For Immediate Release

April 15, 2016

Six North Texas Botanic Gardens Band Together to Promote National Public Gardens Day, May 6, 2016

Area gardens promote national event with a unified message,

“A day spent in nature is never wasted.”


Fort Worth, TX – Six North Texas members of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) have joined forces to promote the association’s National Public Gardens Day to be held on Friday, May 6, 2016. The participating gardens are Texas Discovery Gardens, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Clark Gardens, Chandor Gardens, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.


National Public Gardens Day is a celebration of the nation's public gardens, which include botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories, educational gardens, and historical landscapes. The official day, which was established in 2009, takes place annually on the Friday before Mother's Day. The goal of the event is to raise community awareness of the gardens’ local, regional, and national leadership in environmental stewardship.


The six North Texas public gardens will promote National Public Gardens Day with the unified message, “A day spent in nature is never wasted.” This message reinforces the value of spending time outside surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. To further promote this message, the six participating gardens will provide North Texas residents with a myriad of activities, exhibits, classes, and workshops designed to increase one’s appreciation of our botanical heritage.


Participating gardens and programs are:

Texas Discovery Gardens, located in Fair Park, Dallas -

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is an organic urban oasis. See eye-to-eye with free-flying tropical butterflies, native snakes of Texas, and other wonders of the natural world. Learn how to garden for butterflies and other pollinators as we showcase native and adapted, waterwise plants throughout our 7.5 acres.

On National Public Gardens Day, plant and take home a free host or nectar plant (like milkweed) and attract monarch butterflies to your home!


Dallas Arboretum, Dallas -

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the top display gardens in North America. The 66-acre garden is located on the shores of White Rock Lake and has changeable floral displays through all four seasons of the year, providing breathtaking color for visitors all year long.

Experience National Public Gardens Day and enjoy The Great Contributors Bronze Statue Exhibit Guided Walks: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., an Arboretum volunteer will guide guests through the garden, visiting each Great Contributor along the way, learning facts about the history, art, and culture of the contributor. The life-size bronze sculptures are placed throughout the garden including Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and the Wright Brothers, many of which are on benches or in garden settings. 


Clark Gardens, Weatherford -

Clark Gardens is 50-acre breathtaking oasis inspired by the love story of Max and Billie Clark. It awakens the senses, stirs the spirit, and relaxes the mind. Visitors of all ages delight in the G-scale model garden trains meandering through a landscape of natural vegetation. We welcome visitors to Escape. Discover. Experience. Clark Gardens.

Clark Gardens invites you to celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6th.  Clark Gardens conducts historical guided walking tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At noon Carol Welch, Parker County Master Gardener, will present a class on Shade Gardening in North Central Texas. No additional fees for guided walk or presentation. General admission fees apply.

For more information call the Business Office at 940-682-4856 or email

Clark Gardens is located at 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, TX 76088. Clark Gardens is open for the Spring Season daily; Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Chandor Gardens, Weatherford -

Located in the heart of Weatherford’s Historic District, this 4-acre, 13-room garden was built from 1936-1953 by renowned portraitist Douglas Chandor. Uniquely blending classic European and traditional Chinese styles, the garden features 11 water elements, a bowling green, a labyrinth, statuary, and fanciful stone structures. The 5,600-square-foot home is available for viewing as well.

We’re celebrating National Public Gardens Day by giving away a free ‘Natchez’ Crepe Myrtle to the first 50 garden guests.  Come and see us!


The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth -

Come to the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Texas, and enjoy free admission to the nationally-recognized Japanese Garden on this special day.


Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth –

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a non-profit, international research and education center that studies plants and teaches about their importance to the world.

BRIT will be open on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors will receive packets of wildflower seeds and can tour the building. Parking and admission are always free.


“From Dallas, to Fort Worth, to Weatherford, our consortium offers the public an amazing array of garden styles, each unique in form and function,” says Missy Whisler, Senior Vice President, Sales and Development, Dallas Arboretum. “National Public Gardens Day is a great platform to raise public awareness of these unique North Texas gems.”

Please see garden web sites for opening times, exhibits, and specials.