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        McMinnville Garden Club    

9:30-12:15  Hillside Retirement Community

“Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



Jan. 21st General Meeting       9:30-12:15
Horticulture Programs, Gail Gredler, head instructor in Chemeketa Community College’s Horticulture program.
Note: Speaker will be at 10am, Break at 11 am, Meeting at 11:15 am


From your Vice President:  Rosemary

Wasn't that December Luncheon great??

A special "Thank-you" to all of you who contributed the festive centerpieces for the tables!  Also, what a huge pile of goods/supplies/food you brought for donation to Henderson House! For those of you who couldn't be there---you may find this hard to believe, but we zipped through our business meeting in 22 minutes, while trying for 30!  And our speaker, Barbara Boyer, was impressed with our group, especially our excellent questions.  She will be our contact person at Yamhill Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist. when/if we go ahead with our planned historic flower garden at Chegwyn Farm.  Off we go on new adventures in gardening for 2013.  "Come Grow With Us"!


2013 Events Calendar

flower potsweetJan 28 Arts & Crafts.  All are welcome to join us at Patty Sorensen's house for Button Fun!! Bring all of your buttons, one dollar and whatever you want to put them on.  We will make pins, plant sticks, and anything else you can imagine! Arrive at 10 a.m. we’ll have a few snacks. This will be a shorter activity so no lunch, just fun!! If you like, bring a snack to share.  

Feb 8-10 - Arts & Crafts.  Grab some friends and carpool to the Yard, Garden and Patio Show.  Not an organized field trip but great show to attend!

Feb 21 Arts and Crafts will be making veggie/flower identification stakes. More info to follow.


       Horticulture                      Marilyn Coats


ROSMARINUS officinalis


     The genus name means “dew of the sea” reflecting the plant’s native habitat on seaside cliffs in the Mediterranean region.  Tough and versatile, it grows just above the tide line, braving wind and salt spray.  It also thrives inland, even with blistering sun and poor alkaline soil, if given moderate water and infrequent light feeding.   Wow, I didn’t realize it was so tough! 

     Maybe that is why my rosemary has done so well.  It is growing in a barrel with mostly the good drainage of potting soil.  I don’t water it very often, except during hot summers—and I am the worst at fertilizing. 

     I have had it about seven years but have no idea what variety, as the tag apparently got lost.  It is about 2 feet tall and trails 3 feet over three-fourths of the barrel with pretty light blue flowers.  During the warmer months, the bees cluster around the flowers which seem to last a long time.  It also is one of the few plants that I can see blooming, looking out a window, now.  When it finishes blooming, it looks kind of ratty, so I clip the branches back, eliminating all the dead wood.   

     I don’t care for the taste of rosemary, but like the aroma.  I really enjoy the plant; and I guess good drainage and ignoring it is the reason I have had it for so long!


Seedling in greenhouseWelcome to Our New "Sprouts"        Rosemary V.

Jan Schnack, who is originally from Iowa, is getting acquainted with McMinnville after living for many years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband are also getting acquainted with their new home and gardens, formerly owned by Dan and Linda Countryman, who were part of  our Garden Tour a few years ago. As many of us remember, there are extensive plantings on the property, so Jan is just beginning to discover what's out there!  Minnesota friends are questioning her news that daffodils are coming up already, but we know that's quite possible in our milder climate. Jan has an interest in knitting, movies, and travel, as well as gardening.  She is also quite delighted to be in such a wonderful area for vineyards, and looks forward to visiting them to taste and learn more about her favorite wine---pinot noir, of course! Welcome, Jan!


Janet Binger had a special reason for joining Mac Garden Club:  her twin sister, Jenifer Scott, who became a member last Spring! Janet and her family came here from Tracy, California, and have lived here for about eight years, so she is familiar with our area's "growing" possibilities, and has a nice garden with many perennials.  However, like many of us, she is hoping to gain "plant knowledge", and may want to "change out" some old plants for new.  Sadly, Janet's husband passed away in 2011, so she is especially pleased to have Jenifer close by. She is interested in Arts & Crafts, container gardening, and plant propagation. Quilting is a favorite hobby, and she enjoys being involved in the seniors group at Church on the Hill and visiting the Oregon Coast. One of Janet's sons is still living at home, and her other son, a commercial painter, has recently moved to Alaska with his wife and two children.  Welcome, Janet!



 I inadvertently left off A VERY IMPORTANT PART of Beryl’s bio last month so here is the paragraph that got misplaced!!!  Sorry about that, Beryl.


IMG_1713_edited-1On a personal note, Beryl was able to locate her birth family after 40 years of searching with the help of a friend and the Internet. She is married to a wonderful guy named Ted who works for Willamette University.




This Statsny Pot, donated by our club, is  located

just east of the News Register on Third Street.

Donation label is on order.




Websites to Check Often


Monthly Chores Checklist


Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs


Pioneer District Garden Clubs’s Home and Garden Section


Websites to Explore



Plants Give Back


Ken Druse Real Dirt


You may note that we have quit using the fancy newsletter template due to compatibility issues with the web and various printers.  Hope this format works better for you!     Jean and Patty


Time to Polish Your Birding Skills!

On our rainy winter days, spend some time with your computer improving your birding skills.  This Cornell Lab quiz is a fun way to learn more about the species we can see in the Pacific NW.  It provides you with a video, the bird’s call and a clue.  Are you an “expert”?


Bird Photographs and Watchers Wanted

Project Feederwatch is another fun way to participate in bird identification learning.  AND this site allows you to enter your bird feeder photos.  Each week someone’s photo is chosen as the best representation of the week’s theme.  Try it out!

PLUS be sure to consider participating in their Project Feederwatch program which goes until April 5.  A minimal fee allows them to send you informational materials and a tally sheet.