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Photos from 2017 Community Tree Giveaway

A majority of Tree Giveaway participants felt the event was seemless. There is a lot going on behind the scenes to make it so.
Most involved reported finding the event gratifying. After all, each tree is improving air quality, increasing land value, and contributing positively to quality of life. (For more about tree benefits check out our Denton tree initiative page.)
Tree giveaway volunteers arrive at 6 a.m. to help the event go smoothly.
Everyone gathers around,
and is instructed about their jobs for the day.
The event is held at the City of Denton Landfill. The entire drive-through takes an estimate of 20 minutes.
This time isn’t idle, though; enthusiastic volunteers answer questions about planting, sell t-shirts, and interview drivers.
We even have a tree expert (treexpert?) on hand to answer planting questions. Meet Steve Geer from Tree Shepherds!
Once a volunteer has verified your registration, they direct you to the proper pick up line to recieve your tree.
Then, they load your tree in the back of your vehicle, no matter the size.
Participants receive tree care package, including a tree planting handbook and a coupon for free Dino Dirt.
Our t-shirts this year were ‘shady’. If you would like your own, check out our ‘Shop’ page.
Tree Giveaway is KDB staff’s favorite event, and we think the community loves it too. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what they had to say.
For some, it’s a way of leaving a positive mark on the Earth, like Molly Pitcher, an advisor for UNT’s college of science. It was her first time at Tree Giveaway for a tree for her new home because she wants to “do something that makes this home my own.” She thinks that the community giveaway exemplifies that the Denton community as a bastion for the environment. (not pictured)
Some planters anticipate the event for months ahead of time, like Roy Gonzales, a jazz musician from UNT. He woke up early on registration day because he wanted a Little Gem Magnolia. His early alarm clock paid off, and he was excited to receive his tree.
Tree Giveaway is a family friendly event,
and pet friendly, too!
Woody Evans, a librarian at TWU, says Tree Giveaway is a good example of the character of Denton. He compared it to a quote by Joe Biden: “don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”
The last cars begin arriving at 11 a.m..
All the moving and grooving that the volunteers do,
is sure to work up quite an appetite.
Thankfully, Palio’s pizza donated enough food to nourish the masses.

The Community Tree Giveaway was a success! We love hearing your stories. If you had a good experience with tree giveaway or your own tradition, please email sam@kdb.org to share your our story and a photo with your tree, or if you would like a photograph taken of you at the event. If you’re interested in volunteering, mark your calendar for the volunteer registration next September. And, of course, the next Community Tree Giveaway registration opens mid September 2018, so don’t miss it. Thank you Wesley Kirk from The Beautiful Vision and KDB intern Samantha Hardisty for the photography.



By: Samantha Hardisty

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.

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!