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Janet Laminack: Upcoming events set to teach kids, adults tips on gardening

Most children love playing in the dirt, and I know more than a few adults who do, too.

Let the kiddos in your life know about the Children’s Garden being held at Fair Oaks Retirement Apartments. Master Gardeners have been working for several years at Fair Oaks to provide residents with small, individual garden areas, a community vegetable garden and general landscape beautification.

The Children’s Garden Project will be held June 3 and June 10 with Master Gardeners and parents assisting children in planting, watering and harvesting a variety of vegetables, flowers and fruits. The children will also play games about nutrition and learn about good and bad bugs and worms and other creepy crawlies.

There are two sessions from which to choose: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. There is no session if it’s raining. No registration is required, it is free and new students are welcome. For more information, call the Denton County A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 940-349-2883. Fair Oaks is located at 1950 Lattimore St. in Denton.

So you’ve taken a class and made a rainbarrel? Now what? Learn about considerations for installing your rain barrel and how to use this water at the conservation class held at the city of Lewisville’s Kealy Operations Center at 1100 N. Kealy St., Suite D, in Lewisville.

This class will also show how to construct a rain garden to save water, minimize runoff and beautify your yard, all at the same time.

The free class will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 4, with registration required at or by calling 972-219-3504. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is open to the public, and Lewisville residency is not required.

This class will be taught by Denton County Master Gardeners Sue Hudiburgh and Lynda Harvey.

Get your garden bounty ready and mark your calendars for the Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on June 15, starting at 9 a.m.

This is a free contest open to all Denton County residents and will be held at the Firefighters Memorial Park (at the corner of Carroll and Mulberry streets in Denton).

All the rules and details can be found at our office or online at

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883 or