Another Children’s Arbor Day is in the books! Each year, we are so happy to be able to attend Denton-area schools to teach pre-K and third grade students about Arbor Day and the redbud tree – and to give them each a redbud seedling to plant themselves! This year we visited nine schools and gave out over a 1,000 redbud seedlings, courtesy of program sponsor First United Bank. Every year First United Bank employee, Todd Price, joins us at the schools to present to the students. Many thanks as well to Scott Geer with Tree Shepherds, Haywood Morgan, Urban Forester at City of Denton, and Vanessa Ellison, Recycling Education Coordinator at the City of Denton, who also gave of their time to teach kids about Arbor Day.
Seeing the kids and how much they already know about trees made us very happy. If you have a redbud in your yard that came from Children’s Arbor Day, show it to us! Use the hashtag #myKDBtree, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!