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

     November 2013   -


November 18th Meeting


We are meeting at the COVENANT CHURCH in November and 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


November Speaker- Scott Lukens (Founder of Backyard Bird Shop) will talk about Mason Bees

Since 1991, Backyard Bird Shop, Inc. has become a multi- million dollar business with around 40 staff members, all who live and work in the Portland/Vancouver metro area.  Scott’s little retail store has grown to 7 local Backyard Bird Shops, all located in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.  If you would like more info on Mason Bees, you can go to his web site.


November 18 Meeting – Book Sale

Steve and Gail Krenecki recently had the opportunity to buy ALL the books in a West Salem estate sale, and within that particular buy was an incredible library of gardening books, most of them more contemporary than what they typically sell online. They will be bringing (at the invitation of Cozette) the collection of Gardening Books to the next meeting for members to purchase.   10% of the proceeds will come back to the Garden Club.  More info on this book sale will be provided via email before the next meeting!!! 


Field Trip, November 22nd

We are off on another junking trip to the Portland area.  Meet at Bethel Baptist Church’s parking lot at 9:30 and we will head out for the day. (One of the best thrift shops takes cash only.)  This will be a whole day trip with lunch along the way.  Mark your calendar!!!!


IMG_1035Holiday Wreath/Basket Making, December 3 & 4. 10-2

This year we will meet at the Fairgrounds covered Pavilion for our annual wreath/basket creating.   It is a covered area, but we will need to wear warm clothes and bring our own lunches.  The basket making day will be on Tuesday the 3rd with wreath making on Wednesday, the 4th.  You do not have to participate in both activities.  The only cost will be for forms.  Many members need to bring evergreen cuttings and other decorative cuttings for our use.  Hold off some of that pruning until this event!  A count is needed for the baskets since we need to purchase more forms. (Cost will be $5 or less) If you are NOT going to be at the November meeting and want to participate in making the basket, please email Patty S. at  so we purchase enough forms.





December Holiday Luncheon Meeting, December 16:

     At the Covenant Church  Our meal options are:

MC900353826[1]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.   Cost of the meal is $14.50.

                    This year’s theme - BRANCH OUT                          


President’s Message          No message this month.



PLEASE JOIN!!!McMinnville Garden Club's Rockin' "Rakettes"


Parade 2011We are in the process of organizing our club’s participation in the McMinnville Christmas Parade which will be on November 29th at 4:30 pm in McMinnville. 

We need three members to carry the Garden Club banner (Judy Wilkerson has the banner) and six members to pass out birdseed packets (Judy Wilkerson will provide six decorated baskets to carry your packets in).  Norma and I are getting the Buchanan Cellars seed donation this week. John Ballentine has offered to push his wheelbarrow of extra birdseed packets, and we need one member to be the director the day of the parade.  It would be great to have at least 15 to 20 marchers.

Norma Parker and her husband will be driving their antique fire truck, but due to liability concerns members may no longer ride on it.  Judy Wilkerson has graciously offered to let up to six members ride in her pickup for those who cannot walk very far.

For those of you who have not marched in this parade, it is a lot of fun and we publicize our great club!  All you need to do is to decorate a hat and small rake with Christmas colored silk flowers, bows or tinsel (the more outlandish the better), and don’t forget to wear your green garden club apron.

Kendra of the Downtown Association has told me we need to be at Ford and Galloway between 5th and 7th Streets (parking lot between the jail and the community center) no later than 3:30 pm on Friday, November 29th in order to line up. They want us to enter the parking lot from 7th Street. There will be someone there to direct us to the staging area.  Members can go onto their web site at for details, click on the events tab and the link for the parade.

We need at least ten members to stay after the November 18th meeting for an hour or so to fill birdseed bags, the more the merrier as this takes some time.  We will be demonstrating the Rakettes march routine at this meeting—it’s simple but the crowd loves it!!  You don’t have to dance if you don’t want to.

Please RSVP to Adrienne Schouten as soon as possible by either email or telephone.  We need to have some idea of response for participation before we put a lot of time and energy into organizing this event.

