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McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR   December 2016


Next meeting: December 19th

HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor    

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128


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



Upcoming Events

December 2  Wreaths for YCAP/A Family Place  Contact Elaine for more info.

December 8  Holiday wreaths and baskets  10 AM at 1666 NW Medinah Drive  Bring clippers, gloves, greens

December 10 Holiday decoration tour  Contact Ann S. for more information

December 12 Board meeting

December 19 Pianist, Holiday Luncheon



 Holiday Lunch


Our annual holiday lunch buffet will be December 19 and costs $15. Donna must receive payment by December 1. Please identify your choice of entrée (chicken or salmon) and indicate if you need a gluten-free dessert option.

There will be no guest speaker in December. Instead, Judah Kent will once again perform his own arrangements of popular Christmas songs.




PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – December 2016   Elaine P.

 The days are dark and dreary.  Our hearts are warm and cheery. The holidays are upon us bringing warmth and light to offset the gloom as we gather with friends and family. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Once again the Rakettes did us proud, strutting their stuff down Third Street.
The Garden Club lends helping hands. At our November meeting we gathered 182 pounds of food and $250 for the food bank at YCAP. On the 2nd we will be helping YCAP and A Family Place by making wreaths. At our December meeting we will be donating to A Family Place.  (check out their website for more information about them).  As soon as I get a list of items that are needed, I shall share it.
There is also time for fun. We will make wreaths and Christmas baskets on the 8th at Patty's.  We will have our Christmas decorations tour at some of our members’ homes on the 10th. And finally, we have our Christmas luncheon to look forward to on the 19th.
Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Image result for dark-eyed juncoDark-Eyed Juncos                                                       by Marilyn Coats


I always look forward to seeing the first Junco flitting around in my yard when the weather starts turning cooler.  They are fun to watch as they are constantly moving all around the area looking for seeds or insects.  Because of their high population (estimated at 630 million), their relative tameness and attraction to backyard bird feeders, they are one of the most recognized birds. 

They are a species of migratory sparrows about 6” long that live across parts of North America.  There are several different subspecies which includes the Oregon Junco.  The male has a blackish hood and a brownish back and sides with a white breast and outer tail feathers.  The females have a duller grey hood color.  The average lifespan is about 3 years, but the oldest known Junco lived to be at least 11 years old!  

Juncos are very gregarious, moving in flocks of mixed-species during the winter, numbering from a handful to 30 or more.  They have been called ‘snow birds’ because of appearing during the winter months; but they live year around in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. 

They usually nest on the ground in a depression or lower branches of a shrub or tree.  They are ground feeders and eat seeds (especially millet), berries, insects and spiders.  These birds are routine visitors to backyard feeders, especially the open feeders. 

I enjoy watching the Juncos because they are so active.  They have also been eating the seeds from my sad-looking Amaranth plant that is almost finished for the season. 



Spring Garden Tour - 5th Edition with Experience Oregon Tours

              May 17 - 21, 2017


Northwest gardens are some of the most beautiful in the country and no time is more glorious than springtime.

Join us this May as we take you to some of the most interesting and colorful gardens in Washington. The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour, a best selling book by Donald Olson describing the 60 best gardens to visit in our area, has been our inspiration for choosing this year's destinations.  Gardens ranging from sublime to classic, Asian to glass, bonsai to romantic, we have quite a lineup of colorful places to explore and escape from chaotic outside world influences.  Unpack only once. We spend all four nights in Tacoma and take daily trips from there.


* Lakewold Garden                                                                               * Heronswood

* Chase Garden                                                                                    * Molbak's Garden & Home Center

* Soos Creek Botanical Garden                                                  * Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

* Bellevue Botanical Garden                                                                 * Seattle Chinese Garden

* South Seattle Community College Arboretum                                    * Elandan Gardens

* Chihuly Garden & Glass                                                                    * W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory


Other highlights include:

* a ferry ride from Edmonds to Kingston

* an evening performance of Sister Act at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse

* a guided tour of Chateau Ste. Michelle's garden led by a master gardener including wine tasting

* an opportunity to stroll the famous Chihuly Bridge of Glass

* 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Text Box: Multnomah FallsThe cost of this trip is only:  $1059 per person double occupancy; $1298 single occupancy; $1024 per person triple occupancy.  Tour includes: four (4) nights hotel accommodations with baggage handling, four (4) breakfasts, two (2) lunches, two (2) dinners, admissions/donations to 12 gardens including the Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum and the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, ticket to the Space Needle, ticket to the Tacoma Playhouse performance of Sister Act---The Musical, including a catered dinner, Master Gardener-led tour and wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle, all Experience Oregon motor coach transportation and sightseeing per itinerary, taxes, gratuities, service charges for the above, and services of an Experience Oregon Tour Director. The gratuity for Experience Oregon tour director and driver is not included and can be extended on a voluntary basis.

Deposit:  $250 per person due at time of reservation.



Spice of Life                                      by Betty Ballentine  



Herbaceous rhizomatous perennial.

Fast growing and spreading, prefers moist shaded locations.

Hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.

Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, now widespread in cultivation around the world.

Peppermint is the oldest and most popular flavor of mint.

Used in a variety of products such as tea, ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and skin care products.

Candy canes are one of the most popular peppermint based candies, especially this time of year!

Oregon is a major producer of mint; 35% of the nations total.

Production has shifted from the Willamette Valley to Eastern Oregon.


Homemade peppermint patties: makes 6 dozen

 Best to dip in small batches, use a fork with large tines, cover entire candy with chocolate, I make these for the holidays. 


1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 T good peppermint extract

6 C powdered sugar

1 package chocolate almond bark or use your favorite chocolate


In a bowl mix milk, extract, and sugar well.

Pour onto a sugar dusted work surface and knead until smooth and shiny.

Pinch off into 1 inch balls, place on waxed paper about 2 inches apart.

Cover with second sheet of waxed paper, using the bottom of a glass press balls into a flat disc.

Allow to dry for at least 1 hour, turn and continue to dry another hour.

Melt chocolate. Dip each patty in chocolate and return to paper.

Dry candies thoroughly before storing or wrapping, 




















Thanks to those members who represented us in the Santa Parade.  Great job, Rakettes!


 ADDITIONS TO YOUR DIRECTORIES:   Please cut these then staple or glue them into your directory.  THANKS!!





Blank, Marian…


8595 Worden Hill Rd, PO Box 97,

Dundee, OR 97115

E-mail: None                                                                   Kirsten Lund

Birthday: December 02 No Cell





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