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Chimney Hill Owners Association

Landscape Committee Meeting

Friday, June 16, 2017


The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Office. Diana Gould, Chair, called the meeting to order at 8:34 a.m.  In attendance were Jane Cary, Kit Cincotta, Gene Clark, Amy Goodermote, and Pam Massey.


Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on May 20, 2017.


  • Annual Meeting Gift Plants: Committee members received great feedback from owners attending the annual meeting and the potluck dinner.  All plants were taken.
  • The kiosk plantings are looking very attractive. We noted that each kiosk has developed its own interesting character based on its particular microclimate.
  • Landscape Committee Flyer: The flyer would be made available on the CHOA website and in a print edition through the CH office for the benefit of CH homeowners. As to content, Pam volunteered to start a list based on successful plants in the gardens at 20 Fischer Lane. Elaine, in May meeting, offered to compile a list of local nurseries and garden centers that are frequented by Committee members.
  • Planting plan for paved parking area at CH office: We confirmed with office staff that the parking area would be paved in July with no firm date, as yet. We plan to create a hosta border on completion of the paving work.
  • Tours of Wilmington and CH gardens:Diana emphasized that she must have definite commitments from committee members to attend a tour if she schedules one. Those present at this meeting preferred the McLeod gardens. Diana will call Mrs. McLeod and determine which dates in July might be available. As to CH gardens, Tanya was unable to attend this meeting, so we will hear her report at our next meeting regarding potential CH gardens that the Committee could visit.
  • Work projects:We need to weed, cultivate and mulch the Clubhouse flagpole garden and outlying border, and the hosta border along the pool fence. Diana will propose dates for projects to be addressed before July 4, if possible.
  • Birchwood flagpole area: Color needs to be added to this area for greater interest. Suggest taking out a couple of shrubs inside the wall to make room for brighter annuals. The very successful and colorful Hydrangea paniculata “Vanilla Strawberry” could be added to either side of the garden. Spirea and Potentilla, which thrive in full sunshine, could provide color and interest, as well. This garden could make use of the lilacs and viburnum lantana, discussed in Item 1 under New Business below.


  • Chimney Hill entry garden:The shrubs, especially a few lilacs and a viburnum lantana, that were planted here years ago have overgrown their spaces and each other. Gary proposes thinning out the area by moving them elsewhere. Committee members are asked to eyeball the area and make suggestions. In addition, we are to consider relocating the large “Color Your Seasons” chair to the left side of the garden, which would require some leveling of the ground to make a stable surface for it
  • Gary has an extra bench that could be put to good use somewhere in CH.  Perhaps it might be located at the trail sign at Haystack and Chimney Hill Road, where hikers and walkers stop to rest.

NEXT MEETING:  8:30 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017. [Update: Diana tentatively scheduled a tour of the McLeod gardens for this date, following our meeting, providing there is sufficient interest. Diana will poll the Committee and confirm.]

HOMEWORK:  Committee members are asked to visit the Birchwood flagpole garden and the CH entrance garden before the next meeting and bring suggestions to the table for reconfiguring and/or adding plantings to these areas.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Massey

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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017


8:30 a.m.

(Please note Friday and earlier hour!)




Approval of Minutes from Friday, June 16, 2017


  • Invitation to visit McLeod garden this morning after meeting

                  Gift certificate for what amount and how much?

  • Landscape Committee flyer for website & hard copy
  • List of best plants for VT
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Any other kind of advice or publicity for committee?
  • Info on paving date for CHOA Office parking area
  • Measurements for border
  • Number of Hosta needed?
  • Any additional plants?
  • Progress on weeding, mulching, etc. up at clubhouse
  • Action to be taken re: Entry Garden AND Birchwood Flagpole area:
  • Removal of dead tree, lilacs and viburnum too crowded behind Entry Garden
  • Possible placement for these removals in Flagpole area
  • Additional purchase of Hydrangea paniculata “Vanilla strawberry” for Flagpole area?
  • Tanya: report on gardens that might be included in another tour or perhaps a contest:
  • Should we try to plan another garden tour for August?
  • If so, which gardens
  • Tour or contest for 2018?
  • Big Chair at entry garden – any further action to be taken at this time?
  • Metal bench placement at beginning of hiking trail (Haystack & CH Rd)


1.Additional planting for CHOA Office garden?


NEXT MEETING  -  August 4 or 11

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Activities of Interest

Westminster Garden Tour

July 22 - 23, 2017          10 AM - 3 PM

Featuring the gardens of Gordon and Mary Hayward and four other gardens.  Admission: $16.00. Proceeds support the services and programs of Westminster Cares, a volunteer organization whose mission is to create opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community.  www.westminstercares.org

Grow a Waterfall and other New Perennials
August 19, 2017              all day
The new perennials at the Boyd Family Farm are breathtaking, adventuresome, hardy and any of them would be a colorful addition to your garden.  Let us share with you some of the new textures and colors now available to plant enthusiasts! Our Vermont Grown plants are as hardy as the hills! Take home a living souvenir and remember your time in Vermont for years to come! 125 East Dover Road Wilmington, VT. www.boydfamilyfarm.com (802) 464-5618
“Plants that make a Statement in a Shady Spot!”
September 2 - 3, 2017    all day
Join us at the Boyd Family Farm for this free workshop. Learn how to incorporate shade plants with color into the Vermont landscape or tree line. Cimicifuga, Hosta, Heuchera and Ligularia can’t be ignored as they positively command attention! 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT  www.boydfamilyfarm.com  (802) 464-5618
“Pruning Perennial Plants in the Fall”
September 23, 2017            11:00 - 12:00
Visit our free workshop at the Boyd Family Farm.  Even in colder climates, it can be nice to leave some perennials standing throughout the fall and winter months. The seeds of some plants will attract and feed the birds.  Some hold snow like frosting and others provide winter color. 125 East Dover Road, Wilmington, VT  www.boydfamilyfarm.com (802) 464-5618
  • P.O. BOX 415, 9 Haystack Road, Wilmington VT 05363