Keep Allen Beautiful, Allen Texas

There’s a new greenhouse in Allen courtesy of a $5,000 Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant. Keep Allen Beautiful and the City of Allen’s Urban Forestry Division teamed up with the local Lowe’s Heroes to purchase and install a much-needed and greatly anticipated greenhouse. The City of Allen is a growing suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that takes great pride in providing high-quality public amenities for its 88,600+ residents. Allen’s Urban Forestry Division maintains the City’s urban forest as well as all public park and open space landscape beds consisting of 63 public sites that total 876 maintained public acres, with an additional 225 undeveloped acres to be landscaped and maintained in the future.

The new greenhouse will give failing plants a place to recoup when the ever-changing Texas weather puts them under too much stress, as well as providing a place to grow new plants and nurture plants that have been removed for road expansions. Of course, getting a jump-start on spring plants during the winter instead of purchasing plants is also a rationale for the new structure. Putting the greenhouse to work stretches public tax dollars in sustaining the City’s public landscapes. The Urban Forestry Division is currently working on the final plans for an educational component, hoping to open the greenhouse for educational purposes in the coming months.

Thanks to Lowe’s corporate funding and local Lowe’s Heroes’ installation assistance, the City of Allen Urban Forestry Division and Keep Allen Beautiful have a much-needed greenhouse purchased, installed, and fully operational!

Keep Denton Beautiful Helps Low-Income Denton Residents

Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) will host the third cycle of the KDB Garden Giveaway on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Denia Recreation Center in Denton. Individuals and families were selected on the basis of need to receive a free “garden kit”. The kit will include a self-watering container; soil; 6 vegetable plants; a watering can; a recipe book; and planting instructions. Participants will be educated about the environmental, health and socioeconomic benefits of gardening and provided with the resources to be knowledgeable and successful.

During last year’s giveaway, KDB supplied 100 garden kits and the new gardeners planted kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, collard greens and basil. In 2013, 75 recipients will receive vegetable container gardens.

This program is supported by sponsors: Sustainable Denton, Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, The Denton Record-Chronicle, the City of Denton Solid Waste Department, the City of Denton Parks & Recreation Department, and Sleepin’ Dogs Website Designs.

Contact: Jannibah Coleman
Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 940-349-8711 | Fax: 940-349-8396
Email: jannibah@kdb.org