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Congratulations! Yard of the Month Winners April-July

April's Winners

What we Love!

400 N. Carroll Blvd. - Independent Bank’s Denton branch has bright pops of color and their entire lot is landscaped handsomely - even the parking dividers!

1404 Sandy Creek Dr. - Kathy Massey loves her neighborhood and Denton, and it shows. We are attracted to the perfectly paired flowers, bushes, and trees in her well-edged yard.

2404 Whispering Oaks - The Herbert's yard not only has established Oaks, but also Japanese Maple and native plants. In spring, irises grow from bulbs given to Wenda by her grandmother – the finishing touch to the beautiful yard.

2809 Nottingham Dr. - The Fausey’s yard is filled with over 80 plants from a variety of species including native plants ranging from persimmons to redbud to sage with other commonly known plants such as cilantro, lavender, and sunflowers taking root.

May's Winning Yards

What we love!

705 N. Locust St., Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home - So much to see - a nice green lawn, flowers, shrubs, a fountain, and beautiful magnolia trees!

901 Jackson St. - Jeff Wilson grows plants that Gladys, his wife, is fond of including knockout roses and tropical plants. Grown with love has an additional meaning!

1917 Willowwood St. - Lloyd and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick's robust variety of shade-loving plants among stately trees overhead.

2204 Parkside Dr. - Donna's stunning assortment of flowers including peonies and irises as well as numerous ferns that create a woodland effect.

2217 Emerson Ln. - Hearty Texas evergreen plants, beautiful in all seasons!

2509 Oak Park Rd. - Christina Wassum’s abundance of native plants such as Red Yucca, enjoyed by hummingbirds, Autumn Sage, and native trees.

8217 Montecito Dr. - A front yard full of bluebonnets and adapted Lacebark Elm shade trees - a perfect Texas combination.

June's Winning Yards

What we love!

118 W. Congress St., Flowergarden 118 - Owned by Cindy Simmons, this business makes the most of their compact yard with a tidy, rock-filled raised bed featuring potted plants and a fountain artfully maximizing a small space.

120 Forest St. - This yard has vibrant pops of color! The homeowner, Kirsten Kaae, is a fan of springtime and likes to cultivate plants that accent the variety that nature has to offer.

802 Crescent St. - The colors of the plants and flowers in Debra Wells' yard perfectly complement each other and the property's cobblestone patio adjoining a deck-style porch. Tom May (Tom May Landscape) is contracted to plan and plant her yard.

1024 Sante Fe St. - The Farlow's yard has dimension. From shrubbery used on tiered landscaping to flower beds to trees, plant of a variety of size and color fill this yard.

1740 Fordham Ln. - Sherry Bryant's yard is multigenerational family project. We love the variety including Azaleas, ferns, and even vegetables.

2400 Oak Park Rd. - Linda Hudspeth's yard shows off native plants including spirea, hostas, daylilies, roses, Turk’s Cap, and zinnias among others. We love the variety and the pops of color!

July's Winning Yards

What we Love!

215 E. University Dr., Shambhala Wellness Center  - The variety found in this yard is fantastic from a very old pecan tree and crape myrtle to flowers including chrysanthemums, roses, coneflower, dusty miller, periwinkle that greet you as you pass.

709 Bolivar St. - In addition to the landscaping, the porch area is charming with its various potted plants, decor, and seating. The yard’s design fits this home perfectly.

1018 Hopkins Dr. - The beautiful caladiums were planted by their ten-year-old granddaughter who claims much of the credit for this yard! This yard brings the homeowners a lot of happiness, “You turn the corner and come into your driveway and it makes you feel good, even if you are having a bad day.”

1313 Palo Verde Dr. - The homeowners Steve Wolverton and Lisa Nagaoka worked over the years to develop this landscape into a vibrant xeriscape of mostly native, drought-tolerant plants.

1909 Archer Trl. - Denise Ray does all the work herself and keeps her yard free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and herbicides.

2019 Georgetown Dr. - Jeanne Jacobs’ yard is well-planned to have plants blooming year round. During the summer Shasta daisies fill a front flower bed, and during the winter, Christmas Camellias bloom yellow and red.

2601 Timber Trl. - Linda Spies’ yard boasts pretty beds and pops of color. We love the roses and bougainvillea, and dew, a colorful groundcover!

