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McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR         September 2016 -


Next meeting:   Sept. 19, 2016

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.


September 19,  Welcome Back Meeting.  No speaker scheduled.

If you’d like to volunteer to bring snacks, please contact Doris Crain.


Upcoming Events

September 26              “ Decorating Clay Pots” arts & crafts at Patty’s  10 AM.   See article below.

October 17                     Mark Leichy, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery

        “Drought Tolerant Plants”

October 20                  Pioneer District Luncheon in Hillsboro

October 21                  “Pumpkin Carving Fun” arts & crafts at Patty’s 10 AM.

November 21                   Carol Adelman, Adelman Peony Gardens

                                      “Growing Gorgeous Peonies”

December 19                   Pianist, Holiday Luncheon

2017 Meeting Dates

January 16        February 20          March 20      April 17           May 15             June 19

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – September 2016   Elaine P.


Summer vacation is almost over.  Educators and children are heading back to school. All those bright annuals we planted in the spring are starting to look tired. Those of us who grow edibles are running out of ways to serve zucchini and tomatoes. (YCAP will happily accept excess produce.) The daylight hours are definitely fewer though not necessarily cooler.  Hopefully there were many happy days spent in traveling and with family.
One of the highlights of my summer was driving all the way to Beaverton to attend my 50th high school reunion. It turns out Mike Stewart, our speaker from last November, is married to a girl I knew from the first grade through high school.
The shorter days turn our thoughts towards the cool crisp days of autumn. Once again we can visit  nurseries, find room for just one or two or three new plants, prune and mulch. And once again it will be time for Garden Club. We will get to greet old friends and make new ones. There will be fascinating speakers, exciting field trips, and fun and practical craft projects.
At our September meeting we will review some of the many club projects we have completed in the past. We are looking for a new project for this year and welcome all suggestions. We will also go over the proposed budget. Anyone wishing an advance copy of the proposed budget please let me know and I will email it to you.
Anyone wishing to bring up a topic for discussion at the meeting let me know and I will add it to the agenda.
Enjoy your last days of summer.


Committee Leadership Needed

We need leaders for some committees next year. Let us know if you might be interested!

Scarecrow on Third        West End Landscape           Third Street Clean-up


Volunteer Coordinators

Sandy Parr ( and June Benson (



September 26 Arts and Crafts:  CLAY POTS ADORNED

Do you have any empty plain clay pots sitting around?  Grab a few and join us for a morning of creating colorful masterpieces?????.......  We will paint, decoupage, mosaic, etc. them!  Just show up with your pots and a fun attitude!  Paint your clay pot ahead of time if you have the paint and know the color you want.  If you have extra broken china, mosaic pieces or decorated thin napkins, bring them and maybe a snack to share.  We will need to spray the inside of the pot with varnish so that the moisture doesn’t seep thru to the outside and ruin your art! A few samples will be shown at the September meeting.  Please sign up at the meeting so we have enough supplies for all!  Patty is traveling until the 24th but Doris can answer any questions you may have.

SEPTEMBER 26  10 A.M. at Patty’s shop.  1666 NW Medinah Drive.  Take 2nd or Baker Creek to Hill Road then east on Cottonwood and the last right will be Medinah Drive.



Pioneer District Luncheon October 20 in Hillsboro  (Click for PDF with all the information)


Beautification History and Future

Besides scholarships, here are some of the ways we have spent the funds we raise at the Tour and Faire.

Dogwood trees at Linfield; Donated a bench to the Library grounds and one in front of the Police Dept.; Provided basket posts at the Cozine House, Joe Dancer Park, two on 3rd Street and one at West End; Stasney pot honoring Rose Marie Caughran on Third’ Book tiles at Library portico; Contributed to the Copper Roofs on the kiosks on Third; Blue Star Marker at Evergreen Museum; Planting and hardscape for the Yamhill County Heritage Center


On-going community beautification projects are:

Maintenance of flower bed at McMinnville Post Office; Care of indoor plants at McMinnville Public Library; Bag Ladies/Men Spring cleanup of downtown tree wells; West End maintenance ; Provide hanging baskets for Joe Dancer and West end annually


                        We need a new project and we need suggestions. Any ideas? Tell us at the Sept. meeting!



Photos for the new directory will be taken at the September Meeting.  If you were new last year, it is likely that we don’t have a photo of you in last year’s directory.  SO, we definitely want to capture your gardening face!!  Be sure to check in at the membership table to see if you need your mug shot taken.  CHEESE…..


2016 Garden Tour and Fair:  One Word Description!


If allowed only one word to describe the 2016 Garden Club Tour and Faire, my choice would be SUCCESSFUL!  At the end of the day on June 26, people universally were happy:  our Guests were immensely happy (and impressed) with the Gardens they visited. The Garden Owners expressed their happiness and labeled the Tour from their perspective as a very positive event.  The Vendors at the Faire were happy with the atmosphere and with their Sales; they said they would be back. The Club Volunteers were happy (but tired)—the Volunteers had dealt with smiling, satisfied people all day long! If all the happiness and satisfaction doesn’t add up to “Successful” in your book, let’s give you some statistics.


The Net Income in 2016 was $7816.71 (that’s up from $6,751.34 in 2015). While Tour Ticket Sales in general remained at the same level ($5020 in 2015 compared to $5,037.79 in 2016) the Sales originating from the Garden Club Membership, however, did fall. The Faire Vendor fees collected in 2016 ($4025) were an increase over 2015 ($3635). Restaurant ads remained constant ($450).


Just one more interesting fact: in 2016 the average number of visitors in the Tour Gardens was 399 per Garden; in 2015 the average was 375 per Garden.  While the highest number of visitors in a single Garden was 390 in 2015; in 2016, three Gardens saw over 400 visitors each.


On a personal note, it has been an extraordinary, fulfilling experience being a part of the Garden Tour in both 2015 and 2016.  To all who participated in making the Tours successful (and to the Dallas crew for their labors relative to the Faire) my fond admiration and heartfelt appreciation.     Trudy



Thanks to these 3 ladies for volunteering as our tour leaders: Ann Silverthorne, Marlene Peterson, and Susanne Beukema.
We have five gardens and a backup. We still need volunteers for Day of Tour, Tickets, Poster Distribution, Directional Signs, Road Signs and Reader Boards.



The yearly membership directory will be distributed at the October meeting.  We have NEVER been able to print a copy that is up-to-date at that time since many current members forget to pay their dues by the September deadline.  This causes a lot of extra work as you are first deleted from the new directory then have to be added back to an addendum after October.  Please make a REAL effort to get your $15 dues to Donna Parr ASAP. 


Interested in a Tour of Seattle Gardens with Experience Oregon?

Several club members have enjoyed a variety of guided tours from Experience Oregon.  This past February, it was the Seattle Garden Show.  They have a new tour scheduled for May of 2017 which sounds like another fun trip.  There will be some copies of the trip at the September meeting.  Let’s see how many we can register for this tour!!!!  Start saving your money.  Just think, the plant buying season is over so you’ll have lots of extra dollars now, right? 

The tour is not on the website yet but here’s the basic outline:


Spring Garden Tour - 5th Edition    with         Experience Oregon Tours

              May 17 - 21, 2017 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


Multnomah Falls

The 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.


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Thank you, West End Cleanup Crew!!!

Stephanie, Sharon, Dian, Elaine, Charlene and photo by Judy E.


  Websites to Explore                                                           Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website



Fall Chore Reminders:  HUGE WEB ADDRESS….click HERE


Cool Season Colorful Plants


Cleaning Garden Tools


Garden Style Personality Quiz