Yard-of-the-Month - 2018
Williamsburg Settlement
the prestigious Katy community

For further information on the program, please call Jim Calvert at 281-380-8628 
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Each month the yards in our subdivision are judged. If the resident of the one that is considered to have the best display has not won the award within the last two years, is in good standing with the Association and agrees to accept the accolade, it is designated as the Yard-of-the-Month. A sign is placed in that yard throughout the duration of the month, a photograph and write-up are posted here on this web site and the winners are mentioned in our monthly newsletter.

January Winner - Terry and Jo Anne Nickens of 22410 Unicorns Horn
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Terry and Jo Anne have lived in the Settlement for 27 years and have 5 grown children who have provided them with enough grandchildren to keep them well-entertained every time they visit! The Nickens’s yard is beautifully manicured and cared for from the street to the house. The flower beds along both sides of the front of their house are outlined with colorful river rock and large variegated aztec grass. Both beds contain an assortment of shrubs and flowering plants among these being knockout roses, boxwoods, azaleas, and caladiums. There are also several well-trimmed oak trees and crepe myrtles and a “Fido looking for his bone” adding the finishing touch to Terry and Jo Anne’s yard. The front entry is complemented with a nice wrought iron bench along with a potted hibiscus plant.

Terry and Jo Anne say that the Settlement’s overall quietness, beautifully kept yards, friendly neighbors along with its location have made living here all these years such a wonderful experience.
Congratulations Terry and Jo Anne Nickens for being selected Yard-of-the-Month for January. Your continued contribution to the beauty of our neighborhood all these years is greatly appreciated by all.
February Winner - Chris and Shannon Henderson of 22114 Wetherburn
The Henderson’s have lived in the Settlement for the last 15 years. They have no children but do cherish the time they spend with their two wonderful friendly dogs while sharing their backyard accommodations with friends and family. This allows them to enjoy the tranquility one looks for after a long week of work. Having served in the lawn service business for the last 26 years Chris is the owner/operator of Lawn Solutions located in the Katy area, while Shannon has worked in the funeral industry for over 13 years most recently starting at Houston’s Mortuary College, Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.

Viewing the Henderson’s home from the street one notices the beautifully laid southwestern stone work that blends within the original brickwork. The front of their home starts with several mature pine trees both accented with flowering and non-flowering plants. A couple of Adirondack chairs sit in front of several fan palms and large philodendron plants adding to this peaceful scenery. An Arizona blue ice cypress sits at the garage corner while their flower beds along both the garage and front of their home are planted with a variety of plants. These include gold durantas, snapdragons, violas, alyssum, dianella, red sisters, encore azaleas, with two Windmill palms along with a Mediterranean palm finishing out the current look of their home.

When asked what they each love about the Settlement both said that it’s the quietness, trees, convenient location and the variety of different homes throughout the subdivision.

Thank you Chris and Shannon Henderson for your contribution in maintaining such consistent care which adds to the beautiful appearance of our neighborhood. Congratulations on being awarded the 2018 February Yard-of-the-Month.

March Winner - Abel and Rosaura Zamora at 22419 Bucktrout
The Zamora’s have lived in the Settlement for 8 years. They have 4 children: one attends Winborn Elementary as a 5th grader and another is a 9th grader at Morton Ranch High School while their oldest daughter and son have graduated from the University of Houston and Sam Houston State respectively.

Rosaura is a stay-at-home Mom while Abel has run his own lawn service business for the last 15 years. The Zamora’s say that the things which make living in the Settlement so enjoyable are the friendly neighbors, the overall cleanliness of the subdivision, add in the large trees within the Settlement, its quietness and location and it’s as perfect as you could get. When not working or enjoying the peacefulness of our neighborhood the Zamora Family enjoy the great outdoors by going on camping trips within the many great State parks that Texas has to offer.

