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Denton Master Gardeners recognized for contributions to education, sustainability

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Kyle Martin, Staff Writer

The Texas Conservation Awards Program Area 5 awarded the Denton County Master Gardener Association with the 2017 “Friend of Conservation” award, in recognition of its work with local education and sustainability, according to a press release.  

The association, an all-volunteer branch of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, works with students of varying ages in Denton County to promote agriculture and gardening through several educational outreach programs. Such programs include the “Cool Shade for the Third Grade” program wherein about 3,000 Denton County third-grade students learn about sustainability and go home with seedlings of their own to plant and care for.

Additional programs include a $1,000 Tom Harpool Horticultural Scholarship presented annually to a college student from Denton County enrolled in a horticultural program and helping with the Denton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual tree sale at the North Texas Fairgrounds.