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Landscape Committee

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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

Wreath Barn Opens for the Season

November 18, 2017          9 AM - 5 PM

Location:  Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Rd., Wilmington, VT

Visit an authentic 5th Generation Hillside Vermont Farm. Watch how Christmas Wreaths are made.  Pick out bows and decorations for wreaths to take with you or to send to friends and family members. Tag a fresh cut tree that was VT grown. Delivery in the valley is available.  www.boydfamilyfarm.com

Wreath Making Demonstrations

November 25 - 26, 2017      10 AM - 3 PM

Location:  Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Rd., Wilmington, VT

Ever wonder how those little elves get those beautiful wreaths so round? Feel free to stop by the barn and watch how the magic happens!  Wreaths decorated to accent your personal needs! Also taking orders for shipping wreaths for gifts, so bring your addresses! Fresh cut VT grown trees also available.  www.boydfamilyfarm.com

Swag Making Demonstrations

December 2 - 3, 2017        11 AM - 2 PM

Location:  Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Rd., Wilmington, VT

Holiday Swags can be used on mantels, over windows, mirrors or artwork, under windows and over doorways. They come arched or straight…one-way or two-way! Have we piqued your interest? Stop in and visit the elves …watch how they create beautiful decorations out of woodland greenery! Fresh cut VT grown trees also available.  www.boydfamilyfarm.com

Kissing Ball Demonstration and Custom Wreath Decorating Available

December 9, 2017          10 - 11:30 AM

Location:  Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Rd., Wilmington, VT

Beautiful Victorian inspired kissing balls are spheres of green accented with pinecones, berries and ribbons come see how they are made! Handmade Wreaths can be decorated to suit your style. Many wreath & tree sizes available. Last week to order items to ship!  www.boydfamilyfarm.com

Holiday Centerpieces and Filling What Not’s

December 16 - 17, 2017         9:30 AM - 4 PM

Location:  Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Rd., Wilmington, VT

Do you have Aunt Alma’s Glass Bowl or Uncle Lee’s Silver Pitcher, a basket you just love or a wooden bowl that fits somewhere perfectly …well if you want a new centerpiece for the holidays bring them to us! We use a variety of greens and all sorts of centerpiece accents and fill your container! Or pick a new container!   www.boydfamilyfarm.com

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