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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

November 2014 -


             Next meeting: December 15, 2014


       HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128   (9:30-12:15)

                    Note:  If you need time on the agenda, please let President Judy know a week in advance of the meeting.

Don’t forget to check the list of needs for Juliette’s House. 
They are listed at the end of this Newsletter.

Upcoming Events



Christmas Ball1Dec. 1 & 2 – Holiday baskets and wreaths @ Helen N. barn- Meet at 9:30 @ Community Church parking lot for car pool.  Baskets will be made on Monday, Dec. 1st, and then Wreaths will be made Tuesday.  If weather interferes, show up when it is safe.  Dress in layers for warmth. BE SURE to bring clippers, gloves and greens from your yard and snacks, lunch?  A variety of textures adds interest to them.  Contact Patty S. for more information.   503------472…….1216…..OR  503------803….1510


--Dec. 5th – Pittock Mansion Field Trip – Ann Silverthorne in charge

--Dec 15 –   Holiday Lunch reservations and $15.00 due at November Meeting

A reminder from Betty that we are going to have a luncheon buffet December 15th. The menu consists of two salads, rolls, rice, and a choice of two entrees; salmon or crab cakes. Choice of two desserts; cheesecake or chocolate mousse. Cost is $15.00 payable by December 8th to Treasurer John Ballentine. In place of a speaker we will have a performance of holiday piano music by Judah Kent following the business meeting. Hope to see you all there! 

January 19, 2015              Club Meeting  Speaker will be Clay Wesson of Miller Woods on Naturescaping!







         “Sowing Seeds of Friendship”

Christmas by sheikh_tuhin - Christmas balls.

Merry Christmas everyone!  This is such a wonderful time of year, full of sights, sounds and smells of the holidays just ahead.  We capped off the month of November and the beginning of the Christmas holidays with our Rakettes walking in the Christmas parade, handing out birdseed packets as they danced and raked their way down 3rd Street.  What a fun way to start the holidays.

At this writing, we are looking forward to the basket and wreath making project as well as the trip to Pittock Mansion to see it all decked out for the Christmas season, just in the first week of the month.

     Our Christmas luncheon is coming up on the 15th where we will share wonderful food and joyous music and at the same time, remembering Juliettes House and the children and families they care for.

     Our thoughts and prayers go with Mike and Gaye Stewart as Mike recovers from his quadruple by-pass surgery.  I am sure they would appreciate your well wishes at this time.

     Take time to enjoy the holidays with your friends and families.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   Judy E.






"New Sprouts” By Rosemary Vertregt 


vegetable sprout : Green sprout growing from seed Stock PhotoBarbara McDougal may be new to membership in McMinnville Garden Club, but she is quite familiar with our yearly Garden Tours, having attended several over the years.  Knowing that Barbara enjoyed our "signature event", and had done a fair amount of gardening, Sylvia Sproed encouraged her to join us.  Barbara has experience with growing "practical" things like tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as strawberries, but is not so much into flower gardening...yet!  Music is her primary interest and joy -- producing it and sharing it with others.  As Choir Director at McMinnville Seventh Day Adventist Church, she feels grateful to be able to do both.  She has also served as secretary for her church for several years.  Barbara also finds enjoyment in decorating, especially for holidays and special events, and she is looking forward to participating in our upcoming wreath-making event!  Also, she would be interested in a group focusing on container gardening; perhaps it's time for us to get one going again!? 






BROKEN POTS – come on – you know you all have them!  A new series of pictures to be featured in upcoming Newsletters. THANKS to Margaret Roberts.


                    alt                    Using broken pot shards as a comedic focal point in the garden. :) @Sharon Macdonald Macdonald Cutbirth, I think you should do this. It's funny!


HorticultureHellebore -- By Kathi Wilson 

What better time to mention the lovely hellebore than in December?  Coming in several varieties, they flower in winter with single and double flowers in shades of red, pink, white, green, purple, and even yellow. Not only do they bloom when very little else is on the horizon; the flowers can easily stick around for a couple months. These versatile plants are shade lovers and the deer don't eat them. Their evergreen leaves are glossy, frost resistant, and don't tatter in winter.  So easy and so beautiful!

There are about 15 species of hellebore, and hundreds of varieties.  Lenten rose, Christmas rose (H. niger), and bearsfoot hellebore (H. foetidus) are three you might find at garden centers and in catalogs.  Most can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.


The so-called Christmas rose (H. niger) is a traditional cottage garden favorite which bears pure white flowers (aging to pink) in the depths of winter.  Always a welcome site during the dark months.


