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Give Back The Dentonite Way!


As the year comes to an end, we reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a vibrant city full of opportunity. There are many ways to support our neighbors, and we are excited to share the ideas we have cultivated to give back and minimize environment impact all while supporting our local economy!

Give Back

You guessed it – we’re number one on the list! Keep Denton Beautiful has a variety of ways for you to get involved from garden workdays to litter cleanups. The Meetup Cleanup program – a one-time cleanup opportunity where you choose the date and time, and we provide the location and supplies – is a great way to check us out. Last year, over 2 tons of trash were removed from our city through this cleanup program alone!

Did you know the Denton Parks Foundation offers scholarships to provide access to recreational opportunities and low-cost childcare? For those who are passionate about children and parks and rec, donating to Parks Foundation scholarships is a win-win!

Minimize Environmental Impact

Gift Experiences – think a gift card to a favorite restaurant, session pass to a yoga class, tickets to a show at Dan’s Silverleaf, or a VIP pass to the upcoming Denton Black Film Festival. Experiences make great last-minute gifts, minimize packaging, and ensure you get to spend time with your loved one, too!

Recycle – There are many ways to reuse items that are often thrown away, especially after a generous holiday season. From arts and crafts to eyeglasses and books, we’ve got you covered!

  1. SCRAP Denton accepts SO MANY different types of items that can be re-imagined by their new owner. Check out their user-friendly guide to what SCRAP is currently accepting.
  2. The Denton Hi Noon Lions collect and recycle used eye glasses of all sizes and styles. For a list of drop-off locations visit their website.
  3. Linda McNatt Animal Shelter accepts used towels and blankets. Keep our furry friends comfortable while they wait to join their perfect family.
  4. Denton Libraries take donations of used materials such as books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Visit their website for complete details.
  5. Thrift Stores – Denton has a few options to support local organizations while recycling used items. A few locations to consider: Upscale Resale benefiting Denton County Friends of the family; Ruth’s Room in support of Habitat for Humanity of Denton County; Twice As Nice Resale helping Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center.

Local Economy

Gifting experiences not only minimizes the potential for items already in our homes to be discarded, but also supports the local economy! Shopping local is a great way to support your neighbors. You can make your own creation by purchasing supplies at SCRAP Denton or enjoy locally made wares sold at The DIME Store, Denton Community Market, and craft fairs – check out local churches and high schools.

The BUTT Stops Here! – Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

Did you know? Cigarette butts are not made of natural fiber, but rather cellulose acetate – the same plastic compound that makes sunglasses frames!

With the help of grant funding from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) is working diligently to combat the number #1 most littered item in the United States – cigarette butts. Our most recent effort is the installation of 20 more receptacles in Downtown Denton and the Fry Street Area. While you may have noticed a ground mounted model, the newly installed Sidewalk Buttlers are attached to existing sign posts. Creating awareness that cigarette butts are litter too is important. Keep an eye out for receptacles when you are in Downtown Denton or on Fry Street.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), and regularly monitor and empty the receptacles. Quarterly scans, where littered cigarette butts are counted to determine the impact of the receptacles, are also staffed by volunteers. Interested in helping? Email KDB Program & Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@kdb.org. Please note volunteers must be 18 years of age to assist with CLPP.

Yard of the Month Wrap-up: Congratulations Winners August – October

August Winning Yards


2317 Georgetown Dr.

The Ligon's use shade loving, WaterSmart plants and xeriscapes often. One will find a nice variety of plants including sage, artemisia, jasmine begonias, and white caladium, to name a few.

2119 Kayewood Dr.

The native species - A corner bed filled with multi-colored zinnias, tall red yuccas, and desert willows catch one’s eye. A crepe myrtle is thriving and lilies and coneflowers bloom seasonally.

1721 Bolivar St.

A tropical motif is maintained throughout. The shrubs are nicely sculpted and a variety of flowers are evenly distributed throughout the property including roses, vinca, calibrachoa, and geraniums among others.

1105 Bayfield St.

Eric credits Charlotte with choosing all the plants which accompany each other perfectly - complementary textures and shades of green, such as variegated liriope, false aralia, potato vine, & caladiums grow among the bushes.

308 S. Crawford St.

DeDee McCaffrey’s yard features a variety of flowers and trees including roses, hibiscus, and lilies, Texas native crepe myrtles as well as palm and fruit trees.

700 Ticonderoga Dr.

When the Ewing's purchased their home, there were no trees. Today the yard is filled with well-established Shumard Red Oaks in both the front and back yards. The couple agrees they enjoy doing the work and being good neighbors.

Peoples Funeral Home - 1122 E. Mulberry St.

Peoples Funeral Home has been serving Denton for forty-five years, and has been owned by Clifton Maxfield since 2007. Peoples’ yard features manicured shrubs as well as a variety of flowers including marigolds, pentas, Mexican petunias, and desert rock purslane.

September Winning Yards


3600 Meadowtrail Ln.

Trees and fall of color - different species of trees including a maple, crepe myrtle, and desert willow can be found as well as brilliantly colored annuals that line the front walk.

2811 Emerson Ln.

Grady Miles’ yard in northeast Denton has a lot to offer! The yard boasts a nice variety of plants including an oak tree, Purple Heart, Autumn Sage, and Lantana. Miles has done all the landscaping himself.

619 W. Parkway St.

The Houdek’s have cultivated a space where symmetry present in the architecture is repeated in the landscape by placing matching elements on both sides of the entry walkway, bestowing a cohesive, formal quality to the site.

321 S. Wood St.

This yard if full of native plants including zinnias and salvia that add pops of color. A redbud tree completes the Texas-friendly landscaping in this water smart yard.

120 Kentucky Derby Dr.

Leslie Stewart works hard to make sure her yard is growing in a sustainable direction. She experiments with xeriscaping and organic fertilizers. The yard features a minimal lawn, drought-resistant plants, and live oak trees.

1512 Vista Verde Rd.

Brian and Amy Griesemer keep a beautiful yard with trees and native plants aplenty including amelias, Indian hawthorn, azaleas, and Turk’s cap showing off a bold red blossom.

DATCU – 3210 Teasley Ln.

DATCU’s Teasley Lane location is home to a large assortment of native plants making this yard pollinator friendly - Swallowtail butterflies and Dragonflies have been spotted on site!

October Winning Yards


421 Headlee St.

The inviting yard is enhanced by spots of color from pots of Bougainvillea and bedding plants. Don't miss the beautiful Japanese Maple tree and bed of ferns that give life to a shady area.

1119 Emerson Dr.

Accented by plant beds, multiple trees provide shade for the yard. Native plants are aplenty in a bed featuring Miscanthus adagio, Black Diamond Crape Myrtle, and red yucca.

2119 Jacqueline St.

This yard has something for everyone! Not only will one see many trees, but also a wide variety of plants are thriving including Lantana, Turks Cap, Salvia, and Ruilla are all in bloom, and several butterflies can also be seen enjoying the plants.

1309 Angelina Bend Dr.

Nathan Reed focuses on water reduction and bringing in pollinators. Native species including Salvia, Turks Cap, Autumn sage, Red yucca, and Skullcap milkweed can be found in this water smart yard.

1001 Matt Dr.

Newly created plant beds and window planters showcase bed features cacti, yucca, anchor rocks, and mums. Non-plant features such as a saddle and stars provide a Texas-centric feel to this developing yard.

Roselawn Memorial Park - 3801 Roselawn Dr.

Roselawn Memorial Park is filled with trees, flowers, and plants. We really love the trees - a large oak tree, Dwarf Japanese red maple trees, and dark leaved crape myrtles provide shade and blooming beauty.