Garden goodies to go on display

Denton County residents are invited to bring their best fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to the 2013 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday, June 15, at Firefighters Memorial Park on the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Mulberry Street in Denton.

Sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA), the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the City of Denton, the annual educational event showcases flowers and produce grown in the county.

Any county resident may participate, and there is no entry fee. All entries will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the show in two divisions: youth ages 18 and under and adults over 18. Contestants may enter as many classes as they like but only one entry per class.

The contest focuses on best of species. Fruits and vegetables will be judged on flavor, and each entry must be sufficient in number to fill a dinner plate, which will be provided.

Herb and flower entries are restricted to a single species, and contestants must provide their own containers for arrangements. Both potted and cut flowers and herbs will be accepted.

Winners will be announced and awards distributed at noon or immediately following judging. Winners will receive ribbons, and division champions and best of show will receive cash prizes from NorthStar Bank.

An “Ask a Master Gardener” booth will be open from 9 a.m. until noon to answer questions about gardening in North Texas.

For more information, contact the Denton County Master Gardener Help Desk at (940) 349-2892 or visit the DCMGA website.

The DCMGA program is an education and volunteer initiative affiliated with the Texas Master Gardener Association and Texas AgriLife Extension Service within Texas A&M University. The program is designed to increase horticultural education and projects in Denton County through training and volunteer efforts.

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