Recently, my daughter and I re-visited Chandor Gardens for a walking tour. The garden began as an artist’s dream nearly 70 years ago. Douglas Chandor, an Englishman, came to the US in 1926 and became known as one of the great artists of the 20th century. Today his portraits of President Herbert Hoover, President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are among five of his paintings exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
In 1934 Douglas Chandor and Ina Kuteman married and settled in her hometown of Weatherford Texas. In 1936, the couple began their home and surrounding gardens which they named White Shadows. The garden evolved from a cactus covered hillside into a series of garden rooms featuring English and Chinese Motifs. The garden flourished until his death in 1953. As a tribute to her husband Ina opened the garden to the public and changed the name to Chandor Gardens. The city of Weatherford acquired the garden in 2002.
The entrance to the garden is guarded by cast iron rams.
The lawn area bordered by an Italian Pergola is the scene for wedding receptions.
To the left of the bridge is a home for Koi fish.
Gargoyles guard the gardens.
At the end of the Bowling green is also a site for garden weddings. The boxwood garden is near the Bowling Green. A lovely bronze nude stands at the base of a fountain.
At the end of the Bowling green is the Pixie Pond which stands in front of the Gazebo.
Chi-Ling Fountain is an enchanting fountain constructed using Chi-Ling statues found in New York City, Coke, and 7-Up bottles, colored marbles, and his own handmade ceramic tiles.
Opposite the fountain is the Buddha Niche which features a happy Buddha statue tucked within the ivy colored stone.
The garden is very shady and is an oasis from the heat of Texas. It was a lovely garden and a great afternoon getaway.