Driving by the Zamora home you’ll notice two large beautiful oaks that have been meticulously manicured, each surrounded with beds of boxwoods and pansies. Along the front and sides of their home the beds are filled with boxwoods, roses, yaupon holly, pansies and they have a Japanese ternstroemia tree on each corner of the front beds. Rounding out the Zamora’s home are two sago palms that accent their drive.

Congratulations Rosaura and Abel Zamora for being selected Williamsburg Settlement Yard-of-the-Month for March 2018. Thank you and your family for your contribution in helping to maintain the Settlement’s beauty that others may admire.
April Winner - Dan and Sharon Jefferson of 1506 Durfey Lane
Sharon is an original resident having moved into the Settlement 40 years ago in April 1978 and Dan joined her in 1985 when they married. Both Dan and Sharon are retired after more than 35 years with Schlumberger.

Dan and Sharon’s yard is bordered by crepe myrtles on the south with red tip photenias. Across the drive, the curving beds are outlined by moss rock accented by a sago palm on one end and filled with a vibrant mixture of red ruffle azaleas, begonias, purple loropetalum, and Mexican heather. The aztec grass plantings are anchored with a small Japanese lantern framed by a moss rock boulder and Indian hawthorn. An array of pyracantha, red tip photenia, red camellias and nandinas accent the meandering path leading to the back yard gate flanked by 40-yr old Formosa azaleas. On the north side of the lawn is a bed with ground cover, crepe myrtles and red ruffle azaleas. Also in the bed is a burgundy hearts redbud tree with a small Japanese lantern tucked under it. Ferns, together with color-complimenting flowers, help frame the double red front doors. Large moss rock boulders scattered throughout the beds add visual appeal and enhance the “woodsy” feel of the yard.

The Jefferson’s say that in all their 40 years here the Settlement has continued to be a quiet, well-maintained neighborhood with friendly neighbors and an abundance of beautiful pines and oaks in neatly kept lawns. After driving on Houston’s freeways the calm feeling one gets upon entering the subdivision says “you have come home”.

Thank you Dan and Sharon Jefferson for your many years of helping to maintain the beauty within the Settlement. Congratulations on being Williamsburg Settlement Yard of the Month for April 2018.
May Winner - Don and Melissa Sanders of 22450 Bucktrout
The Sanders have lived in the Settlement for 38 years during which they have raised their 3 children who are now adults. Melissa and Don have 5 grandchildren and Melissa spends her time enjoying being a grandmother to them. Don works for Kinder Morgan where he is into his 42nd year in the natural gas control business. When not working, Don and Melissa enjoy road trips, relaxing with all the kids in their backyard that’s built just for that purpose or spending a weekend at the beach.
The Sanders’ magnificently maintained yard still contains the 3 original pines planted when they first built here. Their front beds are bordered with tan chop stone and moss boulders and are landscaped with blue plumbagos, bottle brushes, azaleas, ligustrum’s, plum delight, pittosporum, distylium, Asian jasmine and roses. Two white crepe myrtle trees along with a flagstone walkway from the drive to the front entry finish out this homes beauty.
When asked what has made them remain all these years in the Settlement they, as so many of our residents do, proclaim it’s our well maintained homes, quietness, and friendly neighbors.
Our congratulations and thanks to Don and Melissa Sanders for a well-deserved recognition of all the beauty they have contributed to our community for so many years.

June Winner - Barry and Sandy Medlock of 22307 Joshua Kendell Lane
This August the Medlocks will be celebrating their 30th year living in the Settlement. Barry and Sandy have raised 3 fabulous sons here who have gifted them with 3 wonderful daughters-in-law. These three families have now further gifted them with 9 amazing grandchildren!

