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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - August 2020

Summer slowly slides into autumn with an almost imperceptible shift, but if you are paying attention, you might notice the nights are getting a tiny bit longer, and the mornings just a sliver darker. August is often a sweltering month in the Garden. Still, it brings with it a stunning array of blooms and wildlife as the first of migratory creatures begin their journeys southwards to escape the inevitable crisp air that is right around the corner. Fall is on the way.

To that end, the City of Weatherford is pleased to announce that we will be having our annual Autumn Art Walk, with a few adjustments and changes to keep vendors and guests safe. If you are an artist or sell hand-crafted goods and are interested in being a vendor, we want to hear from you! Email Liz at for more information on how to be a vendor. As we work out the details on how to safely have one of our most beloved events, we will make announcements imminently. For the most current updates on the Art Walk status, make sure to follow us on Facebook!

As always, we cannot express enough how much we appreciate our community and guests, and we look forward to seeing you in the Garden soon.

The Chandor Gardens Staff


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Summer is for Succulents

Succulents
Succulents
Succulents

Throughout the Courtyard are amazing succulent arrangements everywhere one looks. In the walls in planters, adorning an artistically-converted bench, and even in pots that date back to the 1940s! There are so many kinds we can't possibly name them all here, but they are worth a look! Fun fact: succulents are not cacti, but cacti are succulents. Essentially, cacti are part of the succulent classification, but there are many more kinds! The succulent family is quite large, in fact. For a succulent plant to be considered a cactus specifically, the plant must have areoles. Areoles are small, round mounds of plant flesh where spines, hair, leaves, and flowers grow from the cactus. Areoles are ONLY present on cacti, but not on all succulents. Come on out and see if you can figure out which succulents are cacti and which aren't. Even better, bring out the kids and get into nature and get learning!

 

Calling All Vendors
for the
Annual Autumn Art Walk!

Autumn Art Walk

Saturday, October 18th, 2020*
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


We still plan to host our Autumn Art Walk this October! However, understandably, there will be some changes to accommodate for increased safety due to Covid-19 concerns. One change will be that we will be assigning vendor spots to ensure vendors and guests maintain appropriate distancing. Because of this, our vendor capacity is a bit more limited than it has been in years past, and we will be asking our vendors to only bring one folding table for their wares.

We are looking specifically for vendors who create handmade items for sale. This might mean paintings or prints, candles, jewelry, soaps, and the like. If you create with your hands, we want you! Additionally, we are looking for musical talent! There are four timeslots, so if you are interested in performing, let us know. For information on becoming a vendor or reserving a music timeslot, please email Liz at .

*Please note, we have set Saturday, Oct 25th as the alternate date in the event of inclement weather.

 

Photography

Photography
Photography

Chandor Gardens remains a prime location for photography, whether Bridal Portraits, Quinceanera photos, family photos, graduation pictures; you name it, we can accommodate it! All you need to do is schedule your session ahead of time. This ensures that there are not too many sessions going on at once so everyone can get those gorgeous photos. To schedule photography during our open hours, call us at 817-613-1700.

We cannot currently accommodate after-hours photography. Our open hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, and Sunday, noon to 4 pm.

Photography is $30 an hour, which covers the cost of admission for the photographer and up to four individuals. Any individual over the age of 12 in excess on that amount is an additional $5.

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.

Bridal Portraits in the Garden

Bridal Portraits

Bridal Portrait sessions are $75 for a two-hour timeslot and receive exclusive access to our Bride's Cottage for use in getting ready on-site. This is a perfect way to get those exquisite bridal portraits that may be difficult to achieve in the hustle and bustle on the day of the wedding. Bridal Portraits are also an excellent run-through to see how a bride's dress, hair, and makeup all come together for a complete look!

Call Chandor Gardens for more information on scheduling Bridal Portraits or email Liz at .

 

A Cool Retreat from the Texas Heat

Cool Retreat from the Texas Heat

August can be a scorcher in North Texas. This is certainly not news to anyone from this immediate geographical area. Chandor Gardens is blessed because we have water features that are intertwined throughout the grounds and Garden beds. We have two waterfalls, including the iconic Mount Cox pictured above, a large pond, a canal system, the grand Dragon Fountain pond, the Triple Tier Fountain, the Buddha Fountain, and the Pixie Pond. Additionally, we have the sweet Bronze Statue fountain tucked away in a northern grotto. There is also a beautiful fountain with an original-to-the-property astrolabe mounted atop it in the center of the Courtyard. All of these water features combined with the ample shade from the Oaks and Cedar Elms actually keep the Garden several degrees cooler than the average ambient temperatures in the surrounding area. If you want to be outside but not in direct sun, the Garden just might be the perfect place for you.

