• 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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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - May 2019

April was lovely in the gardens, and we are confident that May will be as well! While we had the misfortune of having to cancel our Spring Fling due to inclement weather, we went on to have a gorgeous month in which we saw beautiful blossoms and even lovelier brides.

We were honored to host Cliburn in the Community with renowned pianist Leonardo Pierdomenico! Those tickets were certainly snagged quickly but fret not because we have more events like this in the works. To ensure you stay up to date on events and happenings in the Garden, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

May is one of the best months in the Gardens, so make sure to come out and see us soon, because it won't be long until summer heat is on our doorstep.

See you in the garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Mother's Day
"Let Them Eat Cake"

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Admission: $20 per adult, $5 per child 12 and under

Mother's Day - Let Them Eat Cake

Chandor Gardens Foundation
Partners with The Cliburn

Leonardo Pierdomenico - Cliburn in the Community

The Chandor Gardens Foundation partnered with the Cliburn to bring Italian pianist, Leonardo Pierdomenico (pictured above), to Chandor Gardens Tuesday evening, April 30th. Even the threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes didn't prevent people from attending the very first Cliburn concert to be held in Parker County!

The evening was such a success that we have plans to make this an annual spring event.

Cliburn in the Classroom

The Foundation will again be partnering with the Cliburn to host two summer children's programs. These interactive, free programs are typically brought to public schools and presented to children in 2nd through 4th grades. This will be the first time the Cliburn has presented the programs in the summer and a wonderful opportunity to enrich the lives of children in our community by giving them an appreciation of classical music that will last a lifetime!

The classes will be held on Saturday, July 20th and on Saturday, August 10th at 11a.m. Due to limited space, reservations will be required. Please call 817-613-1700 for more information. To see an example of the Cliburn in the Classroom program, visit the Education page at Cliburn.org.

Cliburn in the Classroom
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.

Around the Garden


How lush is this waterfall?
This is one of our favorite spots in the garden, and one of the sweetest. It was always Douglas Chandor's greatest aspiration to have a true waterfall, and he sadly never had the chance to finish it before his death. It was half finished and remained that way for many years as the property sat empty following his and Ina's deaths. The Bradfords bought the property in the 90's and worked diligently to restore it to his vision, and they knew something so special needed to be completed in Douglas's honor. So, thanks to the hard work of Chuck and Melody, his greatest dream was realized several years back, and we couldn't be happier or more proud.

Chinese Girl Statue

Demure Statue
This demure statue of a sweet Chinese girl in traditions garb is tucked away in a little grove just south of the waterfall in a quiet little spot, and it's easy to miss her if you're not looking carefully. But, she is lovely and sweet, and worth taking a moment to contemplate your thoughts with her quiet composure for company.


Azaleas in Full Bloom
Our Azaleas are in full bloom now and can be found in many locations throughout the garden! This particular specimen is located just outside the original front door, but there is no view without color right now due to their strategic placement throughout the entire grounds. These would make a lovely backdrop for spring photography, so call us at
817-612-1700 to schedule your appointment today!


Courtyard Rejuvenation

Our staff and the Parker County Master Gardeners did a wonderful clean out of the Courtyard just a few days ago, planting Lilies and Begonias and all sorts of annual spring color. This month should prove to be very bright with blooms as these new plantings get acclimated and established, so make it a point to come see their handiwork! For more information on the Parker County Master Gardeners, please visit https://pcmg-texas.org/

Courtyard Rejuvenation
Courtyard Rejuvenation
Courtyard Rejuvenation
Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Chandor Gardens Gift Shop


Your "happily ever after" begins here.

Reserve your special day.
Dates are filling up fast for 2019 & 2020.

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

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


We are so blessed to have a large swath of Peony blooms this year, and they are large and heavily scented! For a chance to view these, and better yet, SMELL these, wander around the Triple Tier Fountain, and you'll find them perched overlooking the Dragon Fountain in the Sunken Garden. There's a reason it's become a tradition for many to gift their mothers and grandmothers with Peonies for Mother's Day. They just always seem to bloom on time for the celebration, faithfully, year after year. Speaking of Mother's Day, the Chandor Gardens Foundation will be hosting a sweet event entitled "Let Them Eat Cake!" For more information on that, please visit the Foundation's Facebook page or https://www.chandorgardensfoundation.org/


Parting Shot

Blue Iris

Feeling blue? So is this Iris, but in the best way possible! This unusual blue-hued Iris can be found just in front of the South Porch and is definitely worth a second glance. Blue flowers are one of the more rare colors that bloom in nature due to the way plants generally process and reflect different spectrums of light, so when you see a true blue flower, know that you're looking at something special.

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.