Secret Garden

Originally named White Shadows, Ina Chandor changed the name of the gardens to Chandor Gardens to honor her husband after his death.  Douglas had been the dreamer, creator, and worker of this enchanting place.  It was his passion.

waterfallSeveral waterfalls transport one from an arid climate to a cool, lush place.

succulentwhiteSucculents grow tucked into the rocks.

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redrosesKnock-out Roses and other hardy plants grow among water loving plants.  Today the garden is in transistion with more drought tolerant plantings.

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fishThere’s a good sized pond filled with carp.  Chandor seemed to be fascinated with oriental objects and designs.

pinksPentas or starflowers or Egyptian Star Clusters are planted in several places throughout the gardens.

oakleafhydrangea3On the other side of these trees is an Oak Leaf Hydrangea.

oakleafhydrangea4They love mostly shade.

minglionsThese two Asian lions are just one example of Chandor’s use of oriental decorations.

queenelizabethEleanor Roosevelt commissioned Chandor to paint Queen Elizabeth in 1952.  She posed in Buckingham Palace for eight hours in one day and the painting was done.  This portrait was a gift to the British Embassy in DC.

This was to be his last work as Chandor died two weeks after returning to Texas.  See the two previous posts Quiet Garden and Intimate Garden to learn more about this garden and his painting career.

When Ina Chandor died in 1978, there were no heirs, so the property lay unattended for 20 years before a local couple brought it.  They took on the tremendous task of restoring it.  They eventually sold it to the city of Weatherford, Texas.  Today it is under the management of the city parks division.

yellowpompom2This small Golden Ball leadtree (Leucaena retusa) is in the parking lot.  It’s in a good spot since they are very drought tolerant, can withstand reflected heat, and naturally grow on dry, rocky slopes.  It is also somewhat protected from strong winds, which can snap the brittle trunk.

yellowpompomA bright golden-yellow puff gives a happy welcome or a come back to see us ending.  Chandor Gardens are an example of planting as a gift for the present and for the future.

“The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.”  Edgar Watson Howe

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