The Medlock’s yard begins with an oak tree landscaped with integrated stone rock of various sizes then filled with blue plumbagos, agapanthus, and knockout roses. Along the front of their home are beds filled full of yellow bells, knockout roses, amaryllis, Indian hawthorn hedges, golden euonymus hedges and midnight Carolinas. There are two sitting areas in the Medlock’s front yard. The one to the left is highlighted by begonias, blue plumbago’s and a crepe myrtle. The other sits at the corner of their home next to the drive and is surrounded by yellow bells. Their backyard is accented by nandinas, yellow bells, hibiscus, azaleas, and coleus along with an Italian cypress tree.

When asked what they liked most about living in the Settlement, Sandy’s reply was “along with easy access in any direction, it’s the quiet neighborhood atmosphere with large wooded lots that give a feeling of serenity”. “Most of all” she says “it’s the friendly neighbors throughout our subdivision”.

Congratulations Barry and Sandy Medlock for receiving our June 2018 Yard of the Month Award. We thank you for your years of continued effort in helping to maintain the beauty of Williamsburg Settlement.

July Winner - Glen and Jane Thomas of 22207 Bucktrout Lane
The Thomas’s have lived in the Settlement for three decades and have been blessed with an awesome family. Both their son and daughter, Chris and Katie, grew up in the Settlement and have graced Glen and Jane with a daughter-in-law, Chandler, and son-in-law, Jacob.

When not working in their yard Jane enjoys spending time with Glen, their family and their two Great Pyrenees. They love watching the Rockets and spending time in their backyard which is as magnificent looking as their front. Glen works at a local TV station as well as freelancing as a Sports Cameraman. He has worked the Astros, Rockets, Dynamo and a host of professional and college teams. Glen says he’s lived his dream having worked two World Series, a Super Bowl, NBA All-Star games, along with Playoffs, Finals and numerous College Bowl games.

The Thomas’s yard consist of an island bed on each end of their home each containing English Holly bushes, Crepe Myrtles on the east side, a Little Gem Magnolia on the west side, with a variety of Jane’s favorite plants including Azaleas, Hydrangeas, African Daisies, Caladiums, and borders of Cuban Sky flowers. Along the front of the house are Ligustrum’s, Boxwoods, and Gardenias. An array of Caladiums that Jane planted from bulbs almost 30 years ago surround the two pine trees on each side of the front yard along with Geraniums, yellow Marigolds, Pentas and Verbena.

The pathway from the street contains a small bed on each side of the walkway and around the mailbox. These are filled with miniature white Roses African daisies, Geraniums, Caladiums, and borders of Cuban sky flower. The finishing touch on the Thomas’s yard is the beautiful custom built gate that is accented by two large containers filled with Dracaena and Scarlet Mandevilla.

The Thomas’s say the Settlement still remains as charming and serene as it was when they discovered it 30 years ago. Adding to their blessing and joy of living here is the fact that their daughter Katie and husband Jacob now also live in the Settlement along with Jack their dog.

Our thanks to the Thomas family for their contribution all these years in helping to maintain the beauty of Williamsburg Settlement. Congratulations Glen and Jane Thomas on being awarded Yard of the Month for July 2018.
August Winner - Stacy and Brandon Knapp of 22438 Bucktrout
Stacy and Brandon are newcomers to the Settlement having only moved here 2 years ago.
Stacy works as the procurement manager for an offshore oil and gas compan while Brandon is employed with Katy ISD and is currently an assistant principal at Katy High School. For recreation, along with working in their yard Stacy and Brandon like to hit the gym together and run and bicycle around the neighborhood. In addition they enjoy relaxing watching their favorite movies and planning on where their next vacation may lead.
Stacy and Brandon’s yard consist of wrap-around flower beds that are filled with a majority of plants chosen and planted by Brandon himself. Each side consists of a variety of coleus plants, red sisters, sunshine ligustrum’s, begonias, several pine trees, a magnolia, crepe myrtle, along with other miscellaneous perennials and annuals. Stacy says Brandon has just recently updated their stone walking path from the house to the drive which gives it another personal touch.
When asked what they most enjoy about living in the Settlement they both agreed that besides the wonderful friendly neighbors they have met in these short 2 years they especially love the style of homes in our neighborhood because they are all unique in appearance. Add in its close proximity to I-10 and 99, the shopping malls, the variety of restaurants and recreational activities and you have it all!
Congratulations Stacy and Brandon Knapp on being awarded the Yard of the Month for August 2018 and welcome to the Settlement. The beauty of your home brings added enjoyment for those driving our streets. Thank you both for your dedication in helping to maintain the beauty of our wonderful neighborhood.

