• 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 - December 2020

Here we are, having arrived at the end of 2020, and the Gardens seem as ready as everyone else for the end of fall. There are delights of winter color everywhere. Nandinas and Hollies are putting out showy berries. Tree leaves are turning shocking shades of scarlets, oranges, and chartreuse, and the cool weather annuals are more than carrying their weight in the gardens. Texture and color everywhere have transformed our winter Garden into a beautifully festive growing work of art!
It's not just the Garden that is beautiful. We take great pride and enjoyment in making the house as stunning for our guest's delight as we possibly can with multiple trees and Christmas vignettes! But we didn't stop there, of course. The Parker County Master Gardeners came out and made handmade fresh-cut greenery garlands to grace our bridges, fountains, and front door! The Mansion and Gardens are available for private rentals.

As much as we are enjoying the holidays, that hasn't stopped us from preparing for spring. Our staff and the Parker County Master Gardeners have been hard at work planting thousands of bulbs throughout the Garden that will burst forth early this coming spring. There is always something to do or see here at Chandor Gardens, and we look forward to welcoming 2021 with all of you.

Warmest wishes,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

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Around the Garden

Japanese Maples
Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples
Our Japanese maples are looking stunning right now, especially our weeping cultivar. This means that the branches turn downward the way a weeping willow does, giving it a draping aesthetic rather than branching outwards the way traditional maples do. Japanese maples are a great addition to any garden because they look different with each passing season as their leaves vary between greens, deep purple, and shocking scarlet, as seen here. In the cold of winter, it will drop its leaves to show the delicate bare branches draping down, which is a beautiful sight to behold, especially if one has the opportunity to view it in a rare moment of a dusting of frost. At the moment, it, as well as our other Japanese maples, are showing off their fiery fall flair and are definitely worth taking a moment to stop and admire this beauty from the east.

Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Muskogee Crape Myrtle
Fall is in full swing at Chandor Gardens, as evidenced by our beautiful and proud Muskogee crape myrtles' bright display of sunset orange color. Muskogee crape myrtles are beautiful and unusual for a crape myrtle, as they can reach heights of over 20 feet tall! They are a beautiful and architectural touch in the gardens.

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.

Michael Pavlovsky

Garden Restorations

Renowned Fort Worth artist and sculptor, Michael Pavlovsky, has been hard at work on some restorations in the Garden. You may recognize his work from our extensive Dragon Fountain restoration that was completed last year. Currently, he's working on restoring some stonework and Douglas Chandor's grand stone "lanterns." We are so honored to have Michael Pavlovsky's help to bring Chandor's dream back to life. For more information on Michael's work, please visit http://michaelpavlovsky.com/.

Garden Restoration
Garden Restoration
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

Copper Canyon Daisy
Copper Canyon Daisy

Tagetes lemmonii 'Copper Canyon Daisy'
Endemic to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico, this plant does exceptionally well in Texas hill country as well, and once established, requires very little water and fertilizer. However, as it is a somewhat warmer desert climate plant, we often get some frosts that prevent us from witnessing this daisy in full bloom. Thanks to this year's mild fall and winter, the Copper Canyon Daisy is in rare full bloom, making it this year's December Plant of the Month. This plant will grow into a perennial shrub up to about 3 feet high, and it may spread to about 5 or 6 feet wide.


Parting Shot


This year has been unprecedented, and for many, it has felt at times like an upward struggle. As we enter this holiday season, it seems right to reflect on all that this year has brought us, both good and bad, and to take a moment to appreciate the bits of beauty and color that are an integral part of life's journey. These sweet little Dianthus growing up the rocky incline of our iconic Mount Cox waterfall seem like an apt metaphor for this. From our Garden family to yours, we wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

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.)