Projects, Committees and Special Interest Groups

Projects, EventsCommittees and Special Interest Groups are always in need of Master Gardener volunteers.  Contact the project manager, committee chair or group leader for more information.  Leaders are encouraged to post their meetings on the Member’s Calendar by filling out the form at Request a DCMGA Members’ Calendar Update.

Many of these projects, committees and groups are outlined in the DCMGA Handbook and listed on the DCMGA Organization Chart.

Project Forms, such as the Project Initiation and Project Continuation forms, sign in sheets and more can be found on the Members’ Forms page.  There is also document outlining project manager responsibilities and a presentation outlining best project management practices, along with a sample project management spreadsheet.

Projects and Events

For dates and details about work days, see the Member’s Calendar or contact the project manager.




Project Manager

Bayless-Selby House
  • Location:  Denton Historic Park at Mulberry and Carroll Streets, Denton
  • Supports period-appropriate landscape for the Victorian home and other structures
  • Conducts garden tours
  • Presents programs
  • Year round as needed
Carolyn Gold
Children’s Arbor Day
  • Bags redbud seedlings and distributes to third graders in Denton I.S.D. schools
  • Presents Arbor Day program in Denton I.S.D. schools
  • April
Donna Schaffner
Children’s Garden
  • Teaches children and their families gardening techniques
  • Supports education with hands-on experiences at this garden site
  • Encourages families to replicate gardens at their homes
  • Harvests from these gardens are entered into the Vegetable, Flower, Herb & Fruit Show competition
  • Location: Fair Oaks Sr. Independent Living Community (1950 Lattimore, Denton).
  • March — June
Jacqueline Carney
Cool Shade for the Third Grade
  • Bags tree seedlings and distributes to third-graders in Lewisville I.S.D. schools
  • Presents information on tree care
  • October
Tom Cindric
DCSWCD Tree Seedling Distribution
  • Distributes seedlings to Denton County residents who have made purchases through the Denton County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • February
Kathleen Vaughn
DCLA Youth Fair
  • Supports county horticulture division for annual competitive event with registering and judging entries
  • January — March
  • Includes the Horticulture Workshop
    • Teaches 4H members about various horticultural topics
    • Demonstrates these topics using a hands-on component
Lynda Harvey
Denton Christian School Plant Sale
  • Supports school plant sale
  • Aides with plant identification
  • Answers visitor’s questions about plants
  • April
Denise Jeppson and Richard Smutzer
Denton County Botanical Garden
  • Supports design and implementation of multiple gardens on county land
  • Year round
Linda Williams
Denton Senior Center Gardens
  • Helps with shade, butterfly, & rose gardens
  • Works with senior center volunteers
  • Quarterly
Tracy Durmick
Fair Oaks Senior Independent Living Center
  • Builds and helps to maintain over 50 gardens for senior center which covers 2.5 acres
  • Conducts classes, lecture, demonstrations & hands-on activities, for residents and their families
  • Hosts and supports DCMGA’s Children’s Garden located here
  • Year round
Dale Powell
Fall Garden Festival (formerly InfoFest)
  • Provides educational opportunities for the public featuring speakers, demos, and informational booths
  • Includes vendor booths for the public to purchase garden-themed items
  • Location: Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church (407 @ Morriss Rd, Flower Mound)
  • October (traditional date is first Saturday)
Liz Moyer
Good Samaritan
  • Assists resident gardeners at Good Samaritan Lake Forest Garden
Cindy Reese/Martin Richards
JMG and Youth Education
  • Supports Denton County Area JMG groups as requested
  • Provides educational opportunities as requested
  • Trains volunteers to utilize available curriculum
  • Year round
Susan Kilpatrick
Pollinator Pocket Prairie Garden
  • Designs and constructs an educational garden at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
  • Demonstrates different pollinators (e.g. hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and host plants) using native to Denton County plants
  • Rescues native plants from areas being developed
  • Works in the nursery/greenhouse area
  • Year round
Deborah Estes/ Doug Workman
Rain Garden at Mayhill Landfill
  • Supports the City of Denton with design requirements
  • As requested
Janet Laminack
Red Bud Festival
  • Provides gardening education booths at annual public event sponsored by Keep Denton Beautiful
  • April
Monica Chaffin
Spring Garden Tour
  • Provides to the public opportunities to visit DCMGA members’ and public gardens
  • Features gardening demonstrations
  • Supports gardens by helping them to become “tour ready”
  • Supplies docents on tour day
  • 2nd Saturday in May
Candy Bennett/Sandy Stickane
Spring Plant Sale
  • Provides commercially grown, “pass-along” plants from Master Gardeners, and Propagation Team plants for sale to the public
  • Answers questions by the public about plants
  • Educational demonstrations
  • Largest DCMGA fund raiser
  • Location: Trinity United Methodist Church (Hobson Ln. @ Teasley Ln., Denton)
  • April
Pat Edwards and Don Edwards
SWAt:  Science With Attitude
  • Trains teachers and parent volunteers from area Denton County public, private, schools, & home based education programs
  • Works with DCMG, Elm Fork Chapter Master Naturalists & 4-H volunteers
  • Aligns researched-based curricula with standardized tests to enhance science, reading, & math
  • Provides individualized supplemental education for a variety of topics for classrooms and other educational settings
  • Year round
 Susan Kilpatrick
TWU Rock Garden
  • Mentors students on gardening practices
  • Year round on request
Debbie Van Ness
Vegetable, Flower, Herb, Fruit Show
  • Provides opportunities for the public to show vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruits from their home gardens
  • June
Kaye Gross






