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

August Winning Yards

WHAT WE LOVE!

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

WHAT WE LOVE!

3900 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

WHAT WE LOVE!

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.

Quakertown Park: Mapping Past & Present

The Quakertown Neighborhood, a thriving community at the turn of the 20th century, has a rich history of African American heritage. Today, Quakertown Park covers the area adjacent the Denton Civic Center, Civic Center Pool, and senior center, which continues to be a hub of activity. The park is host to KDB events including the Redbud Festival and the Great American Cleanup after-party as well as arts-centered Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and Denton Blues Festival.

Over the past 20+ years, KDB has planted numerous trees within Quakertown Park in celebration of National Arbor Day, contributing to the park’s abundant urban forest. More recently, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department has made major improvements to the park to beautify the historic space. It is truly a hidden gem in the middle of lil’ d!

Recently, Denton resident Mike Savage took a deep dive into finding out more about the history of the area. From a variety of sources, Mike has gathered information and created a map used by the Denton County Office of History & Culture during White Lilac tours. On his maps, homes and businesses of the Quakertown Neighborhood are presented with new park features such as picnic tables, historical markers, and public art.

We are excited to share Mike’s map as an opportunity to learn more about history while getting outside and enjoying one of Denton’s most beautiful public parks. Click the map below to open in a new screen.

Quakertown Park Map
Mike Savage, 2019

The 2019 Tree Giveaway Roster: Introducing the Species

What’s not to love about fall? Cooler temperatures, backyard bonfires, and changing leaves get all of us at KDB excited for our largest tree giveaway event. This year, KDB’s annual Community Tree Giveaway is in its 21st season, and the tree selections will not disappoint! We have carefully chosen eight different native and adapted species with Denton’s soil and climate in mind. Check out the species below and find your favorite!

Registration for the 650 available trees opens to the general public Tuesday, Oct. 1. But wait! – there is a way to ensure you get your preferred tree. KDB Members get access to registration an entire month prior to public registration. Become a member today to get access as early as Sept. 24! Memberships range from $10-$75 and help to support KDB’s programs.

Once you have found your favorite species, take a peek this quick guide we have created to ensure that tree is just what you are looking for and perfect for your yard. We look forward to sharing these trees for planting just in time for Texas Arbor Day!


Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer freemanii ‘Jeffsred’)

This tree is a hybrid of silver and red maples making it adaptable to climate and soil types. The Autumn Blaze Maple provides beautiful color all year with bright green foliage in the spring turning into a vibrant red in fall. If heartiness and bold color is not enough, this maple does not drop seed pods!

Mature Autumn Blaze Maple with Fall Foliage; photo by ostvigtree.com


Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

This tree is often identified by its stately pyramid shape. It prefers moister soils, and the leaves turn a beautiful rust color in the late summer/early fall.

Mature Bald Cypress; photo by Treeseeds.com


Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’)

The Little Gem Magnolia grows at a slow rate, but blooms at an earlier maturity than most magnolias. Cup-shaped flowers reach 4 inches in size offer a pleasing scent, and its fruits attract many species of birds. This ornamental tree will thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soil.

Little Gem Magnolia; photo by thetreecenter.com


Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

This quickly growing tree can tower up to 100 feet. The Loblolly features long, blue-green needles, and springtime brings bright green clusters of needles to the ends its branches. As the tree ages, it loses lower hanging branches making it an outstanding shade tree.

Loblolly Pine; photo by coniferousforest.com


Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)

This tree might smaller than our other species, but it packs a punch in its beauty! Their showy white blooms in the spring smell of honey, which attracts lots of helpful pollinators to your garden. This tree can produce edible plums, hence the name. This one is an excellent choice if you want something a bit different.

Mexican Plum; photo by Neil Sperry, www.neilsperry.com 


Mexican White Oak (Quercus polymorpha)

This semi-evergreen can grow up to 4 feet in one year quickly reaching its mature height of 40 feet. While some fast-growing trees are more susceptible to disease or have shorter lifespans, the Mexican White Oak is resistant to oak wilt and will provide shade for generations to come with a lifespan of 100 years.

Mexican White Oak; photo by Howard Garrett, dallasnews.com


Native Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)

As the Texas State Tree, the Pecan can be found across the state. Known for their delicious nuts, Pecan trees may live and produce nuts for 300 years. The species attracts a variety of animals from deer to blue jays. When selecting a Pecan for your yard be mindful of its size, this tree is large and can grow anywhere from 65-130 feet.

Native Pecan with fall foliage; photo by Howard Garrett, dirtdoctor.com


Vitex/Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

This flowering tree is a great ornamental addition to any North Texas yard. Adapted to the area, the Vitex is heat and drought tolerant and pest resistant. Purple flowers bloom in early summer and continue to flower into the fall attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

Vitex/Chaste Tree; photo by tree-land.com