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

     October 2013   -



Speaker:   Brooke Benton- Indoor Plant Care

Brooke will be sharing tips about indoor plant care and remedies you may have right in your cupboards!

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128

9:30a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  - Social time, business meeting, speaker and fun



                    This year’s theme - BRANCH OUT                          


President’s Message

Dear members,
September just flew by. We are now into October with all the fall colors. I just love this time of year! Your garden should be put to rest for the winter months - aaah.  Just plant a few bulbs and oh,  pull a few weeds. Of course, we know planting,  pruning, and mulching are just part of gardeners' autumn activities.


Thanks to all those members who volunteered to fill in some positions that were vacant . Thank you, Monika Matthes, for "Branching Out" and filling the co-chairman spot for the Garden Tour.


Remember to review the bylaw changes that were sent out earlier.  We will be reviewing and voting on them at the October meeting.   Cozette Caster



Perennial Star

by June Benson


When Evelyn joined our McMinnville Garden Club in 1995, the membership was small. Most everyone helped in some way to make Christmas wreaths, our only fund raiser. It was a bone-tiring job for one week; they enjoyed the lighter moments but also realized another, different fund raiser was necessary. Back then our focus was flowers, and Evelyn helped to produce several competitive flower shows. The club took these competitions seriously: there was a protocol to follow and qualified judges from the Pioneer District would judge the show. Later, as our membership grew, there was a need to change our focus. The field of horticulture became popular and nurseries were expanding with new plant material appearing in the retail market. Now plantings with showy colors were seen in landscapes old and new. So the membership decided to go with a garden tour as our fund raiser for the next year, and you know the rest. Evelyn has worked in some capacity on each tour and more recently as tour co-chair with Beverly Mulkey.  

               Evelyn’s husband Richard worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and his job took them across the United States. She says living in different parts of the country presented both adventure and opportunity, and she has maintained many friendships established years earlier. They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then Washington D.C., to New Mexico, back to Minnesota, and then Oregon. She especially loved living in Washington, D. C. with its political significance and close proximity to historical sites. She attended Congressional hearings when John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson were senators. She also attended the second inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and fondly remembers watching the inaugural parade where his open convertible was within 10 feet of where she stood. She had a friend who worked in the secretarial pool during the Eisenhower administration and would share stories with her.

            In the 1960’s Evelyn and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon from Minneapolis. They enjoyed Oregon immediately because “You don’t shovel rain!” 

They liked their Portland home but desired a place in the country. In the early 1970’s, they moved to Chehalem Mountain on acreage with a view. There was a lot of work in restoring and demolishing remnants of nearly a hundred years to establish a garden. Perseverance pays in rewards and she made two gardens: one was a produce and cut-flower space while the other area was a perennial garden which she later called her “friendship garden.” A new “country” friend was a member of the Tualatin Garden Club and Evelyn became a member too. Her club activities included producing flower shows, serving as President for two years, and restoring gardens. At that time all garden clubs were asked to help in restoring the gardens at the historical Jenkins Estate. She found great mentors in the club, and soon added many plants to her friendship garden. There was a time to enjoy traveling while the gardens rested, but Evelyn and Richard were always happy to return to the green of Oregon.

    They became acquainted with McMinnville when their son lived here, and the couple moved to McMinnville in 1994. Her husband passed away ten years ago, and her son now lives in Lincoln City.



MC900432562[1]Photos Needed!

If you were unable to attend the September meeting, we really WANT to see you in October.  All members need to have their NEW photos taken for the next update to our directory.  After you get your picture TAKEN, you will receive your printed copy of the directory.  SO, bring on the smiles!!!!



2013/2014 Meeting Calendar



October 17, 2013 Pioneer District Luncheon 9-2p

Meriweather golf course, Hillsboro

February 17, 2014

Speaker-Annie Kirk-Restorative and Healing Garden Design


October 21, 2013

Speaker- Brooke Benton- Holistic


March 17, 2014

Speaker- Diane Reek- Collectors Nursery

November 18, 2013

Speaker- Scott Lukens-Mason Bees

April 21, 2014

Speaker- Martin Nicholson- Hoyt Arboretum


December 16, 2013 (luncheon meeting)

Speaker-Noah Bell-Bamboo Gardens


May 19, 2014

Speaker-Nancy Kiltz- Basket Making


Happy New Year!

January 20 2014

Speaker-Janis Finewebber- Highland Heathers

June 16 2014 (luncheon meeting)

Speaker-Joe McLaughlin-Healing in Nature



Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. 

Albert Camus



There are several volunteer opportunities to help support our club’s activities still available.  Be sure to take a close look at these at the meeting.  They vary from writing an article for the newsletter to mailing the newsletters to those without email addresses to organizing arts & crafts activities, etc.  Help us keep our fun activities going by giving a bit of your time.



Websites to Explore                                                                                                        Patty Sorensen


MC900364322[1]Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 


October Garden Chores


Pumpkin Carving Ideas


Improving Your Soil