Just outside of Mineral Wells is a 35 acre garden that was created in a pasture filled with mesquite trees. Mesquites are one of the most difficult native trees to eradicate in Texas. Other obstacles for this garden included the hard red clay soil and harsh arid climate.
Clark’s Gardens was first started to create a nice backdrop for a family wedding. Max and Billie Clark started the landscaping behind their house for their daughter’s wedding in 1971. In 1972, Billie decided she wanted an iris garden. The dream developed and grew.
Mr. Clark worked faithfully with his Chocolate Labrador retriever, Mathilda. After the death of that companion, another Labrador works at his side most days checking out new developments at the gardens, planting, and pulling weeds.
The above plaque states: If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”
In 1999, Max and Billie established the Max and Billie Clark Foundation and donated 143 acres, including the gardens, to this non-profit organization.
Several large covered walkways provide a cool place to stroll and to rest for a spell.
This is a small portion of the many rose gardens. The massive iris gardens, which they are famous for, is in full sun because that’s what irises require. It was hot and humid this day, so didn’t walk through that area. Besides, the iris blooming season has ended.
My next post will finish our tour of the Clark’s Gardens including their miniature train collection and displays.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius