Clark Gardens Spring   Located 75 miles west of Dallas is Clark Gardens, a beautiful oasis filled with blooming flowers, ducks, tranquil water features, enormous trees for relaxing under and so much more! The 35 acre garden was the personal garden of Max and Billie Clark, and in 1999 donated the land and gardens to Clark Gardens, a non profit organization, so that it could be enjoyed by the public. On our recent visit, we were thrilled with the spring blossoms everywhere!  My children caught ladybugs on their arms as they played in the newly emerging grass on a thankfully warm Spring-like day! 105_3345 My five year old loves the garden trains, which whistle and chug through miniature towns and countrysides, over bridges and into Clark Station”. As a history lover, I enjoyed the Historic Tree Trail, where over 100 trees are growing who are descended from famous trees.  The American Revolutionary War Tree Trail offers trees from George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon and the Patrick Henry Osage Orange tree, from Red Hill, his home in Virginia.  More information on the trail can be found in the gift shop.   2013_springfestival_banner Spring Festival Clark Gardens’ annual Spring Festival is April 13th and 14th.  Enjoy vendors, live music, classic car and motorcycle show, train rides for kids and much more, all with the beautiful backdrop of the blooming gardens! My Mommy Tip Make a day of your visit, and stop at nearby Lake Mineral Wells State Park or in historic Weatherford.  The beautiful Parker County Courthouse and square is one of our favorites.

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