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Les Cockrell: Natives, exotics highlight annual spring garden tour

Seven gardens, both public and private, will be featured on the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s 2012 Spring Garden Tour.

This year’s tour will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at  through Thursday using PayPal.

Advance tickets can also be purchased in person at the Denton County Extension Office, at the corner of Loop 288 and Market Street, Suite 222, or at several area retailers. A list of locations is available at the website.

Tickets will be available on the day of the tour at any featured garden for $10 each. Children younger than 14 will be admitted free.

All money raised from the tour will fund local educational activities.

Tour participants can tour two gardens in Highland Village, the 1-acre Israel prayer garden at the Global Spheres Center in Corinth, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District grounds in Lewisville and three locations in Flower Mound, including the famous Flower Mound, a 12.76-acre park of wildflowers and native prairie grasses in the heart of the city that is currently protected by the nonprofit Mound Foundation.

The Highland Village sites are both private — an Asian-inspired garden filled with seasonal blooms, winding paths, shady arbors and garden art, and an eclectic, self-seeding, sustainable sanctuary that is home to wildflowers, a “frog grotto” and a Japanese-style space.

The prayer garden in Corinth is modeled after ancient maps of Israel’s 12 tribes and includes the seven species mentioned in the Book of Deuteronomy — figs, grapes, pomegranates, wheat, barley, olive and date palm — and an unofficial eighth species, the almond. Other biblical plants include myrtle, willow, salvias and selected flowers and herbs.

The Upper Trinity Regional Water District grounds will showcase multiple gardens brimming with roses, rutabagas and radishes. The grounds feature gardens inspired by the Texas Hill Country, England and Japan.

In addition to the Flower Mound landmark, tour participants will be invited into two private Flower Mound gardens. One is filled with plants that survived last summer’s grueling heat, including native trees and hardy shrubs, drought-tolerant perennials, carefree roses and colorful wildflowers. The second is a 25-year-old private garden that teams perennials with colorful annuals to assure year-round color without excessive maintenance, time or resources.

For more information about the tour, visit the website.



Mighty Thomas Carnival to return to Lake Dallas

The Mighty Thomas Carnival from Austin will return to City Park in Lake Dallas on Thursday and will offer visitors games, food and rides through Sunday.

Discount ride passes are available through Thursday at Lake Dallas City Hall or online at  for $15 each. Cost at the gate will be $20. Individual ride tickets will also be available at the carnival’s ticket office.

The Mighty Thomas Carnival was founded in 1928 and is a member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Showmen’s League of America and International Association of Fairs and Expositions, according to a news release.

Lake Dallas’ City Park is located on Hundley Drive at Shady Shores Road, near Lake Dallas Middle School.

For more information, call 940-497-2226, ext. 132, or visit the city’s website.



Denton Community Chorus to present free concert

The Denton Community Chorus will present a concert titled “Classics to Broadway” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church.

The free concert is open to the public. Following the concert, there will be a silent auction, and refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit the community chorus.

The church is located at 2121 E. University Drive.



Post selects students for Boys State program

American Legion Post 71 has selected 43 high school students from eight Denton County schools for Boys State, according to an announcement from Lynn Vowell, post commander.

The Boys State leadership training program teaches participants about different aspects of U.S. government, including elections and the Declaration of Independence. This year’s program will be June 3-8 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Those selected were:

•  Denton High School students Ronald C. Disbrow, Charles C. Marsh, Lawrence C. Tinsley, Logan G. Trachta, Alexander H. Wilborn and Taylor Wooton

•  Guyer High School students Caleb L. Barfield, Stephen T. Bray, Brandon Dominguez, Chandler B. Fentress, Dalton K. Gaume-Wakefield, Mark T. Hickey, Matthew C. Macisaac, Adam W. Oh, Brandon C. O’Shea and Reece C. Wells

•  Ryan High School students Max Adkinson, Jonathan T. Brooks, Carlos Cabrera, Austin Coke, Samuel DeLeon, Salman Hasan, Nicholas Jones, Michael Kennedy, Matthew Martino, Kevin Ray, Logan Rodgers and Wayne Watson

•  Lake Dallas High School students Lisandro Heredia, Zeby K. Poycattle and Matthew D. Wilson

•  Logan K. McDivitt and Christopher A. Swank, from Liberty Christian School in Argyle

•  David Fredrickson, from Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound

• Flower Mound High School students Nathaniel Shurtleff, Blake Spencer and Buck Starling

•  Lewisville High School students Dylan D. Ator, Luis C. Guerra, Michael R. Jimenez, Robert G. Luleff, Jacob T. Rodriguez and Dionte K. Wilson

The cost of the program is $275 per participant, and the cost is shared by the American Legion, the high schools, civic clubs and individuals.

An orientation session will be at the Denton City Council chambers, 215 E. McKinney St., at 2 p.m. May 30.

Speakers will include city and county officials, a 2011 Boys State attendee, as well as briefings by the American Legion Post 71 and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary. The Boys State and Girls State attendees will be honored with a dinner at 7 p.m. July 17 at Post 71, 2501 Spencer Road, Denton.

For more information about the program, students can contact their high school principals or call 940-727-8067.



Volunteers sought to help with records project

Denton County District Clerk Sherri Adelstein announced recently that she needs volunteers who know the history of the county to help with a records project.

She is seeking area residents who would recognize the names of significant county residents and businesses to help identity court records that have historical value.

Some records provide significant historical documentation of Denton County and, possibly, the state of Texas, she wrote in an e-mail.

Those who would like to donate their time to helping with the project are invited to call her at 940-349-2200.

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