Chamblee said the facility is still needing a cooling system and a “bit of refinement.” He said the first of many hundreds of different types of plants were brought in about a month ago.
“This is a dream come true for the gardens,” Chamblee said. “Her and Charley’s donation of this greenhouse will enable something good to come out of something bad.”
The labor of love really began to take shape, Chamblee said, when the concrete for the facility was poured right before Christmas and a stain was laid down inside with a number of mosaics. “It began to develop a personality of its own at that point,” Chamblee said.
The greenhouse is a place for everyone and actually may develop the next great horticulturist in Parker County, according to Chandor Gardens Manager Karen Nantz.
Bill Warren, with the Parker County Heritage Society, said the greenhouse fits perfectly with what Douglas Chandor would have wanted.
“This is a furthering of Douglas’ dream, which was to make more males gardeners,” Warren said. “This greenhouse is all part of a vision to perpetuate that, which is just great.”
Master Gardener LeeAnn Nave said that Nancy always brought something from her home garden to decorate the tables at Master Gardener meetings.
“She had the biggest heart in the world,” Nave recalled. “Her name will live on and her dream comes true with this greenhouse.”
Nave said that people would comment on her decorations and “nine times out of 10” they would end up taking it home after the meeting.