Landscape Committee

Landscape Committee Meeting

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Chimney Hill Owners Association


The Committee met at the Chimney Hill Clubhouse.  Carol Sewall, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:28 a.m.  The following Committee members attended: Sharron Heberlein, Kathleen Comeau, Laura Powers, Patty Small, Carlotta Gladding, Diana Gould, Roseann Adams, Tanya Sparano, Elaine Ahnell and Barbara Silver. Anne Saracino attended virtually.


The minutes from the April 28, 2024, meeting were approved.


Carol continued to update the member list with those that attended.

The kiosks have all been planted.  Elaine voiced concern that the angel wing begonias are not blooming.  She plans to give Martin a call and ask his advice, could it be our soil?  Roseann needed to buy 3 more bags of top soil but that was due to extensive cleaning out and she doesn’t believe she’ll need extra next year. Laura ended up with two extra bags that Roseann will take from her.  Tanya purchased her flowers from Boyd’s. Janet Boyd asked why she has not been approached to supply our plants.  Elaine will reach out to her and check on available collection/pricing for next year as well as what she will have for mums comparing to last year’s purchase from Jamaica Gardens of 8” pots for $4.50 each.  It would not only support local but would also be much easier to obtain from Boyd than to travel to Jamaica Gardens. Elaine plans to have information on fall mums at the July meeting. There are some concerns with some of the kiosks which were addressed when we got to Member Concerns later in the meeting.

Discussions continued on the idea to grow pumpkins and have a painting competition in the fall.  Laura has a plot in the Community Garden and there may be a couple plots available to grow them there.  She also talked to a member of the Recreation & Events Committee as they have held a pumpkin painting competition along with their fall Chili Fest in the past.  There was agreement to combine our pumpkins with their Chili Fest if in fact we are successful in growing them.

Members decided that anyone with time should start weeding at the office and clubhouse areas including thinning out of the Lady’s Mantle at the Clubhouse flag pole and weeding around the hostas.   Roseann, Patty and Laura plan to take some of the Lady’s Mantle.   Reaching out to other members when you are planning to work was suggested again as it has been in the past.

The Sip & Dig is tentatively planned for Tuesday, August 6, with gardens to visit at this point being Carol, Roseanne, Barbara and Kathleen.  Roseann suggested that Barbara do a google doc for members to put dates they are available/not available to determine if August 6 works to include most everyone or possibly another date would be better.

The painting session with Jane May Jones still does not have a date.  The charge is $40 per person with Mary bringing everything and asking for a minimum of 5 attendees.  Carol is checking on when the room is available at the Clubhouse and will send those dates to Mary to determine her availability.  Once Mary responds with dates, Carol will reach out to members to decide on a date that works for those interested.

Continuing with plans to bring in guest speakers, Carlotta is waiting to hear back from Rich Watkins on dates, possibly in the Fall.  Tanya mentioned Mary Ann Adler who was with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  She plans to contact her and see if she would be interested in doing a presentation with her knowledge on what to plant, what not to plant while preserving wildlife habitat.  Tanya also talked about Ben Kilham who runs the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, New Hampshire, which is a nonprofit that has been rehabilitating and releasing injured, orphaned or abandoned black bear cubs and researching black bear behavior since 1993. 


Laura is waiting for a response from Kay Gibson on when the Beaver Brook Children’s School garden is ready for planting.  The children have been working on it.  This was mentioned, as well as the list of plants they are looking for that are native perennial pollinators, in the May 23rd Chimney Hill Newsletter Gardner’s Corner.

Elaine now has Autumn sedum she can thin out if anyone needs.


The backside of Elaine and Anne’s kiosks are collapsing.  Elaine has some collapsing on the front with the top edge crumbling.  The maintenance team will want to pay attention to this before they stain.  Laura asked for the planned date but there is not one at this time.  She is hoping they can give date options so the Committee can adjust their planting schedule particularly with regard to the fall mums.

Tanya brought up the broken sign and bench as you come into Chimney Hill as well as dead trees.  Other members expressed a concern that this is not the best look when entering.  The lights on the sign on Route 9 are on all the time. Possibly a timer can be installed to conserve.  It was thought that they were on a timer at one point.

Hunting was addressed as a concern because signs are not allowed in Chimney Hill making it not illegal for hunters to cross the land to access Green Mountain Forest land.  If a hunter is on your property with a gun there is no recourse for the property owner.  Tanya will share the information on the laws with Laura so that she can discuss with the Board.

Carlotta has been cleaning up the fallen tree branches in the pond area and putting in piles.  She plans to ask if the Maintenance Crew can pick them up.  She’d like the Committee to participate going forward, maybe including it in the ‘Clean Up’ day.  She is concerned that there is no access from the tennis area to the pond.  She has taken pictures to show James to recommend a bridge or two.  Laura suggested contacting Logan as well.


Sunday, July 7, 2024, 9:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse.

ADJOURNMENT was at 10:32

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Comeau


(updated 2018)
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’
specific concerns;
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

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