• 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 - October 2020

Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Spooky season is upon us again and finds a gloriously golden fall Garden to act as the perfect seasonal backdrop for this most eerie and ethereal time of year. Pumpkins grace our autumnal beds of green and red and orange, creating perfect spots for those family photos. The Cedar Elms shower the Garden with little golden leaves, and the rustle as they rush past is a comfort for all who stop to hear their soft sounds in the wind. This fall starts off strong with a slew of events, both old and new, and we cannot wait to share them with you! So, gather your sweaters, your masks, and your thoughts, and get ready for fall festivities!

See you in the Garden,
Chandor Staff

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Fall Events Flyer - City of Weatherford
Autumn Art Walk

Autumn Art Walk

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

Kicking off our fall events this year is our annual Autumn Art Walk on October 18th, 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 younger. We will add Covid-19 guidelines closer to the date if needed.

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 October 18th, a rain date has been set for October 25th.

Jack-O Lantern Nights

Jack-O'-Lantern Nights

Chandor Gardens is pleased to present an all-new spooky event held in the Garden, called Jack- 'O- Lantern Nights! This event is a two-part event, and the public is welcome to participate in either and highly encouraged to participate in both!

PART ONE: PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST!

We are hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest! We invite everyone to carve and submit a pumpkin (at no cost) to Chandor Gardens no earlier than Monday, October 19, and no later than Wednesday, October 21. Staff will be there until 6 pm on these days to take submissions. All pumpkins entered must be accompanied by an entry form to be eligible to win awesome prizes. There will be three age groups competing and, therefore, three prizes up for grabs! Those groups are:

  • Group A: 9 and under
  • Group B: 10 to 15
  • Group C: 16 to adults

Rules and guidelines: We ask that pumpkin designs be original and that no stencils be used, and that they must be carved so we can light them up for Part Two's event. Click here for the pumpkin carving contest form!

PART TWO: SPOOKY WALK

We will be opening the Gardens for a spoOoOoOoky night walk and will have all pumpkins on display throughout the Garden to light your way through. Voting boxes will be placed near each age group for guests to vote on their favorite! We will also have an engaging scavenger hunt for children to do during the walk. Please note, this is not a haunted house and is friendly for all ages. There will be lights, fog, and a delightfully spooky ambiance to get everyone into the Halloween spirit. Please be advised that there will be strobe lights and wear comfortable walking shoes. There are some uneven surfaces but are ADA accessible. Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend, and we expect they will go fast! Jack- 'O- Lantern nights will take place on the nights of October 23rd, 24th, and 25, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm each night.

Food Vendors:

  • Friday, October 23: Flame Grill and Sweet Emilia's
  • Saturday, October 24: Events in Motion and Sweet Emilia's
  • Sunday, October 25: Tacos to Die For and Sweet Emilia's

TICKET INFORMATION
$10 - Ages 7 and over
Free - Ages 6 and under (must be accompanied by an adult)

Buy Tickets Online Here

  • Pick your day
  • Register
  • Pick your time
  • Add your group's tickets to your cart
  • Click Checkout
  • Pay with credit card

Please be in line right at your ticket start time and arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before that time. Parking is limited. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event, and may be purchased online at this link.

If you have any questions, you can call Chandor Gardens at 817-613-1700 during business hours (Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm), and we can assist you!

 

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.

Butterfly Business

Red Spotted Purple Admiral Butterfly

Limenitis arthemis, also known as the Red-Spotted Purple Admiral Butterfly, was spotted fluttering around the courtyard fountain in the Garden, taking tiny sips of water. Butterflies of many subspecies are heavily congregating in our area now as they begin their journeys to their wintering migratory havens. Make time to come out and sit among the butterflies while they are still here!

 

Fronded Friends

Staghorn Fern

If Platycerium bifurcatem sounds like a mouthful, "Staghorn Fern" will do just fine.

These Epiphytes will only be out for a time that is quickly being limited by the ever-encroaching cold, so they will only be viewable for a little while longer. These massive specimens are quite interesting and different from your average Fern as they are free-hanging and are not the kind of plant that one would put in a pot with dirt. In fact, "Epiphyte" means "a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic, such as the numerous ferns, bromeliads, air plants, and orchids growing on tree trunks in tropical rainforests." So in the wild, these plants will often grow in the crook where branch meets tree, but in cultivation grow wrapped around pieces of wood which can then be hung. Once hung, the brown Shield Fronds start overlapping more and more until an enormous specimen has developed. Ours are so big they require the use of a tractor to move them from place to place! Come see them before they get tucked away in the greenhouse for their winter break.

 

American Beauty Berry

American Beauty Berry

Our Callicarpa americana, or 'American Beauty Berry', have decided at long last to bring forth their autumn harvest of beautiful purple berries. These hardy shrubs typically reach about 3-5 ft. tall and usually just as wide, but can reach 9 ft. in height in favorable soil and moisture conditions, and the Callicarpas in the Garden are starting to push those larger numbers. Fun fact: Callicarpenal, the chemical compound created by this plant, has been scientifically proven to repel mosquitos and ticks! This native plant is beautiful, useful, and highly important to our ecosystem as it sustains many insects, birds, and mammals.

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.

Where Old and New Converge

ivy climbing wall

Merriam-Webster defines "palimpsest" as "something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form", and truly, no word defines a garden of this age as well as that. The perennials may be new, but the beds they bloom in are decades old. These Ivy vines may be fresh, but the walls they climb are antiques. Everywhere one looks about the Garden, traces of the old merge with the new to create a smooth, blurred transition of time. From the days when Douglas Chandor cultivated a rocky pasture into a green oasis, to now, when we use it to honor his legacy and involve the community in our traditions and events. The Garden welcomes you; you need only come.

 

Parting Shot

Pergola

What beauty lurks behind these old Garden walls adorned in autumnal grace? What might one find in taking a less-used path through the lush green Garden walls and beds? And more importantly, where might these ancient pathways lead, and what memories could be made discovering them for yourself?

So come, bring your family, bring someone special, and bring your camera to capture the fleeting beauty of a Garden in the middle of its seasonal transition. There is magic here if one only knows where to look.

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.)