Committee Chair

Help Desk
  • Trains members and researches to answer questions submitted by the public via the DCMGA Help Desk
  • Assures sufficient Help Desk coverage
Janie Farler
  • Responsible for securing refreshments at general meetings and special events
  • Purchases needed supplies (receipts to be turned in to treasurer)
  • Arrranges setup of the room for monthly association meeting
  • Sends flowers and/or cards to members when appropriate
Coral Gates and Jan George
Intern Class Planning
  • Supports planning for annual class to train new Master Gardeners
  • Responsible for planning class curriculum, recruiting and interviewing applicants, and working with visiting instructors
  • Mentor
    • Responsible for planning and coordinating the mentor program for the new intern class
    • Assigns a mentor from volunteers each intern
    • Plans mentor/intern events such as lunches and other activities throughout the year
Raeline NoblesMentor:  Clarice Luce
Speaker’s Bureau and Ask a Master Gardener
  • Receives speaking requests from the community
  • Provides research-based educational presentations and programs to community organizations
  • Coordinates volunteers and materials for “Ask A Master Gardener” booths as requested by the public or DCMGA events, such as the Keep Flower Mound Beautiful Environmental Fair in May
Dolores Payne


Administrative Committees




Administrative Committee Chair

  • Conducts an audit of the financial records in January and reports to the general membership at the next general meeting
  • Reviews the financial records after the first quarter of a new treasurer’s term to assure accounting records are correct
Lee Ann Keener
  • Responsible for completing the application forms for the State Awards
  • Applications are submitted to the CEA-Horticulture after board approval
Shirley Manfredi
  • Responsible for aiding the design and publication of documents to publicize and promote the association’s activities and objectives to the membership and community
  • Assists project managers with advertising of activities (e.g. brochures, flyers, note cards, labels, training materials)
Susan Cosio
Graduation/Celebration Banquet
  •  Plans and implements celebration dinner for:
    • Annual Awards
    • Latest Class Graduation
    • Installation of Officers
 Dolores Payne
  • Aids DCMGA projects in identifying potential funding sources when initiated by the project manager
  • Assists in writing and editing grants
  • Supports members who need help writing and polishing a grant request
Barbara Brown
  • Documents DCMGA activities though photography
  • Provides photographs for the website and publicity
  • Maintains historical records of projects through photographs
  • Provides a video at year’s end for the annual celebration
  • Schedules programs for the monthly membership meeting from March – February (of the following year).
Trina Zais
Project Administration
  • Responsible for assisting project managers and volunteers
  • Assures that new and continuing projects support DCMGA mission
  • Reports to board on project status
  • Annual approval of ongoing projects
Tammie Gurley
  • Responsible for reviewing and approving proper use of logos and legal statements required on documents prepared to apprise the community of the association’s functions
Susan Cosio
  • Publicizes and promotes the association’s activities and objectives to the commmunity though local media outlets
Pat Pape
Resource Room
  • Maintains the Resource Room for the use by the DCMGA membership
John Williams
  •  Plan annual retreat meeting
 President/Vice President
  • Reviews the applicants for the Tom Harpool Scholarship and makes recommendations to the board
