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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

October 2014 -


             Next meeting:  Oct 20, 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.


October speakers:   Debra Driscoll/Lisa Christy from the OSU Extension Office will be speaking on Food Preservation Techniques.  They are both master food preservers and will educate us on the latest research-based food preservation recipes and recommendations.  Come and learn how to safely preserve your garden’s bounty!


The proposed 2-14/15 budget will be discussed and voted on at the October meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Eggers.



October 9th - Field trip to Hoyt Arboretum

Meet at Baker Creek Church (formerly Bethel Baptist) 9:30 am to car pool to Portland. Luncheon at Oregon Culinary Institute Restaurant, 1701 SW Jefferson, Portland.  Total price $15.00 $12.00 for lunch and $3.00 as a donation to Hoyt Arboretum.


October 16th  - Pioneer District Luncheon– Grand Ballroom, McMinnville. $20 begins at 9:00 a.m.  We have a great speaker lined up; David Doolittle of Petalheads Nursery.  He’ll have new plants never seen before to share.  If you are interested in attending, check with Judy for more info/reservations…


October 23rd - The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Assn. is sponsoring a workshop on
Sustainable Landscape Design for the Home Garden.


SAVE the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, so you can participate in our annual Rakette’s march down Third Street during the Holiday Parade!  More info soon.


two_children_with_flowers_poster_print-rd011e7d703a64409884e14d936c4c852_7sdg_8byvr_324PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”

Here it is October already.  My calendar says it’s time to prune the hydrangeas back to wood.  I know that there are two thoughts to pruning hydrangeas, some prune in the fall and others wait until spring.  I pruned in the fall last year and they all bloomed profusely so I’ll stick to that plan again this year.

We have a full calendar again this month.  The field trip to the Hoyt with lunch in downtown Portland and a trip on Max; it should be a full day of fun.  The Pioneer District Luncheon on the 16th with Petal Heads Nursery as the speaker.  Money for this should be in to John by October 6 so that we can give an accurate head count to the caterers.  Maxine has been spending hours making all of the invitations that go out to the District Club Presidents, the District board and State representatives.  Now she’s busy working on the programs.  Jacci and her decorations committee are hard at work too.  Anyone is welcome to participate on these committees.

Along that same line, at the September meeting I introduced you to the committee chairs for this coming year but neglected to say that if any of these committees is of interest to you, please call the chair and ask when the next meeting will be held.  They will welcome new committee members.  If you’re not sure who that person is, send me an email or give me a call and I’ll let you know.

October is our month to vote on the new proposed budget.  I hope you have taken an opportunity to look it over.  There will be copies on the tables at the October meeting again and John will be there to answer any questions you might have also.

Enjoy these fall days when the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to fall.   It’s one of my favorite times of the year.                                                                                      Judy



12 Garden Club members worked very hard to put together 19 centerpieces for the

OSFGC Convention that was held in Wilsonville this past June.  These pictures are of the finished centerpieces.



2014 Garden Tour & Faire Declared a Winner!    Rosemary Vertregt

As you can see from the statistics below, our "Bountiful Gardens" 2014 Tour & Faire was successful financially!!  We will be able to award scholarships and contribute generously to the beauty of our community!  Thank you to all who were part of making our signature event such a big hit this year, and with Coordinators, most of our Committee Leader positions, and 5 beautiful gardens lined up already, it's onward to Tour/Faire 2015!!



Garden Tour & Faire Budget Recap:

               1. Ticket sales = $6,587  (up from $6,425 in 2013)

                    Vendor Fees = $4,475  (down from $4,725 in 2013)

                    Restaurant Ads = $425  (up from $400 in 2013)

                    Poster Print Sales = $80 



2.  Overall Expenses = $2,270.09 

3.  Profit of  $9,362.91  

(up $754 from $8,608.32 in 2013)




Historical Snippets                                   Patty Sorensen

(Copy of the first McMinnville Garden Club minutes.  No corrections made.)


