Projects: Events, Committees and Special Interest Groups

EventsCommittees and Special Interest Groups are always in need of Master Gardener volunteers.  Contact the 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 events, 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 manager responsibilities and a presentation outlining best management practices, along with a sample management spreadsheet.


For dates and details about work days, see the Member’s Calendar or contact the 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
Carol Brantley
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/ Dana Bays
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
Andie Milton/ 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
Jolayne LaCour/ Russell Tyson 
Denton County 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
Richard Smutzer
Denton City Library Seed Program
  • Works with the Denton City Library to provide library users with selected seeds to promote vegetable and flower gardening
  • Provides re-packaging of bulk seeds for individual users, and planting instructions
  • Gives talks to encourage the use of provided seeds
  • Year round
Phyllis Minton/ Pat Moyer
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)
Ellen Diers
Flower Mound First Baptist Community Garden
  • Location: 1901 Timber Creek Rd., Flower Mound (on Morriss Road between FM 407 and Main Street)  (map)
  • Plant and harvest fresh produce for donation to CCA and local refugee populations
  • Assist church garden volunteers in learning water wise and best choice garden practices to maximize yields
  • Educate and assist local area residents who want to grow their own gardens
  • Serve as a garden educational and demonstration resource for the area, including with scout troups and the nearby elementary school
  • Time of year – year round, work days scheduled as needed
Carol Noble/ David Huffman
Good Sam Garden Partnership
  • Trains and advises staff, volunteers, and residents of the Good Samaritan Society about using Earth-kind practices.
  • Assists in grant writing
  • Plans landscape projects
  • Donates plants
Kathi Fast
Greater Aubrey Area Gardening Series (GAAGS)
  • Provides research-based educational presentations and programs to the greater Aubrey area of Denton County
  • Presentations are open to the public including DCMGA members.
  • Topics include range from vegetable gardening, horticultural, herbs, tree care, water conservation, and native plantings just to name a few. 
  • Presentations occur approximately monthly for three months early in the calendar year.
Jolayne LaCour
Red Bud Festival
  • Provides gardening education booths at annual public event sponsored by Keep Denton Beautiful
  • April
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
Georgiana McCoig
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
Suburban Earth-Kind Project at Global Spheres
  • Develops a suburban landscape Earth-Kind demonstration garden at Global Spheres
Pam Pierce
SWAt:  Science With Attitude
  • Utilizing researched-based curricula, SWAt’s Educational Outreach Program provides individualized supplemental education on a variety of horticultural and environmental science topics for classrooms and other educational and community venues
  • Offers annual Professional Development Workshops for teachers and parent volunteers from area public and private schools, and home-based education programs
  • Provides support to schools in developing Outdoor Learning Centers
  • Provides Advanced Training opportunities for volunteers at monthly planning meetings
  • Year round
Susan Kilpatrick/ Erin Tran/ Marion Arndt
Vegetable, Flower, Herb, Fruit Show
  • Provides opportunities for the public to show vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruits from their home gardens
  • June
Pam Hawkins






Committee Chair

Ask a Master Gardener 
  • 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
Help Desk
  • Trains members and researches to answer questions submitted by the public via the DCMGA Help Desk
  • Assures sufficient Help Desk coverage
Cindy Hiegel/ Jim Hencken
HV Pavilion Gardens, Doubletree Ranch Park Working with the Highland Village Parks and Recreation department at the Pavilion Gardens, Double Tree Ranch Park, this project

  • Educates community on native plants
  • Educates community on pollinator garden and benefits of butterflies
  • Conducts tree talks highlighting variety of trees, pruning, proper planting and maintenance
 Mary Morris
Intern Basic Training and Administration
  • 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 Nobles
Mentors: Clarice Luce
Monarch Butterfly Waystation–the Tribute Community
  • Provides assistance in site selection, preparing the site, installing milkweed and nectar plants, and annual or semiannual maintenance of a monarch butterfly waystation in the Tribute community on Lake Lewisville in The Colony.
  • Educates the community on the importance of protecting the monarch migration through the use of milkweed and nectar plants.
  • Provides the STEM school in the community a hands-on learning environment.
  • May provide assistance with editing grant applications.
Kathleen Rainey
Rose Rosette Disease Team
  • Makes and distributes latest research on Rose Rosette Disease to DCMGA membership and Denton County residents
  • Organizes and shares information about events on RRD
  • Shares educational articles on
  • Works with Speakers Bureau to share latest information
Sharrie Ely
Sandy Jacobs Gov’t Center Fruit/Nut Tree Grove and Vineyard
  • Work with Denton County leaders in the formation of a demonstration grove of fruits and nuts
  • Educate the community on home fruit production through hands-on classes at the grove
  • Present classes, lead tours, and provide educational opportunities for visitors
David Byrd
Speaker’s Bureau
  • Receives speaking requests from the community
  • Provides research-based educational presentations and programs to community organizations
Dolores Payne
Texas, Our Heritage
  • Helps to restore an outdoor learning area at Heritage Elementary School, LISD
  • Conducts hands-on activities & demonstrations for the students/teachers
  • Teaches & leads in the horticultural area of caring for native plants
  • Works in a partnership of Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Boy Scouts, & the Heritage ES community
  • Time of year: As needed
Janet Gershenfeld
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
  • Coordinates annual Wine Tasting fundraiser
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
DCMGA 30th Anniversary Celebration
  • Plans and implements a celebration of DCMGA’s 30th anniversary
Shirley Manfredi/ Liz Moyer
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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).
Barbara Prins
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
Vice President
  • 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
  • Reviews the applicants for the Tom Harpool Scholarship and makes recommendations to the board
Jacqueline Carney
Suggestion Box (formerly known as Retreat)
  • Plan annual retreat meeting
President/ Vice President
Sunshine Gardeners
  • 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**
Marty Wingo

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
  • 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 / Barbara Brown 


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
  • Regular monthly meetings
Claude and Shirlee Singer
Herbal Branch
  • Makes presentations to DCMGA members and public on propagating, planting, harvesting and using herbs
  • Monthly meetings
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
Mary Morrow
Tree Musketeers (Tree Team)
  • 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
UNT Dye Garden
  • Assists, mentors, advises, and works with the faculty and students of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, Fiber Studio Arts
  • Provides Earth-Kind information and assists with planting, propagating, and maintaining the current dye garden
  • Assists with developing, researching, creating, and maintaining a second roof-top dye garden on the newly constructed Visual Arts building
  • Members learn about fiber and paper dyeing with natural dyes through lectures, workshops, and tours of the gardens.
  • Regular meetings
Lee Ann Yates, John Williams, Janet Gershenfeld
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
Vivian Lewis, Wally Gehrke, and Richard Smutzer


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