Clark Gardens Botanical Park
Clark Gardens’ mission is to inspire and demonstrate the many rich horticulture and nature-based possibilities of North Texas. This breathtaking 50-acre oasis awakens the senses, stirs the spirit and relaxes the mind. From the first spring blossoms to the colorful fall, there is a sense of magic. April and May is peak iris season at Clark Gardens. Thousands of iris bloom alongside pink double ruffle poppies, 100’s of rose bushes, bluebonnets, and annuals providing an abundance of color and texture. Using all natural gardening techniques the garden is a haven for pollinators. The garden is full of fall colors primarily from native perennial plants providing both nectar and pollen.
Three pavilions allow guests to relax and watch the wildlife. Waterfalls and fountains sparkle in the sunlight, splashing down into ponds and lakes with waterfowl gliding in the shimmering waters. You may see peacocks strutting, or get a glimpse of blue herons swooping down or a gaggle of guineas making their way through the garden, Join us and experience the beauty of nature.
The gardens provide guests the opportunity to bring their families for picnics—stay an hour or stay all day. Event facilities allow for corporate events, weddings, quinceanera, and school events. With the size and scope of the garden, it’s also perfect for a romantic outing.
Historic Tree Trail
Have a history buff in your group? Clark Gardens hosts over 80 Historic trees, considered one of the largest in the country, representing historical events and famous people and places; Trees are grown from the sapling or seed of the original tree that witnessed the historical events. Each tree is labeled and provides the reader with the scientific information regarding the tree and the primary historical event the tree represents. Also, the visitor may utilize the audio tour and hear more facts about the historical event. The Stamp Act Sycamore Tree; Helen Keller White Oak; Appomattox Honey Locust; Napoleon Weeping Willow; Chief Logan American Elm; Alamo Live Oak and Moon Sycamore to name a few.
Clark Gardens provides a variety of rental facilities and offers many benefits Event spaces range from two permanently tented areas which can host between from 100-400; a beautiful, serene Chapel; three pavilions and plenty of open grass areas
Whatever the occasion: garden wedding, reception, party, prom, club meeting, business meeting, family reunion, celebrations of all kinds, Clark Gardens has the perfect venue to help make your event a success.
G Scale Train
Visitors of all ages delight in the spectacle of five different G Scale Model Garden Trains meandering through a permanent 1200 foot track landscaped with natural vegetation, trestles, and small streams. Paths weave under seven-foot high willow trestles next to a six-foot waterfall and over bridges in the Garden Train area. "Clark Station" houses incredible scaled-down replicas of North Texas towns; representing both Mineral Wells and Weatherford with Mineral Wells hosting the famous Baker Hotel alongside other historical buildings and a replica of the Parker County Courthouse and Weatherford train depot. Trains run daily during the open season; weather permitting.
From self-guided tours to group tour programs, at Clark Gardens you will find the perfect fit for your visit. The group tour programs, led by knowledgeable guides, are great for your garden or nature club, school, church, family, business or other organization. A variety of menu options are available to compliment your trip.
Stop by the Pollinator Islands to learn what plants your gardens need to increase the number of pollinators: butterflies, bees, birds, and moths. Plants are identified, and interpretive displays help you decide what’s right for your garden—with both native plants and nonnative plants highlighted. Moreover, the nursery island demonstrates what plants are needed for the larval stages of pollinators.
Clark Gardens is pleased to grow a substantial number of native plants. With a free app named GrowIt you can find what type of soil, sunlight exposure, temperature, and blooms the plants need and provide.
The first Friday in November features Texas Arbor Day for 4th-grade students. Students learn to use a dichotomous key to identify trees and the history of the tree is acted out by a drama club. Children's imaginations run wild when they hear the story of the Karankawa Native Americans on Goose Island. By reservation only. Check website for details.
April finds 1st graders filling the garden to learn about pollinators. Six stations teach children through games, art, displays, songs, and stories about birds, bees, bats, butterflies, breeze (wind) and beetles. By reservation only. Check website for details.
Weatherford, TX 76068