“On Monday March third 1926, Mrs. E. C.  Apperson, Chairman of Education in the department of applied Education, in the Womans Civic Improvement Club called a group of women together at her home for the purpose of organizing a Garden Club.

Those present were Mrs. E. C. Apperson, Miss Ella Hendrick, Mrs. M.F. Corrigan, Mrs. W.J. Sly, Mrs. E.N. Tibbetts, Mrs. F.F. Smith, Mrs. A.M. Wakeman and Mrs. Ward J. Wisecarver

Those chosen as a board of directors were Mrs. W.J. Sly, Mrs. E.N. Tibbetts, Mrs. F.F. Smith and Mrs. M.F. Corrigan.

A motion was made and carried to have annual dues of fifty cents.

It was decided to hold one meeting each month from nine to eleven a.m.

Members were asked to bring magazines that might be helpful to the Club to our next meeting.

After an enthusiastic discussion of the possibilities of the Garden Club we adjourned to meet at the home of Mrs. Wisecarver, Wednesday, March 3.

Six members paid dues –amounting to $3.00

                                                                                                         Winifred G. Wisecarver, Secretary and Treasurer”


(From A Brief History of the McMinnville Women’s Garden Club by Mrs. Milo Wold, Pres.)

“Mrs. W.E. Anderson of the Salem Oregon garden club, invited members of the 22 known organized clubs in the State to a meeting in Salem on June 1, 1927 to organize a State Federation of Garden Clubs.  Delegates represented Astoria, Forest Grove, McMinnville, Portland and Salem, who thus became the founding clubs of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs.  Mrs. W.E. Anderson, Salem became the first President.”


Next month: Club’s Civic Activities Begin…..


Save these DATES:  Annual Holiday Wreath and Basket Making  December 1 and 2


IMG_1035Our arts and crafts activities in December will again include making beautiful holiday hanging baskets and wreaths. We hope you join us for TWO creative days to make all of your holiday greens decorations for a fraction of the cost of buying them. This year we will be making our holiday greens inside at Helen Neihus’ barn from 10 am +.   Dec. 1 we will make the baskets and Dec. 2 the wreaths.  This year we will have 5 wreath tables.  Our new member, Louise S. has two tables to share!!!  WELCOME……  You do not have to participate in both activities.  

The only cost is for the basket form or wreath wire form.  Many members will need to bring evergreen cuttings for our use.  Hold off some of that pruning until this event! 

 A count is needed for the baskets/wreath forms since we have to purchase more. (Cost will be $5 each or less).  If you kept your basket form from last year, there is no charge if you bring it to reuse.  We can not reuse the wreath forms.

In order to have all the supplies purchased and ready for the first Monday in December, we need to start collecting monies at the October meeting.  The November meeting will be the last date we can accept reservations. If you would like more information, please email Patty S. at . 




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.

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The Dragonfly - Sharon Gunter


In the summer I always have one or two dragonflies that spend time in the backyard.  One of the benefits of having them nearby is that they eat many times their weight in mosquitoes every day.  They also eat other kinds of flies and even an occasional honeybee or spider.  Using a basket-like arrangement of their legs, adult dragonflies can actually catch and eat other bugs while they are flying.

The life cycle of a dragonfly starts as an egg that is usually laid in water.  It then hatches into a water dwelling nymph and spends 90% of its life in that stage.  In its last stage, it climbs from the water, splits its skin and emerges as an adult dragonfly.  Depending on the species, the life cycle can last from 6 months to 6 or 7 years.

Dragonflies come in many sizes.  The average size is from one to four inches.  Their eyes have about 30,000 lenses and they can see all the way around their body but they don’t see details very well.  They see a broader spectrum of colors than humans do.

Dragonflies are masters of flight.  They can move each of their four wings independently.  In addition to flapping each wing up and down, they can rotate their wings forward and back on an axis.  This enables them to move straight up or down, fly backwards, stop and hover, make hairpin turns at full speed or in slow motion.  They can fly up to 36 miles per hour.

