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Chimney Hill Owners Association

Landscape Committee Meeting

Friday, September 1, 2017


The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Office. Diana Gould, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.  The following Committee members attended: Marguerite Babor, Gene Clark, Amy Goodermote, Leon Gortler, Selma Gortler, Sharron Heberlein, Pam Massey, and Margarita Mayo.


Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on August 4, 2017.


  • CHOA Office Parking Area: ED Ken Spicer requested that no flower border be planted around the newly paved parking area since it would likely be destroyed during winter plowing and sanding. Instead, Maintenance will provide a removable fence, installed in spring and stored for the winter. The Committee suggested stone walk from parking area corner to front door steps
  • CHOA Clubhouse: Jay will rebuild/reinforce the wall below the pool house. An additional hydrangea planted below pool house. Cheryl has been weeding and mulching the borders in the flagpole area. We agreed that no mulch was needed for the hosta border planted alongside the pool area.
  • Big Chair at Entry Garden: A second vote on the location of the big chair determined that it will remain at the entry garden but next season moved away from an attractive hydrangea, which is being obscured.
  • Additional Kiosk:  Amy and Tanya will maintain the new kiosk proposed for spring, at the intersection of Binney Brook and Howe’s Loop. Maintenance will clear a swath of brush around the kiosk for greater visibility.
  • Garden Tours, Summer of 2018: Three to four CH gardens, including Jean and Bob Cincotta and Maryann Holthaus were selected. Diana will contact the homeowners to invite them to participate. The Park McCullough House in North Bennington is a possible field trip next summer, as well.
  • Fall Plants for Kiosks:  Yellow mums and purple kale (2 each for each kiosk) will be ordered from Rashed’s. Maintenance will deliver them to the office where they can be picked up for planting September 29 - October 1.
  • Birchwood Area:  The Committee will adjourn to the Birchwood area to mark locations for the lilacs and viburnum to be removed from the entry area.


  • CH Entry: CH gardener, Cheryl Rusin, is dividing this garden into two parts with swaths of tall plants on either side. The tall plants have obscured the entry sign. Only ground covers and lower-growing plants, such as heuchera, will remain in front of the sign.
  • Plant Giveaway:  Providing plants to attendees of the annual meeting and holiday barbecue was a great success and should be repeated next year.
  • Plant Sale:  We might have a plant exchange (“bring one, take one”), rather than a plant sale next year.


It was noted that compost attracts bears, as do recyclables. Next year, CH will fine homeowners who put out birdfeeders and hummingbird feeders, because they also attract bears. The practice must be discouraged.

NEXT MEETING: To be determined

ADJOURNMENT:  9:55 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Massey

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Activities of Interest

Fruit Tree & Perennial Sale at Scott Farm

May 5, 2018         9 AM - Noon

Location:  Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston, VT

Scott Farm’s 17th Annual Fruit Tree & Perennial Plant Sale features the best quality bare root trees available along with potted perennials. Throughout the sale Orchardist Zeke Goodband will be available to answer growing questions and provide sage advice on planting and tree care. Come early for the best selection! Check for available tree and plant selections on our website.  www.scottfarmvermont.com

Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale

May 19, 2018           9 AM - Noon

Location:  Trinity Church Baptist Lot, Main St., Shelburne, MA

The Bridge of Flowers annual plant sale is a festival and major fund raiser to keep the Bridge (501c3 organization) breathtaking. Come and jazz up your garden with a healthy Bridge of Flowers plant. If you’ve never visited the Bridge of Flowers that spans the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls, you’re in for a treat. The Bridge is a major Valley treasure, last year visited by over 50,000 residents and visitors from around the world. Even if you have visited, you’ve undoubtedly missed something spectacular in bloom.

17th Annual Westminster Garden Tour

June 30 & July 1, 2018          10 AM - 3 PM

Westminster Cares will hold its seventeenth annual Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, in Westminster, Vermont. This year’s event will feature the gardens of internationally known garden designers Gordon and Mary Hayward. Other gorgeous gardens will also be on the tour.
Tickets will be on sale in the coming months at www.westminstercares.org, or by e-mailing us at wecares@sover.net or calling 802-722-3607.

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