On Saturday, April 22, Denton celebrated Arbor Day at the 24th Annual Denton Redbud Festival!
To commemorate this tree-loving holiday, a total of 100 3-gallon sized Mexican White Oak trees were given out to Dentonites through the popular Free Tree Class (lead by Certified Arborist, Scott Geer of Tree Shepherds, with support from City of Denton Urban Forester, Haywood Morgan). The Free Tree Class is made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a citywide tree planting and education campaign from KDB and the City of Denton.
Families with young children enjoyed a Denton Public Library tree-themed storytime at the Redbud Festival, where participants received a free copy of the book, Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup. Free Redbud tree seedlings were given away to families participating in the story time, as well as to other festival attendees.
In addition to the Arbor Day Festivities, dozens of vendor booths with plant sales, home improvement products, local/handmade crafts, and educational activities filled the Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Festival-goers enjoyed the 6th annual TRASHion Fashion Runway Show, made possible through a partnership between SCRAP Denton, the Denton Public Library, and KDB. A slate of educational workshops were offered in coordination with Sustainable Denton, Denton County Master Gardeners, and the Texas Wildlife Association. Free yoga classes were provided by Karma Yoga Denton, and live music performances featured Denton locals Starfire with Charlie Shafter, A.M. Ramblers, and Chris Welch & the Cicada Killers. A Kids’ Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and kids’ craft activities were a draw for young attendees, and all proceeds benefited the Denton Parks & Rec Youth Council.
The Denton Redbud Festival is KDB’s biggest event of the year, and we see it as a great opportunity highlight all the community partnerships that make our work possible year-round. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, vendors and supporters for making this year’s festival a success!
Photos by Wesley Kirk of The Vision Beautiful.