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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

January 2015 -


             Next meeting: January 19, 2015


       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.




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Happy New Year


Jean and Patty


 Speaker:  Clay Wesson, Nursery Manager of Miller Woods –

                Nature Scaping with Natives

Clay has been with the district since 2012 as the manager of the native plant nursery at Miller Woods.  He also assists the property manager with maintenance of Miller Woods and coordinates many of the details of the annual plant sales.  As a native plant specialist, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture/nursery practices, he provides information and materials to those interested in using native plants to reach their conservation goals.  

Before coming to work for the district he held a position as an assistant grower at Bailey Nurseries in Yamhill, Oregon. Clay came to Oregon from Alabama in 2007 for a summer internship and upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with an emphasis on Nursery and Greenhouse Management from Auburn University, he returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2008.

He enjoys providing education to the community ranging from Native Plants, Herbal Medicine, and Biodynamic Agriculture.

Upcoming Events




January Board Meeting:  January 12, 2015 – 9:00a.m.  Judy Eggers


February 16 Club Meeting:  Keith Wingfield – Gardening for the Physically Challenged




two_children_with_flowers_poster_print-rd011e7d703a64409884e14d936c4c852_7sdg_8byvr_324PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”


Message from the President:




Happy New Year and may it be full of blessings for each of you.


     First, I want to especially thank those members that made each of our tables beautiful with extraordinary center pieces and place settings at our December luncheon.  And to Cozette, Donna and GG who donated their center pieces for the silent auction to benefit Juliettes’ House. The winners of silent auction centerpieces were Beryl, Jan Clay and Pat.


     We raised $100.00 more that went with all of the wonderful gifts and supplies from all of you.  Your generosity is overwhelming.


     Thank you to Jacci Reed for volunteering to water the library plants, taking over from Kathy Wilson who is unable to do the job any longer.


     January is the month we begin thinking about and working toward our annual fund raiser, the Garden Tour and Faire.  We’ll be voting on the budget for the tour and faire at the January meeting.

It was decided to invite the Tigard Garden Club to our March meeting in reciprocation of our visit to their club last year.  It will be a good time to high light the Garden Tour/Faire as we’ll be well on our way to being ready and can be welcoming to our visitors.


     We have an exciting and busy year ahead and I am looking forward to each new day.  I hope to have some great (or pretty good) pictures of at least one of the Guatemalan water projects to show by our February meeting.  It will be interesting to see what a difference it makes in the lives of the villagers.



Perennial Star – Patty Sorensen                 By June Benson


pattysPatty joined the Garden Club before she retired and volunteered immediately to help at one of       the tour gardens. She has been a member for twelve years and has served in a variety of roles. She was Treasurer for two years and President for two years. She shadowed Judy Eggers, who was Garden Tour Chair and the next year served by herself as Tour Chair while working part-time.


Patty is our resident technology wizard! She created our website in 2004 and has done our directory at various times.  In addition she has been involved in the producrion our newsletter for ten years; this includes formatting the content and publishing it on the web. For the past two year she has continued to carry out the technology duties of the newsletter while Jean Lierman does the rest. Patty’s expertise has helped other garden organizations too. She created a website for the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs and maintained it for six years.  She also has served as Webmaster for the Yamhill County Master Gardeners where she redesigned the website to make it more user-friendly.


Patty was born and raised in McMinnville, and although she has left town more than once, she always returns. She attended Western Oregon University and completed her Bachelor’s degree in only three years. After graduation she taught one year at the former Adams Elementary School in McMinnville, taught another year in Atlanta, Georgia, and returned to McMinnville to teach middle school for several years.


When she married her husband Rick in 1979, he had custody of his two year old son Chris, so Patty was both a new mother as well as a new wife. When Rick went to work as an engineer in the oil fields, they moved from place to place to follow his job duties. In six years they lived in seven houses and five states (North Dakota, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Oregon).  Patty and Rick had their son, Colin, in 1981. He lived in three houses in his first year.  Later she was thrilled to be able to adopt Chris. Yes, they did return to McMinnville, but they continued to move from city to city; Patty says the longest period of time they lived in the same house was 10 years.


Patty taught at elementary and middle schools for16 years in McMinnville, Sherwood, and Newberg. She eventually returned to school for a graduate degree in Library Educational Technology and worked in this new field at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels as well as teaching library/technology courses at George Fox University.  At the time of her retirement, she was teaching six classes a day at her elementary school, repairing school computers, and running the school library. When she retired, the next library teacher did not have to do the computer repair. But Patty didn’t really retire. Instead, after retirement she worked part-time for the State of Oregon as the School Library Liaison conducting technology workshops for librarians and teachers around the state.


After so many years in the classroom, today Patty enjoys working out-of-doors and says she came by gardening genetically. Her father was a member of the Men’s McMinnville Garden Club, her mom grew up on a farm and her parents won our Yard of the Month honor three times.


