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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - November 2019

With cool nights and warm days and woodsmoke perfuming the air, before the frost and snowfall of winter, comes the glorious color and leaf showers of autumn. There is something beautiful in watching the Cedar Elm leaves float to the ground in a breeze, the little leaves turning in the air currents and catching the afternoon sunlight in shiny glints of color. It's as if it rains gold from the trees, giving the Gardens a fairytale atmosphere.

The Garden changes quickly these days, sometimes literally overnight. Things are happening right now that are worth a special trip out to see. The Ginkgo trees will soon light up in their short-lived blaze of golden glory, one of the surest signs of winter's impending arrival. The Pansies and Violas are starting to pop out in full force, and the Japanese Maples are just beginning to turn their vibrant hues of crimson and gold. Autumn will slide imperceptibly into winter, and the Garden will be flush with holly berries and showstopping sprays of Nandina berries, a perfect wintery backdrop for last-minute holiday photos!

We hope to see you soon, enjoying our cool weather Gardens!

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Warmest wishes,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Important Dates

Important Dates

The Gardens will be closed November 11th in observance of Veterans Day, and the mansion will be closed to the public for tours and all events from November 12th through November 27th to accommodate our holiday decorating and ensure a Chandor Holiday Season worth remembering. The Gardens will be available for touring at this time; only the house will be closed. Then, the Gardens will be closed from November 28th through December 1st for the Thanksgiving weekend. Regular hours for both the gardens and the mansion will be reinstated on December 2nd.


Holiday Events

Holiday Events at Chandor Gardens

We still have availability for winter events and parties! While all our Saturdays are reserved, we have lots of weekday evenings available for dinner parties, Christmas parties, work events, etc. For pricing and scheduling, please call us at 817-613-1700 or email us at , and we will get you set up for your holiday festivities!


Holiday Open House

Santa Claus at Holiday Open House
Chandor Gardens Holiday Open House

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 14th for our annual Holiday Open House, our most popular and festive of public events. Included on the Parker County Heritage Society's Candlelight Tour of Homes, the mansion is a must-see. We will have live holiday music, snacks and refreshments, and the man in red himself, Santa Claus, will be in attendance for the little ones from 2 to 4 p.m.!

You do not need to have tickets for the Candlelight Tour of Homes; Chandor Garden's Holiday Open House is a free event to the public. However, if you would like to see the rest of the homes on the tour, and we encourage you to do so, please visit https://www.parkercountyheritagesociety.com/

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+. Tickets can be purchased at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center at 1400 Texas Drive and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce at 410 Fort Worth Highway. Online ticket sales will be available soon. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Doss Center on tour day.

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.

Changes in the Garden

Ganesh - In Sunlight Again

This perfect little elephant sculpture was handmade by Douglas Chandor himself and has been hidden behind a thick wall of bamboo. Our horticulturist and dedicated staff have cleared away the overgrowth so that he can now, once more, bask in the sunlight after years in darkness. We won't tell you where to find this gem; you'll simply have to come to take in the changes in the Garden and see what is being newly unearthed.


Parker County Master Gardeners

Wildflower Seed Mix - Parker County Master Gardeners

The Parker County Master Gardeners do a lot of work for Chandor Gardens. They assist us in general Garden clean-up, annual color change-outs, and the installation of new beds and attractions. They also often come during our public events to set up "Ask A Master Gardener" booths and dispense great information and wisdom to inquiring minds. Right now, they have provided us with Wildflower Seed packets to give away with Garden admissions while supplies last! Mid-fall (so right now) is the best time to lay seeds for spring blooms, so don't forget to grab a pack! For more information on the Master Gardener program, please visit https://www.pcmg-texas.org/


Photography in the Gardens

Pumpkins - Great time for photography in the Gardens

Now would be a perfect time to take some family photos for card-giving season! To schedule your photos, please call us at 817-613-1700. Our photo rates are $30 an hour for photography sessions, and $75 for a two-hour bridal portrait session, which includes the use of the Bride's Cottage. We encourage you to call us to schedule in advance and would like to remind everyone that we are open for photography Monday through Friday from 9 to 5, Saturday from 9 to 3, and Sunday from 12 to 4. Come on out while the Garden has vibrant fall color for those photos!

Weddings at Chandor Gardens
Chandor Gardens Gift Shop


Your "happily ever after" begins here.

Reserve your special day.
Dates are filling up fast for 2020 & 2021.

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

Purple Porterweed
Purple Porterweed

Purple Portweed - Stachytarphera frantzii
We have had a lot of questions about the amazing purple-blooming bush growing out front of the garden entrance and would like to introduce everyone to Stachytarphera frantzii, better known as "Purple Porterweed!" This medium-sized zone 9-11 perennial grows about 4 feet high and 3 feet wide and produces tons of blooms. This plant is a repeat bloomer, blooming almost continuously from spring to late fall, and we can confirm that the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds come from far and wide to visit this specimen. And for those of you in the country, this plant is deer resistant too. This lovely plant is really packing a punch in the garden right now, so come see it soon, for once the cold winds of winter arrive, it will be done until around May.


Parting Shot

Gulf Fritillary on Lantana

A last straggler of the autumnal migration south is seen getting sustenance for its voyage from a Camera Lantana bloom. This Gulf Fritillary Butterfly is a beautiful remnant of summer, and we will miss them until they return for spring. We have the rest of fall and all of winter ahead of us, but there will be many things to occupy our time and bring us joy until then. We at Chandor have the utmost hopes that you make many lasting and meaningful memories in the Gardens before autumn colors fade and fall away to make room for the holiday season. We encourage you to come out and get your own sustenance for the winter ahead, while we snuggle up and wait for spring's warmth.

Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

Karen Nantz
Phone: 817-613-1700
Fax: 817-598-4354


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.