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Chimney Hill Owners Association
Landscape Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 4, 2018
CALL TO ORDER
The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Clubhouse. Jane Cary called the
meeting to order at 9:34 a.m. The following Committee members attended:
Gene Clark, Leon Gortler, Selma Gortler, Diana Gould, Pam Massey, Margarita
Mayo, Yukari Saegusa, Anne Saracino, Carol Sewall, and Tanya Sparano.
Those present approved the minutes of the previous meeting on July 14, 2018.
New Members: Jane introduced new Committee members Yukari Saegusa and
Garden Tour Recap: All agreed that this year’s garden tour was “terrific!”
Seventeen people attended (nine Committee members and eight residents and
guests). The group toured seven gardens. Seven should probably be the
maximum number to tour in the future, with five-six being optimal.
Kiosks and Other Garden Beds: All kiosks and garden beds are looking quite
lush. Cheryl did a great job of rearranging the entry garden so that the
Chimney Hill sign is fully visible from Route 9. The hosta border along side the
pool area needs attention and Committee members are urged to spend a few
minutes weeding whenever possible.
Landscape Website Update: Diana and Pam met with CH staffer Wendy
Acquaviva to spec out our needs for an additional page on the Landscape
Committee’s website. The page will house gardening-related reference
materials, which we believe will be helpful to Chimney Hill residents. Wendy
will add our lists of plants and resources to the website. As the web page
develops, we will include an introductory paragraph and photos of plants that
thrive at Chimney Hill.
New Hydrangea and Plants for Office Garden: A new hydrangea was planted
at the left end of the row of hydrangeas below the clubhouse pool. Those who
have visited the office wall border concluded that it looks fine at the moment.
A few more plants, such as sedum, may be added in the fall.
Review of Revised Landscape Committee Objectives: The Committee
approved the revised objective statement, providing that the note “Updated
2018” is added. The revised objective statement is attached below the
Plans for Fall Planting: Committee members will plant bulbs, including tulips
in bright reds and pinks and daffodils, at the office wall border and the
Clubhouse flag pole garden. Cayenne pepper should be added to the earth to
protect the bulbs from moles and voles. Diana and Pam will order bags of
mixed bulbs from Zimmerman’s. Jane will order Chrysanthemums for our
eleven kiosks. Committee members should pick up the mums at the office
between September 29 and October 1 for planting by Columbus Day weekend
(October 6 – 8). Pumpkins and/or corn stalks may be added at the discretion of
Field Trip to a Garden: Jane recommends a trip to Olallie Daylily Gardens,
which has a great sale over Labor Day weekend. We can visit on our own or go
with Jane on September 1 at 1pm.
Diana brought to our attention an announcement in the Deerfield Valley News
issue of July 26, 2018 concerning a training session on the stewardship of the
land, which will take place in Castleton, VT. The two-and-a-half day program,
September 7 – 9, will focus on wildlife and forest management. This is relevant
to our concern for the maintenance of our Chimney Hill woodlands. Diana
suggests that interested Committee members and Maintenance staff should
Diana suggests that we submit short articles, including photos, to the weekly
CH e-newsletter to highlight the gardening accomplishments of our CH
neighbors. She feels that this would raise interest in maintaining our
properties and give a morale boost to those who are making a special effort to
create attractive gardens.
Margarita advocated for advance planning to launch a series of gardening-related
lectures in 2019. We need to come up with topics, speakers, and
dates. The timing would be 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Carol suggests one
session for creating note cards with a botanical theme.
We will organize a plant sale for the CH tag sale in 2019. Our booth will offer
plants between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. at the Chimney Hill
ADJOURNMENT: 10:30 a.m.
Objective of the CHOA Landscape Committee, 2010
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’
❖ 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
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
CALL TO ORDER
Approval of Minutes (and Objective) from Saturday, August 4, 2018
1. Landscape website update
2. Bulb ordering and planting
3. Kiosk ordering and planting: reconfirm mum order
4. Rusin memorial
NEXT MEETING DATE
Activities of Interest
Pruning & Grafting Workshop at Scott Farm
March 23, 2019 9 AM - 12
Location: Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston, VT
Join Orchardist Zeke Goodband from 9-Noon for our annual Pruning & Grafting Workshop for Backyard Fruit Growers. Participants receive instruction on pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees from 9-11 AM and on grafting apple trees from 11-12 PM. This class, covering the care of fruit trees and the proper tools to use, will give participants the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to work on their own fruit trees at home. The fee is $50. and reservations are necessary. Heirloom apple scions will be available for sale so that you can go home and practice your grafting skills! Register online at www.scottfarmvermont.com or call Kelly at 802-254-6868.
Spring Wildflower Walk
April 20, 2019 9:30 AM - 2 PM
Location: Griswold Library, 12 Main Road, Colrain, MA
Long time tracker/naturalist Alan Emond will be leading this walk. Limit is 15 participants. Sign-up at the library to save a spot. Colrain residents have enrollment preference. Wear water proof hiking boots. Most of the walk will be on dry ground, but being spring, there could be some muddy spots. Bring extra clothes in case of a change of weather. Bring water and a lunch or snack.
Annual Fruit Tree & Perennial Sale
May 4, 2019 9 AM - 12
Location: Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston, VT
Scott Farm will hold its 18th Annual Fruit Tree & Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4th from 9 am – noon. The sale will feature the best quality bare root trees available along with potted perennials. Zeke Goodband, the orchardist at Scott Farm, will answer plant growing questions and provide sage advice on planting and tree care throughout the sale. www.scottfarmvermont.com