Oct. 27 marked Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. (KDB)’s 20th Annual Community Tree Giveaway! 700 Dentonites received free trees from KDB at the drive-thru style event in just five hours. This year, seven species were given away: Bald Cypress, Brandywine Maple, Burr Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Lacebark Elm, Mexican Plum, and Shumard Oak. Take a look at the gorgeous event photos taken by local photographers, Gabriel Lee and Trejon D’Angelo.
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!
About a month ago, we launched My KDB Tree, a new urban forestry campaign. My KDB Tree is an initiative to track the health and progress of the more than 2,500 free trees KDB distributes to the Denton community each year. With this effort, KDB is collecting information on the survival rates, citywide distribution, and other data for trees given away through programs like the Community Tree Giveaway, NeighborWoods, and Children’s Arbor Day.
My KDB Tree is made up of:
1) A Social Media/Online component that encourages KDB tree program participants to share pictures of their trees with us using the hashtag #MyKDBTree on any social media platform.
2) An Online Questionnaire, the My KDB Tree Survey, to collect slightly more detailed information on tree health and planting locations. The survey is quick and easy, and the data collected is not used for any purpose other than tracking the health and distribution of our trees.
My KDB Tree is an ongoing effort. Please use the hashtag year-round to give us updates and share pictures of the trees you’ve received through a KDB program!
Every now and then we’ll do a round-up of the photos you share with us, so keep tagging your photos and don’t forget to complete the online questionnaire!
Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!