Hydrangeas in the Garden
By Kay Snortum
Social time: -Business/Lunch meeting :
Optional Brown bag lunch – dessert, coffee & tea provided by hostesses:
Ruth Williams-Patty Sorensen-Jacci Reed-Jennifer Brown
Program: : - Kay Snortum
Kay will be sharing with us her knowledge about Hydrangeas in the Garden. She will be sharing pruning techniques, fertilizer options and appropriate containers for various varieties in addition to other topics.
Kay Snortum is
the owner of
Nursery Field trip
Dancing Oak Nursery
Car pool from
Fred and Leonard are unrepentant plant addicts who are always on the lookout for their next botanical fix. Fred can trace the genetic roots of his addiction to his Grandma who had a huge vegetable garden and loved flowers of every kind. But it took a Hardy Plant winter lecture by Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck years ago to get him going. It is this passion for plants that led Fred and Leonard to move back to Fred's boyhood farm and start Dancing Oaks Nursery nine years ago.
continues to be struck without warning by insatiable desires to know and
collect various groups of plants and compare their characteristics and to
choose his favorites. His horticultural bent started at an early age while
growing up on the family century farm in the Cascade foothills of
It’s May!! Where did April go? Spring is well underway, our yards are beautiful and we are out tending to them once again. What a joy it is to spend the day outside pulling weeds, throwing bark dust and planting all our favorite plants. The cool breezes blowing in the wind and the soft morning air are so refreshing. To our senses it’s a real joy being a gardener.
I want to say thank you to Anita Ragsdale and all the committees that helped put on the magnificent Spring District Luncheon. I heard all positive comments from our guests. I was even told it was one of the very best!! Congratulations!!
“The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”, informational talk was wonderful and I thank Jake Hurlbert for coming and sharing all his expertise with us. I look at bugs a little differently now.
A special thank you goes to the bag ladies that helped clean up downtown on April 10th.
Below you will find the list of nominees for your next executive board members. Please look them over and be prepared to vote at our May meeting. I am excited about them and give them my support hoping you will too.
Our big fund raiser “In the Garden”, is almost here please jump in and help out were ever you are needed; our success depends on all of us. Just remember you are supporting even when you are talking about it to friends, acquaintances or family.
I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on May 15th it will be a special presentation from Kay Snortum a long time Garden Club member from the Aloha Garden Club. Kay will be sharing all she knows about Hydrangeas.
Until then, take care and enjoy the Spring season! Kim Jongedyk, President
Nominees for the 2006-2007 offices
President Gaye Stewart
Vice President Beverly Mulkey
Secretary Mildred Reppeto
Treasurer Jacci Reed
Our annual downtown McMinnville Clean Up Day was Monday, April 10th. Bag Ladies once again helped to clean up the downtown blocks then headed to the Golden Valley Brew Pub for a delicious lunch. Thanks so much for representing the Garden Club so well!
We are all excited about our Garden Tour this year. We have five beautiful and unique gardens to show. The garden owners are already hard at work to make each of their gardens show-worthy. This is our annual fund-raiser for our Garden Club projects for the next year and we need each of you to participate fully to make it a success. The McMinnville Garden Club has been able to give some beautiful and meaningful items, and scholarships, to our community through our hard work over the years. We are proud of what we have accomplished.
Your four tickets will be available for pick up at our May meeting. You will notice the “Suggested Donation” amount has been changed to $10.00. The rationale for the price increase was based on our overall costs of doing the Tour and Faire from the recent past to the present. The decision was made by the Garden Tour/Faire Committee and was recently reaffirmed by the Executive Committee.
Each year the Committee is given a budget to work with and they strive to keep costs within that budget. For the past few years it’s been impossible to do so. This year we cut back on the number of ticket brochures and rack cards. We went to black ink instead of using color. Printing is our biggest expense and we have cut our costs to bare bones.
This year’s Tour ticket will also include a raffle ticket for a chance to win the beautiful original poster art work designed and donated to us by Vicki Brink, one of our own members. It will also be a way for us to determine who our guests are and where they come from; this data will help us in allocating our advertising dollars for future tours.
