Yard-of-the-Month - 2020
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 - Frank and Malynn Rodriguez of 22102 Vobe Court
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The Rodriguezes have lived in the Settlement for 13 years and have one grown son and three grandchildren - two girls and a boy.

Frank, who is a commercial building contractor, and Malynn, a former Winborn teacher and current principal at Kilpatrick Elementary, say that when not working they enjoy house renovations, cooking, reading, and those grand-kids!

The Rodriguez's yard is beautifully designed and laid out to enhance the total beauty of their home. The yard and beds contain a large oak and pine, various annuals which include pink blooming azaleas, circular shaped boxwoods, Indian hawthorns, dwarf roses, asphagus ferns, foxtails and other seasonal plants. Their breezeway with its custom designed gate adds the finishing touch that brings it all together.

The Rodriguezes say they enjoy living in the Settlement due in part to it's quietness and their friendly neighbors as well as it being well established and family oriented. Also its location and accessibility from every direction adds to that enjoyment.

Congratulations Frank and Malynn on being awarded the January 2020 Yard of the Month. It is a pleasure to be able to begin our list of 2020 Yards of the Month with your beautiful home. Your ongoing effort in making your yard so attractive and admired by all who see it is greatly appreciated.


February Winner - Mike and Nancy Obert of 22518 Wetherburn
The Obert's have lived in the Settlement for 29 years during which time they have raised their son Doug and daughter Emily. They have 3 grandchildren; Ellie, Brody and Emma. Ellie and Brody live in Fort Worth with Emily's family, while Emma lives in Williamsburg Settlement with Doug's family and attends Winborn Elementary School.

Mike and Nancy are both retired which gives them, as Nancy puts it, “more time to hike, travel, eat and nap!"

The Obert's have loved living in the Settlement all these years in part due to their great neighbors and the Settlement’s location and well-maintained yards.

Both front and back of Mike and Nancy's yard are beautifully maintained and have a variety of plants including boxwoods, liriope, holly dwarf yaupon, asian jasmine, dianthus and pansies. All of these are accented with colorful dwarf snap dragons and the sweet smell of alyssum. One of Nancy's favorite plants named “yesterday, today and tomorrow” along with a variety of others help beautify their backyard.

Congratulations Mike and Nancy Obert on receiving our February 2020 Yard of the Month award. Thank you both for all the years you've dedicated to helping maintain the beauty of our wonderful neighborhood. 

March Winner - John and Patricia Brewer of 22607 Prince George St.  
The Brewers have lived in the Settlement for 5 years. They have two married daughters, Karen and Erica both of whom are teachers. Karen teaches early childhood special education and Erica teaches second grade. John and Patricia have six grandchildren, Daniel, Faith, Hope, John, Eli, and Ty. Daniel and Faith, who are the two oldest, currently serve our country in the U.S. Air Force.

In their leisure time John and Patricia enjoy fishing and working at their farm near Yoakum and Hallettsville. John has worked for over 40 years in steel distribution for the oil and gas industry. Patricia is a retired realtor and enjoys working on home projects, gardening, and cooking.

After moving in they removed a lot of older landscaping and replanted for a fresh look with plants that would bloom with added color and require only low maintenance care. Two original pine trees on one side of their lawn are bordered with moss rock, surrounded by asparagus ferns, orange lantana, and red knock-out roses. The opposite side hosts a single pine tree surrounded by foxtail ferns, agapanthus and garlic plants, and a red Monrovia rose. The moss rock border along the flowerbed in front of their home contains a variety of plants that include liriope grass, pink azaleas, African daisy, variegated ginger plants, and a philodendron. A gold dust variegated aucuba grows near the front entry and has survived many winter freezes, while a planter near the front door holds a river fern.

After John's office relocated from the Woodlands, John and Patricia were drawn to the Settlement because of it being such a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees, amenities, custom built homes and easy access to I-10 and TX-99. “Turns out” Patricia says, “the neighbors are just as wonderful as the reasons we selected the Settlement”.

Thank you John and Patricia Brewer for being awarded our March 2020 Yard of the Month. The continued work you contribute adding to the beauty of our neighborhood is truly appreciated.

April Winner - Marsha and Billy Cooke of 22410 N. Rebecca Burwell Lane
The Cookes have lived in the Settlement for 25 years and have 3 grown children. Billy is a retired engineer now spending his time volunteering at their church and professional organizations. Marsha, an adjunct professor at Houston Community College, is also involved in their church. Marsha and Billy say they were drawn to the Settlement and their home by the beautiful trees, how well established the neighborhood was and the fact that their children could remain in KISD schools.

Their front yard contains 3 large oak trees and a red bud tree, each having rock lined flower beds. These beds contain various bulb plants such as amaryllis, agapanthus, day and rain lilies and nandina shrubs. They also include a large leaf giganteum which blooms twice a year and is one of their favorite plants. In front of and accenting the border is a beautiful flat rock walkway from the driveway to their front sidewalk.

Marsha and Billy enjoy family, travel and the outdoors. Their backyard with its outdoor kitchen area where they spend lots of time has a natural look with vine blooming plants, passionflowers, wisteria, and aloe vera plants distributed throughout. These all grew from one plant that is over 40 years old. Add a small herb and vegetable garden, lemon tree, split-leaf philodendrons and the only thing missing are family and friends!

Congratulations Marsha and Billy Cooke on receiving our Yard of the Month award for April 2020. Thank you for your many years of contributing to the beauty of our neighborhood.

May Winner - Jamison and Katherine Doehring of 1634 Earl of Dunmore
Jamison and Katherine, along with their 2-1/2 year old son Henry, have lived in the Settlement for the last 4 years. Katherine and Jamison both serve as Pastors. Jamison works for St. Peter's United Methodist Church and Katherine serves as a Chaplain for one of the local hospital systems.  

Jamison, who actually grew up on Bucktrout Lane in the Settlement, says his mother still lives in the neighborhood. Growing up here and appreciating the beauty of the neighborhood with its mature trees, the character of the homes and the many friendly neighbors who live here was one of the reasons that brought him and Katherine back to the Settlement.

Katherine says that a friend in the landscaping business helped them design and pick the right plants that would enhance the long and low style of their home. They planted many dwarf sized bushes with lots of different colors and textures adding dark evergreens to contrast with the light brick of their home. Their favorite features and plants include dwarf bottle-brushes, foxtail ferns, bird of paradise, a very petite teddy bear plant and their magnolia tree. To help enhance the architectural design and interest of their home, they added a bench to accent the chimney area, several large and small sizes of cobalt blue pots at the entryway, and then painted their front doors a beautiful teal color to bring it all together.

Congratulations Jamison and Katherine Doehring for accepting the Williamsburg Settlement Yard of the Month Award for May 2020. The beauty you have added to our community is greatly appreciated.