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Enjoy a self-guided journey through 7 unique gardens in Parker County.
Discover what lies behind the hedges, fences, and gates!

The Friends of Chandor Gardens are pleased to present the 3rd Annual Secret Gardens of Parker County Tour of 7 unique gardens in Parker County, Texas, which showcases stunning views, landscaping ideas, fascinating plants and garden art.

This is a self-guided tour, so you can make your own itinerary and go at your own pace between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Garden Locations:

  • 126 Cahill Court, Weatherford, TX
  • 211 Davis St, Weatherford, TX
  • 416 W Josephine St, Weatherford, TX & 413 W. Lee Ave, Weatherford, TX
  • 609 W. Lee Ave, Weatherford, TX
  • 711 W Lee Ave, Weatherford, TX - Chandor Gardens
  • 1911 Woodland Hills Lane, Weatherford, TX
  • 117 Ranch House Rd, Willow Park, TX - The Community Garden, St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church

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  • $12/person - online in advance
  • $15/person - day of the event at 1st garden visited.

NOTE - Those purchasing tickets online will be emailed a booklet with information about each garden and a map closer to the tour date. All ticket holders will be provided a printed copy of the booklet at the 1st garden gate visited the day of the event.

Regrettably, due to stairs and uneven terrain, the gardens on the tour are not fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities or for strollers.

In case of cancellation, due to significant inclement weather, the tour will be held Saturday, June 8, 2024, instead.

Thank-you so much to the garden owners!
We are only able to be in the private gardens through the gracious kindness of the owners.

For additional information call: 817-550-7762

** Proceeds benefit the enhancement of Chandor Gardens reflecting the artistic vision of Douglas Chandor **


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An exploration into the music that has defined the soundtrack for countless Western films over the past 100 years!

Chandor Gardens Foundation invites you to the next instalment in the ongoing Wine & Words Speaker Series with Dr. Paul Cortese, Assistant Director for Operations in the TCU School of Music presenting "Big Sky Music! - The Western Film Score" at Chandor Gardens on Saturday, May 18, 2024

Cowboys, Indians, gunfights, and adventures on the frontier have all been represented by various musical treatments. Dr Cortese will highlight the composers who developed the ‘horse opera’ score, while examining the musical language and devices used to transport the audience to another time and place—the American Old West.

The film score creates a film's emotion and mood for each scene. Western movies have not only masterfully used music to communicate emotions and mood to the audience, but to also influence the emotions and moods of the audience. Dr Cortese will be sharing music and film clips from well-known Western movies showing how the film score plays such an integral role to the overall audience experience.

The presentation starts at 7:00 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)

Tickets: $30 (includes wine & beer)



Dr Paul Cortese

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Dr. Paul Cortese is the Assistant Director for Operations in the TCU School of Music. He manages organizational and promotional projects including the performance hall box office, website updates, YouTube video channel, jury examination system, print advertising, event project management and general facility services. Dr. Cortese is the Director of TCU’s Summer Music Institute, which offers instrumental workshops and music camps to middle and high school students across north Texas.

Dr. Cortese is an instructor, who developed and teaches Survey of Film Music to non-majors for Fine Arts credit. He oversees and programs the School of Music’s Recital Hour class, which features student performances and guest lecture presentations. Dr. Cortese’s research interests include teaching artistry for social change and musical performance practice in the variety theatre (vaudeville) and early silent film era.

As a classically trained guitarist, Cortese has performed both acoustic fingerstyle repertoire and electric contemporary music styles. He has taught a wide range of guitar students from young beginners, to college students and advanced adult players. Dr. Cortese holds degrees from Syracuse University (B.M.), New England Conservatory (M.M.) and Texas Christian University (Ed.D.).

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Chandor Gardens Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Theater Off The Square to bring William Shakespeare's play "The Merry Wives of Windsor" to the Courtyard of Chandor Gardens for 3 performances over 2 days:
      * Friday, April 19 @ 7:00 P.M. (door opens at 6:30 P.M.)
      * Saturday, April 20 @ 3:00 P.M. (door opens at 2:30 P.M)
      * Saturday, April 20 @ 7:00 P.M. (door opens at 6:30 P.M.)

This is Shakespeare's merry comedy of marriage, wealth, jealousy, and lies: Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story...

Tickets are:
Adults - $10
Children 12 and under - $5

Note: Tickets can be pre-purchased online with a credit card or purchased with cash at the door just prior to each performance.

- Bring your own folding chair or blanket to sit on in the outdoor courtyard where the play is being performed. 
- Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed to be brought in. (No food or drinks will be available for purchase on site)
- No pets (service dogs are allowed)