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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR,

     November 2013   -


December 16, Christmas Luncheon


We are meeting at the COVENANT CHURCH in December due to construction at Hillside.  Address is:   2155 W. 2nd, McMinnville.  From our usual meeting site at Hillside, proceed on Hill Road around the curve.  At the STOP sign at 2nd and Hill, take a left onto W. 2nd The church is just down the road on the left.   OR driving past the Public Library west on 2nd, the church is on the right after the power station. 9:30a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  - Social time, business meeting, speaker and fun


December Holiday Luncheon Meeting, December 16: RESERVATIONS DUE BY DEC. 2ND

     At the Covenant Church.  Speaker-Noah Bell-Bamboo Gardens  Our meal options are:

1-Muffaletta – Ham, turkey and salami on ciabatta roll with swiss, provolone, lettuce, tomato, creole mustard sauce, olive relish.

2-Ham and brie wrap – Black forest ham and sliced brie wrapped in flour tortilla with sliced apple, maple bourbon fig jam, mustard sauce and baby greens.

3-Horseradish beef – Roast beef piled high on a ciabatta with horseradish mustard mustard sauce, provolone, pickled red onion, greens and tomato.

There is also one gluten free meal ordered.

      Each meal will contain the selected sandwich, prepared salad of the moment, house made cookie and fresh fruit.  Please make your selection of sandwich then plan on paying by the November meeting so that we can send the order in prior to the December 16th meeting.   Meal cost is $14.50 due to the treasurer by 12/2


Juliettes House Wish List       (Please bring your donation to December luncheon)

The Kids

·              Individually Packaged Snacks (Pudding, Crackers, Etc.) and Juice Boxes (100% Juice, Please)

·              Current DVDs and VHS movies for both younger and older kids

·              DVD Player for Small TV in Therapy Waiting Area

·              Plain, simple Lego Sets for Pre-School through Early Teens

·              Food or Grocery Gift Cards for Teen and Family Support Groups

·              Toys & Games for our Playroom (new or in Good Condition)

·              New (or Gently Used & Clean) Stuffed Toys

Household and Office Supplies

·              Hand-Held Vacuum

·              Pocket Folders for Parent Paperwork & Educational Materials

·              Disinfectant Wipes, Spray Air Fresheners, Dishwasher Soap, Hand Soap Refills

·              Toilet Paper, Box Tissues, Paper Towels, Napkins, Paper Plates (8” or 4”)

·              Tab Dividers for 3 Ring Binders/White Multipurpose 2”x 4”Labels/20 lb. Paper, Card Stock, Cover Stock




Christmas Parade 2013


We had ten members participate in the Santa Parade this year. We also had Jan Clay's model T, Norma Parker's vintage fire truck, and Judy Wilkerson's pickup truck; all were nicely decorated. Jan and Margaret carried the banner. Our "Rakettes" this year were: Cozette Caster, Judy Wilkerson, Jacci Reed, Stephanie Janik, Donna Parr, Apryl Garman, and Monika Matthes. Handing out 400 packets of birdseed donated by Buchanan Cellars were Betty Ballentine and Jan's Clay's two grandchildren; John Ballentine pushed the wheel barrel full of seed.              Betty


President’s Message                                            No message this month.


Contribution to the Garden Club

      We recently received a check for $619.40 made out to the “McMinnville Women's Garden Club”. The check was sent by a financial clearing house and it indicated it was a third party check from the account of Kenneth Van Zyl restated. There was no other note about the reason the check was sent to us. A Dr. Kenneth Van Zyl practiced in McMinnville for several years. Dr. Van Zyl died in July of 2009. His obituary states his wife Dorothy was living in McMinnville and he had two daughters, one in Tigard and the other in Livingston, Montana. A brief obituary shows that Dorothy Van Zyl died in July of this year after having lived at Hillside for several years. Does any club member remember Dorothy Van Zyl as a Garden Club member? We would like to express our gratitude for this gift.



Garden Club Holiday Baskets (December 3) and Wreaths (December 4) 2013

Location:  Outdoor Pavilion at the County Fairgrounds on Lafayette.  DRESS WARM. Turn in the driveway off Lafayette Avenue.  As the driveway swings to the right, the outdoor partially COVERED pavilion will be on your right.  Please do not park at the Arena/office area.  If you have trouble, call me 503-803-1510, Patty. Coffee and cider (cups and napkins) will be provided.  Please bring snacks/sack lunches.

Times:  Setup will be at 9:30 both days if you’d like to come help.  We plan to start creating at 10 AM. Cleanup will be at 2:30 on Tuesday and later on Wednesday so members that are in the quilt class will be able to join us at noon. 

Costs:  Will vary depending on the size you choose.  Baskets/hangers will be $3-4 each and the wreath forms are between $1-2.50.  Please bring small bills, change, not $20’s.

Supplies to bring:  Gloves, sharp clippers, wire cutters, a bucket of dirt to fill each basket, greens from your yards.  Think creatively….hydrangeas, ferns, seed heads and evergreens, etc.  A medium-sized garbage can will allow you to set your basket on it in order to work on the bottom sections. When you head home, you will want to add some “bling” with various large ornaments.  Joann’s and Dollar Store usually have these.  Get them early…..   Bring either large garbage bags or box tops to protect your car, trunk as you take your creations home.

Extras:  If you have any of the following, please bring them to help us out:  drill to drill the large holes in the peat pots before we can fill them, large black garbage bags, blowers and small hand brooms to help with cleanup and ENERGY to stay after to help cleanup.  Since this is a public area, we can not leave anything overnight Tuesday except our greens. 


