• 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 - June 2019

May was an absolute heavenly month in the garden, and if you didn't come out this last month, do so soon because this gorgeous temperate weather is unseasonal and won't last much longer. We had some rainy days, but that is truly a blessing for a Texas garden, and ours shows it! We have blooms all over the gardens from enormous Lily hybrids to the burgeoning Magnolia blossoms, to the delicate floral sprays of wildflowers. Butterflies have returned to the garden in droves, and our garden is refreshed in every far reach and corner. The Catalpa tree is in full bloom and there is nowhere that the eye does not see vibrant color.

We could gush on and on with pride, but we also know that the deep heat from summer is around the corner, bringing with it the later-blooming perennials and color, but taking these spring blossoms from us in the process. The garden has an eternal cycle, and we strongly encourage each and every one of you to take advantage of this one while it's here.

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See you in the gardens,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Cliburn in the Classroom
at Chandor Gardens

Cliburn in the Classroom

For 2nd, 3rd & 4th Graders
July 20th & August 10th
Free - Reservations Required

Chandor Gardens Foundation is partnering with the Cliburn to present two Cliburn in the Classroom programs this summer in the Chandor Gardens mansion. These interactive, free programs are typically brought to public schools and presented to children in 2nd through 4th grades. This is the first time the Cliburn has presented the programs in the summer and an excellent 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 11 a.m.

Due to limited space, reservations are required. To make a reservation for your child, go to www.chandorgardensfoundation.org. For additional information, call 817-613-1700.

Parents are encouraged to remain in the Gardens during the hour-long program and enjoy a free docent-guided tour while your children are in class.

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

North Bowling Green

Stunning Silver, Green, Whimsy
The north end of the Bowling green is adorned in stunning silver and gorgeous green, with a whimsical background from the Pixie Fountain, all framed by majestic trees and our glorious gazebo. This is a wonderful spot for both photography, and for weddings. If you are interested in having photos done in the garden, or in getting married in this historic place of love, please call us at 817-613-1700 for more information and scheduling. We look forward to hearing from you!

Millstone Pond

Millstone Pond
One can't help but be enchanted by the pathway views from the Millstone Pond. It's easy to forget that you're inside a city, and not in some otherworldly paradise! This view includes a Red Yucca playing "peekaboo" on the right, framed by a lush Redbud tree while the grasses pop up from beds partially submerged in the pond, and the Chinese Bridge looks like a magical link to "Utopia." While we can't promise the true paradise that Thomas More rhapsodized about when he wrote that book, we can promise that this is a great place to come and forget your troubles for a while. Come see us soon; there is always some enchantment tucked away in a small, secluded spot in the garden. You just have to find it.


Majestic Magnolias
Some of our majestic Magnolias are starting to bloom, but most of the buds are still closed. It doesn't matter though; it only takes a few blossoms to make the air smell as sweet as can be! Perhaps the Magnolia might be next month's "Plant of the Month" once all their blossoms open and give way to that quintessential summer vision of vitality and charm. Come and give them a sniff, and keep your eyes out for cute little Bumblebees and beautiful butterflies, for they too love the Magnolia blossom.


Whimsical Glass Art Collection

Something whimsical this way comes! Chandor Gardens now has its own glass art collection! These sculptures add a wow factor to our landscapes and would be extremely cute for family photos. Keep a sharp eye out, because you don't want to miss a single part of this incredibly cool collection.

Glass Art Collection
Glass Art Collection
Glass Art Collection
Glass Art Collection
Glass Art Collection
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

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

Hybrid Lilies
Hybrid Lilies
Hybrid Lilies

Hybrid Lilies
Flourishing all over the Courtyard and Garden Entrances are these amazing Lily hybrids from Abbott Ipco. They are so much taller and more vibrant than a standard Lily, and some are 2-3 times the height of an Easter Lily! We were supplied with several different varieties, and we assure you that they are truly a sight to behold. These Lilies are not only bigger and brighter than your average Lily, but their second year is supposed to be even better than their first. The cool thing about Lilies is that you can usually leave them in the ground after their blooming season; they are not as susceptible to damage from sprinklers the way some other bulbs are (looking at you, Grape Hyacinths) and they will be just fine residing in their flower beds from season to season. Not only are they enormous, vibrant, and hardy, but they also smell good and encourage all kinds of pollinators to float about the garden. We are so impressed and happy with these specimens, and we hope you are, too! Come check them out in the next couple of weeks if you can!


Roger Grizzard

Roger Grizzard

On May 25th, 2019, Weatherford lost a dear friend and pillar of the community. Roger Grizzard was equally well-known and well-loved in the town he both adored and supported. He was invaluable and so encouraging to students and faculty in WISD, and his Pizza Place was often a haven for many a person, whether a student in need of a place to study, or a place for family and friends to come together after a game.

Roger gave many second chances to both students and employees in need of help and was a compassionate soul. In addition to his restaurant and activity in the community, he enriched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of students in his 21-year tenure as a teacher of Government and Economics at Weatherford High School.

Additionally, he was an active member of the Weatherford ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and was named Weatherford ISD's first "True Blue Kangaroo Fan" in 2014. In 2016, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the WISD Ex-Student Association.

He truly was dedicated to his role as an educator and business owner, and everything he did, he did with grace and kindness and other people's well-being first in mind and heart. He will be so missed, and he will never be forgotten. We will always be grateful to him for all that he gave his community in all the roles and capacities he served.

Roger Grizzard
Roger Grizzard
Roger Grizzard
Roger Grizzard

The Parker County Master Gardeners wanted to give back in his honor, and have dedicated a beautiful garden and sitting area to Roger Grizzard's memory at Chandor Gardens. The garden features a diminutive yet majestic Crimson Queen Japanese Maple, surrounded by Soft Caress Mahonias, and flanked by variegated St. Augustine specimens. A table and chairs are next to the new garden, giving a shaded place to relax and remember Roger Grizzard's legacy, memory, and his kind soul.

The First Baptist Church of Weatherford announced that the memorial service for Roger Grizzard is Saturday, June 15th at 3 p.m. at Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School. There will be a livestream of the service for those who are unable to attend. Details will be posted closer to the service.

Family visitation will be Friday evening June 14th from 5pm-8pm at First Baptist Church of Weatherford (222 West Church Street).

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to give a donation to:

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.