Garden Clippings


    McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR         

                                       May 2017

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Next meeting: May 15th

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:

April 28 – Field trip to Wooden Shoe Tulip Fields/ Sebright Gardens

April 29-30 YCMGA Plant Sale at the Fairgrounds

May 04 – Craft at Patty's 10 am Hypertufa

May 08 – Board Meeting 9 am at June B.

May 11- Nursery Crawl in Salem area.  Bring lunches

May 15 – General Meeting Election of 2017/2018 Officers

June 2 – Iris & Peony Nurseries Field Trip

June 21 – Field Trip to Thyme Garden with lunch & tour.


2017/2018 Nominations:


President Elaine Pollack

Vice President Jan Clay

Treasurer Donna Parr

Secretary Marlene Petersen


MEETING MAY 15….                                                       by June Benson

May Topic:           Flower Arranging Fun

Guest Speakers:   Lynne Desel, Sally Thompson, and Rosemary Vertregt

               Arranging flowers is easier than you think! Our very own garden club members will give us some tips and tricks for arranging flowers from our gardens. We’ll learn about ikebana and the process of creating a bouquet. There will be printed information, a display table with lots of ideas, a raffle, and time for questions. You will also learn about how to enter your own flower arrangement at the Fair.

                                    JUNE MEETING BRUNCH

Our brunch will be held Monday, June 19.

Beverages will be available early in the morning as usual and brunch will be served at 10 am. Our meeting should start about 11 am.  The menu includes Vegetable Frittatas, BBQ Chicken Breasts, Red Potatoes with Herbs, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Green Beans with Mushrooms, and Muffins (blueberry and banana nut). Beverages will be refilled after brunch starts and include iced tea.

Pianist Samantha Prewitt will again entertain us on the piano.

Cost is $13 and payable by May 20.You can pay Donna at our May 15 meeting or mail your check to her at the McMinnville Garden Club, PO Box 386, McMinnville 97128.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – May 2017   Elaine P.


After the YCMG Plant Sale the last weekend in April and our annual spring trips to our favorite nurseries, will our gardens have room for a few more new plants? If so, here are some sales to be considered.

The Spring Garden Fair will be presented by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners at the County Events Center in Canby May 6 from 9-5 and May 7 from 9-4. There will be over 200 vendors, 10-Minute University classes, hourly raffles, food and more. There is a $5 admission charge. Polk County Master Gardeners will have their sale May 12 and 13 from 9-4 at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

We might also want to patronize local horticultural students. Newberg High School will sell ornamental and vegetable plants and hanging baskets every Friday and Saturday in May from 9-5 at their greenhouse.  McMinnville High School will sell hanging baskets, ornamentals and some vegetables May 11 and 12 from 10-5:30 at their greenhouse. Chemeketa will have mostly ornaments with some vegetables for sale at the Salem Campus Agricultural Building Wednesdays in May from 10-2. The students grow all their plants themselves.


Finally, some of our nearby fellow Garden Clubs will be having plant sales.  The Five Oaks will have their sale May 5 and 6 from 9-4 at 1209 NW Connell Avenue in Hillsboro.  Chehalem will have theirs May 6 from 904 and May 7 from 9-3 at Ace Hardware in Newberg.  Tigard’s will be May 13 from 9-3 at Grocery Outlet in King City.  Beaverton will sell plants May 20 at the Beaverton Activity Center parking lot.

Be sure to save room for all the purchases from our own Garden Faire!  Everyone is working hard to make 2017 another successful year. We still need some volunteers for the Faire and the Tour. Let June or Sandy know where you want to help or ask where you are needed.


Field Trip to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.











Upcoming Field Trips                                                                     by Ann Silverthorne

Friday April 28th: 

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fields. There will be food available for purchase...Then on to Sebright Hosta Garden.

 Thursday May 11th: Take a box lunch Fessler Nursery Bauman’s, Egans, Happy Bee on 99W

Friday June 2nd. Lunch at Panera in Keizer shopping center, Schreiner Iris, Adelman’s Peonies

Wednesday June 21st. I will have to make reservations for lunch and tour.

Thyme Garden Herbs Co. in Alsea.  Cost of tour and lunch is $30.  Lunch and tour is about 3 hours with travel time each way about 2 hours.

Members who wish to go please telephone or e-mail Ann Silverthorne. Tel:      503-435-1611 e-mail:

Members CLEANUP downtown!

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18 club members cleaned up Third Street in great style!  Thanks so much!

AND a big thank you to 3rd St. Pizza for the WARM, yummy lunch!





A Message from Your Tour Chair                              Marlene Peterson Tour Chair

The Garden Tour and Faire are progressing in the direction we hoped it would. Though we have a few hostess spots and three greeter spots on the day of the tour left to fill we are encouraged by the help we have gotten and feel a few calls will fill those spots. You can even call me at 541-784-5089 if you wish.

The posters and tickets are ready to sell. They will be at the May meeting and sold at Kraemers, Incahoots as well as great Harvest Bread and during the two Farmers Markets prior to the Tour and Faire.

The Faire is lucky to be at the 3rd and Cowls location for this year. A special thanks for Mike, Gay and Ruth for their hard work in procuring the spot and in jumping through the hoops to keep the Faire going.

Fingers crossed and hoping for a productive and fun 2017 McMinnville Garden Tour and Faire.


Downey Woodpeckers                                                  By Marilyn Coats

My last article was about the larger Northern Flicker; so the cute, smaller Downey Woodpecker deserves a mention. 

This active little woodpecker is easily recognized, as it gives a black and white checkered impression.  The male has a small red patch on the back of the head and a short, chisel-like bill.  The female has a white patch and a short, pointed bill.  The birds are quite small, only about 6-7 inches long. 

They are common year-round residents in forests, parks and backyards.  Often they travel with chickadees and nuthatches.  Their food consists of insects, fruit and sap.  In our backyards, they prefer the suet feeders, but are also fond of black oil sunflower seeds, millet, peanuts and chunky peanut butter. 

When nesting, the female selects a dead limb of a tree, the pair excavates a hole and lines it with wood chips, and mostly the male incubates 4-5 white eggs for 12 days. 

I enjoy watching them as they land straight up (like they are standing) on a tree trunk and circle around and around.  Then they head for my suet feeder.  I try to keep it full for their enjoyment and hope that the starlings don’t notice the suet since they can finish the whole cake in one day!


Hillside will not be able to facilitate our monthly meetings starting next Fall so a committee has been formed to look for a new home for our group.  They are diligently working to locate a place with as many amenities as we are used to.  If you can think of a location to suggest, please contact June Benson by May 9th.  THANKS!


Websites to Explore                                                                                           by Patty Sorensen

 Pioneer District Website


State Garden Club’s Website


 McMinnville Community Garden


Don’t forget to enjoy our Yards of the Month at

Oregon Association of Nurseries:

Which Fertilizer for Which Plant?

Great Container Combos!

Antique Garden Tools


“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.