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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - September 2020

The nights are steadily growing longer, the days are getting shorter, and we have entered a reprieve from the brutal Texas heat. The Ornamental Grasses have put out their photogenic seasonal tufts, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are available once again, and it will not be long until bags of candy stock store shelves as far as the eye can see; autumn is imminent. Soon, the Cedar Elms will begin their annual showers of their dainty gold leaves that scatter across the Garden grounds, the Gingkoes will turn bright yellow and drop in unison, and the Japanese Maples will turn vibrant shades of red. Are you ready? We are, and we have some fun surprises in store for you, so let's fall in love with fall all over again!

See you in the Garden,
Chandor Staff

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Autumn Art Walk

Autumn Art Walk

Save the date for the Autumn Art Walk Sunday, October 18, 2020*!

Come out and enjoy the gardens, listen to great music, eat great food, and shop for one-of-a-kind art pieces, handcrafted items, jewelry, and so much more. We will provide a list of vendors and what they sell soon.

Entry is $5 for ages 13 and over and free for children 12 and under. We will add Covid-19 guidelines closer to the date if needed.

We still have room for vendors!
Are you interested in becoming a vendor? 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! For more information on being a vendor, please email Liz at to reserve your spot.

* In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, Oct 18th, a rain date has been set for Oct 25th.
** Last newsletter incorrectly had Saturday listed as the event day; please note that it is on Sunday and forgive us for our error.

Jack-O Lantern Nights

Jack-O'-Lantern Nights at Chandor Gardens

We are pleased to introduce an all-new autumn event for Chandor Gardens: Jack-O'-Lantern Nights!

We will be hosting a pumpkin carving contest with prizes for each age group's winning pumpkin! The pumpkins will be displayed throughout the Garden, and people will be able to take an enchanting walk through it at night and vote on their favorite pumpkins as they light the way through.

More information on this event, how to enter the contest, and where to purchase tickets will be released shortly, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more details on what is sure to become a favorite Garden Event.

Jack-O'-Lantern Models


A staff member's children model their jack-o'-lanterns.

Get ready and start planning your pumpkins with your family!

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.

The Ashley Deal Memorial Garden

Ashley Deal Memorial Garden
Ashley Deal Memorial Garden

The Ashley Deal Memorial Garden has been burgeoning with seasonal color and has filled in nicely since its renovation back in 2018. The plaque, provided by the City of Weatherford and the Parker County Master Gardeners, marks the entrance to this little Garden set off from the main Garden to provide a private spot for remembrance and reflection. The Parker County Master Gardeners have lovingly tended this Garden in her memory. We would like to offer our appreciation for all the ways they have helped beautify and maintain the Gardens.

If you are looking for a private space to stop and catch your breath, maybe find some peace, there's a spot in the Garden waiting for you.

For more information on the Master Gardeners, please visit https://www.pcmg-texas.org/

Ashley Deal Memorial Garden

Monarch Migration

Last newsletter, we discussed the then-upcoming migration of the endangered Monarch Butterfly southwards to South America for winter. We are pleased to announce that the first wave of these majestic Monarchs has arrived in the Garden!

Monarch Butterfly

Above, the Monarch gathers sustenance from the lavender-hued blooms of annual Verbenas growing in the old Herb Garden just north of the Manor.

Jeana Phlox

Above, check out our beautiful Jeana Phlox blooms (Phlox paniculata), a favorite source of nutrition for the Monarch Butterfly.

Monarchs will be in the area for the next two months, so come out and view the iconic butterfly while they are in town. Visiting with these butterflies would make for a wonderful addition to a virtual or home-schooling curriculum, so if your kids need to get out and get into nature, we have the flora and fauna!

Also, admission for kids ages 12 and under is FREE, and 13 and up is only $5, so come take a sanity break with us, bring some snacks, bring a camera, and capture the memories of watching them grow and learn.


Plant of the Month

Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
While the Jeana Phlox is a favorite snack for Monarch Butterflies, we would not have them at all were it not for the Butterfly Milkweed's blooms. The flowers and leaves of this plant are a primary source of nutrition for Monarch caterpillars as well as many other pollinators, and it is endemic to our area.

The vibrant blooms look beautiful in any sunny spot, and no butterfly garden would be complete without this red and yellow blossom. With specimens of this plant reaching a size of roughly 2 feet, both tall and wide, on average, this beneficial native is quite striking and attractive in addition to helping increase the numbers of endangered pollinators.

Gift Shop is in the Chandor Gardens Mansion

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.

Have You Seen Me?

Can you see Douglas the turtle

A new college freshman going away for school donated her pet Slider Turtle named Douglas (No relation to Douglas Chandor) to the Gardens.

Douglas has quickly taken to her new large surroundings, and she has become extremely elusive to see. So, we would like to issue a challenge: the first three people who can spot and take a picture of Douglas the Turtle will receive two free Garden Passes in her honor.

We will even make it "easier" and reveal that her home is in the big canal. But be warned, there is nothing easy about spotting our newest Garden resident. She blends in perfectly with the newly refurbished pond finish.


The Plant Formerly Known as Philodendron

Formerly Philodendron

The above-pictured plant has created quite the controversy in the plant community. This plant, both an excellent warm-months garden addition and a solid option for a houseplant, used to be known as Philodendron (selloum/bipinnatifidum) or the "Hope Philodendron," but that has changed!

As of 2018, this plant, and the closely related plant known as "Xanadu Philodendron" have been reclassified to an entirely new plant genus. Despite the fact that these plants have been classified under their previous genus for decades, scientists recognized that these plants were honestly quite different both genetically and physically from the Philodendrons with which they were grouped.

For instance, they grow tree trunk-like growth and shed their lower leaves, which are not traits common in the Philodendron family. So, botanical and genetic scientists did in-depth DNA studies on the plants and concluded that they were not even closely related to Philodendrons. The plants were then given their own new genus: Thaumatophyllum. While this plant has been readily available for many years, it is the perfect example of how science is always changing and growing, and how much there is still to discover in the wonderful world of botany.


Fall Photography

Fall leaves

Fall presents a gorgeous opportunity to have family photos done with a seasonally appropriate background for perfect holiday cards! All you have to do to schedule photography during our open hours is call us at 817-613-1700 or email Liz at  to get your appointment scheduled.

Our open hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm, and Sunday, noon to 4 pm.


Parting Shot


This shot of a happy little American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) cheerfully pollinating and feeding on a Walker's Low Catmint plant is a most welcome sight in the Garden, if a little blurry. However, we do not mind his quick movements that make it hard to capture a truly clear photo, because a fast bee is a healthy bee, and this little guy was as speedy as any we've seen around.

This bee species is classified as threatened, and its numbers have decreased significantly in recent years. Our Garden Staff works diligently to use insect-friendly materials and treatments whenever possible to respect and protect the threatened and endangered species populations that make their homes in Chandor Gardens.

Like the Monarch Butterfly, these entertaining yellow and black balls of fuzz will only remain out and active for another month or so. Come visit to see them and take a moment to appreciate the diversity of the North Texas ecosystem!

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.)