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!
When you’re looking to improve your community, an old fence and some funky shoes can go a long way! Long-time KDB volunteer and Rose Costumes owner, Judy Smith, knows this all too well. Any Dentonite can tell you about the Rose Costumes fence on Sherman drive, lined with art and shoes that change with the seasons. But did you know that this infamous site is also one of 50 KDB Adopt-a-Spot locations citywide?
For more than 20 years, the Adopt-A-Spot Program has been offered by KDB as a way for Denton residents to take a hands-on role in keeping litter off our city’s streets. Dozens of volunteers help maintain Adopt-A-Spots all around town. These dedicated groups commit to picking up litter at their “spot” at least four times a year, to reduce litter – and its environmental impact on our community – by keeping it out of waterways and public spaces. Some volunteers – like Judy and Rose Costumes – go above and beyond, adding whimsical details and beautifying touches to their site. This investment of time and creativity reaps major benefits, fostering community pride and building a unique sense of character for our city.
KDB Adopt-A-Spot volunteers find their own sense of community pride from keeping their spot clean and beautiful, year after year. Sustaining volunteers like Judy and Rose Costumes can be proud that they’ve created a clean, beautiful spot that also serves as a treasured landmark for our community. So the next time you give directions and say, “turn after you see the shoes,” remember the dedicated Adopt-A-Spot volunteers who make it all possible!
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.