Jacqueline Carney
  • Provides the framework and continuity of special events as determined by the Board of Directors
  • Consists of the Vice President, Ways and Means Chair, Intern Class Representative, and chairs of past major events
  • Makes recommendations and leads in strategic decisions concerning the Garden Tour, Plant Sale, and Fall Garden Festival
  • Outlines the structure and sets guidelines for the events
  • Assists in finding chairs and resources
  • Assists in the documentation of these events
Vice President
Sunshine Committee
  • Provides assistance to members in need (e.g. loss or illness)
  • May provide a variety of services for their fellow members on their own time
  • **this is an unofficial group in which no service hours are earned**
Marti Wingo and Sandy Faciane
  • Organizes all technology equipment stored in Resource Room
  • Provides technology-related assistance for membership, as required
Russell Tyson
Volunteer Opportunity Fair
  • Organizes an event which introduces or advertises projects that members can sign up for
  • Usually in February
 Vice President
Ways and Means
  • Responsible for any fund-generating activity for DCMGA
  • Assess cost versus benefit of potential fund raising activities and assures compliance with the DCMGA mission
  • Grants
    • Aids DCMGA projects in identifying potential funding sources when initiated by the project manager
    • Assists in writing and editing grants
    • Supports members who need help writing and polishing a grant request
Vice President
Grants:  Barbara Brown
  • Supports organization’s website:
  • Creates and maintains web pages
  • Researches and writes gardening articles
  • Creates and maintains online forms
  • Keeps DCMGA members’ calendar up-to-date
  • Maintains the DCMGA email subscription list
  • Sends (periodically) emails to subscribers with information about upcoming events
Sue Hudiburgh


Special Interest Groups


Special Interest Group


Group Leader

  • Offers landscape planning education to residents of Denton County
  • Assists approved organizations with landscape planning
  • Provides training for DCMGA members
  • Addresses the wide variety of soil types, ongoing drought conditions & capricious nature of our climate using water-wise plantings, low maintenance, Texas natives, and elements of design
Claude and Shirlee Singer
Herbal Branch
  • Makes presentations to DCMGA members and public on propagating, planting, harvesting and using herbs
Suzie Cook
Plant Propagation
  • Makes presentations on propagating by air-layering, leaf cutting, stem cutting, seed starting, and root division
  • Hands-on training in the art and science of plant propagation
Suzie Cook
Tree Musketeers
  • Provides educational information to DCMGA members and the public on tree planting, care and problem diagnosis
  • Assists citizens in diagnosing and treating tree problems at the request of the DCMGA Help Desk or County Extension Agent
  • Team members receive focused training on tree diseases and insect damage identification and treatment
  • Visits homes in the county whose owners are experiencing problems with their trees
  • No regular monthly meetings
Mary Morrow and Janie Farler
Water Conservation
  • Shares water conservation information and techniques with Denton County residents
  • Develops presentations and water conservation demonstrations for DCMGA sponsored events, public events supported by DCMGA and in response to requests made through the DCMGA Speaker’s Bureau
  • No regular monthly meetings
Coral Gates, Jolayne LaCour, and Richard Smutzer

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