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Chimney Hill Owners Association

Landscape Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Clubhouse. Jane Cary, Chair, called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  The following Committee members attended: Carlotta Gladding, Diana Gould, and Pam Massey.


Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on July 10, 2019.


Hydrangeas for Birchwood Flagpole area

CH Gardener, Cheryl Rusin, recently trimmed the Mugo Pines and planted three “Strawberry Vanilla” Hydrangeas. We are concerned that eventually the hydrangeas will grow up to cover the Chimney Hill sign. We recommend pruning each year after blooming to keep them down to size.  Diana and Pam advocate taking out the Mugos altogether, as they have turned leggy and a bit unattractive.  This matter will be discussed further at the September meeting.

Kiosk condition

All kiosks are looking well.  Keith Herbert and CH Maintenance trimmed trees and cut back grass and weeds around the kiosks.

Garden Tour feedback

All who participated, including two guests, appreciated the Garden Tour. We hope that the two guests will join the Committee.

Fall planting plans

We aim to plant chrysanthemums in the kiosks at the end of September to ensure they will be in bloom around Columbus Day. Diana reported that Rashed’s Garden Center would have mums by September 15.  Diana will reserve 40.  She will check the Committee’s budget to confirm there are funds to reimburse those who wish to purchase pumpkins for their kiosks.  In addition, Diana will order 100 spring-blooming bulbs for the Clubhouse flagpole garden and border and the CH Office border.

Wildlife speeding signs

The Committee recommends placing signs cautioning drivers to slow down to preserve wildlife at the Clubhouse exit and under the “Drive Leisurely” sign at the Birchwood tennis court garden.  Carlotta will e-mail an example of such a sign to Jane, who will submit it for the agenda for the CH Board’s next meeting.


Jane will contact the Executive Director to request that Maintenance remove the unsightly dead trees at the Consolidated Cable box at Chimney Hill and Binney Brook roads and across from the Clubhouse exit.

NEXT MEETING: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse.

ADJOURNMENT:  11:43 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Massey

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SATURDAY, September 21, 2019


9:30 A.M.                                         .



Approval of Minutes from August 14, 2019


1.       Wildlife speeding signs posted!

2.       Hydrangea/Mugo pines decision, Birchwood flagpole

3.   Fall planting plans

            - bulbs for 2 gardens

            - mums for kiosks: how many for each? Pumpkins?        




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Objective of the CHOA Landscape Committee, 2010
(updated 2018)

Our objective is to ensure that the public areas of the Chimney Hill community are
carefully maintained and, as necessary and feasible, enhanced by shrubs, trees, and
colorful plantings, pleasant to the eye, and an invaluable contribution toward the
increase in property values.

In order to meet this objective, we must:
❖ Meet regularly to discuss and address Committee members’ and CHOA members’
specific concerns;
❖ Oversee the work of the contracted CHOA Gardener and provide input; assist the
Gardener when feasible to save on costs;
❖ Provide education to the Chimney Hill community on
a) How to plant and maintain attractive properties;
b) Appreciation of the wildlife and vegetation on our lands by presenting
workshops and nature-oriented events;
c) Update our website with pertinent articles and reference works; contribute
comments and advice to the e-newsletter

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Activities of Interest 

Outdoor Photo Site with Fall Color

September 28 - 29, 2019              all day

The Boyd Family Farm hillside panorama celebrates the colors of the season! Potted Mums, Ornamental Cabbage & Hay Bales available for Fall decorating. Bring your friends and your cameras.   East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT   www.boydfamilyfarm.com   (802) 464-5618

John Deere Fever & Vermont Products

October 5 - 6, 2019                       all day

Great fun for all ages!  Check out farm tractors of all sizes on display at the Boyd Family Farm!  Pick out the perfect fall decorations. Place your Holiday Wreath, Centerpiece & Tree Order! 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT  www.boydfamilyfarm.com   (802) 464-5618                

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