This month’s snapshot highlights Rockin’ Reddy, the red bird! Rockin’ Reddy served as the KDB mascot for many years. Pictured here is Reddy “part one.” A made-over, updated version of Reddy was introduced in 2005. The beloved bird was retired in 2012, when KDB unveiled its new brand and logo. Do you remember Reddy?
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.
Every year, Keep Denton Beautiful gives out hundreds of Redbud seedlings to 3rd grade students all across Denton through our Children’s Arbor Day program. Last month, our wonderful KDB volunteer presenters – many of whom were Denton County Master Gardeners – visited 19 registered schools and gave out 1,249 free Redbud seedlings, and delivered an interactive and educational presentations to 1,364 preschool and 3rd grade students on the history of Arbor Day, the importance of trees in our community, and how to properly plant a tree or seedling. This year through the Denton Tree Initiative, as an extension of Children’s Arbor Day, we were able to plant 26 large treesat 13 Denton school campuses!
Thank you to all who participated! Special thanks to Denton ISD for covering Children’s Arbor Day in one of their video segments!
Video created by Clif Cotton, Denton ISD Digital Media Specialist.
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!