Projects, Committees and Special Interest Groups

Projects, Committees 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.


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


Location & Description


Project Manager

Bayless-Selby House–Denton Historic Park Mulberry & Carroll Streets, Denton–Support landscape for historic Victorian house & other structures.  Conduct garden tours and present programs Year round as needed Carolyn Gold
Children’s Arbor Day Bag redbud seedlings and distribute to third graders in Denton schools.  Present Arbor Day program at schools April Donna Schaffner
Children’s Garden Fair Oaks Senior Independent Living Community in Denton.  Support children and their families as they learn about growing veggies
March — June Jacqueline Carney
Cool Shade for the Third Grade Bag tree seedlings and deliver to third graders at LISD elementary schools October Susan Loos
DCSWCD Tree Seedling Distribution Distribute seedlings to Denton County residents who have made purchases February
Kathleen Vaughn
DCLA Youth Fair Support horticulture division for annual competitive event with registering and judging entries February — March Lynda Harvey
Denton Christian School Plant Sale Support school plant sale with plant identification and answer visitors’ questions about plants April Denise Jeppson and Richard Smutzer
Denton County Botanical Garden Support design and implementation of multiple gardens on county land
Year round
Linda Williams
Fair Oaks Senior Independent Living Center Partner with Boy Scouts and local garden club to build and maintain gardens for senior center.  Provides education for residents, staff, volunteers and families Year round Dale Powell
Fall Garden Festival (formerly InfoFest) Educational event featuring speakers, demos, information booths.  Vendor booths and DCMGA Garden Shoppe provide shopping opportunities for visitors October (traditional date is first Saturday) Liz Moyer
Horticulture Workshop MG’s teach 4H members about various horticulture topics at annual event.  Class includes hands-on portion January Lynda Harvey
Intern Class Planning MG Team supports planning for annual class to train new Master Gardeners.  MG responsibilities include planning class curriculum, recruiting and interviewing new members and working with visiting instructors Planning begins in June.  New classes begin in February. Raeline Nobles
JMG and Youth Education
Provide learning experiences to those who request it in educational settings. Train Master Volunteers to utilize available curriculum.
Year round Susan Kilpatrick
KFMB Environmental Fair Features composting  & EarthKind gardening practices in Flower Mound May Lynda Harvey
Pollinator Pocket Prairie Garden
Design and construct an educational garden at LLELA to demonstrate different pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, butterflies (and host plants as well), using plant material of North Central TX genetic origin
Year round Deborah Estes/ Doug Workman
Rain Garden at Mayhill Landfill Support City of Denton with design requirements for rain garden at city landfill As requested Kaye Gross
Red Bud Festival Information Booth Provide gardening education at annual public event April
Monica Chaffin/ Raynette Constanza
Spring Garden Tour Provide the public opportunities to visit DCMGA members’ and public gardens. Features gardening demonstrations at each location. DCMGA members support Tour by helping make gardens “tour ready” and to serve as docents on tour day. Key fund raising event for DCMGA 2nd Saturday in May Candy Bennett
Spring Plant Sale Provide commercially grown and pass-along plants from Master Gardeners as well as plants grown by DCMGA Propagation Team for sale to public. Education demonstrations and MG experts on hand to answer questions. Garden Shoppe items for sale. Key fund raising event for DCMGA.  Sale location is Trinity United Methodist Church, Hobson & Teasley in Denton April
Pat Edwards and Don Edwards
SWAt:  Science With Attitude
Team of Extension Volunteers supporting the knowledge of horticulture and environmental education to Denton County Educators. Coordinate and implement Educator In-service programs as well as provide advisory support to educators throughout the year. The SWAt program provides education and advisory support to Outdoor Learning Areas in educational settings. 
 Year round  Susan Kilpatrick
TWU Rock Garden Mentor students on gardening practices Year round on request Debbie Van Ness
Vegetable, Flower, Herb, Fruit Show Competitive annual event that provides opportunity for public to enter their veggies, flowers, herbs, fruits and arrangements for judging June Kaye Gross





