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

September 2014 -


             Next meeting:  Sept. 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.




Join us for a FUNTABULOUS September meeting.  Time to compare notes after our summer break.  Who pulled the most weeds?  Who travelled the farthest?  Who has harvested the most?  Who had the most SLUGS? Who is ready for the cool weather of Fall?             SURE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!



Judy’s theme for the year:

“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”

2014-15 Garden Club Board from the right -

                                               Judy, President – Betty, 2nd VP –

Jean, Secretary – John, Treasurer

The proposed 2-14-15 budget will be distributed at the September meeting for discussion and approval at the October meeting.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy E.


NOTE: Remember to bring your checkbook/$ to our meeting -- there are lots of FUN things to sign up for….club membership, a district luncheon, arts & crafts, field trip, etc.  Since the membership dues had a deadline of July 1, we were hoping to publish our directory for our first meeting. However, we need pictures of new members and want to include everyone who wants to be a member for our exciting year.  As of Aug. 28, we still have 49 members who need to renew. If you’d like to pay your membership dues before the meeting, please mail them to McMinnville Garden Club, PO Box 386, Mac 97128.  Don’t send them to John’s home address as he is on vacation the first few weeks of September.  We are hoping to publish the directory for the October meeting. 


2014-15 CALENDAR EVENTS   Save these dates!!!

September 15 – No speaker scheduled

October 20 –Debra Driscoll and Lisa Christy, OSU Ext. Office – Food Preservation Techniques

November 17 – Barb Iverson, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm – Tulips

December 15– Dana Libonati will play piano music at our Holiday Luncheon

January 19, 2015 – Clay Wesson of Miller Woods – Naturescaping

February 16 – Keith Wingfield – Gardening for the Physically Challenged

March 16 – Cindy Flake – (topic pending)

April 20 – Bruce Kerr – Intro to the Art of Bonsai

May 18 –Jacqueline Salkield – Arrangements with Natives

June 15– Year End FUN.  No speaker scheduled

June 28, 2015 -Garden Tour/Faire



September 18 - Leaf Casting at Helen Niehus’ barn

Carpool leaves Bethel Baptist Church at 9:30a. Bring plastic gloves, small bucket, box lid and leaves.  Samples will be at the Sept. 15th meeting. This is a messy activity, please wear layers of clothes that can get dirty. Sign up at the September meeting so we can have enough supplies for everyone. Cost:  $6 for a large leaf, $2 for a medium/2 small. For more info, contact Patty Sorensen:


September 22 - Bag Ladies and Gents on Third

Hoyt Arboretum logoThe Oregon Main Street Convention will be held on Oct 1, 2, &3rd on Third Street. The Downtown Association is working hard to have everything cleaned and looking good for the convention.  That is why the Bag Ladies (and Gentlemen) will be cleaning Third Street on Monday Sept. 22 at 9:00am.  Meet at the parking lot on Second Street/Evans across from Macy's and Sons. Team areas will be assigned from there. Let's show up in force to tackle this great project. Wear your garden club aprons, dress for kneeling and dirt! Bring your gloves, clippers, blowers, flathead screwdrivers (to dig out ivy), brooms, drinking water and buckets. We are planning on being treated to lunch again downtown.  To volunteer: email or call Stephanie or 503-472-7646 or sign up at the Sept. meeting.


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 (DUE AT SEPTEMBER MEETING) $12.00 for lunch and $3.00 as a donation to Hoyt Arboretum.


October 16th  - Pioneer District Luncheon– Grand Ballroom, HERE $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.


October 20th Club Mtg. Debra Driscoll/Lisa Christy, OSU Extension Office – Food Preservation Techniques




Garden – Words to live by ---

·      Express Gratitude

·      Choose Happiness

·      Show Compassion

·      Trust Your Intuition

·      Inspire and be inspired

·      Laugh often

·      Practice Optimism

·      Be Kind Always


I am so excited that Fall is almost here.  These 90 degree days have about done me in.  It will be nice to get back to our normal fall weather with falling leaves, sunflowers, harvests of our gardens and football.

Yes, I’m guilty of loving football and all that goes with it.  I’m looking forward to our first meeting of this new year.  We have lots to celebrate: a successful tour and faire; new committee leaders for the coming year and a District Luncheon to get ready for too.  Fall is always an exciting time of year.  A big thank you to all who said yes when asked if you would chair a committee.  It’s a great way to start a new year. 

If you need to be on the meeting agenda, please notify me by the week prior to our club’s meeting date.   Judy




Ergonomic Tools That Can Ease Gardening Pains

Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book.