Horticulture – Marilyn Coats
  Red Threads (ALTERNANTHERA  A.ficoidea)

This is one of the plants I bought this year that I had never seen before.  I am to that point in gardening where I would like to try some completely different types of plants and not necessarily ones with flowers.  But since my yard is small and full of many plants, I look for the smaller types. 

 The description states it has narrow, burgundy red, thread-like leaves that are low growing and spreading, growing 6 to 12” tall and 24 to 36” wide.  It is good for edgings, fronts of borders, mass plantings and containers.  Likes sun and has to have well-drained soil (like most plants). 

I love the colorful burgundy red grass.  However, it is an annual because it is native from Mexico to the Argentina area.  So that means I can only enjoy it for a short time.  I don’t winter over plants indoors or the garage because I forget about them and they die anyway! 

The burgundy was really very attractive when it was in the sun, but it didn’t stand out as much planted in the dirt in the pot.  So I added some blue rock around it and then the burgundy really stood out. 

If I can find it again next year, I’ll buy another one.  That is, if I can remember where I bought it!


New Sprouts

**The following article is an attempt to correct errors, include items omitted, and remove items that got into the original bio from mysterious sources unknown! My apologies to Jackie! **   Rosemary


Jacqueline Salkield of Dayton is a brand new member, but a long time gardener, with multiple areas of interest: landscaping, native plants, and growing food using environmentally sound methods. She would also like to learn more about growing flowers for cutting and arranging, which fits well with her primary interest, the arts. She is a recent graduate of the Portland Floral Design Institute, so perhaps she can teach us a thing or two!  Jacqueline has had a career in teaching children, teenagers, and adults in different aspects of theatre arts, and has enjoyed a long career as a full time educator in public and private schools. Going back to school herself, in 2003 she earned a Master's Degree in Theater Arts, with a minor in Professional Writing from Portland State University, and now concentrates on playwriting and dramaturgy. One of her specialties is in scenic art for the stage. Jackie is fortunate to have two grown children living close by, in Portland. So, we have a highly accomplished Arts Educator in our midst, and Jacqueline, you are most heartily welcomed to McMinnville Garden Club!





Perennial Star

Interview – June Benson
            Virginia Klein has been a Garden Club member for almost 50 years! She served as president in 1979and has participated in many activities. She fondly remembers making Christmas wreaths, an early fundraiser for the club, and grew two designated yard trees for greens. One day a month club members were committed to providing assistance to community parks and gardens; Virginia enjoyed weeding the primroses at the Jenkins Estate but found weeding the Yamhill County Museum grounds “a miserable job!” The club also placed ferns and other native plants alongside the Nature Trail at the Airport Park in McMinnville. She remembers that club meetings have been held in many locations over the years: the Harvest Fresh building, the old police station, a church, the library, the fairgrounds, a hardware store (it was always freezing inside), and even the Chamber of Commerce (where the park maintenance crew would often bring tree prunings for the meetings).

            Virginia is a McMinnville native. She was born here, attended public school here, and earned her college degree at Linfield. She moved away while she pursued her teaching career but eventually returned. She met her husband Don while teaching for the Mapleton School District (near Florence). He stopped teaching to join the Army during WW II. When he returned after four years, they were married and lived in Portland where Virginia taught. They moved to McMinnville in 1947 where both were offered teaching positions: Don taught in the high school and Virginia in the junior high school. When their two boys were young, Virginia did not teach. They purchased their McMinnville home in 1950.

Virginia’s teaching background is quite varied. Many educators believe that a good teacher can teach anything, and the school district first hiring Virginia must have believed that too. Virginia completed her college degree with a major in English and minors in math and physical education. Her first teaching job was in Mapleton, a school of 50 students with 3 teachers; she taught English, public speaking, and home economics, she produced plays and operettas, and she helped organize the annual carnival. After two years, she was exhausted and moved to McMinnville in 1939. In 1945 she moved to Portland to teach physical education for two years. At Roosevelt High School one of her duties was to team teach a physical education class with 130 students! Later in McMinnville she taught English and math at both the junior high and high school. Virginia retired in 1974 after 24 years of teaching.

In McMinnville she and her husband discovered the land next to their property was going to be developed into homes, so they purchased an extra half a lot which provided privacy and more space for a greenhouse and her beloved chrysanthemums. Her inspiration was an aunt who grew these flowers and provided Virginia with starts and a secret formula for rich soil. Virginia took this hobby seriously, ordering more chrysanthemums each year from a California supplier.  She would cover her mums in the evening to encourage them to set buds early and deliberately restricted the number of blooms so the existing mums would be even more spectacular. She estimates that she grew 25 named varieties of incurve and decorative mums. She entered many district flower shows and received many Blue Ribbons, many Best in Division, and one Best of Show. She also provided the club with plants to be used as door prizes. Her husband Don enjoyed gardening as well and never planted a single vegetable: only a row of each vegetable would do. He generously gave away produce to neighbors and friends.

Virginia’s husband and two sons have passed away. She still lives in McMinnville. Her aunt who loved mums gave her a Foxtail Fern. Virginia nursed that plant for over 30 years in her greenhouse. When Virginia sold her home, she gave that fern to a friend and hopes it is still thriving. 

                            Websites to Explore                                                                                                            Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 




University of Washington’s Botanic Gardens Elisabeth C. Miller Library Resources


Also their Plant and Insect Identification Resources at:


AND their Plant Sources List at:


Love to Know Garden Flower Lists

Enjoy the 2013 Holiday Season!!!


Next meeting:  January 20, 2014

Speaker-Janis Finewebber- Highland Heathers