Both Patty and Rick are now retired. They have three grandchildren and are delighted to babysit their 3-month-old grandson, Patrick, twice a week. The other two live in Rhode Island. They also enjoy birding together and belong to the Lincoln City Audubon Society where their second home is located.


Patty loves the Garden Club because it is filled with like-minded people. She likes the direction that our President Judy Eggers is taking the club. Judy sees each individual as important and acknowledges the work done by members. Patty hopes more people get involved with leadership positions. She has really enjoyed the friendships she’s made in all the club’s activities.






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.






HorticultureStinkbugs -- By Sally Parks-Brown 

Backyard Habitat

(Condensed from an article by Kym Pokorny in the Oregonian) the days get shorter and colder these prehistoric looking creatures start to look for a warm, dry place to live which turns out to be our homes. Many homeowners this year have been finding high numbers of them in their gardens and homes. These creatures are known as the Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha Halys), who move in the spring onto their preferred fruits, seeds and nuts. These bugs have the distinctive shield-like shape and are identified from regular stinkbugs by their striped antennae. I have seen them brown or green colored.

 “They are unmistakable for their stinky irritating odor when they're crushed,” said Vaughn Walton, an entomologist with OSU extension service. They are not harmful in our homes but once spring comes and they move into our gardens, it is a different story. They move back into the gardens and start laying eggs on the underside of leaves. They hatch out in a week and can complete this process three times in a season. They can cause considerable damage to our vegetables, fruits and nuts causing malformed fruits and vegetables and blank nuts. Some of their favorite hosts are blueberries, apples, maples, English holly, tree of Heaven and empress tree.

They showed up first in the U.S. on the east coast and are a serious agricultural pest. In Oregon they are not as prevalent yet. OSU entomologists are working on controls such as killing traps for the short term and natural predators and parasites for the long term. So far we do not have any successful methods of controlling them other than sealing cracks and vacuuming them up. Killing them on sight is a good idea.


GARDEN NOTES -- By Lynne Desel


As I look at the garden this month I am reminded of the many things that can still be done outside when I would just as soon stay warm and dry inside.  As any gardener knows there is always something to do in any season if you are willing to get wet and even a bit muddy, so winter is no exception.

     There are things such as weeding around the hellebores so they can be seen when they bloom in January or February, finishing the removal of dead annuals, and if you are late in digging up the dahlias, or if you trusted them to survive with mulching, you might mulch a bit more just to be sure they can bloom next season.  One dahlia gardener extraordinaire that I know covers them with black plastic and then adds mulch.  Organic mulch can be added around most plans and shrubs as a further protection against freezing.  Also it is recommended that you bait for slugs year round and I have found it really cuts down on the spring and summer damage to my hostas and other plants.     On a clear day I like to walk the paths and watch for signs of early daffodils or tulips peeking out of the grape hyacinth leaves or admire the tiny white buds on the viburnum.  This can encourage warm thoughts of spring even though it seems far away. 

     Then too, as it says in THROUGH THE SEASONS WITH DARCY, if you really love gardening in the winter, you can even do some pruning of deciduous shrubs and trees if “you prune for shape…you start by removing water sprouts… then deadwood and branches that rub against each other.”  He reminds gardeners that if you over do it, some of the plants will not bloom in spring, so be careful and don’t get carried away.

     Of course general clean up of beds can be completed too.  As for me, I leave a lot of my plants, “as is” and do much of the cleanup in the spring.  Many gardeners can’t stand the messy look, but I do not mind, and the birds love the seeds.  My favorite job this time of year is to have a cup of tea and plan next year’s garden changes, as I sit looking out at winter’s garden.




Historical Snippets                                                                                                   Patty Sorensen


In 1953 the Garden Club held their first of many Christmas Shows.  Their goal was to show attendees various uses of native plants and shrubs in their holiday decorations.  They held many workshops to make wreaths, décor for several Christmas trees and even holiday treats to be served at the Open House held at the library.  They had 3 themes:  traditional, religious and modern. They even did special decorations for the children’s corner.  During the Open House, they also had the chimes at the Methodist Church ringing and a high school choir singing at the library. This event later moved to the Armory where in 1959 it was estimated that 2000 people attended. Through the years, the Christmas Show Open House took many, many hours and the help of several other organizations.  In 1974 the McMinnville Arts Alliance asked if the club wanted to co-sponsor an Art Faire and Greens Sale.  They agreed. This event then went on again for over 20 years until the club started our annual Garden Tour!!



January Birthday Salutes Go To:

Mary Jo Capps, Jan. 25

Myrna Cuscaden, Jan. 1

Pauline Eder, Jan. 4

Phyllis Kirkman, Jan. 24

Monika Matthes, Jan. 12

Ann Silverthorne, Jan. 31

Patricia Vaughn, Jan. 28




Websites to Explore                                                                                                                                                                             Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website



v Portland’s Yard, Garden and Patio Show starts Feb. 27


v Free Seed Catalogs to enjoy!  Another list of Seed Catalogs…..