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Check out some of the Denton County Master Gardeners’ favorite gardens and trails in Denton County.

Josey Ranch Pocket Prairie

1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton

A restored pocket prairie with many species of native flowers, prairie grasses, and pollinator plants. Carrollton Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Denton County Master Gardener volunteers, maintain the pocket prairie. Located near the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch.

The Grove at Sandy Jacobs Government Center

1029 Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton

A demonstration garden with fruit trees and berry plants. Carrollton Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Denton County Master Gardener volunteers, maintain the garden. Located on the grounds of Sandy Jacobs Government Center.

Beulah Acres Agroforest

7801 S I-35 E, Corinth

An agroforest designed using permaculture principles and Earth-Kind® gardening practices. Its purpose is to create living environments that are resilient, sustainable, and productive, while greatly reducing the work and energy required to maintain them. Global Spheres Center staff, in partnership with Denton County Master Gardener and Elm Fork Master Naturalist volunteers, maintain the garden.

Photo of native grasses and flowers in a prairie

Bowling Green Park and Community Garden

2200 Bowling Green St., Denton

Garden plots for growing annual flowers and vegetables are available for rental at this community garden. There’s also a fruit orchard on the grounds. Maintained by Denton Parks and Recreation.

Photo of a wooden nature trail.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

3310 Collins Rd., Denton

More than 2,900 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, upland prairie, and diverse aquatic habitats. Located within Lake Lewisville’s upper floodplain and managed by the City of Denton, it provides residents and visitors with unmatched ecological, educational, and recreational opportunities. The Science With Attitude (SWAt) Denton Independent School District Days is hosted here annually.

Cross Timbers Park

7601 Waterside Place, Denton

A neighborhood park with playgrounds, courts for basketball and volleyball, a pond, a gazebo, and 1.17 miles of concrete and soft-surface trails.

Denton County Historical Park Gardens

317 W Mulberry St., Denton

The park is home to the Bayless-Selby House Museum, the Quakertown House Museum, and the Denton County Welcome Center, a historic Denton structure. Community events, such as the Farmers’ Market, the Community Market, live music, and more, are held there. Denton County Master Gardeners volunteer to maintain the gardens around the Bayless-Selby House Museum.

Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden

304 Pioneer Circle, Denton

This native plant butterfly garden project was designed to attract and sustain monarchs and many other butterflies, bees, and birds. Designated as a Monarch Waystation, the butterfly garden boasts a lovely variety of flowers, including coneflowers (bachelor buttons), poppies, evening primrose, larkspur, phlox, gerbera daisy, and cornflowers.  Phase I is located on the south end of the Ann Stuart Science Complex; find Phase II of this garden by the Little Chapel in the Woods and enjoy the Carroll Abbott Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo of a butterfly on a lantana flower.

North Lakes Park Wildflower Trail

2201 Windsor Dr., Denton

During the spring and summer, the 2.17-mile trails through this 351-acre park boast beautiful wildflowers. The amenities include a sports complex, basketball and sand volleyball courts, pavilions, playgrounds, two lakes, and picnic areas.

Quakertown Park

700 Oakland St., Denton

Quakertown Park is a 32-acre city park located behind Denton Civic Center, Denton Senior Center, and Civic Center Pool. The park includes an amphitheater/stage, a 0.45-acre garden walk area and bridges, a playground and swing set, a grill, benches, picnic tables, a drinking fountain, and security lighting.

Shiloh Field Community Garden

1650 Nottingham Dr., Denton

This 14-acre garden is the largest community garden in America. Denton County Master Gardeners and community volunteer to plant and harvest over 40,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables annually to donate to local area food banks. Sign-up on their website to volunteer or take a tour.

University of North Texas Pecan Creek Pollinative Prairie

3940 N Elm St, Denton

This North Central Texas tallgrass prairie reconstruction project is located on four acres of the east field at the University of North Texas Discovery Park Campus. The mission of the Pollinative Prairie is to increase native north central Texas flora and fauna species on an urban university campus.

Photo of two people jogging in a park.
Close-up photo of a hummingbird feeding on salvia flowers.

Flower Mound First Baptist Church Community Garden

1901 Timber Creek Rd., Flower Mound

Community, church members, and Denton County Master Gardeners prepare, plant, tend and harvest a large 5-acre plot. The harvest is donated to the Community Christian Association (CCA). Master Gardeners share water-wise and best-choice gardening practices to assist local area residents in growing their gardens and maximizing yields.

The Flower Mound

2400 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound

The Flower Mound is a 12.5-acre State of Texas historic site in the Tall Grass Prairie segment of the Great American Black Land Prairie. A profusion of wildflowers can be found in the spring and summer. It is maintained by a group of dedicated citizens and The Flower Mound Foundation.

Double Tree Ranch Park

310 Highland Village Rd., Highland Village

Doubletree Ranch Park has a one-mile walking trail, a stocked fishing pond, and a dedicated wildflower area. There are open areas to enjoy a family picnic in the pavilion, under the trees or on the grand lawn; grills are available. During warm weather, children can play in the splash pad, take in a soccer game and enjoy snacks from the concession stand.  Denton County Master Gardeners partnered with Highland Village Parks and Recreation to plant beautiful native and pollinator plants around the pavilion.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

201 E. Jones St, Lewisville

Located on 2600 acres where the Black Land Prairies and the Eastern Cross Timbers meet, the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and its associated riparian forest is a nature lovers’ paradise. A wide range of wildlife, butterflies, and other insects can be found on LLELA’s trails. Denton County Master Gardeners and Elm Fork Master Naturalists volunteer weekly to restore and maintain this natural space. Learn about the regularly scheduled educational events on the LLELA website.

Photo of native grass growing at the edge of a lake.

Thrive Nature Park

1951 S Valley Pkwy, Lewisville

The 23-acre nature park has a concrete perimeter and soft surface interior trail. The park will also have wayfinding signage, picnic areas, outdoor classrooms, nature play areas, pollinator meadows, and a bird blind. The Parks and Recreation Department is working with Texas Master Naturalists in Denton County to nurture the native flora and fauna in the nature park. The Thrive Multigenerational Recreation Center is adjacent to the park.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Isle du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137, Pilot Point

Many family-friendly activities are available at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, including camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rollerblading, geocaching, and backpacking. The lake offers beaches for swimming and boating. There’s also a fishing pond for the kids.

Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve

355 E. Bob Jones Rd. Southlake

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve are surrounded by almost 758 acres of Cross Timbers habitat, with over 20 miles of hiking trails available on the Nature Center grounds and on or near the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail. Denton County Master Gardeners regularly volunteer to assist in maintaining this beautiful space.

Photo of a deer standing in a field of native thistle.

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