September Winner - Kevin and Michelle Duty of 1723 Palace Green Court
Kevin and Michelle have lived in Williamsburg Settlement since moving here in 2004 to accommodate their growing family. Over the past 14 years they and their 5 children have loved playing at the park, taking their dogs for walks and getting to know their neighbors.

The Dutys try to balance their time volunteering for their church as well as at MRJH, keeping up with their kid’s sports and activities and working from home.

Their yard features large pink and white hibiscus, small boxwoods and a variety of other small plants near the house. The two pine trees are surrounded by three different types of coleus and one gardenia which according to Michelle refuses to bloom! There are decorative peppers in the large blue pots at the curb and some potted herbs on the front porch along with a few other random plants that change with the seasons. Their goal is to keep the yard looking nice, while not requiring too much work.

Over the years Michelle and Kevin have become good friends with most of their neighbors. It has been a blessing for them to be able to give and receive help and prayers knowing that they are surrounded by caring people. The established neighborhood, relaxed atmosphere and friendly neighbors are just a few things they say that make Williamsburg Settlement a great place to call home.

Congratulations Michelle and Kevin Duty for receiving the Yard of the Month for September 2018. Your continued pride, dedication and support for our community is greatly appreciated by all.
October Winner - Glenn and Barbara Miller of 1611 Hoyt Lane
Glenn and Barbara have lived in the Settlement for 15 years. They have two grown children Kyle, 33 and Mara, 28.

Barbara works for Katy ISD while Glenn is retired from the Houston Fire Department.  
The Millers love living in the Settlement because of its quietness, mature trees and friendly neighbors. Glenn says the two decorative benches on their front porch get used a lot as he and Barbara just sit and enjoying the peacefulness of our neighborhood.

The Miller's yard is beautifully manicured with hedges of boxwoods and variegated pittosporums around the front of their home. The pine trees are surrounded with a variety of plants that include Mexican heather, colorful lantanas and plumbegos. There are two talvera pots next to the porch that contain dwarf bottlebrushes and a well-used bird bath that adds a nice finishing touch to their yard.

Our Thanks to Glenn and Barbara for contributing by adding so much beauty to the Settlement. Congratulations on receiving the Williamsburg Settlement October Yard of the Month.

November Winner - Kim and Daphne Jones of 22531 Unicorns Horn
The Joneses have lived in the Settlement since 1985. They have 2 grown children who both attended Winborn Elementary. Kim says that having the school so close to their future home was just one of the many reasons they decided to choose the Settlement in which to raise their family.

Kim and Daphne's yard is well maintained from the street to the front of their home. The curved flower beds consist of a variety of bedding plants which include lantana, agapanthus, red and purple flowered pentas and purple liriope grass. Each of the beds along the front of their home is accented with a Japanese Jew at the side of their front entryway and a crepe myrtles at the bed’s outer edge. There are two more beds surrounding each of their two trees. One bed contains purple agapanthus, the other asparagus ferns, variegated ginger, Aztec grass, agapanthus and plumbago plants. Kim and Daphne's home is finished with a huge brick planter box filled with large Boston ferns which is built within their porte-cochere.

Asked what they still like about the Settlement they replied that it is their friendly neighbors; the Settlement’s great location with its access to the many restaurants, shopping malls and highways in and out of town; the peacefulness of the neighborhood and seeing new families continuing to move into the community.

Thank you Kim and Daphne for adding so much beauty to our community and congratulations on being awarded Yard of the Month for November 2018