2900 Santa Monica Dr. - This evergreen yard is a great example of using vegetation for water savings and erosion control. Located on a hill, this yard features ground cover comprised entirely of jasmine – no grass at all!

3301 Camino Real Trl. - In addition to the beautiful flowers and shrubs, we love the two young Pecan trees in this yard!

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Wrap-up

We have all seen someone flick a cigarette butt out a car window or drop a butt on the street, but did you know cigarettes butts make up 32% of all items littered in the United States?

From KDB’s most recent installation of 5 receptacles in June 2018, Quakertown Park has experienced a 66% decrease in cigarette litter. KDB also held 5 butt bucket workshops creating DIY receptacles for outside residences and gave away 400 car and 200 pocket ashtrays.

In addition to reduction efforts, KDB volunteers have cleaned up 112,300 cigarette butts from Downtown Denton, the Fry St. Area, and Quakertown Park in the last year. If these butts were put end to end, they would stretch 1.77 miles!

While cigarette butts were once made of natural materials, they are now manufactured cellulose acetate – plastic! This compound is the same plastic material that frames your sunglasses and builds park benches and takes years to decompose. To recycle the butts, KDB sends all cigarette litter collected to Terracycle.

Want to help pick-up butts or host a butt bucket workshop? Email volunteer@kdb.org to join in KDB’s next Cigarette Litter Cleanup (must be 18+ years of age to volunteer for this program).

So much beauty! May Yard of the Month Winners

Congratulations to our May 2019 Yard of the Month Winners!

If you have noticed a beautiful yard in your neighborhood, Nominate them for KDB’s Yard of the Month!

2509 Oak Park Rd.
Christina Wassum’s home is a great example of what can be done with a shade yard. The front yard is full of blooming Lyre Leaf Sage and Bluebonnets both blue and white. Native plants are abundant including species such as Red Yucca, enjoyed by hummingbirds, Autumn Sage, and native trees. Very attractive and perfect.

2509 Oak Park Rd.

2217 Emerson Ln.
This yard is full of plants that remain evergreen in our Texas heat. Connie Watkins describes the beautiful yard as a product of trial and error – encouraging words for new gardeners or homeowners! This eye-catching yard features a decomposed granite walkway and beds edged with landscape rock to accent a variety of plant species.

2217 Emerson Ln.

2204 Parkside Dr.
Donna Irving’s yard is filled with her favorite plants. There is a stunning assortment of flowers including peonies and irises as well as numerous ferns that create a woodland effect. In 1984, when Donna moved into the home, there was not a single tree on the property! Today, many trees grow tall beautifying this lovely yard.

2204 Parkside Dr.

1917 Willowwood St.
Lloyd and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick have resided at their home on Willowwood since 1994. This beautiful yard is an inspiration to anyone who has struggled to create a garden in the shade. The homeowners began with a single tree and through years of hard work have rendered a dazzling space filled with a robust variety of shade-loving plants among stately trees overhead. A handsome diagonal brick pathway cuts across the yard and leads one through the garden to the front porch. They describe their yard as a labor of love, and do all the landscaping themselves.

1917 Willowwood St.

705 N. Locust St.
This month’s business winner, Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, has a well-manicured lawn that features beds of seasonal flowers with purple shrubbery, Loropetalum, and Variegated Liriope grass. Adding to the beauty, the yard also features magnolia trees and a tiered fountain. This attractive property is hard to miss on one of Denton’s well-traveled streets!

705 N. Locust St.

8217 Montecito Dr.
Bluebonnets fill the front yard of this lawn in south Denton. The property also features Lacebark Elm shade trees and a variety of shrubs line the house. The beds adjacent to the house are maintained with mulch and a natural-looking stone edge. In this nicely-groomed yard, all the elements complement each other to create an appealing aesthetic.

8217 Montecito Dr.

901 Jackson St.
When Jeff and Gladys Wilson were newlyweds 13 years ago, Jeff noticed a few Yard of the Month signs in yards across Denton. He told Gladys one day they would have a sign in their yard. The Wilson’s yard features beautiful knockout rose bushes in full bloom. Tropical plants are also incorporated into the landscaping. These species were planted by Jeff for his wife who is from Guatemala.

901 Jackson St.

Want to become a judge? Contact Carly, Program & Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@kdb.org.