Garden Clippings


    McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR         

                                      June 2017

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Next meeting: June 19  9:30 social start

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:

June 02–Field trip: Irises, Peonies and Hostas

June 12-Board meeting: 9 am Elaine's

June 14-Gaye Stewart's Installation as OSFGC President in Ashland

June 19-Brunch meeting

June 20-Field trip: Thyme garden tour and lunch

June 24-Pre tour of gardens, meet 9:30 am BCCC

June 25-Our 17th annual Garden Tour/Faire

August 02-Craft: Barn Quilt painting at Patty's 9:30 am  Registration required for supplies

Contact Ann S. for field trip information and start times.


2017-18 Officers installation is this month.  CONGRATULATIONS!


 President                Elaine Pollack

        Vice President        Jan Clay

        Treasurer                Donna Parr

        Secretary                Marlene Petersen


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – June 2017   Elaine P.

June is here and Summer is near!


Before we can relax and enjoy our summer break, Garden Club has several activities scheduled.


     Starting on the Second, we have a field trip to Schreiner's Iris and Adelman Peony Gardens. If there is time, we will also visit Seabright Gardens. Ann Silverthorne has worked very hard to arrange all the wonderful field trips and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Ann.
     On the Third, the Busy Bees will be helping children plant their raised beds at the Community Garden. Doris Crain has worked tirelessly to make the children's introduction to growing their own food exciting and fun. Thank you, Doris.
     Our own Gaye Stewart will be installed as President of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs on June 14th. Congratulations, Gaye! It is well deserved. We are proud of you. It is not too late to make plans to go to Ashland to show our support and pride. Judy Eggers and her committee have worked diligently to provide the centerpieces and refreshments for the banquet. Thank you, Judy.
     Our meeting will be on the 19th at Hillside.  We will begin with a brunch and a pianist and have the meeting afterwards. June Benson has done a wonderful job providing quality programs on a variety of fascinating topics. Thank you, June.
     This will be our final meeting at Hillside as they need that space for their own residents. It will be bittersweet. We have used that room for many years. We will be voting at the June meeting on where to have our meetings in the upcoming year.
     We have another field trip on the 21st.  We will be going to the Thyme Garden for a guided tour of the grounds followed by an al fresco luncheon showcasing the freshly harvested herbs.
     Most of June will be spent preparing for the 17th Annual McMinnville Garden Club Tour and Faire. The pre-tour for those working at the Tour and Faire will be the morning of the 24th. The 25th is the big day!  So many members have put in a lot of hours to bring it all together. Thank you, Marlene, Suzanne and Ann for your Tour leadership.  Thank you, all the committee heads and all the volunteers. Thank you, Mike, Gaye and Ruth for your Faire leadership. We have five beautiful gardens and had to turn vendors away from the Faire. We are looking forward to gorgeous weather and another successful day.
     Looking forward to the fall, could those committee chairs who wish to pass on their positions, please let me know. Please have your notebook ready for your successor by August 1st. Thank you all for your service. It has made my job so much easier because of your support. I appreciate each and every one of you.
     Have a great summer! Relax. Enjoy your break. We may not yet know where we'll be meeting but I am sure it will be another great year because of all the wonderful people in our club. See you in September!                                                                                             


Garden Tour Update                                                                              by Marlene Petersen

Get ready all Garden Club members, the 17th McMinnville Garden Tour and Faire is just around the corner.  We have been overwhelmed by the members who have, will or are doing all they can to make it a rousing success. We still need everyone to be available on June 25th to either do their voluntary jobs or to fill in if needed.

The Garden owners are working hard and they are excited and if they are like your co-chairs a little anxious about last minute changes and jobs. In addition to our co-chair positions we are also doing day of tour and farmers markets duties. We are busy too.

We will do our pre-tour the day prior to the regular tour for all the "Day of" helpers. This activity is open to all club members who will be working at either the tour or faire on Sunday.  Meet at Baker Creek Church parking lot no later than 9:30 on June 24th.

We will also have a no host after Tour and Faire with all helpers and the Garden owners. We will be at Golden Harvest Brewery starting around 5:30.  We will celebrate another great Garden Tour and Faire with a brighter future for the community and young people we continue to help.


Protect Your Pets From Poisonous Plants             Article from the Oregonian


List of common plants that can cause illness/death in dogs and cats:

                   True Lillies


                   Sago Palm

                   Tulip and Daffodil Bulbs






                   Peace Lily



For full list visit ASPCA website


Yamhill County Fair August 2-5th

Entering exhibits at the Fair is easy! You can win ribbons and money! It's free to enter and it's fun!

 New information booklets will be available soon and some will be available at our June meeting. Let's show

our community what we can do with a little dirt!  Please check out all the categories in the fair exhibitor’s

handbook online at   Many options for us to shine!



Spice of Life                            by Betty Ballentine


Rosemary  (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Dew of the Sea

Perennial herb, belongs to the Mint family

Native to the Mediterranean region




Benefits of Rosemary:

Boost memory

Improve mood

Reduce inflammation

Relieve pain

Protect the immune system

Increase circulation

Detox the body

Protect from bacterial infections

Prevent aging

Heal skin conditions


The herb is a rich source of iron, calcium, and antioxidants. Use essential oil as a topical application, as a

poultice or air freshener.  Best use is in everyday cooking! Here are two easy recipes.


·       Rosemary seasoning salt-mix 2 parts of rosemary to 1 part of sea salt.  Store in a lidded jar.


·       Rosemary Pesto


1 C arugula

2 cloves garlic

½ C parsley

½ t salt and pepper

½ C pumpkin seed or pine nuts

1 t balsamic vinegar

1 C EVOO (olive oil)

½ C Parmesan cheese


Combine in food processor until smooth consistency. 

Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Delicious on eggs,

veggies, or sandwiches





Barn Quilt Arts & Crafts        August 2, 9:30-?  Patty S. house


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Signups were passed around at the May meeting.  If you missed the meeting and would like to join us, reservations with contact information must be made in order to have the correct number of boards cut.  Please let Patty know by JULY 10 if you find a square kitchen cupboard door and don’t need one of the cut boards.  We are doing 24” X 24” painted “Barn Quilts”.  Patterns will be provided.  Cost:  $5.

You will be notified in late July when the boards are ready so you can pick them up to paint them their background color before the August 2 fun.

That day bring any outdoor or chalk paint you have, a yardstick, pencil, one fine tip and one 1”paint brush, lunch or snacks, and wear shirts you can ruin.  If you plan to use it indoors only, bring acrylic or indoor paints.  Also required:  SMILES!!!



Websites to Explore                                                                                           by Patty Sorensen

 Pioneer District Website


State Garden Club’s Website


 McMinnville Community Garden


  Arthritis Help   Strategies for Gardening with Arthritis


Don’t plant these unknowingly…   Invasive Plants


Informative Articles at Spring Garden Nursery

This long-time radio show has been cancelled but Mike still wants to share his expertise with others.  He is going to keep producing his newsletter but only twice a week.  Read below.


Mike Darcy Garden Newsletter

Mike Darcy is producing a very nice free garden-related newsletter every two weeks. If you have someone – or yourself -- that would like to receive it via email, just tell them to send Mike an email at .


CONGRATULATIONS, Gaye!  OSFGC President 2017-19