• 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 - April 2021

Spring is well underway in the gardens. Indeed, we see the return of songbirds and butterflies in addition to the flowers and greenery. It seems like just yesterday, Chandor Gardens filled with delicate little buds, the tentative promise of a brighter future in the gardens, and have they ever fulfilled on it! The gardens are awash with color and fragrance, and it couldn't have come at a better time as April is also a great month weather-wise for having photography done in the gardens, so call us at 817-598-4334 to schedule a session today.

Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram and we'll keep you posted there too.

See you in the Garden,
The Chandor Gardens Staff


Shakespeare's As You Like It
 By: Theater Off The Square Troupe

As You LIke It poster

Show Dates & Times:
Friday, April 9 at 6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)
Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
$5 at the garden entrance before each performance (cash only)
Children under 12 - Free

Bring your blankets or chairs and get comfortable for an entertaining evening at Chandor Gardens watching a theater performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It performed by the Theater Off The Square theatre group.

Director: Edwina Himes
Assistant Director: Christian Lopez

As You Like It is a comedy thought to have been written in 1599. It follows the story of Rosalind, a heroine fleeing persecution. The play contains some of Shakespeare's most famous and well-known lines, many spoken by a character she meets in the Forest of Arden, Jacque.

  • Doors will open one hour before showtime
  • This is a casual, family-friendly event.
  • No animals are allowed (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities).
  • Bring a blanket or lawn chairs (there will be some chairs available).
  • You may bring picnic food and drinks.
  • Drinks and light concessions are available for purchase. (cash sales only)
  • No smoking except in designated areas.

For additional information, contact Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc.: 682-268-0102 or Theater Off The Square: 817-341-8687.

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.


Blooms Everywhere

redbud tree in bloom
tulip in bloom

Even in the shadier areas of the Garden, there are blooms everywhere. Tulips are striking with their bright blossoms, violas cluster in thick groupings, Irises are awakening from their winter slumber, and the Redbuds awash in purple and pink hues. These beautiful and native trees are a stunner in any garden, which is why we have many planted throughout ours! They are in full bloom right now and raise the eye to new heights with their color and vibrancy. There aren't many trees that bloom with such a bright flower, so how lucky are we that this species not only comes in a variety of cultivars but is also native to our landscape? It's spring, let's celebrate it!


Spring Fling

Spring Fling

This year's Spring Fling was a huge success, and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to see us and shop, and all the vendors and entertainers! The food was great, the music was beautiful, and the art was magnificent. We could not have had a better day!

We look forward to seeing everyone again at our Autumn Art Walk this October!



Clair Nowell
Spring Fling sign by Clair Nowell

Speaking of Spring Fling, we would like to extend an extra special "thank you" to Clair Nowell, daughter of Malinda Nowell, City Secretary. Claire is a 16-year-old sophomore at Peaster High School. Despite being involved in track, archery, and the National Honor Society, she still found the time to put her creativity to use and make us this adorable decorative sign that we can use at Spring Flings for years to come. Thank you so much, Claire!

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

peach tree in bloom
peach tree in bloom

Peach Tree
If we had a dollar for every time someone asked us what the "pretty pink bush" was, we'd have a whole lot of dollars! It's not surprising, given its short stature and odd growth habit. Virtually all fruit trees sold in the US are of grafted rootstock onto Plum tree roots, but that is not the case with this one. We suspect that someone dropped a peach pit after finishing their snack, and we wound up with this strikingly beautiful specimen. Interestingly, plum rootstock is ideal for grafting other fruit-bearing branches. It is possible to graft branches from different fruit trees onto one plum rootstock and have a single tree bearing apples, pears, peaches, etc.!


Parting Shot

Parting Shot - Gray Heron

You just never know what wildlife you might happen upon in the gardens. Check out this Gray Heron taking a break from its migratory travels in one of our large trees. This large, prehistoric-looking bird is a predatory wading bird endemic to most of the temperate world and travels south for the winter months. He's a cool-looking bird. There are always plenty of opportunities for bird watchers in the gardens, especially during migration events, so come on out and see which feathered friend is visiting today!

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.)