The most popular hellebores for garden use, however, are undoubtedly H. orientalis and its colorful hybrids.  In the northern hemisphere, they flower in early spring, around the period of Lent, and are often known as Lenten hellebores, oriental hellebores, or Lenten roses. They are excellent for bringing early color to shady borders.


This is one of the easiest hellebores to grow.  Lenten rose requires only a shady site, well-drained soil, and an occasional watering. It blooms best in fertile soil with a little compost around.  Or when you see new growth in late winter, you can apply an organic fertilizer. Most varieties will reseed, but since they are hybrids, you never know what you'll get.  Hellebores can cause mild skin irritation, so wear gloves when handling.  The only real maintenance the plants require is a little cleaning up of their fading leaves. If foliage is winter worn, it can be cut back to base in the spring, before flowering.


Hellebores don't really require division, but it won't hurt them to be divided, if you want to make more plants. The best time to divide is in early spring, before they flower. It is easiest to dig the entire plant and shake or wash off the soil, so you can see where the buds are on the crown. Make sure each division has at least 2 buds.


Recent breeding programs have created double-flowered and anemone-centered plants.  Double hellebores provide a very interesting variation to the standard hellebore. They are generally easy to maintain and share the same planting conditions as the standard hellebore.


I fell in love with hellebores a few years ago when a friend gave me a few starts from her simple white.  They became a fast favorite!  Like all my other favorites, I have to rein myself in when the nursery shelves fill up with these beauties!  Is it Spring yet?


For any of you who enjoy a little drive and a fun buying experience, Marietta O’Byrne, opens her garden at Northwest Garden Nursery (outside Eugene) for two weekends in the early Spring.  This is the one time of the year that you can buy hellebores directly from her breeding program. (  A warning, though, they sell out pretty fast! 




Rakettes Strut Their Stuff!


A BIG thanks to the dozen members who showed up to walk in the Christmas Parade.  They braved rain with BIG smiles on their faces.  Way To GO!!!!!!







Thanks to those who organized this event, filled and handed out the birdseed bags and to Jan Clay for her Model T and grandkids’ help!!!!
















Websites to Explore                                                                                                                   Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website



v Winter Safety for Plants


v Houseplant Care


v Winter Bird Feeding 




Jean and Patty



This holiday season we again will be donating to Juliette’s House Child Abuse Intervention Center.  The following is their list of needs. Please bring these items to our DECEMBER meeting.  We can make a difference.

Donation Information from Francine Fiore, Development Director

We are often asked to provide a list of things we need at Juliette’s House. Here are simple items which help us, and give community members a lot of things to choose from.


For The Kids

• Individually Packaged Snacks (Fruit Roll-Ups, String Cheese, Microwave Popcorn, Pudding Cups, etc.)

• Individually Packaged Juice Boxes (100% Juice, Please)

• Gift Cards to Local Stores to Purchase Food for the Kids in Support Groups (Grocery Outlet, Winco, Pizza, etc.)

• Books for Us to Read to and Give to the Children

• Floor Puzzles, Board Games, Simple Craft Kits

• Toys for Our Playroom (our “children’s waiting room”)

• Recent Release DVDs for Both Younger and Older Kids

• New (or Gently Used & Clean) Stuffed Animals or Beanie Babies for Kids to Choose and Take Home

• Child-Size Quilts or Felt Tie Blankets for Kids to Choose and Take Home


Household Supplies

• Disinfectant Wipes

• Spray Air Fresheners

• Toilet Paper and Box Tissues

• Paper Napkins and Paper Towels

• Dishwasher Soap

• Soap Dispenser Refills


Office Supplies

• Postage Stamps

• Boxed White Multipurpose 2" x 4" or 1” x 2-5/8” Sheet Labels

• Mailing Envelopes – 6” x 9” 9” x 12” 10” x 13”

• 3-Tab Folders – Manila or Color

• 8- ½ “ x 11” Ruled Tablets (White)

• Reams of 20lb White Paper

• White Card Stock or Cover Stock

• Acrylic Display Stands, 8-1/2” x 11”

• Large White or Multi-Colored Writable Tab Dividers for 3-Ring Binders

• Pocket Folders for Parent Materials


Be a “Partner In Prevention” During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month

• April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Help Us Spread Awareness of Child Abuse:

-Create a Pinwheel Display during April – Contact Us for Pinwheels, Signs and More Info

-Make a Cash Donation in April in Support of our Intervention and Prevention Services

-Come Up with an Idea of Your Own for Creating Awareness and Supporting Juliette’s House


Cash Donations Earmarked to Purchase Booklets for Children & Their Families

• “A Very Touching Book” for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

• “Helping Children Recover From Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents”

• “Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors - What's Natural and Healthy”

• “The Bubble Book” – A Coloring Book Guide for Children

• “It’s My Body” Coloring Workbook for Children