Yard of the Month / by Mark Sternfels

Yard of the Month is honoring 90-year-old Peggy Williamson at 3206 Morrison. Peggy works in her yard planting and maintaining her array of flowering plants and vegetables. An organic farmer before it became popular, oak leaves are her preferred mulch and top coat for her plantings. Some of the plants found in her yard include a huge plumeria in the side yard, firecracker plants, lilies and roses. Tomatoes, eggplants and other cooler weather veggies line her driveway and grow in her backyard.

Peggy moved into her house in 1933 as a seven year old. She attended Travis Elementary for one year then transferred to Incarnate Word Academy riding the Houston Avenue trolley downtown to school every day. After graduating, Peggy entered the working world and had a long career with Prudential Insurance until her retirement. After her mom died in 1962, Peggy moved back home to help care for her dad. She only began gardening after moving back home. Known for her Lights in the Heights parties, she threw her last one at age 89! In the evenings, you will find Peggy and her beloved pooch, Gin Gin, relaxing at home with a nip of bourbon.