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Richardson Plants encompasses multiple programs, such as Tree the Town, Beautification Matching Fund, and Operation Bloomtown, whereby an individual or group can participate in the beautification of Richardson's neighborhoods, parks and roadways. Whether your desire is to install a large landscape project in a median, plant a single tree in a park or even work with the City to build a butterfly garden, Richardson Plants has a program designed to meet your needs. Our staff will help you choose the right plant material, the right placing and spacing, and help design the most efficient ways to irrigate, care for and sustain the plant material to ensure a successful planting project.

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Collin County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA)

An educational and volunteer program affiliated with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University system. CCMGA is made up of citizens of the local community who not only take an active interest in their own lawns, trees, and gardens, but also strive to promote sound horticultural practices in the community. Members receive invaluable training and continuing opportunities for education then share their horticultural expertise through a wide variety of projects benefiting Collin County residents and organizations. For events, training, and more please visit:

For more information, please contact Public Services 972-744-4111.

Community Gardens

Community Gardens Partnership Program

The City provides a 95% water subsidy to help support gardening initiatives throughout the City. If your organization is interested in partnering your garden with the City, please use the resources below to find out information on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Turman.

Dallas County Master Gardener Association, Inc.

A non-profit, educational and volunteer service organization affiliated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout Dallas County. The successful public and private partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Dallas County Master Gardeners benefits Dallas County through educational programming, activities, community projects and shared expertise by significantly extending the outreach of Extension. For events, training, and more please visit:

For more information, visit the Dallas County Master Gardeners website or call Public Services 972-744-4111.

Drought-Tolerant Plant Guide

This publication serves as a reference guide for selecting drought-tolerant plants of all types: decorative flowers, shrubs, groundcover, and both ornamental and canopy trees. Recommendations are based on Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Earth-Kind database.

For more information, Download the Guide or call Public Services 972-744-4111.

Matching Fund Beautification

The program is available to residents, businesses or civic groups interested in beautifying public land in their neighborhoods. These groups share the cost of construction 50/50 with the City of Richardson. After completion of the project, the City of Richardson assumes maintenance of the area in perpetuity. Projects are designed by City of Richardson staff and consultants. Applicants’ wishes and requests are incorporated into the design resulting in the final product. Plant material to be incorporated into the design must be selected from the City of Richardson’s approved plants list. This program covers plant material, irrigation and minor flatwork. Annuals are not included in this program. Applications to enroll in this program can be found on the City's website. Learn More

For more information, visit the Matching Fund Beautification page or email Dan Baker.


Monarch Butterfly

The City of Richardson has signed the Mayors' Monarch Pledge to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities are committing to create habitat and educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home. To learn about the program and the steps to implement the pledge, please visit the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife site.

To learn more about how you can help implement the pledge in Richardson, please contact Dan Baker at or 972-744-4303.

North Central Texas Smartscape

The purpose of SmartScape™ is to educate residents on the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions.

The ultimate goal is to conserve local water supplies and improve storm water runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicides used in landscaping practices.

For more information visit, Texas Smartscape Website or call Public Services 972-744-4111.

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Tree Plantings/Tree the Town

Participants in this program can purchase a tree or trees and have them planted on City maintained land. Whether you want to honor someone with a dedication tree, or plant multiple trees to achieve shady areas in your neighborhood park, we can help you achieve your desired result. Tree selections are North Texas Natives and can be selected from the City's approved planting list found on the City's website. Tree locations will be determined by person / group purchasing the trees and a City representative. Tree plantings will require an irrigation bubbler system which may be included in the price of the planting.

>> Download Tree Planting Guide

Richardson Replants
Richardson Replants offers an opportunity for community members to replace trees lost in parks, greenbelts or medians due to storms. The Parks and Recreation Department will work with groups or individuals seeking to help support the replanting effort. The program also encourages and serves as an educational resource for residents seeking to replace storm-damaged trees on private property. Contact the City of Richardson at the number listed below on how you can support the replanting of trees on public property or for more information on replanting on private property.

To view or add your own tree to the community inventory,
click here. For more information, contact Dan Baker.

Water My Yard

Over 50 percent of landscape water is wasted due to overwatering, inefficient watering practices and broken or poorly maintained irrigation systems. Water My Yard will help you determine exactly how much to water, conserving water resources for the future and saving you money right now.

For more information, visit the Water My Yard website or call Public Services 972-744-4111.

Water Wise Landscape Tour

Join us for a free tour of homes featuring water-friendly outdoor landscapes. Each year, the City teams up with volunteers and passionate homeowners throughout the community that have embraced environmentally conscious, drought tolerant native landscaping. Ask questions, take pictures and jot down ideas as you help us plant the idea throughout the community that native landscaping is not only environmentally conscious, but beautiful as well.

Visit the Landscape Tour website or call Public Services 972-744-4111.

Wildflowers / Operation Bloomtown

This program allows Richardson residents to select city-maintained land (parks and medians) to be planted with wildflowers. The city will work with the individual/group on location selection. Cost to participate in this program is $100 per 1/10 acre. Applications to enroll in this program can be found on the City's website.

For more information, visit Wildflowers / Operation Bloomtown or email Dan Baker.