Clark Gardens in Mineral Wells Texas began as a small private garden in 1972 but evolved into a 35 acre scenic and educational facility that opened to the public in 2000. Paths wind among 50 plus gardens embracing native and Texas adaptable plants displayed among lakes, ponds, and waterfalls.
The gardens are planted to offer colorful displays during different times of the year. Their web site lists bloom dates so you can have an idea what to expect when you visit.
The rugged environment here dictates, to some extent, what and how they can grow what they grow. For example, on my first visit I couldn’t imagine why they had so many attractive water features. As I read the handout given to me at the gate, a reprint of the Southern Living article about Clark Gardens titled Creating a Prairie Garden, I realized the entire garden is self-sufficient for water. In a dry part of the state of Texas, they use water wisely and also for good aesthetic effect.
Clark Gardens is big. Thirty five acres and 50 plus gardens is a lot of garden space. It’s kind of like the Dallas Arboretum in that if you want to see the whole place it will involve a considerable amount of walking. They offer tours by motorized cart, something to consider if you aren’t up to a long walk. I also noticed that all the paths and walkways were wide and even. Stairs are not used often. Overall I think Clark Gardens is very wheelchair friendly, maybe the most friendly botanic park in this area of the state. I also noticed they have special needs parking inside the garden area. Please realize I am just sharing an informal observation. Families with wheelchair accessibility questions should call Clark Gardens for details.
County: Palo Pinto
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