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Chandor Gardens Newsletter - November 2020

The considerable temperature fluctuations may have you thinking it is summer, fall, and winter all in the space of a single week. However, the steadily darker mornings and earlier nights are a dead giveaway: winter (and all that comes with it) is on its way. It has been an unprecedented year, to be sure, but the Garden remains as steadfast as it ever was, faithfully changing with the seasons, and in this change, one can still find comfort and familiarity. Leaves are turning gorgeous shades of scarlet and gold, the last of the migratory species are passing through, and it truly is a fall haven. If you need a break or a reset, consider coming out and taking a deep breath and inhale the scents of fall as the leaves rush around you in their annual autumnal dance. The hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season is fast approaching, so come out and take some time for yourself to unwind.

See you in the Garden,
Chandor Staff

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Autumn Art Walk

Autumn Art Walk

Our annual Autumn Art Walk was a huge success again this year. We saw the return of familiar vendors and also had our fair share of new vendors. We would like to wholeheartedly thank them for their participation and also Tacos to Die for, and Sweetie's Cheesecakes, for bringing delicious food and treats to keep everyone satiated and satisfied while they toured the Gardens. It was an outstanding experience listening to live music and shopping from the many talented artisans and craftsmen. It was so nice to return to some semblance of normalcy, and we also appreciate every guest for doing their part to ensure everyone could safely participate. We will be hosting more events like this in the future, so if you missed participating this time around, fret not! There will be more opportunities in the future!

Jack-O Lantern Nights

Jack-O'-Lantern Nights

This past month, we hosted our inaugural event called "Jack-O'-Lantern Nights." This event was a hauntingly beautiful walk through the Garden at night, with the way lit by ethereal lights and eerie music lilting from every darkened corner. Even though our first year hosting this three-night magical affair, we were almost sold out, having sold 911 tickets out of 1080! Next year, we anticipate being able to accommodate more participants as we are currently operating under reduced capacity for Covid safety-related reasons. Even with that, this event was a massive success, and we can't thank everyone enough for participating and sharing your experiences online. We are already looking forward to building on this massively popular event next October!

Jack-O Lantern Nights
9 and Under Pumpkin Contest Winner
10 to 15 Pumpkin Contest Winner
16 to Adult Pumpkin Contest Winner

Jack-O'-Lantern Nights
Pumpkin Contest Winners

We were so excited to announce the winners of the very first Jack-O'-Lantern Nights Pumpkin Carving Contest! Three age groups were competing, and winners from each group received a special prize. Guests walking through the Garden during the event were able to cast their votes for their favorites, and the winning pumpkins are featured above! They are in age group order, from kids 9 and under, kids 10-15, and then age 16 to adult. We did not stop there, however! The City of Weatherford challenged its various departments to participate in an interdepartmental pumpkin contest. We are happy to share that the City of Weatherford Water Department won! Check out their phenomenal submission below.

City of Weatherford Water Dept Winning Pumpkins
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.

Texas Arbor Day

Texas Arbor Day 2020

Happy Texas Arbor Day! Not only do trees provide the necessary oxygen for our planet, but they also provide habitats for many essential species of critters, from the smallest of insects to birds and mammals. For Texas Arbor Day 2020, we planted three large Autumn Blaze Maple Trees. Not only will they be an asset to our local ecosystems, but they will provide the Garden with beautiful seasonal colors. We are lucky to have a great staff that puts in hard work every day to keep the Gardens a fresh and beautiful place for our vibrant community.

What exactly IS the difference between Arbor Day, an internationally observed day held on the last Friday in April, and Texas Arbor Day, held the first Friday in November? Well, the short answer is "the weather." It is certainly no secret that Texas weather is extreme, and the truth is that by the time the last Friday in April rolls along, it's generally too hot to get the best results out of planting a tree. Additionally, even though April feels mild, those 90+ degree days are only a week or so away, if they have not hit already. This means that the newly planted tree has no time to adjust and establish itself before being hit with the scorching Texas summers, and may not fare as well, and could even go into shock and die. However, planting trees in late fall in our part of the world is ideal. The top of the tree is more or less dormant by that point, and all the tree's energy it built during the summer goes primarily to developing and growing the roots so it can burst forth in riotous life in spring. So, if you want to plant yourself some shade-makers, now is the time. Don't forget to stock up on a good quality root stimulator to give your new tree the best shot possible at a flourishing life!

