Garden Clippings


    McMinnville Garden Club,      PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR         

                                   September 2017

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Next meeting: September 18th


New meeting location for the 2017-2018 Club year.

Falls Event Center (Evergreen Campus in Highway 18)

510 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way

McMinnville OR 97128

(It is located behind the Water Waves building with the airplane on the top.)

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



Upcoming Speakers by Jan Clay VP


September meeting is Lisa Blackburn, current president of local Native Plant Society of Oregon chapter and also current president of the Oregon state chapter of Native Plant Society of Oregon.


October meeting is Barbara Blossom Ashmun author of How Gardening Has Changed My Life and also Love Letters to my Garden.  She will be selling her book and talking about her book and reading from Love Letters to my Garden.  Pictures of her garden here.



SNACKS are needed for the September meeting.  Please contact Phyllis K.  phylliskirkman  AT  if you can help out!  Let’s start the year with full tummies!!???  Teehee.




Upcoming Events:

September 18- First meeting of the year 9:30 am/speaker Lisa Blackburn  Please pay your DUES of $25 today.


September 20  Oregon Historical Society Field Trip to the Kennedy Exhibit.  Lunch in Goose Hollow at the Culinary Institute.  Contact Anne S. for more information



September 21 & 22 – Rescheduled from August due to HEAT…..Barn Quilt painting at Patty's 9:30 am  Pick your day on the 18th.  See below for more information.


October 19Pioneer district fall luncheon at Meriwether golf club “Gardening for Feathered Friends“ talk by Dave Doolittle from Petalheads Nursery. Cost $22; pay Treasurer Donna Parr by September 18th.



2017-18 Officers


President:  Elaine Pollack                  Treasurer:  Donna Parr

Vice President:  Jan Clay                  Secretary:  Marlene Petersen



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – September  2017     Elaine P.


I hope all had a wonderful summer.  I hope there were many visits with friends and family and chances to visit new places and old favorites.

Here in McMinnville, there was one sunny day after another. I cannot remember the last time it rained.  We even had a solar eclipse!  We were so lucky to live in the path of totality. It was an awe inspiring, very special experience.

There were a few very warm days, notably, during our Garden Tour and Faire.  We cannot thank enough all of the volunteers who kept smiling and helping on a very hot and uncomfortable day. Although, because of the weather fewer people attended than last year, those that did enjoyed the Tour and Faire very much. We want to thank the owners who graciously shared their gardens. We also want to thank all our members who worked so hard beforehand to once again make the Tour and Faire successful.

Now it is time to begin a new Garden Club year.  We will begin meeting at the Falls Event Center at Evergreen.  Our first meeting is September 18th from 9:30 to noon. Afterwards, all who wish can join the executive board when we attach our Love Lock. Then we can go out to lunch!

Enjoy the rest of your summer. I look forward to seeing you in September.

Articles Wanted!

As you can see by the lack of content in this newsletter, we need some members willing to write short articles, share photos, etc.   Check with Betty or Patty if you can help.  PLEASE? 


Dues Are Overdue  $$$$$$$


We have over 50 members who have not paid their dues.  Every year we try to get the directory printed in time for delivery in October.  We never seem to be able to get that done since so many folks are late with their payments.  Let’s meet that goal this year.  Please either MAIL your $25 to Donna Parr, 2824 NW Pinot Noir Dr., McMinnville, OR  97128 ASAP or bring it to the meeting on the 18th. 

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Barn Quilts:  Cancelled in August due to HEAT.  NEW DATES:  September 21 or 22.  Please sign up for the date that works for you at the meeting this month.    We will start at 9:30 at Patty Sorensen’s.

We are doing 24” X 24” painted “Barn Quilts”.  Patterns will be provided.  Cost:  $5.

This craft is open to everyone not just those who signed up for the August workshop which was cancelled due to heat.  Please check with Patty at the meeting to get a board which needs to be pre-painted with a base color prior to the workshops.


On Sept. 21st or 22nd  please bring any outdoor or chalk paint you have to share (I’ve read you can use acrylic paints as long as you seal them well with polyurethane), a yardstick, pencil, one fine tip and one 1”paint brush, empty margarine tubs, etc. to take home paints if you don’t have time to finish there, lunch or snacks, and wear shirts you can ruin.    Also required:  SMILES!!!


Websites to Explore                                                                                     by Patty Sorensen

 Pioneer District Website


State Garden Club’s Website


 McMinnville Community Garden


Inexpensive Landscape Plants

Deer Resistant Plants    AND

Gardening with Natives