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Governors Park Entrance Landscape Project To Begin

Today Jo Watta, chair of Governors Park Grounds Committee, notified the community of work scheduled to renovate the Park neighborhood entrances.

In the next few days or so you will be seeing extensive work done on the two Park Entrances. Myatt Landscaping will be removing overgrown trees, planting new trees and shrubs, cleaning and painting the monuments and signs and redesigning our annual beds. Wherever possible, existing plantings are being left and/or reused in other areas of the entrances.

Please be aware when entering or leaving the Park that crews may have trucks parked at the entrances. Watching this kind of work can be very exciting for children, but also very dangerous. If your little ones want to watch, please stay with them as they might get too close on their own.

The work should take between 2 1/2 and 3 weeks to complete (depending on weather) but we have the perfect time of year to be doing this and the Park Grounds Committee looks forward to a successful completion of the work.

Please feel free to contact anyone on the Park Grounds Committee if you have questions.

Jo Watta
John Eberhard
Cliff Simpson
Daniel Guy
Mary Anne Hutton
Carrie Klein

Contact: Jo Watta, jojowatta at gmail.com

Notice from Governors Park Grounds Committee​

Residents in Governors Park will be seeing Greenscape doing quite a bit of work in our neighborhood over the next few weeks. The Governors Park Grounds Committee has set several projects in motion for our community, using the Enhancement Funds provided by the POA.

New trees will be planted on the Walser end of Meadow Park to replace the dead dogwood. 

The Walser and Baxter medians will be getting an uplift with some new plantings and pine straw.  As with all plantings, these will need to be watered. We are asking those who live close to the plantings to please give them a substantial drink on a regular basis so they can grow into healthy shrubs.  Linda Kreiter has offered to coordinate the Walser watering schedule and Jo Watta will coordinate the watering on Baxter.

Two memorial trees in Meadow Park have died or are in the process of dying. These will be replaced with Willow Oaks. 

In the spring Greenscape will be working hard on the hill by the amphitheater and the hill behind the pond. These two areas will be sodded with Bermuda grass. 

Anyone interested in being part of the Park Grounds Committee is welcome. Contact Jo Watta (919-616-4966) and let her know.

Contact: Jo Watta, Governors Park Grounds Chair​, jwatta1 at nc.rr.com

Governors Park Grounds Fall 2014 Update

Governors Park

Governors Park

The 2014 Grounds Committee in Governors Park has met regularly this year, making plans for improvements in many areas of the neighborhood. Culling a long list of needs, in March the group identified its top priorities for the year.

Maintaining the tree canopy in the Park is a top priority. The committee is developing a tree restoration plan to replace trees that die and are removed over the years.

Meanwhile, projects to address many other Park grounds priorities have been completed this fall.

Upper Amphitheater Entrance

For a few years the upper area of the amphitheater between the crape myrtles has looked bare after the original shrubs died out.

Before View. Amphitheater Entrance 2014-11-04

This week compact, variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ were installed to restore some interest to those two beds.

Compact Variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ At Amphitheatre Entrance 2014-11-27

Compact Variegated Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ At Amphitheatre Entrance 2014-11-27

Pool Entrance Beautification

One area the committee selected to enhance this year is the main entrance to the neighborhood near the pool. Unsightly utilities and trash cans create an eyesore for residents and visitors entering and leaving the neighborhood.

Before View Along Fence At Pool 2014-11-04

Before View Along Fence At Pool 2014-11-04

Screening material has been placed in front of the service area of the pool to provide an attractive view. As the plants mature they will help the trash cans recede into the background.

Screening Project Along Pool Fence 2014-11-27

Screening Project Along Pool Fence 2014-11-27

Bright green Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ (Emerald Arborvitae) and dark burgundy Loropetalum chinensis ‘Ever Red’ (Ever Red Loropetalum) were paired for this planting.

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald' (Emerald Arborvitae)

Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ (Emerald Arborvitae)

Loropetalum chinense ‘Chang Nian Hong’ (Ever Red Fringe Flower)

Also, evergreen foundation shrubs have been added in front of the pool house between the crepe myrtles. Seasonal annuals are planted here by the community’s contracted grounds maintenance company, but the original permanent landscaping had dwindled.

Before View: Pool Entrance 2014-11-04

Before View: Pool Entrance 2014-11-04

To create a low-maintenance layered planting for this area, a group of compact variegated abelia were installed behind the annuals. In back is a hedge of Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’ (cherry laurel), a dwarf cultivar with white fragrant flowers.

Pool Foundation Planting 2014-11-27

Pool Foundation Planting 2014-11-27

Otto Luyken cherry laurel and Abelia ‘Canyon Creek’ 2014-11-27

Baxter Runoff Project

The Baxter Runoff Project is one of the most extensive undertakings this year. The goal was to improve the area at the top of Baxter, just down from the pond and toward Meadow Park to hold back erosion and encourage grass to grow.

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

Before: Top Of Baxter Feb 23, 2014

In the first stage of this project the hillside was regraded to slow and redirect rain runoff. Then the area was planted with grass to hold the soil in place. Irrigation was extended into this section to support growing grass and to allow for future enhancements.