Thank you -----Adrianne Schouten -        503-472-5302

Welcome to the McMinnville Garden Club             
Rosemary Vertgret

sandypSandy Parr is one of our newest members, but she's not new to McMinnville, having moved here with her family in 1965. That move proved to be a fortuitous one, as Sandy met her future husband, Dennis here --- in math class at Mac High! She has recently retired from her job as a Legal Assistant with Haugeberg Rueter Gowell Fredricks & Higgins, and is happy to have more time now for gardening and other favorite activities. After about four years of home remodeling, it's time to concentrate on the back yard garden, where Dennis has already built raised beds and other structures to accommodate both vegetables and flowering plants. There may also be some landscaping revisions ahead for the front yard, and since Dennis has also recently retired from a career as a Legal Assistant, Sandy won't be doing the planning, digging, & planting all on her own! They may even get some help from their two children, who live in the Portland area. In the past, Sandy has enjoyed volunteering as an assistant in arts & craft programs for children, so I'm willing to bet she will be joining our "happy crafters" -- if she has hasn't already done so!   Welcome, Sandy!


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 taught high school art classes for 27 years, earning her Master's Degree in Art Education from Portland State University in 2003. Music is one of the arts that have been part of Jacqueline's life, as she has played the organ for many years, and has also become very involved with a Newberg theater group called West Valley Repertory Players. She 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!


ninaNina Banagay has joined McMinnville Garden Club!  No surprise, as she and her husband moved into a house next door to Maxine and across from Patty S, and around the corner from Doris Crain!  Nina is happily settling in here, after living for most of her life in Albuquerque, where their two grown daughters still live. Their back yard has no landscaping so far, but a plan has been drawn up, and Maxine has taken Nina to a Dayton nursery to buy trees. As we all know, other plants will follow! Also, there will be a vegetable garden, as Nina says she is comfortable with that kind of gardening, but eager to learn more about the many things she can grow here. She would also enjoy doing some quilting, but may have to wait on that, since she is busy working as an accountant for the Forest Service. And, her 8-year-old niece lives with Nina and her husband, so there is much activity to keep up with. In fact, Nina was busy helping her with a Halloween costume when I called. Welcome, Nina!


Wouldn’t you like to win the war on weeds ---


without toxic herbicides, and with minimal hand-weeding?   Natural gardening expert Carl Grimm from Metro shows how to stop weeds before they sink their roots deep into your yard.

Watch The Video at


Mulch – which is a layer of material over the soil surface – is one key to keeping weeds at bay. Mulch also loosens soil and slows erosion that could otherwise pollute our local rivers and streams. Mulch even reduces watering needs and some can improve soil fertility. Mulch can help make your plants healthier and your yard more beautiful.

A few secrets ensure mulching success:
Pull or cut existing weeds before you spread your mulch to reduce the chances of weeds growing through. And never pile mulch against plant stems or trunks as that could cause plant diseases. In general, the tougher the mulch: the better the weed suppression. And thickness matters – it should be at least three inches thick. While some mulch lasts many years, others decompose naturally, requiring topping off every year or two. 

There’s a mulch for every season under the sun (or shade).
• Woodchips can be fairly durable and form a nice barrier with a casual aesthetic. They are good for shrub and flower beds and for paths. You can buy woodchips or get them from an arborist for free.
• Bark is generally long-lasting and can help make shrub and flower beds look more formal.
• Hazelnut shells are an Oregon specialty, with a unique aesthetic appeal. They tend to be a little more expensive, but last longer than most mulch. They’re good for shrub and flower beds, and for paths – but watch out when walking barefoot, ouch! (Patty S. tried them as a slug deterrent to no avail.)
• Stone including pea gravel, quarter-ten gravel and decorative rock lasts forever and is good for plantings of alpine or Mediterranean plants such native Lewisii and lovely lavender. 
• Quarter-minus gravel over heavy-duty landscape fabric is a relatively simple way to make a good, solid path for walking, wheelbarrows and wheelchairs. Unlike pea gravel or quarter-ten gravel, quarter-minus compacts to form a nice, firm surface.
• Fall leaves are my favorite mulch for shrub beds, especially if they come from trees nearby. You’ll need to start with a nice thick layer (more than six inches) so it settles down to three inches over time.
• Compost is great for increasing soil fertility, but does not do a lot for blocking weeds. Use weed-seed-free compost from the nursery for best mulching results.
• Straw is nice for covering veggie beds in the winter if you’re not growing a year-round garden.


                            Websites to Explore                                                                                                            Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 


Great Plants for Fall & Winter Color:



Winter Edible Gardening 101:


West End Entry Project Close to Completion!


IMG_0695Be sure to drive by the new plantings and welcome entry across from the bowling alley.  A lot of work from several garden members helped to make this project move forward.  Thanks!