: Archival photo of Douglas Chandor's original bridge.

As a "bonus," Jim also constructed a new wooden dock for the pond, using chunky cedar planks for the decking. Floor boards were skillfully crafted to fit over the eight posts that arise from the support framing below. The updated version honors the design intents of Chandor's original structure, but was modified to address safety concerns.

Above, left & right: The new dock is larger and stronger than the original ( below, left), to better accommodate today's garden guests.
Below, right: Jim Sullivan poses with the new bridge before heading off to another task.


Pond Sealing & Renovation

From the small falls all the way down stream to the triple tier fountain, our ponds got a much-needed facelift. The project was arduous, and involved sealing leaks, re-routing the circulation system, mortaring in the entire ledge stone, building weirs, and planting the aquatic beds encircling the edges.

Above: The initial clean-up took several days. Community service volunteers provided much-needed labor.

Above: To eliminate the ugly pipes that ran across the bottom of the pond, we ran them up out of the pond and underground across the garden. Trenching (left) was the easy part; carefully boring under the 12 foot-wide sidewalk (right) was a rough and muddy task.

Below: Application of sealing compound (left) and newly planted aquatics.

Above: Extensive stonework redefined and created a bit of sculptural drama around the edges of the ponds.


Parting Shot

The new bridge proved to be immediately popular even before the paint dried... with the paint tarp still in place, this beautiful bride was proud to be the first to be photographed upon it.


Chandor Gardens Memberships

A membership to Chandor Gardens is the gift that gives all year long. Annual memberships are available:

  • individual ($20)
  • family ($60)
  • contributor ($100)
  • corporate ($500)

For more information give us a call at 817-613-1700 or email .


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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