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Samples of flowers entered in the 2016 Fruit, Veggie, Herb and Flower Show.

Urban gardeners and area farmers are invited to enter the 2017 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show, which starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Denton Community Market, 317 W Mulberry St. This educational event is co-sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton Economic Program to recognize county growers of all ages who raise the best local flowers and produce. All county residents are eligible to compete, and there is no entry fee.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. in two divisions: youth ages 18 and under and adults over 18. The contest focuses on best of species, and judging starts at 10 a.m. All entries will be judged on a combination of market qualities: maturity, appearance, fragrance, color, size, uniformity and freedom from blemishes, pest damage and disease. Difficulty of growing in the North Texas environment will also be a factor. Fruits and vegetables will also be judged on flavor. Each fruit and vegetable entry must include a sufficient number of samples to fill a dinner plate, which is provided. Contestants may enter as many classes as they like but only one entry per class. No combination of species is allowed.

Herb and flower entries are restricted to a single species. Vases will be provided for single-stem entries. Both potted flowers and herbs will be accepted. At the end of judging, ribbons will be awarded for the first three places in each class. Division champions and Best in Show winners receive rosettes and cash awards.

Supporters of this year’s show include Harold's Transmissions, Zenith Cleaners, Life Credit Union, Marvin’s Automotive, Becks Garage, Perennial Path, Dennis’ Farm Store and Ultimutt dog grooming.

 Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. For more information, contact the Denton County Master Gardener Help Desk at (940) 349-2892 or visit the DCMGA website at  


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