Learn About Native Plants at Neighborhood Meeting on July 15

Native plants

Our guest speaker will be Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Janet D. Smith. She will inspire you to fill your garden with native plants

Our next Heights Park Neighborhood Association meeting is going to be 3D. Different location, different day, delightful speaker. Join your neighbors at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Road (map). Child care will be provided (details below).

Our guest speaker will be Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Janet D. Smith. She will inspire you to fill your garden with native plants. She specializes in growing drought-tolerant plants that attract bees, butterflies and birds. She loves helping others discover the thrill of having their own nature channel out their windows.

In addition to the guest speaker, HPNA board members will give updates on the neighborhood, sign topper installation and more.

Have children? Bring them to the meeting, where they can enjoy the playground at the church, which volunteers will monitor. And before the meeting wraps, they will get to plant a seed to care for at home.

Win Prizes!
Our neighborhood school, Heights Elementary, needs donations of large hand sanitizer (pumps) and cleaning wipes (Clorox or similar). Those who bring either donation will be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for Communion Neighborhood Cooperative Coworking, Coffee and Eats. And all meeting attendees will be entered in our drawing for our door prize — a free annual enrollment for flag service.

June 2018 Yard of the Month: 534 Winchester Drive

June 2018 Yard of the Month: 534 Winchester Drive

June 2018 Yard of the Month: 534 Winchester Drive

The June 2018 Yard of the Month belongs to Melissa and Theo at 534 Winchester Drive. Here is what they had to say about their yard:

We are honored to be selected as yard of the month in a neighborhood with so many yards worthy of the award!

We moved here in fall 2016 and felt welcomed by the neighborhood from the first day. Practically without fail, greetings from neighbors shifted to conversation about our home’s original owner — Mr. Freck Matthews, a true fixture of Heights Park. In addition to the consensus that he was an all-around great neighbor, many conveyed stories of how well he maintained his yard, such as how he pulled weeds by hand in the heat of summer. We wanted to carry his dedication forward as best we could.

The goal for the landscaping was to reduce the amount of turf grass by adding a low-water, low-maintenance flowerbed. We also wanted to attract beneficial insects and wildlife; we are already seeing bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies enjoying the flowers. Unfortunately, the flowerbed is not as low-maintenance as we’d hoped thus far. Lesson learned: don’t underestimate the persistence of nutsedge and bermuda grass! Weed-blocking fabric did not stop them; layers of cardboard, mulch and good old-fashioned weed pulling by hand seem to be more effective. We are novice gardeners, figuring everything out through trial and lots of error. It’s a work in progress!

We selected mostly native perennial plants that can handle the full and direct sun in our south-facing yard. A lot of inspiration came from taking the city of Richardson WaterWise home landscape tours in 2016 and 2017. Nearly all of our plants regrew from the winter, and some are already re-seeding themselves. This spring, several white iris plants a neighbor gave us from her garden bloomed, and we look forward to seeing them multiply in future years. The Chinese pistachio tree was planted about a year ago, and will provide some much-needed shade to the front yard as it grows.

Thank you again!

Melissa and Theo
534 Winchester Drive