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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - July 2020

If you find yourself in need of a reprieve from the heat and the ordinary during this warm July, you could not pick a better spot than right here at Chandor Gardens. Morning time is the coolest and breeziest part of the day, but the gardens provide so much shade that any time of the day will give you the mental and physical respite from the bright and relentless Texas sun. So, come on out and get cool in Weatherford's own secret Garden.

Please note, the Garden will be closed July 3rd and 4th in celebration of Independence Day. Additionally, we ask visitors to adhere to social distancing guidelines when encountering other visitors in the Garden. Thank you! 

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

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Stony Sentinels

Stony Sentinels

Some annual blooms growing out from a rocky formation on the north side of the Millstone Pond peek around the sides of the monolithic stone structure to get a glimpse of the bubbling waters just beyond. In the distance, some Golden Bamboo trails delicately over the water's surface with all the grace of a seasoned ballerina. Only instead of performing on a black stage floor with scuff marks and dust, it dances on the smooth, still pond surface while the Koi join in under the water, together creating a beautiful and enchanting duet that was seemingly choreographed by nature herself.


A Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise
Tropical Paradise

Colocasia gigantea flourish in front of the smaller of the Garden's two waterfalls. Some annual blooms adorn the flower beds at their base, and beyond lies a gentle, mossy cliffside, flowing with the water that feeds the entire canal system. On the opposite side of the waterway, fiery orange Lilies bloom in a patch of dappled sunlight. In July, while the rest of the world bakes, we grow and burgeon with life under the protection of the Oaks and Cedar Elms' protective embrace.


Wizened Watchers

Wizened Watchers

Overhead, throughout the entire Garden grows a network of intertwined branches. Oaks and Cedar Elms work symbiotically to shade and protect the grounds and provide the perfect nurturing atmosphere for the delicate Japanese Maples and shade-loving herbaceous foliage specimens. These trees have been here for so long, watching the Garden and the surrounding city grow under and around them. Their gnarled and wizened trunks have provided many a passerby with a place to lean against or sit beside as they go about their tour of the Garden. While walking through, it is easy to fail to look up in favor of the delightful groupings of flowers that grace the ancient winding paths, but we would be remiss if we did not give credit where it's due. None of the Garden's breathtaking beds full of growth and color would be possible without these tall and stately protectors keeping watch.

Yoga Frog

Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Class Sizes Limited
Call to Make Reservation: 817-597-1503
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.

Gorgeous Groupings

Gorgeous Groupings

A grouping of annuals, Coleus, and Iresine look glorious alongside old sandstone boulders. Some Salvia hides in the back, adding height, texture, and color to the scene. In the far back reaches, a Cedar's arms, bent from age and the elements, provide an architectural touch to the scene.


Refreshing Respite

Refreshing Respite

As referenced above, the Garden provides many a shady spot and stunning water feature to admire. The cerulean waters of the ornate Dragon Fountain do not disappoint. Miniature Boxwoods flank the fountain on all sides, and moss grows between the stones that comprise the antique walking path that encircles the entire feature. Douglas Chandor referred to this area as "the Sunken Garden," and it is easy to understand why; located at the southernmost point on the property, is it quite literally sunk into the hillside.


Lovely Lilies

Lovely Lilies

As if straight from a Monet painting, our Water Lilies are in full bloom in the Triple Tiered Fountain and the canal just south of the white Chinese Bridge. If an aspiring artist wished to try their hand at painting an abstract watercolor of Water Lilies themselves, there are several out of the way vantage points around these features, so do not be afraid to bring your paints and paper! This Garden was created by an artist, and creativity runs through the proverbial veins of this historic oasis. Artists of all levels of skill are welcome to come and take their time to see what they can create, and that is truly a fitting way to pass the time within the Garden's hallowed walls.

Chandor Gardens Gift Shop

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

Kent Beauty Oregano

"Kent Beauty" Oregano
Not your average Oregano, this unusual specimen proves that herb plants are anything but boring. 'Kent Beauty' Oregano is a gorgeous herbal plant that blooms repeatedly and is tipped by lilac and blush-tinged leaves. It has a mounding and draping quality making it a stunning addition to a tiered and layered flowerbed, which is exactly what we have done here! Look for them growing along the stony layered flowerbed situated just south of the large waterfall. Be sure to give them a sniff as their strong herbal scent is as heady as any kitchen herb.


Garden Closed July 4th

Happy Independence Day

Please note that the Garden will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th, 2020 in celebration of Independence Day. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!


Parting Shot

Japanese Maple

A delicate and lacy Japanese Maple sits center in the photograph against the old brick wall, framed on the sides by the branches of neighboring trees. Ahead of this fringed specimen, enormous Bromeliads create the perfect front border. Sometimes perspective is difficult for one to get, and it is only by stepping back a bit that one can see the beauty that lies before them. A picture may only be two-dimensional, but if done correctly from a more open perspective, a photographer can capture the three-dimensional quality of their subject in a seemingly simple photograph. A garden, like life itself, is layered and complex. We should all take heed to make time to gather perspective and not rush through, or we might miss the beauty and opportunities that present themselves along the way.

Contact Information

Chandor Gardens
711 W Lee Avenue
Weatherford, TX 76086

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

Private Tours and Events
Available year-round by appointment

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.)