 

Turk's Cap

Turk's Cap
Turk's Cap

A Texas tradition, the Turk's Cap is a staple in any Texas Garden. This native can grow in direct sun, and it can grow in the shade, and easily tolerates our extreme weather conditions, from the deepest winters to the harshest summers. These plants get around 3-4' wide and tall, and they even produce an edible fruit when the flower is spent that tastes vaguely like an apple! Even cuter is how the little red blooms look like a little Turk's Cap, which is the origin of their common name. Come visit these charming scarlet blooms located on the south end of the Millstone Pond.

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.

The Butterfly Waystation

Butterfly Waystation
Butterfly Waystation

The Parker County Master Gardeners have been hard at work sprucing up the Garden's Butterfly Waystation to accommodate the influx of migrating Monarchs the Gardens will see near the end of this month. As the sojourners flee south for the winter, they will be traveling through our neck of the woods mid to late August through early November. The Master Gardeners have created this Garden as a source of nutrients for the butterflies and other wildlife. This is good because the Monarch Butterfly populations have declined by more than 80% over the last decade and are tipping towards total and irreversible migratory collapse. In response, companies, nonprofits, and gardens like Chandor Gardens have started planting plant species to ensure that migrating Monarchs have places with food stores along the "corridor" of their journey. Every little bit helps, and there are things even you can do to save the butterflies! Some good North Texas natives to help the plight of the butterflies are Brazilian Rock Rose (pictured above), Lantana, Beebalm, Salvia, and Milkweed. Even better is that in addition to helping conservation efforts, as Texas natives, these plants require low water and attention, and reward neglect with a riot of color.

 

To Tree, or not to Tree?

Yucca

These giant and beautifully sculptural Yuccas are as much a work of art as they are a landscape plant. Remember above, when we talked about how big the succulent family is? When we said "big," we meant it! Yuccas are not a tree as many people think but are instead a member of the succulent family. Because they are succulents and succulents hoard their water so efficiently, generally, they only need actual attention the first hot season they are planted. Once established, they require very little care and effort, so if you forget to water them for a couple of months (or a couple years!), they will still be steadfastly growing along without complaint! Just make sure to take care to avoid the points of their leaves, as varieties with the harder, sturdier leaves can be quite sharp!

 

Plant of the Month

Diamond Frost

Euphorbia hypericifolia - 'Diamond Frost'
While this diminutive and dainty plant may seem fragile, it is actually in the Euphorbia family, which is a family primarily comprised of – you guessed it – succulents! While this variety does not have the typical succulent qualities of many Euphorbias, it does possess all the strength and adaptability of its larger and pokier cousins, making it a new but highly sought-after plant in the Texas landscaping scene. However, like most Euphorbias, it may love the heat, but it is not the most tolerant of frost and is therefore classified as a tender perennial. If you have these in your landscape and would like to try and preserve them in your beds for next year, mulch them well and cover with frost cloth when below-freezing conditions are imminent later this year. However, it is currently August and predictably hot, so enjoy those graceful little white blooms in the meantime and soak up the last remaining drops of summer.

 

Parting Shot

Northern Cricket Frog

This tiny Northern cricket frog (Acris crepitans) was so small that had I not stopped to pick up the pen I had dropped while making my morning Garden rounds, I would never have noticed it amid the mulch and twigs.

No bigger than a paperclip, this tiny Northern Cricket Frog sat in a gap between some ivy and was nearly completely hidden. I was able to snap a photograph of it, but in the time it took me to switch over to Portrait Mode for a crisper, cleaner shot, it was gone, almost as if it had never been there at all, and the Ivy was still and silent.

Moments like this are good to remind the soul to stop and take in the moment, take in a breath, and take in the details. It is all too easy to walk in the Garden and see the gorgeous panoramic views, the stately fountains, and showy plant groupings, and never think to look closer. Yet, on a more finite scale, beauty and life are often overlooked in favor of grand design, but both are worthy of admiration. I hope this admittedly fuzzy frog photo can serve as a reminder to look at the busy world of insects, invertebrates, and the tiniest of vertebrate animals because they are as essential to a healthy ecosystem as anyone else.

Here's to the enormous yuccas, and the tiniest frogs, and everything in between.

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

Admission
Adults: $5
Children 12 and under: Free
(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)