WE’RE COUNTING ON YOUR SUPPORT IN
MAKING THIS THE BEST GARDEN TOUR
Judy Eggers and Patty Sorensen
Garden Tour Co-Chairs
Keep checking our website for Garden Tour & Faire updates and sneak previews as well as access to the posters and flyers for printing.
Save Plant Boxes
The Garden Faire would like to ask you to save the plant boxes that you bring your plants home in. They are the flat boxes with a small lip on the sides. We would like a supply to give to folks at the Faire who purchase items and need to carry them to their cars. Bring these to our Garden Club meeting in June. Thanks a bunch!
Remember this date
FINCHES AND FLICKERS AND CHICKADEES OH MY!!!
Keep those feeders and water basins clean and full. These and many other wonderful birds are visiting your homes each day. They depend on that extra food to get them through the Spring with breeding, nesting and raising their new young ones at the peak season. Julie Maahs
”All these sounds, the crowing of cocks, the baying of dogs, and the hum of insects at noon, are evidence of nature’s health or sound state.” Henry David Thoreau
Special thanks to Sharon Gunter for her
determination to complete this project.
Congratulations to Debby, Stephanie and crew!
There is still time to divide perennials; at least I’m planning to do so. In particular the daylilies are showing signs of overcrowding. Ordinarily every three years seem to be the norm, but it depends upon the variety. On clumping plants, new growth sort of sits on top of the crown, getting little nourishment. When you observe that, it is time to divide. They are shallow rooted so it is easy to loosen them up and carefully pull them apart. Cut the leaves back to less than a foot, keeping the crown intact. You need part of a crown with visible buds to form next year’s plants. It would be well to plant several of one kind. Together as each cultivar multiplies at its own rate and massing them makes a visual impact. Daylilies like well-drained soil, but their blossoms are 98 percent water so they will flourish with regular watering. They can survive on little water in spite of their need for six hours of sun per day.
More Latin names to help with plant shopping:
Color names Albus – white; aureus or areoles – golden; flavus and luteus – yellow;
Ruben and sanguineus – red; virens and virdi – green,
Plant’s origin montanus and alpinus – of the mountains; saxitalis – of the rocks Silvaticus and silvestris – of the woods; marinus – by the sea
Campestris – of the fields
The list goes on but you can determine many by what the word suggests.
Canby's Master Gardeners are having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 6/7 at Clackamas County Fairgrounds on Hwy 99E, Canby. Admission $2. Saturday; Sunday It is a very large and popular event with many vendors. Bring a carrying container or hire one of the scouts to pull your purchases in a wagon. Evelyn Mundinger
After a potluck luncheon in
Our thoughts are still with Marilyn Coats as she moves into her final chemo treatments. Positive thoughts are also with Jacci and Jennifer's mom.
Websites to Check Out and Upcoming Events for Gardeners
Historical photos of McMinnville http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/pics/McMinnville/
In the Know?
Bernice would like to know if anyone knows of a nursery that specialized in succulents. Give her a call if you're in the know!
Some weather forecasters are calling for very cold spring nighttime temperatures the week of May 8. Lows may be in the low to mid 30's so don't get too anxious to get out your tender new plants. Who knows though! This far ahead it may turn out to be in the high 40's, huh? Enjoy this sunshine for sure!
Organized in 1926
Backyard Habitat Julie Maahs
Garden Tour 2006 Judy Eggers
Garden Faire 2006 Gaye Stewart
Historian Dorothy Mathiesen
Horticulture Eveyln Mundinger
Hospitality Rosemary Vertregt
Membership Sandy Bolmer
Newsletter Patty Sorensen
Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart
Publicity/PR Sandy Ford
Scholarship Cindi Miller
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Mary Whinery
Yard of Month Ruth
Mulkey, Anne Silverthorne,
Yearbook Kim Jongedyk
The newsletter deadline for submission of
articles for our monthly newsletter is
the last day of the previous month.
Please send them to Patty Sorensen.
Do you know of any prospective
Garden Club members? Be sure to let
Sandy Bolmer know names and
addresses. We would love to send
them our newsletter for three months.