Some Garden Highlights & Videos
Hours of Operation
In an effort to be a good steward of the environment, conserve natural water resources and reduce the amount of water used Clark Gardens is adopting seasonal hours of operation. Please see the Admission & Hours page for details.
If no attendant is on duty please use the Honor Box for Admission Fees.
Bad Weather Note
Clark Gardens may close during inclement weather, including icy conditions. If bad weather is in the area, please call ahead to be sure we are open. 940-682-4856
Through every season of the year, nature's glorious displays provide unsurpassed beauty. These spectacular gardens have been featured on HGTV's "Great American Gardens" in addition to numerous magazines, newspapers and other publications.
Clark Gardens was selected as the Official Best Public Garden in Texas for 2014 and featured in a TV segment about the Gardens airing on 3 different networks. The Official Best Of also created the following short video preview about Clark Gardens.
G-Scale Garden Model Trains
Visitors of all ages delight in the spectacle of three different G-scale model garden trains on 700 feet of track that meander through a landscape of natural vegetation, trestles and small streams. Paths weave under seven foot high willow trestles next to a six foot waterfall and over little bridges in the Garden Train area. "Clark Station" house incredible towns of scaled-down building made of plant materials such as poppy seeds, acorns, grapevine tendrils, cinnamon sticks and pinecone scales.
This marvelous area is an on-going project with additions made often.
The G-Scale Model Trains run seasonally during our open season: Labor Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend; and the first weekend in March through July 4th weekend.
Historic Tree Trail
The trail, one of the largest in the United States, is home to 86 historic trees, ranging from a Weeping Willow which shaded Napoléon's grave site, to the Berkeley Plantation, the ancestral home of all Americans, Sycamore, to a tree from Graceland, Elvis Presley's home. Other trees represent the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II. Trees honor our countries' literary heritage including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allen Poe, and Alex Haley. Famous people and places including John F Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clara Barton and Juliette Gordon Low are among the famous people represented with a tree.
Grown from a seed or cutting by the American Forest Historic Tree Nursery, each tree is a direct descendant of the original. Many of the historic witness trees are no longer living, having succumbed to old age, weather damage and development. The trees at Clark Gardens were planted 12-15 years ago and have grown to be substantial trees.
The Love of Iris
Clark Gardens is a nationally recognized iris garden. With close to 4,000 different varieties, each April the Gardens become a sea of colors to delight visitors. Steven L. Chamblee wrote a wonderful article for the March-April 2013 edition of Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine, about Clark Gardens founder, Max Clark. The article is appropriately titled, "Magic Max and the Love of Iris."