Chimney Hill Owners Association
Landscape Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 24, 2023
CALL TO ORDER
The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Clubhouse. Anne Saracino stood in for Carol Sewall chairing the meeting and called it to order at 9:35 a.m. The following Committee members attended: Kathleen Comeau, Sharron Heberlein, Beth Nanis, Roseann Adams, and Barbara Silver. The Committee welcomed new member Laura Powers who was recently voted on to the Chimney Hill Board.
Those present approved the minutes from the May 20, 2023 meeting.
The spring planting is on hold for Pam and Diana as previous conversation discussed the lack of need to order more bulbs as there are plenty in place but Pam and Diana are considering the addition of some red.
Members discussed trouble with the deer and their kiosks, an ongoing struggle. Barbara has created a shared google document to help make members aware of who is away when and help cover each others watering when away. She has included the number and location of the kiosks where available. Barbara has also started to mark a plot map with with kiosk locations and will share with members. Roseann thought it might be nice to have each member’s names at their kiosk. Possibly Carol can design something with her craft expertise (to be revisted when Carol returns).
James is still working on plans to have the common land evaluated to benefit wildlife.
The Gardeners’ Corner update in the Chimney Hill Newsletter, which will be handled by Carol, Roseanne, Pam and Diana, is planned to start after the July 29th Sip and Dig. More ideas were presented with Laura mentioning certain plants that fend off ticks and misquitoes as well as finding what does and doesn’t work well here. Most members were not aware that the Chimney Hill website has a tab for the Landscape Committee that includes links to plants that work well here, deer-resistent plants, as well as sun and shade plants. More attention needs to be brought to this, possibly through the planned Gardeners’ Corner update. Other members mentioned tips for future blurbs including lupine blooms every other year, coffee grounds for rhododendrons, wood stove ashes for lilacs, plantings that if moved at the wrong time will kill them, baking soda/dawn/water mix to repel bugs and keeping the blurbs to helpful seasonal tips, i.e., when to split hosta.
Barbara updated the group on membership to the American Horticultural Society. Their website is: https://ahsgardening.org/. The individual membership is now $35 giving access to 345 gardens across the country. Maybe the Chimney Hill Board would reimburse members? There were several field trip ideas: 1) Edith Wharton’s home ‘The Mount’ in Lenox, MA, 2) Hildene in Manchester VT, and 3) Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, NH. No decision on which one and a date to visit was decided. Confirmation that the Rotary Garden tour this year is on July 15th was brought up for anyone interested.
With regard to moving the hydrangas from the pool area, James has not found a contractor yet for the pool deck expansion. The hydrangeas will need to be moved before the work starts but the best time for moving them would be in the fall as if moved after budding they will die.
Weeding dates are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11 and Saturday, July 22. Members bring their own tools.
Sip and Dig is still planned for Saturday, July 29, at 9:30. Current member gardens offered for visiting: Barbara, Diana and Pam (?), and Carol(?). Sip and Dig was explained to Laura. Mention of the Sip and Dig should be included in the Chimney Hill newsletter before the date and members can plan to offer plants and advice to other residents that may attend.
Kathleen distributed business cards for Green Stripes Lawn Care. Dawson just happened to be dropping cards off in her area and she met him. Dawson offers mowing, edging, clean-up, yard work, minor stump removal and more !
Roseann and Anne have had nothing done to their kiosk to alleviate their concerns on safety when accessing. Roseann’s husband added dirt to her kiosk area on Big Bend to help make it safer. Neither kiosk seems to have had weed whacking done to it so they’ve been attempting on their own. Roseann plans to talk to James.
Saturday, July 29 the annual ‘Sip and Dig’ will start at 9:30. Saturday August 26 at 9:30 in the Clubhouse; Saturday September 16 at 9:30 in the Clubhouse; Saturday October 21 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fall Committee Celebration in the Clubhouse. The clubhouse needs to be reserved for this “Celebration” and discussion needs to continue on advertising to Chimney Hill Owners as a ‘meet and greet’. Paul again mentioned that there is money that can be used for food and beverages to draw people.
ADJOURNMENT was at 10:45 a.m.
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:
1) Meet regularly to discuss and address Committee members’ and CHOA members’
2) Oversee the work of the contracted CHOA Gardener and provide input; assist the
Gardener when feasible to save on costs;
3) 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
Activities of Interest