From humble beginnings as Max and Billie Clark’s personal garden in 1972, Clark Gardens in Weatherford has blossomed into a 50-acre botanic experience. Open season runs in spring from March 1 through July 4 and in fall from Sept. 3 through Nov. 29.
Attendees have the chance to see thousands of flowers, various birds, butterflies, swans, peacocks and more in the sprawling botanic garden as they keep a lookout for the model trains that run through the greenery on 700 feet of track. Additionally, the garden features ponds, lakes, waterfalls and a Historic Tree Trail made up of 86 trees with informational signs for each tree. With almost 4,000 different varieties of iris flowers, according to its website, Clark Gardens is also a nationally recognized iris garden.
The botanic garden also offers group tours, special events including date nights and picnic packages, and an onsite lodging facility. The garden sometimes closes due to inclement weather, so call ahead. Clark Gardens operates as a nonprofit and is available for members to enjoy year-round, but nonmembers must schedule appointments in advance for the summer and winter seasons.
Spring season runs through July 4, Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford. $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for children 4-12 years old, and free for those 3 and under. clarkgardens.org.