Beyond the stockyards, the boots and bar-b-Q spring is the time to see Texas flowers bloom. East of Weatherford, TX is Clark Gardens Botanical Park. A private garden of 55 acres open to the public for spring and fall only. My mid April visit gave me a glimpse of the famous Texas blue bonnet magic. Great sweeps of blue mixed in with double ruffled pink poppies filled the ground in all directions.
“Surrounded by native woodlands and tucked away down a country road between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, Texas, is Clark Gardens Botanical Park. Its story is one of hard work, dreams and the visions of Max and Billie Clark. What began as the Clark’s private garden in 1972 – a small personal endeavor of traditional landscaping on this rugged Texas hillside – is now a botanical masterpiece. Much of this world of tranquility – this unexpected treasure – was sparked by Billie Clark’s inspirations. In 1999, Max and Billie established the Max and Billie Clark Foundation and donated 143 acres, including the gardens.” (website)
In addition to the blooms there is a model railroad garden detailed with Texas landmarks. Ponds, fountains and grand shade trees add to the lushness of the park. If you are near this place make time in your day to drive down this country road and wander into this wonderland of flowers.