Dragonflies are attracted to water.  The ones that come to my yard are most often found around the small water feature where gnats sometimes hover above the water.  The dragonflies are a welcome addition to my yard and I look forward to seeing them every summer!



th?id=HNThis one from Jacci Reed (if you have a recipe you would like to share (from the things you grow), send to:

Squash Squares - Jacci Reed


You can use any kind of squash such as acorn, butternut, green or golden hubbard, or zucchini (large one).

2 cups 1/2” cubed raw squash (no rind)

1-2 tsp butter (can use coconut or olive oil) 

1 garlic clove, crushed or garlic salt

salt to taste                  

1 tsp parsley (or kale) flakes 

bacon bits (optional)


Sauté garlic with the butter in fry pan.  Add squash cubes and sprinkle with parsley flakes and bacon bits.  Stir fry a couple times to coat cubes with butter.  Cook until soften as much as you choose.  Salt and stir and remove and eat.  Yummmmm!



Sweet Squash Squares - Same as above, but replace garlic and flakes with brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.  Sprinkle with toasted chopped nuts.


"New Sprouts"  By Rosemary Vertregt


Louise Sperling of Newberg may be one of our brand new members---but, she is not new to gardening!  This Oregon native grew up, went to college, and married her husband, Marshall, while living in Newberg.  In 1980, the Sperling family moved south to Eugene, where they raised four daughters.  When Louise's early attempts at horticulture proved to be less than successful, she enrolled in the Master Gardener program --- where she learned many things, one of the most important being:  "it's all about the soil".  After about twenty years in Eugene, the family returned to Newberg, and as the girls began to grow up and move out, Louise had more time to invest in her garden.  As grandchildren began to come along, she was inspired to begin an "ABC Garden" especially for them.  Some of us might want to try this terrific idea!  Many of the plants are fragrant ("C" is for  clerodendrum-- the "peanut butter plant"; “S" is for sweet peas),  or have other interesting properties, such as fuzzy leaves or thorns ("F" is for foxglove, and "R" is for rose).  All four daughters live nearby, love gardens, and only the one living in an apartment does not yet have her own.  Louise's eight grandchildren are fortunate to have a gardening grandma, and we are fortunate to welcome her as a fellow member.





 Benita Cole is an artist, a quilter, and a serious appreciator of nature. She had a rural beginning, growing up on a New Jersey farm with cows, honey bees, and apple trees.  She developed her artistic talents at the Art Students League, an independent art school in New York City, and had her artwork in galleries there. Somewhere along the way, Benita became a CPA. She has worked in that capacity at Central Washington University, where she was Chief Financial Officer for several years while living in Yakima, and as an auditor for Providence Health Services while living in Hillsboro. She retired (officially) six years ago, but now does work for Details and Dignity, a professional fiduciary service which aids people with disabilities such as illness and dementia.  When living in Hillsboro and looking after her step-mother in McMinnville became too difficult, Benita moved to our fair city. She has rented a home with a wonderful yard and is planning to add a water feature and a huge amount of good soil and mulch---a very wise move! On her membership application Benita added this comment: "Garden Tour was awesome!"  She also noted that she's interested in yard landscape, horticulture, flower arranging, and container gardening. Benita invited me to check out her website at , and you might want to do the same; you will see some of her paintings and her gorgeous quilts! 





A BIG thanks to the crew of a dozen who showed up to do our second Downtown McMinnville Cleanup.  Your work was greatly appreciated and quite noticeable.  A pat on the back goes to Mike Stewart for bringing his gas blower and tackling the Harvest Fresh parking lot and to Maxine Kilcrease for bringing her son to help us.  We were all treated to a fabulous lunch at Community Plate.  We highly recommend their bean salad…..





Websites to Explore - Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website  


Ergonomic Tool Tips


Gardening How-To Videos


Fall Chores   





"I love the fall.  I love it because of the smells that you speak of; and also because things are dying, things that you don't have to take care of anymore, and the grass stops growing."
-  Mark Van Doren