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Top Of Baxter Improvement Project November 14, 2014

Daffodil Program And North Pine Grove

Finally, the Daffodil Program strives to enliven all areas of the Park neighborhood in mid-spring through the planting of 1000 bulbs. The committee expects the daffodils to continue to naturalize and multiply in future years.

Governors Park Narcissus Bulbs

Governors Park Narcissus Bulbs

Narcissus 'King Alfred' (trumpet daffodil)

Narcissus ‘King Alfred’ (trumpet daffodil)

In mid-November the daffodil bulbs, 500 King Alfred and 500 white and yellow Ice Follies, were distributed and planted among all 8 cul-de-sacs, as well as in key locations within the main loop enclosed by Village Park Drive.

In particular, one area identified for beautification this year is the Pine Grove at the north end of the Village Park Drive loop near the back of the tennis court.

With this in mind 220 of the daffodil bulbs were allocated for this section to create a vibrant flood of color for several weeks when spring arrives.

Pine Grove at north end of Village Park Drive will come alive with daffodils in spring.

Pine Grove at north end of Village Park Drive will come alive with daffodils in spring.

About Governors Park Grounds Committee

Support for these projects comes from the Governor Park’s 2014 neighborhood enhancement monies. Allocated annually by the Governors Village Board of Directors to the Townes, Park, Village, Forest and Lake, available funds are targeted to the five neighborhoods according to an equitable distribution depending on the current number of units in each of the areas.

The Park Grounds membership includes Chair Jo Watta, Cliff Simpson, Carrie Klein, John Eberhard, Mary Anne Hutton and Susie Moffat. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Jo Watta – jwatta1 at nc.rr.com

Related Articles
Minutes—Governors Park Grounds, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – identifies 2014 priorities
Governors Village In Depth: Neighborhood Grounds Committees – describes purpose and funding, May 13, 2014
Bulb Planting Plans – Cul-de-sacs Narcissus Planting Guide and Main Loop Planting Guide, November 2014 (PDFs)
Governors Park Tree Project – describes thirteen trees planted in Governors Park, November 2013

Story and Photos by Susie Moffat

Minutes—Governors Park Grounds, April and May, 2014

The Governors Park Grounds committee met April 28, 2014 and again May 21, 2014 to continue planning this year’s landscaping projects. The minutes are provided below.

Contact
Jo Watta, Governors Park Grounds Committee Chair, jwatta1 at nc.rr.com

Attachments (PDF)
Governors Park Grounds Minutes, April 28, 2014
Governors Park Grounds Minutes, May 21, 2014

Minutes—Governors Park Grounds, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Governors Park Grounds committee met March 11, 2014 at the home of Chair Jo Watta.

From a long list of items the group established landscaping project priorities and identified several projects for community involvement.

Below are the minutes from the meeting.

March 11, 2014

Attending: John Eberhard, Susie Moffat, Mary Anne Hutton, Cliff Simpson, Jo Watta

The committee discussed those areas within Governors Park which needed enhancement.

Priorities:

1. Tree replacement – replace trees in area where dead trees have been removed to maintain the canopy.

2. Landscaping around the upper area of the amphitheater – have Davenport look at the evergreens currently planted along sidewalk and on hill adjacent to steps

3. a) Plant screening material in front of the service area of the pool to hide the trash cans. b) Have Davenport check on the health of the corkscrew willows which were damaged in an ice storm.

c) Have Davenport check the maple to the right of the pool house which is showing signs of dieback.

4. Enhance area at the top of Baxter, just down from the pond (in Meadow Park) to hold back erosion – get some grass/groundcover to take hold.

5. Enhance area at north end of loop near back of tennis court.

6. Long term – stage area at amphitheater.

Community Projects:

Fall bulb planting – lots of daffodils, crocus, etc.

Arbor day (April 25) – replace dying shrubs by amphitheater, plant small trees to help increase tree canopy.

Plant camellias or some other flowering shrubs by pump house

Move doggie station currently in the middle of Meadow Park to a less obvious area.

Respectfully submitted

Jo Watta

Contact
Jo Watta, Governors Park Grounds Committee Chair, jwatta1 at nc.rr.com

Attachment
Governors Park Grounds Minutes March 11, 2014

Governors Park Grounds Meeting Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Governors Park grounds committee meets tonight to work on priorities for Park neighborhood grounds projects for 2014.

Park Grounds Committee prepares to tour the loop. Pictured l.-r. Mary Anne Hutton, Carrie Klein, Jo Watta (chair), John Eberhard. Not pictured: Cliff Simpson, Susie Moffat. Photo: Susie Moffat

Park Grounds Committee prepares to tour the loop.
Pictured l.-r. Mary Anne Hutton, Carrie Klein, Jo Watta (chair), John Eberhard. Not pictured: Cliff Simpson, Susie Moffat.
Photo: Susie Moffat

Since the last meeting committee members have met with our project manager Jon Haddad from Davenport, the grounds maintenance company to discuss  a broad range of ideas. The group also discussed creating a master plan with timeline that can be developed over a few years.

The following day members also walked the central loop of the common area to assess the current conditions and to help each other further understand areas under discussion that need enhancement. A comprehensive list of items was recorded and photographed.

If any Park resident is interested in joining the Park grounds committee, please contact chair Jo Watta for information for meeting details.

Contact:  Jo Watta, Governors Park Grounds Chair, jwatta1 at nc.rr.com