Committee Chair

Audit The audit committee conducts an audit of the financial records in January and reports to the general membership at the next general meeting after the audit. The committee also reviews the financial records after the first quarter of a new Treasurer’s term to assure accounting records are correct. Lee Ann Keener
Awards The awards committee is chaired by the Immediate Past President, and is responsible for completing the application forms for the State awards. Applications are submitted to CEA-Horticulture after Board approval. Shirley Manfredi
Documentation This committee is responsible for aiding in the design and production of documents to publicize and promote the association’s activities and objectives to the membership and community. The committee assists project managers with advertising of activities (e.g. brochures, flyers, note cards, labels, training materials). Susan Cosio
Grants The grant committee aids DCMGA projects in identifying potential funding sources. Requests for support from the grant committee are initiated by the project manager. Grant committee members assist in writing and editing grants. The committee also supports members who need help writing and polishing a grant request. Barbara Brown
Help Desk This committee trains members and researches answers to questions submitted by the public via the DCMGA Help Desk. Janie Farler
Hospitality The hospitality committee is responsible for refreshments at general meetings and special events. They also arrange for setup of the room for the monthly association meetings and for sending flowers and/or cards to members when appropriate. Coral Gates and Jan George
JMG/SWAt This committee provides training programs for school teachers to implement the JMG program.  The chairperson is responsible for being a liaison between DCMGA and school administrators. All school outdoor learning centers are under the auspices of a JMG project. Susan Kilpatrick
Mentor The mentor committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the mentor program for the new trainee class. Duties include assigning a mentor from the general membership for each trainee and planning mentor/trainee events such as lunches and other activities throughout the year. Clarice Luce
Photography This committee documents DCMGA activities through photography. The committee l provides photographs for the website, newsletter and publicity. The committee will maintain historical records of projects through photographs and provide a video at year’s end for the annual celebration. Susan Cosio
Programs The program committee schedules programs for the monthly membership meetings from March-February of the following year. Trish Percy
Project Administration The Vice-President serves as Project Administrator and is responsible for assisting project managers and project volunteers and annual approval of ongoing projects. Tammie Gurley
Publications The publications committee is responsible for reviewing and approving proper use of logos and legal statements required on documents prepared to apprise the community of the association’s function, capabilities and achievements. Susan Cosio
Publicity The publicity committee publicizes and promotes the association’s activities and objectives to the membership and community. Pat Pape
Resource Room This committee maintains the resource room for the use of the DCMGA membership. John Williams
Scholarship The scholarship committee reviews the scholarship applicants and makes recommendations to the Board. Jacqueline Carney
S.E.A.T. The S.E.A.T. committee provides the framework and continuity of special events as determined by the Board of Directors. The committee consists of the Vice President, the Ways and Means chair, an Intern Class Representative and chairs of past major events. The committee 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, and assists in the documentation of these events. Vice President
Signage The signage committee is responsible for assisting in preparing/acquiring signage–direction signs, site signs and banners–to promote and direct the general public to DCMGA events. Mary Morrow
Speaker’s Bureau and Ask a Master Gardener
The Speaker’s Bureau receives speaking requests from the community and provides educational presentations and programs as requested.  This committee also coordinates volunteers and materials to man “Ask A Master Gardener” booths as requested by the public or at DCMGA events.
Dolores Payne
Sunshine Committee This unofficial committee provides assistance to members in need. Members may require assistance due to loss or illness. The Sunshine Gardeners may provide a variety of services for their fellow members on their own time.  No service hours are earned. Marti Wingo and Sandy Faciane
Technology The technology committee provides technology-related assistance for the membership as required. Chris Orosco
Ways and Means The ways and means committee is responsible for any fund-generating activity for DCMGA. Vice President
Website The duty of the webmaster and committee is to maintain the association’s website,, in a timely manner. Sue Hudiburgh


Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Group


Group Leader

Gardenscapers Gardenscapers offer landscape planning education to residents of Denton County, assist approved organizations with landscape planning and provide training for DCMGA membersThe goal is to address the wide variety of soil types, ongoing drought conditions and capricious nature of our climate using water-wise plantings, Texas natives, and elements of design.  Claude and Shirlee Singer
Herbal Branch This group meets monthly to talk about herbs.  Each meeting features an herb of the month with a presentation including propagation, planting, harvesting, history, uses etc.   All members and the public are welcome.  Training hours are received for the presentation; the remainder of the meeting counts as service hours. Suzie Cook and Connie Watts
Plant Propagation Air-layering, leaf cutting, stem cutting, seed starting, root division:  they’re easier with practice.  At Propagation Team meetings, Master Gardeners earn Advanced Training hours and get hands-on experience in the art and science of plant propagation.  Suzie Cook
Tree Musketeers
The tree team adds practical knowledge and “hands on” application to the “book learning” provided by Master Gardener lectures.  After training, Tree Musketeers participate in site visits to aid Denton County homeowners whose tree problems the Help Desk has been unable to diagnose.  Members learn from each other, do research and respond to the homeowner.  At least two team members are present at each site visit.  Mary Morrow and Janie Farler
Water Conservation This group meets to learn, share water conservation information and develop presentations and programs to present to the community. Sue Hudiburgh

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