Created from a limestone hilltop over 70 years ago, this unique estate garden is the brilliant vision of famed portrait artist Douglas Chandor (1897 – 1953). His passion for art and beauty are expressed in Chandor Gardens' ingenious layout, rich with water features, intricate stonework, timeless sculpture and delightful surprises around every corner.
While Chandor's claim to fame was his talent as an artist, he once told his wife that he found his real passion as a gardener. In 1936, the project began: With the aid of picks, shovels, dynamite and mule-drawn plows, Chandor carved his gardens from four acres of rock-hard Texas terrain. After truckloads of topsoil, the barren, cactus-dotted property was transformed into a peaceful haven enclosed by hedges and walls.
Today, the 3.5-acre estate offers visitors the opportunity to meander trails through a special place that blends the classic elegance of the traditional English gardens with the dramatic design and bold features of Chinese gardens. From a 30-foot waterfall to a lawn bowling green, fountains, grottos, and a Chinese moon gate, every turn offers something new to see. Groups will also have the chance to view the artist's 5600-square-foot studio and home situated within the Gardens. Few gardens in the world capture charm and grace on such a personal level. Fewer still are available for the public to explore.
Located in Weatherford's Historic District, Chandor Gardens is the perfect setting for public or private group tours, retreats, weddings, private parties and more.
Docent-guided group tours for 10 or more are available by appointment. The cost is $10 per person, and groups may enjoy lunch in the gardens for an additional fee.
Self-guided tours are also available seven days a week:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Reservations are not required for self-guided tours, and the cost is $5 per person
For additional information, visit Chandor Gardens or follow Chandor Gardens on Facebook.
Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.
Photo courtesy of Chandor Gardens.