Texas Arbor Day

Holiday Events

Holiday Events
Holiday Events

We still have availability on hosting holiday events this season! If you are looking for a place for your family or work Christmas party, dinner, or another special occasion, consider allowing Chandor Gardens the privilege of being the destination. Guests will be able to walk our winter Garden, and the Manor will be decorated to the hilt with gorgeous trees and vignettes. For inquiries, please call 817-613-1700 or email Liz at for more information on how to book this historic property.


Petra Croton

Petra Croton

The Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra' is a conundrum of a plant. Many see its lovely autumnal hues of reds, yellows, and oranges and think it is a fall plant, but they could not be more wrong! The Petra Croton is a tropical species endemic to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands. Even temps in the 50's are enough to cause a fair amount of leaf drop on this rather persnickety plant. Unless you like in areas like Florida, your best bet would be to bring your Petra Croton indoors and place in the sunniest window over winter. However, if you can provide enough light and humidity, your Petra Croton can reward you with beautiful seasonal color all winter long.

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.

Plant of the Month

Weeping Yaupon

Ilex vomitoria f. pendula 'Weeping Yaupon'
This gorgeous Weeping Yaupon made the cut for November's Plant of the Month due to its picturesque weeping qualities and its crimson berries that are the hallmark of the upcoming winter season and all its accompanying holidays. This Ilex is considered a true Texas Native and is even one of Neil Sperry's favorite species! While its subspecies name of 'vomitoria' belies its nature as being rather toxic to ingest, several native animal species depend on these fruits to sustain them throughout the cold winter. These shrubs are very hardy and make for a bold and dramatic addition to a landscaped yard. Just remember to give it enough room as these shrubs can be more of a small tree than a true shrubbery, and as we learned above, now is the time to plant your shrubs and trees!


Haunting Melodies with the Van Cliburn

Van Cliburn
Van Cliburn

On Halloween day, the Chandor Gardens Foundation hosted a fun Halloween-themed concert with the prestigious Van Cliburn organization. The Foundation has partnered with the Cliburn for educational and cultural events in the past. The 2020 pandemic understandably derailed most of the planned events this year, so it was a happy reunion to see them partner together again. We are all so happy to find a "new normal" and are so honored and grateful that all have been so adept at evolving and tweaking things and processes to safely celebrate the arts and enrich the community. Additionally, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to both the Cliburn and the Chandor Gardens Foundation for continuing their hard work to bring art and cultural events to the Garden. For more information on the Cliburn, please visit https://cliburn.org. For more on the Chandor Gardens Foundation, please visit https://www.chandorgardensfoundation.org or call (682) 268-0102 for more information on how to get involved!


Festive Fall

Chandor Gardens Entry decorated for Fall

There is still some time to take in all the beautiful fall colors, plants, and decorations throughout the Garden! As winter is fast approaching, it can be very easy to get wrapped up in preparing for all the fun and stress of the impending holidays, but it is not a terrible thing to stop and enjoy where you are in real-time. The Garden is a perfect place to come and ground yourself and remember that there is still time between now and the holidays and make some self-care a priority before the whirlwind arrives. The weather looks to be primarily gorgeous over the course of the month, so make the most of it, bring a picnic, bring some loved ones, and take a load off.


Parting Shot

Gourds of Fall

This vignette of gorgeous fall gourds and sun made of autumn corn was the labors of several staff members. It would not be an understatement to say that the sun, in particular, was a challenge, and a staff member struggled with it as it was a balance of getting the right circumference to accommodate the corn, as well as dealing with the weight of its structure. However, when other staff members assisted, tweaked the design and size, this sweet and simple masterpiece came to life and was true to the original vision. Teamwork is always appreciated, and when people work well and come together for a common goal, beauty can be achieved. This was outstanding work by the Chandor crew, and we are so proud of the teamwork and dedication the staff and the City of Weatherford have for this historic Garden. As 2020 comes nearer to a close, we want to thank everyone for coming together and getting creative in what was admittedly a challenging year. Great job, everyone!

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.)