This summer has flown by. June's Music and Art Festival was an amazing experience for the Gardens. The nights were beautiful all be it a little warm. Our first night we were serenaded under a full moon. Totally cool. We thank the bands, musicians, sound guys and David Adams. David booked the bands for the event and he did a great job.
Fall will soon be here. I know this because I watched the first preseason football game last night. We look forward to the season change; hopefully more rain and much cooler temperatures. The guys in the Gardens continue to work nine hour days, including Max. I don't know how they do so, but I do appreciate and admire them for their diligence and conviction. Thanks to them the Garden is just as beautiful in August in 105 degrees as it was in May in 90 degrees. Absolutely amazing.
In this newsletter we cover several topics. The first being a book review on the book "Last Child in the Woods" by Robert Louv. Through his own observations and those of others Mr. Louv shares compelling reasons why all humans, adults and especially children benefit from experiencing the great outdoors.
Our second article features the plants that are thriving in the gardens in this August heat. With my trusty camera in hand I ventured out last Friday morning to see exactly what plants were making it this summer!! To my great delight we have many.
We have a VERY busy fall and winter planned. Please check out our calendar.
Lastly, with great regret Max and I accepted Lee Ann's resignation. We will miss her deeply. She has been a true asset to the gardens for the past three years. We wish her the very best and hope to see her out in the gardens enjoying the fruits of her labor.
As we look to the future, to the Fall season filled with beautiful colors and cooler temperatures, to the Gardens teaming with both children and adults, we thank you for your support!
"Last Child In The Woods"
The author of Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Robert Louv, was the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal. He chairs the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping to build the international movement to connect children with nature. Mr. Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Between 1984 and 2007, he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune..
In this book, by citing scientific research and through antidotal observations, Mr. Louv examines the reasons and consequences of children spending less and less time in the outdoors.
Read the complete book review...
|Plants Flourishing In August's Heat|
This time of year it's not uncommon for the phone to ring and the caller asks "Is there anything blooming right now?" Of course we are delighted to tell the caller "Yes lots of things are blooming!".
Last Friday I went out with my trusty camera and shot some photos of the plants that are not only blooming but are thriving in this dry summer and 105 degrees. Specifically I wanted to take pictures of the perennials that Lee Ann and the staff have planted and nurtured.
A plant that Clark Gardens is well known for are our cannas. I'm not sure how many varieties we have but I do know that Max hand dug and cleaned about 20,000 rhizomes this winter. Many were sold at the Neil Sperry Show in Arlington in early spring. Our cannas are planted in the West Garden and give that area spectacular color. Click to learn more about planting and caring for cannas.
Throughout the garden we have several hundred beautiful crape myrtles. Crape myrtles are a member of the Lythraceae, also known as the Loosestrife family and is native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania. Max's 75th birthday gift from my mother was 75 crape myrtles planted amongst the cannas, irises and Historic Tree Trail. My favorite color is the deep red one commonly called Dynamite!!!
Use this link to the Clark Gardens' Blog to read about more plants that flourish in the heat of August.
|Calendar of Events|Tuesday, August 25th to November 10, 2009
Weatherford College and Clark Gardens presents "Bounty from your Backyard," a Vegetable Gardening Class.Thursday, September-October 2009
Yoga by Jane BaldwinSeptember 26, 2009
Run From the Ducks Supporting the Vietnam War MuseumSaturday, October 3, 2009
(One Day Only)
Fall Festival with Music and Games Featuring:
Saturday, October 24, 2009
- Half Marathon/Half Marathon Relay and 5 K Run/Walk (Proceeds benefit Educational Programs in the Garden.
- Photography Contest
- Garden Symposium with Keynote Speaker, Dr Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor
Tarrant County Walkers 10K and 5K
An open event for any interested individual.Saturday, October 31, 2009
BOOtanical Park December 2009
Holiday Festival (dates and times TBD)Thursday, February 4, 2010
Father/Daughter Valentine DanceMarch 27-28, 2010
Spring Festival April, 2010
Clark Gardens 10th Year Anniversary
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Clark Gardens Botanical Park
567 Maddux Road
Weatherford, Texas 76088
PO Box 276
Mineral Wells,Texas 76068
Open Daily, Year Round