August 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 814 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard.

We are so honored and humbled to be selected as yard of the month. We have lived here for about 19 years and have loved our time in Heights Park. As I am sure the neighborhood has seen, our yard has very much been a work in progress the last couple of years. When the tornado hit in October of 2019, we like many of our neighbors, lost a couple of trees. One was a beautiful and large lovers red oak that covered half of our front yard. When this happened, it completely changed our yard and the slope of the yard which affected water run-off. So, in April of 2020, we had the ultimate COVID project and decided to completely start over. We tilled up our entire front yard. We seeded a special drought tolerant bermuda grass and crossed our fingers that it would grow. We also redid the retaining wall at the front of the yard and slowly have added more flowers over the last year.

One of the things we are most proud of is we did all this as a family. Our boys, now 13 and 14 worked hard along with us and we are excited they get to see the recognition of their hard work and of what we have accomplished. We still feel our yard is a work in progress and we hope the neighborhood will continue to appreciate it as it continues to grow.


Kip, Terri, Collin and Cooper Kendrick

July 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 714 Westwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We are very excited and honored for our yard to be selected as the Yard of the Month for July 2021.  As you can see from the picture our caladiums are in full bloom in our flower beds.  We enjoy the landscaping in our yard and look forward to planting blooming flowers and plants that go with each seasonal change through the year.  We would like to thank George Opavsky our yardman and landscaper and his assistant Fidel for all the hard work they do each week maintaining our yard.  George owns Rain Forest Landscape.

We have lived in our house for over 40 years and our yard and landscape design has changed and evolved over the years.  Our newest addition to the yard is the swing we bought.  We hung the swing in our Live Oak tree near the front sidewalk.  The great thing about the swing is that when the young families are out walking with their children, it’s amazing how kids love to stop and get in the swing.  That is always fun to see and also helps us get to know the neighbors.  

Heights Park is a great neighborhood to live in and we would like to “thank” our Heights Park Neighborhood Association for sponsoring this award and what HPNA does to make Heights Park a great place for all of us to live in and enjoy.  If you are interested in starting to work on your yard’s landscape plan or continue to improve and add to your yard, there are many resources available close by for you to use.  If you do nothing else, drive around our neighborhood and get ideas from what others have done with their yards and start and continue improving the landscape in your yard.  If you do, you will have fun and enjoy the project and you will also increase the value of your home.  Thanks again for the recognition and for receiving this month’s Yard of the Month Award.

Frank and Margaret Schooler

June 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 722 Greenleaf Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

I am very honored that the Richardson Heights Park Neighborhood Association chose my yard for the Yard of the Month. My parents bought our home in 1957 when I was 2 1/2 years old. I grew up in the neighborhood mowing yards. I graduated from JJPHS in 1972 and all my children graduated from RHS. I was a teacher and coach at RNJHS. We started our family business in Richardson. I’m very proud of our city, our neighborhood, and my home. Thank you. God Bless….MJW 

Mark James Williamson

May 2021 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 818 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

My Husband and I are so honored to win yard of the month.

We purchased this home from my Mother 4 ½ years ago, and she had lived here for 41 years.

This is such a special block where we all thru the years have looked out for one another.

My Husband and I wanted our front yard to reflect the look of the Ranch style homes of the fifties since our home was built in 1956.  We wanted it to look inviting, welcoming and peaceful.

We love our home, our neighborhood and our City.  We thank you for this recognition. 

Stephanie and Todd

December 2020 Decorated Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 604 Lockwood Drive! Please read what they had to say about their decorated yard

Thank you so very much for choosing our home as Decorated Yard of the Month. We are delighted!

Our Christmas display started out with just a single string of lights around our porch eves, and our old school wood-panel Texas-theme’d Santa, that we picked up at a JJ Pierce HS Christmas Bazaar years ago. Moving to Texas from Canada, a cowboy-hat wearing Santa welcoming in the season with “Merry Christmas Y’all” in our front yard just seemed an appropriate first decoration. 

We like the white lights on the house eves, and the yard with the signature Heights Park spiral trees (among other decorations). When we painted the house, put up shutters and railings around the porch, it cried out for greenery, so we added the a couple of wreaths, which grew into a lot of wreaths and garland with lights.

Each year we added a piece or two, from diverse places as Hobby Lobby and Ikea, to surprise our granddaughters with, who just love to drive around Heights Park with us looking at all the decorated and lighted houses.  

We love our ‘50s house, wonderful neighborhood, and great neighbors. Thank you for recognizing us. We hope our yard makes you smile a little in this trying year. Happy Holidays!

Mark and Judi Hoefle
604 Lockwood Drive

November 2020 Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the owners at 619 Greenleaf Drive! Please read what they had to say about their yard

We are so thrilled to have the sign back in our yard! For the last few years we’ve really made an effort to do full seasonal change outs from bulbs in spring to lush colorful annuals in the summer, then autumnal pumpkins, crotons and peppers with a final swap of cabbage, kale, winter floral and conifer greenery at year’s end. Autumn is probably our favorite as it’s the most dramatic change aesthetically. We like to plant large 3 gallon crotons around a tree ring and throughout the larger front bed. A truck load of pumpkins and ornamentals cascading down our short porch steps can make a fun impact and we absolutely love mixing in peppers (black especially), marigolds, and mums in varying sizes and colors as well. Some years we might even have some corn stalks to give the garden some vertical interest. We appreciate the support!

Chris Michero and Steven DePuy