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A Snapshot from 30 Years of KDB: Glass Recycling Comes to Denton

It’s hard to imagine not having the convenience of single-stream curbside recycling, but not too long ago, Denton was just getting started. The photo below shows a momentous day for Keep Denton Beautiful when glass recycling was first introduced in Denton in 1990. Pictured here in the middle is KDB’s first Executive Director, Cecile Carson, who now works with Keep America Beautiful. Now City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling runs one of the top operations in the world! It’s exciting to imagine where we will be in the next 30 years!


KDB’s “30th Anniversary Snapshot” is a recurring blog segment, highlighting interesting and lesser-known features of KDB’s history, in honor of the organization’s 30th Anniversary Year.  Acknowledgements to the KDB 30th Anniversary Committee; KDB Board Member, Mannix O’Connor; and former KDB staff member, Nicole Vance for their contributions to this post. 


It’s “Back to School” time, and that means the Denton community will soon be abuzz with new students, busier streets, and longer wait times at your favorite local restaurant. Although calendars are filling up already, students, families, and professionals alike can all benefit from taking some time to give back to the community and fellow Dentonites in need. Check out these top five ways to give back in Denton through volunteering!


Denton Animal Support Foundation & Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center

If animals hold a special place in your heart, the Denton Animal Support Foundation (DASF) is the right place for you to volunteer your time. Whether you’d like to help with events, photography, data entry, or directly with animals at the shelter, they offer a variety of opportunities! DASF is always looking for volunteers; complete a volunteer form at www.dentonasf.com/volunteer or call (940) 349-7594.


Denton Community Market

Want to support local? When you dedicate your efforts to helping out at the Denton Community Market, you support local artists, businesses, food vendors, and food producers. The community market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through November. To sign up to volunteer, email volunteer@dentonmarket.org or visit www.dentoncommunitymarket.com/volunteer.


CASA of Denton County

Make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Denton County. The organization is currently looking for volunteers for fall outreach events. If you’re up for a rewarding challenge and have a little more time to contribute, you can train to be a volunteer CASA advocate, serving children in the foster care system who have suffered abuse or neglect. To volunteer your time, visit http://casadenton.org/volunteer or contact Debbie Jensen at djensen@casa.org or (940) 243-2272 ext. 103.


Keep Denton Beautiful

Denton is a beautiful place to live, and you can help keep it that way! Get a group of friends together to clean up litter in a public park, or along a local roadway. Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) provides free supplies and support to volunteer groups. KDB also hosts the ever-popular Community Tree Giveaway, which gives away hundreds of free trees to Dentonites each fall. The organization is looking for volunteers to help tag, sort, and distribute trees at the Giveaway on October 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email volunteer@kdb.org or complete an online volunteer interest form at www.kdb.org/volunteer to join in the fun!


United Way of Denton County

If you want to serve more than one cause, or help tackle some of our community’s biggest issues, United Way of Denton County is a great organization to guide you. United Way is looking for individuals ready to work at events, help behind the scenes in the office, or connect directly with their partner agencies – area nonprofits who work closely with United Way in the areas of income, health, and education. Sign up to volunteer at www.unitedwaydenton.org/volunteer.

Blooming with Beauty: A Look at KDB’s Spring Yard of the Month Winners

Yard of the Month Winners (March through May)

March Yard of the Month: 524 Magnolia Street

The owner of this garden understands the importance of gardening as a therapeutic activity, and to make the community more beautiful, which she has always loved to do.

This isn’t the first time she’s been awarded the title of KDB Yard of the Month. In fact, she remembers having her ten-year old granddaughter, who is now grown, pose in front of the sign for her first win.  The homeowner tried to pass along her appreciation of gardening to her grandchildren and has seen some success in getting them interested.

April Yards of the Month: 722 W Oak Street + Wash-It-Kwik

722 W Oak Street: The homeowners at 722 W Oak Street have been developing their garden themselves since first purchasing the home in 2004. Keeping with the historical theme of their home, they use historical plants that were commercially available prior to 1906, the year the house was built. They’ve planted 15 kinds of fruit, including fig, quince, elderberry, and paw paw that would have been growing in 1906.

The homeowners say the use of heirloom plants helps to conserve water, and they’ve even seen the water bill decrease as grass has been replaced with perennials and reseeding annuals. There’s quite a bit of history in their garden, as one of the rose bushes once grew in Josephine Bonaparte’s garden. Another rose plant came to Texas in a covered wagon, and a number of plants were grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. The side yard gets mostly shade, and it features 22 Japanese Red Maples, Buckeye Trees from Williamsburg, and three century old pecan trees.

Because the yard is a certified wildlife habitat, certified by the North American Butterfly Association, and a Monarch Waystation, it provides host plants and environmental conditions to support all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. Because of this, they have an organic garden, meaning they don’t use chemicals or pesticides.


We love this business Yard of the Month for a few reasons:

  • They make the most out of a small space;
  • They’ve chosen native and adapted plants like Red Yucca, Greencloud Texas Sage, and cacti
  • The plants utilised are drought-tolerant and water conserving
  • Lots of lush greens are used with pops of color
  • Mulch! The use of mulch helps with water retention for the plants.


May Yards of the Month: 701 Malone + The Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar

701 Malone: This wild-scape design was chosen because of the variety of native and adapted plants like purple coneflower, yellow lantana, and Henry Duelberg sage. It is truly a pollinator’s paradise!

The Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar: Ken and Carey Currin, owners of GreenHouse Restaurant and Bar on Locust Street, have designed, installed, and maintained the yard since opening their doors in 1998. That’s nearly 20 years of Denton beautification!

A few reasons we love this yard:

  • Its abundant variety of native and adapted Texas plants like Oak Leaf Hydrangea, sunflowers, Autumn Sage, Silver Cloud Texas Sage, and Gregg’s Blue Mistflower
  • It provides a beautiful setting for patio dining and pedestrians
  • And of course, it makes Denton a more beautiful city!

Have you noticed a beautiful yard in your neighborhood? Nominate them for KDB’s Yard of the Month!