• 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 - February 2021

Do you smell that sweet scent lingering in the breeze? Is it our Winter Daphne that's bursting into life, or is it romance in the air? Either way now would be a lovely time to come out with your sweetheart and take a stroll through Chandor Gardens. We will be open on Sunday, February 14th, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, so make plans, pack a picnic, and get cozy in the chilly February breeze.
Though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Pennsylvania, spring is starting to peek from around the Garden corners. It's time to start planning those spring pictures, and despite Phil's prediction, we suspect that March is going to be a perfect time to get photos in the spring blooms. First to bloom are always the Daffodil varieties, followed quickly by the heavily scented Hyacinths, and rounding out the production is a big show of Tulips for the grand finale. Call our office for info on scheduling photography during open hours!

Don't forget, on March 20th, we will host our annual Spring Fling event in which the public can come out and shop from local artisans and craftsmen. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call us at 817-613-1700 or email at for more details. Vendor spots are filling fast!

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff

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Spring Fling at Chandor Gardens

Spring Fling 2021

Saturday, March 20th, 2021
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Admission: $5 adults, kids 12 and under are free

Help us celebrate the arrival of a long-awaited spring season in the gardens at our annual "Spring Fling"! This popular event features music, food, and area artists and artisans.

Every year, our list of talented participating artists and vendors grows, and this year will be no exception. The gardens will be loaded with talented people displaying, demonstrating, and selling their unique arts and crafts.

So, come on out and see the gardens in full bloom and bring your camera for a special family photo or two!


As we grow and expand this popular event every year, we're always looking for new and talented artists and artisans to come to join in on the celebration and display/sell your goods to the public. This event is free for all vendors. If interested, please call 817-598-4334 or email .



Yoga in The Gardens with Loretta Benham

Yoga in the Gardens
Yoga in the Gardens

I had the opportunity to sit down with Loretta Benham, our very own talented and skilled yoga instructor, for a chance to pick her brain on yoga and its benefits to its practitioners, and she had a lot to say. Loretta has been doing yoga since 2011, giving her a decade of experience in practice. When asked what the most significant thing she would like to impress upon our readers about yoga, she emphatically said, "Yoga is for everybody. It can be modified in the way that best suits your body type, age, or ability." She also stressed that yoga should be accessible to everyone, saying, "If you ever wanted to try yoga, this is the perfect place to do it. It's not intimidating at all, it's not a gym, so it's not that kind of yoga. We feel like we have a sisterhood here; we have fun, we laugh, we care about each other. It's a community."

Due to Covid-19, the procedures for yoga have changed a bit to ensure safe social distancing. Rather than showing up, she asks that you call ahead at least a little before, so she knows who all is coming, and due to restricting the size of the class, the fee structure has changed a bit as well. For drop-ins (pay per class), it's $12 a class. There is also an option to do a monthly unlimited for $60 a month.

Yoga takes place at Chandor Gardens Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 817-598-4334.

Yoga Frog

Yoga Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Class Sizes Limited
Call to Make Reservation: 817-597-1503
Fee: $12 per class for drop-ins, or $60 per month for monthly unlimited classes
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.


Update on Pathway Restoration

Pathway Restoration
Pathway Restoration

Progress is still underway at Chandor Gardens with the restoration of the original stone pathways, and it is moving FAST! Crews have been hard at work lifting the original stones placed in the walkways, leveling the ground, and repaving them, so they are better for walking on through the Garden. Some areas are open, but as we continue with construction, this means that some walkways may be intermittently inaccessible.

For questions on progress and Garden accessibility, please call our office at 817-598-4334.

We sincerely appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work to restore Douglas Chandor's most extensive work of art.

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


Daphne odora
I am convinced that there is no smell sweeter on the face of the earth than that of a Winter Daphne in full bloom. However, not many people get the opportunity in their lives to smell this floral fragrance due to how notoriously difficult this species can be to grow. They are incredibly temperamental and don't tolerate root disturbance well at all. They are not recommended for beginner gardeners because they can be extra finicky when young and acclimating to a new planting. They are also very vulnerable to a variety of fungal pests, and they are a generally short-lived shrub, so we are very proud of how happy and gorgeous our specimen is. Indeed, due to its rarity in our corner of the world, it would be a shame to miss a plant nicknamed "thousand-mile scent" in its native Asian home, so you've got about a month to come to experience it. Don't delay!


Lenten Roses

Lenten Roses
Lenten Roses
Lenten Roses

The Helleborus (Lenten Roses) are in full bloom right now. These gorgeous flowers are often easy to miss due to their diminutive stature as understory plants, but for a keen eye, these showy blossoms that come in a wide array of color (pink, burgundy, red, purple, white, and green) are a real treat. What's even better is that the blossoms of this plant last for weeks! These are planted throughout the east side of the Garden in patches, from the smaller of the two waterfalls to the southernmost bed on that side. Come and check out these sweetly beautiful blooms.

Bridal portraits at Chandor Gardens

Perfect for Bridal Portraits

Have you always dreamed of a fairytale location for those intimate bridal shots like this bride? Look no further than Chandor Gardens for your Bridal Portrait destination! Our Bridal Portrait packages are $75 for two-hour sessions and include exclusive use of our Bride's Cottage to make getting ready and getting glammed up a breeze. Bridal Portraits do need to be reserved ahead of time by calling 817-598-4334. How beautiful does Heather (bride) look in these photos? Call today to schedule your own special session.

Bridal portraits at Chandor Gardens
Bridal portraits at Chandor Gardens

Parting Shot

Parting Shot - Oriental Lantern

An oriental lantern stands as a Garden watchman on a rocky outcropping with its Dianthus blooms standing at attention. The stone sentinel marks the passage of time throughout the grounds. An established garden can be an enigma in some ways. There is this heady mix of things old and new. Tiny baby Phlox blooms can intermingle with centuries-old stones. Freshly planted Liriope can grow in the shade of the Boxwoods planted by Douglas Chandor himself almost a hundred years ago. Baby Koi can swim in the shadows of the massive Cedar Elm branches. There is old, and there is new, and in the juxtaposition, there is hope.

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.)