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Chimney Hill Owners Association

Landscape Committee Meeting

Saturday, May 26, 2018


The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Clubhouse. Diana Gould, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:31 a.m.  The following Committee members attended: Elaine Ahnell, Jane Cary, Kit Cincotta, Gene Clark, Sharron Heberlein, Pam Massey, Carol Sewell, and Tanya Sparano.


Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on September 1, 2017.


  • Big Chair at Entry Garden:All agreed that Maintenance placed the chair satisfactorily this spring.  It will not to obscure any trees or shrubs of interest. Further discussion will take place at the end of the season to consider another possible location for the chair.
  • New Kiosk:Maintenance built another planter around the directional kiosk at the intersection of Binney Brook and Howe’s Loop. Amy Goodermote and new Committee member Yukari Saegusa will maintain this kiosk.
  • Plants for kiosks:  Several Committee members will drive to Rashed’s in West Brattleboro Monday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. to pick up plants for the kiosks.  The following plants are considered, depending on availability and the climate of each kiosk:
  • Sun-and shade-tolerant New Guinea Impatiens;
  • Lysimachia
  • Non-stop Begonia;
  • Dragon Wings Begonia;
  • Million Bells Petunia
  • Supertunia;
  • Sweet Potato Vine;
  • Bacopa;
  • Marigold;
  • Salvia “Wendy”.
  • CHOA Clubhouse:           
  • The four new hydrangeas planted along the poolside bank survived the winter. Diana suggests adding a fifth one at the left end of the row.
  • Maintenance completed an additional stone reinforcement at the far end of the poolside bank.
  • We scheduled a work project for Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. to weed and add a few new plants to the border behind the flagpole and do some cleanup of the row of hostas alongside the pool.
  • The garden around the flagpole needs about a dozen more tulips, which will be planted in the fall.
  • CHOA Office:The stonewall garden needs some annuals to brighten its appearance.  Suggestion: Add ten Sun- and Shade-Tolerant New Guinea Impatiens, possibly with variegated leaf.
  • Garden Tour:Jean and Bob Cincotta and Mary Ann Holthaus have agreed to show their gardens.  In addition, Committee members Elaine, Tanya, Carol, Jane, and Diana and Pam will open their gardens for the tour, as well. The tour will take place Sunday, July 15. Committee members and CHOA residents who wish to tour the gardens will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Clubhouse to carpool to each garden. We need to plan the route and hand out a bit of description for each garden.  The tour will end at 1:00 p.m
  • Last year, Committee members drew up lists of plants that will thrive in our Chimney Hill community, depending on the sun exposure and microclimate. We will edit and compile these lists for inclusion on the Landscape page of the CH website rather than publishing a paper brochure.


  • Gift of Betsey Meyer: Mrs. Meyer again made a generous donation to the Landscape Committee. We will consider the best uses for this gift, including purchasing one more hydrangea for the row below the pool area at the Clubhouse.
  • Plant give-away for Annual Meeting: We tabled this plan, as successful as it was last year, because plants simply are not ready, due to the long, harsh winter.  Diana will check with the Clubhouse Committee to identify a big event later in the season where   we could set up a table of plants to give to attendees for a donation, which would defray the cost of some upcoming projects.
  • Birchwood Tennis Court Garden: Suggestions:  Add the new variety of Lysimachia to cascade over the stones; create another tier with pressure-treated railroad ties.  Kit offered to obtain more information on the cost and durability of railroad ties.  Sharron noted that there will be a tag sale June 30 to benefit the Birchwood Ice Rink. She suggested that we might put a table of plants at the tag sale to raise money for expanding the Birchwood garden.
  • Landscape Objectives: Discussion tabled for now.


  • A tent caterpillar nest has been sighted on Lower Howe’s Road near Chipmunk Lane. Let’s keep our eyes peeled for more, as there could be an infestation in the works this year.

NEXT MEETING:  Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse

WORK PROJECT:  Saturday, June 9, 2:00 p.m., Clubhouse Flagpole Garden

ADJOURNMENT:  10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Massey

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9:30 A.M.



Approval of Minutes from Saturday, May 26, 2018


  • Plants for kiosks – report
  • Results & discussion of June 9 work project
  • One more Hydrangea plant for poolside bank?
  • List of plants & sources to put on Landscape Website
  • Garden Tour, July 15, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. – progress report
  • Choa Office: what plants to add?
  • Clubhouse Events identified for possible Plant Table set up for donations or purchase
  • Best use of Betsey Meyer $100                     


        1. Landscape Objectives - review




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Activities of Interest

Celebration of Peonies at Hildene

May 21 - June 30, 2018             9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location:  Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, 1005 Hildene Rd., Manchester, VT

Thousands of fragrant flamboyant peony blooms, more than 20 varieties of peonies heirloom and new in the Lincoln family’s formal garden.  Check in at Welcome Center.  www.hildene.org

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 30 and July 1, in Westminster, Vermont. This year’s event will feature the gardens of internationally known garden designers Gordon and Mary Hayward and Julie Moir Messervy; the gardens of Obe & Lonnie Lisai will also be on the tour. In addition there will be special activities throughout the weekend. For more information on the tour, check our website for updates: http://www.westminstercares.org. E-mail us at wecares@sover.net, or call 802-722-3607. Day of event tickets, lunch and refreshments will be available at the Westminster Institute on Route 5 or at the Hayward Garden. Morning Star Perennials will hold a plant sale at the Hayward Garden during the event. The event is held rain or shine. In conjunction with the Garden Tour there will be a Raffle. Tickets can be purchased for a chance to win fabulous prizes including a beautiful handmade quilt. Proceeds from the tour 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.

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