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Celebrating Summer! Congratulations, June & July Yard of the Month Winners!

Keep Denton Beautiful started the 2020 Yard of the Month season awarding the winning yard for the Yard of the Month program through a public vote on our Facebook page. In July, we transitioned back to our typical process - leaving door hangers to notify residents of their nomination and awarding one yard as their district's winner.

In these summertime yards, you'll find a wide variety of native species. These Texas natives can hold their own in the heat with minimal need for supplemental watering. Environmentally friendly and beautiful- seems like a win-win to us!

Just a few of the plants you'll find:

918 N. Elm St. - boxwood, hollies, lorpetulum, spirea, & Variegated Loripe
2528 Jamestown Ln. - Gulf Muhly grass, phlox, Mexican petunia,Texas rock rose, Gaura, & Yucca

1613 Amherst Dr. - salvia, lilies, coneflowers, creeping phlox, Turk's cap, and a Live Oak tree
715 Gober. St - blue agave, elephant ears, marigolds, sweet potato plants, cedar tree
1333 Cambridge Ln. - Echinacea, pink coneflowers, lamb's ear, Hosta, ferns, Redbud and Acer trees
414 Parkway St. - Impatiens, boxwood, hollies, Vinca major, Dwarf Nandina, oak & crepe myrtle trees

June Winning Yards

July Winning Yards

Redbud Wrap-up! Photos from the 2016 Redbud Festival

On Saturday, April 23, Denton celebrated Arbor Day at the 23rd Annual Denton Redbud Festival!

We kicked off the festivities with a ceremonial tree-planting; Mayor Chris Watts, Councilmember Joey Hawkins and his kids, Councilmember Keely Briggs, and Urban Forester Haywood Morgan planted a Live Oak in Quakertown Park.

A total of 125 3-gallon sized red oak trees were given out to Dentonites who took a 30-minute tree care class (lead by Certified Arborist, Scott Geer of Tree Shepherds, with support from City of Denton Urban Forester, Haywood Morgan), and hundreds of Redbud seedlings were given out free to festival goers!

Families with young children enjoyed a Denton Public Library tree-themed storytime at the Redbud Festival, where the first 50 participants received a free copy of the book, The Happiness Tree!

The tree planting, tree giveaway, and free children’s books at this year’s Redbud Festival were made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a citywide partnership between KDB and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019.

In addition to the Arbor Day Festivities, dozens of vendor booths with plant sales, home improvement products, local, handmade crafts, and special activities filled the Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Festival-goers enjoyed a Redbud classic – a live TRASHion Runway Show at noon – along with educational workshops and live music performances by A.M. Ramblers, Tony Ferraro, and Kim Nall & the Fringe throughout the day. A Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and a Turtle Discovery exhibit were a draw for young attendees.

The Denton Redbud Festival is one of our favorite events every year! It has such a wonderful, curated, community feel. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for making this festival possible!

Adrian Samano of Adrian Samano Photography beautifully captured the spirit of this event through the photos below!

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

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Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

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Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016
Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016
Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

Adrian Samano Photography. All rights reserved 2016

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What to Plant in Denton this September

It’s bluebonnet season! Wait – what? Okay, so you won’t find those lovely patches of Texas’ favorite wildflower blooming just yet. But September is the perfect time to spread bluebonnet seeds.

Use your Texas wildflower seed packet if you’re a KDB Member, and spread the seeds in an area of your yard where they can disperse over time without being mowed. Consult the Texas Department of Transportation website for specific tips on planting bluebonnets.

Curious about why bluebonnets seem to be dwindling in the Denton area? KDB Director Lauren Barker was interviewed last spring over that exact topic! Adding bluebonnets to your yard, and allowing them to reseed each year, will help to establish a healthy Denton bluebonnet population over time.

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Photo of bluebonnets by KDB Intern Haley Pittman

If you have existing perennial flowers in your garden, consider dividing them this month. Dividing flowers aids their growth process in a number of ways. First, it controls their growth. Flowers that have taken over your garden are less likely to take over after being divided into separate flowerbeds. Second, this process actually revitalizes them for abundant growth in the spring! Struggling plants can produce more blossoms, and will grow stronger come springtime.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual Community Tree Giveaway on October 24 – if you plan on registering for a free tree, you can plant it next month. Registration for the Community Tree Giveaway opens on Monday, September 21. And if you needed another reason to become a KDB member, make note that members can register for a free tree one week earlier, starting Monday, September 14!

At last year's Tree Giveaway, we gave out almost 1,000 free trees in the community!
At last year’s Tree Giveaway, we gave out 750 free trees to Denton residents!


 

For more advice on pruning and planting, check out some tips from our friends with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office.

Finally, be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery, and get a KDB members-only discount when you renew your membership for 2015! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.

Enjoy your fall gardens, and as always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!