     Gardening can be tough on an aging body. Working in a garden often involves repetitive stooping, squatting, kneeling, gripping and lifting. These and other movements can lead to back and knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and various other injuries.
     Luckily there are many new gardening tools to help your mom and other injury-prone gardeners with their gardening chores. These tools are lightweight, comfortable to use and ergonomically designed to help protect her body from the physical strains of gardening.
     Gloves: There are a number of specially designed gloves that can improve your grip and protect hands while you work. The “Atlas Nitrile Touch Garden Gloves” (available at amazon.comfor under $6) are coated with a flexible synthetic rubber to help with gripping gardening tools. Also, the “ReliefGrip Gardening” gloves (, $35) have extra padding in the palm and finger joints that can improve grip and cause fewer calluses and blisters.
     Digging Tools: In addition to gloves, there are ergonomic tools that can help protect wrists by reducing the bending and twisting movement associated with digging and weeding.
     Radius Garden ( makes a variety of curved-handle hand tools and shovels that cost between $10 and $50. Corona ( makes the ComfortGEL and eGrip hand garden tools.
     Another excellent product is the “Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator” ( This is an all-purpose digging and weeding tool that is available in a short handle version for close up work for $25 and a long handle version for standing work for $60.
     Knee and Back Aids: Kneepads and garden seats can also protect knees and save your back when working close to the ground. Some popular products sold today through the Gardener’s Supply Company ( – a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative garden equipment – are the “GardenEase Kneeler” ($70), which is a kneeling pad with support handles; the “Garden Kneeler” ($35), which is a kneepad/garden bench combo; and the “Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket,” which is a height-adjustable, swivel garden seat on wheels ($90).
     Pruning Tools: Fiskars ( makes some of the finest ergonomic pruning tools on the market. The tools have earned the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation because of their patented PowerGear mechanisms that increase leverage to make cutting three times easier than traditional pruners. The Fiskars PowerGear Hand Pruners, Loppers and Hedge Shears all cost between $25 and $48.
     Bahco and Corona also make a nice line of ergonomic pruning tools and handsaws that you can see at or
     Watering: To help make watering chores a little easier, there are lightweight garden hoses, soaker or drip hoses that can be snaked throughout the garden, and hose chests that can automatically rewind themselves.
     There are several companies that make ergonomic watering products. Water Right Inc. ( makes a variety of super lightweight garden and coil hoses. The DIG Corp. ( makes convenient drip irrigation kits and micro sprinkler kits. Finally, Suncast ( is the leading manufacturer of self-winding hose reels and carts.
     Container Gardening: Raised garden beds, trellises and container gardening is also an easier way to grow plants and flowers because it brings the garden to you, eliminating most stooping, squatting and kneeling. The Gardener’s Supply Company ( offers a wide range of raised beds and garden containers at prices ranging anywhere from $10 to $350.


judye               Perennial Star - JUDY EGGERS

By June Benson


Some of us (including myself!) enter a new organization with new people and sit in the corner, wait and watch, before volunteering in any capacity. Not Judy. When she joined the Garden Club in 2004 and stepped into leadership roles immediately. First she joined the Board as Secretary.  Then, still in her first year, she and Sharon Gunter served as co-chairs for the Garden Tour and continued as co-chairs for two more years. Judy has also worked as co-chair of the Garden Faire with Margaret Roberts. For four years Judy organized monthly field trips to various nurseries and gardens and reports she loved scouting out locations and routes. She has managed to serve in many roles, and this year you probably know that Judy is our new President.

For the last two years Judy has worked on Special Projects. We can thank Judy for the new landscaped entrance welcoming visitors at the west end of McMinnville. The property is owned by Linfield College but maintained by the city. She presented our proposal at many meetings in order to gain approval from public and private agencies. She vividly remembers one meeting held at the Yamhill Chemeketa campus with 35 people in attendance where the landscape designer and contractor were approved. The Garden Club agreed to help maintain that area, so one hour every week you may see Judy and Sharon Gunter pulling weeds!

Judy was born and raised in Riverside, California before moving with her family to Oregon at age 12. She and her husband raised their family in Eugene. In the 1970’s she initially worked as a bank loan officer and helped people invest their money. Then she moved to a small brokerage firm selling stocks and bonds and soon was promoted to manager. Eventually she transferred to Dean Witter as a broker and loved to help people “grow money.” But she did not love the 14 hour days. After living in their Eugene home for 33 years, she and her husband sold it once they retired and purchased a motor home. For six years they wintered in Palm Springs but travelled throughout the United States in “circle tours” with summer visits to children.

          Four grandchildren, now ages 6 through 20, were the draw when Judy and her husband sold their motor home and moved to McMinnville in 2004. Their son and family live in McMinnville and their daughter and family in Seattle.

          Judy’s theme as President will be Sowing Seeds of Friendship”.   Her goal is to make our garden club friendly and open to all.


"What a pity flowers can utter no sound!—A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ...  oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!"
-   Henry Ward Beecher


Stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticumVariegatum’)            by Sharon Gunter

Approximately ten years ago a friend took us to a nursery in the hills up in back of Longview, WA.  I found a little sedum that I had never seen before so bought one, brought it home and planted it in a rockery area in my backyard.  It has thrived there and is one of my more successful plant purchases. 

Variegatum is very compact at less than 6 inches tall and has variegated leaves with creamy margins.  In late spring to summer it has small yellow flowers that nestle into the foliage.  This is not a variety of sedum that spreads very quickly, although it has gotten big enough that I have taken sections of it to give to friends and also to fill three small baskets.

My plants grow in full sun but they should also do well in part shade.  Variegatum likes dry to medium moisture but requires little care.  It is listed as being susceptible to mealybugs, scale, slugs and snails but I have never had a problem of any kind during the 10 years it has been in my rockery.

North Carolina Extension Service lists all parts of the Variegatum as being poisonous.  However, they also state that the stems and leaves can be eaten raw when they are very young and tender.  They say that the plant has very low levels of toxicity.  Neither of my dogs or any of the dogs visiting my yard has shown any interest in nibbling on the plant.

Variegatum can be propagated by taking stemcuttings or rooting leaves in early summer.  It can also be divided in the spring.  I have never seen it at any of the nurseries around the Portland area.  Joy Creek Nursery in Scapoose has it listed in their catalog.  I’ll use any excuse at all for making a trip to Joy Creek in the summer!!!

I will dividing and repotting my containers of Variegatum this fall and will be happy to share the extra plants.


                                 Websites to Explore - Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website  


September Garden Tips


                                    Caring for Chrysanthemums