By LIBBY CLUETT
Recent April showers have not only brought cooler weather, but spring growth. It's less than halfway through the month and the Mineral Wells area has seen 1.99 inches of precipitation, which is 1.21 inches more than normal. Past monthly totals have been 1.39 inches last year and 2.3 inches in 2011 – also the year of the April PK Complex Fire.
The remainder of the weekend is expected to be clear – just right for anyone planning to visit Clark Gardens Botanical Park for their annual spring festival. The festival continues through 5 p.m. today (Sunday).
Irises are at their peak in April and should be in full bloom at the gardens. Max Clark planted his first iris in 1973, according to a feature article on the gardens in “Neil Sperry's Garden” magazine's March/April issue.
With nearly 3,000 types of irises on display this month, Clark Gardens is ready to be one of 10 host gardens for the 2013 American Iris Society's Convention, April 15-20.
Additionally, the gardens has a limited release of the Billie Yvonne iris, named after the late garden co-founder Billie Clark, Max’s spouse, and hybridized by the Clarks’ nephew. The Billie Yvonne iris is considered a pink iris, but also has a creamy peach color.
For every iris sold, $5 will be donated to the "Plant It Pink" campaign, supporting local breast cancer awareness, education and diagnosis. Limited quantities available. Price is $12