Garden Clippings                           





We always knew that gardeners were happy people, but now there’s a scientific reason why.  Scientists at the University of Bristol and the University of London College have discovered the nonpathogenic soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, helps elevate a person’s mood.  They suspect these microbes affect the brain indirectly by causing immune cells to release chemicals called cytokines, which in turn stimulate nerve cells in the brain to release serotonin.  Serotonin is known as “the happiness hormone”.  Studies with mice found that M. vaccae affects the brain in a similar way to antidepressants.  SO get out there and dig!!!!


Recommendations from Mike Darcy’s Garden Club Program for a once a year fertilizer

1 part fishbone meal; 1 part cottonseed meal; 3 parts blood meal.

Cottonseed meal is a good general purpose fertilizer.





   April 2009 Calendar



On Sunday evening Ann Silverthorne took a tumble and fell.  OUCH! I know she would appreciate well wishes and cards.


April 4th – Gardenpalooza

 8-4pm.Over 40 local nurseries and garden vendors to get you excited about gardening.  See hundreds of plants, tools and garden art. Enjoy petting farm animals, shopping at the country store, fresh doughnuts, delicious food and much, much more! Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora. FREE.

April 7th, Art & Crafts - Button Flowers

Tuesday, April 7th at 9:30 at 1666 NW Medinah Drive.  Take Baker Creek to Hill then turn south on Cottonwood and follow it to the last right turn.

Bring buttons, $1   if you plan on making the larger flowers that requires 5 buttons, also bring glue for glass.  For more info:  contact Patty Sorensen

April 11th - Bush Park and Deepwood Estate Wildflower Walk

10 a.m. to noon - Members of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society will lead a walk to identify wildflowers in Bush Park and the Deepwood Estate.  Participants should meet at the Deepwood Estate parking lot off of 12th Street, Salem, OR.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, call 503-399-8615 after 7 p.m.


April 11th & 12th -Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Spring Plant Sale

Sat -10-4 and Sun. 11-3. 80+ plant vendors, 40+ garden artists, free gardening demonstrations.

April 16th, Pioneer District Luncheon

Installation of Gaye Stewart and Mike Stewart as Director and Treasurer

April 20th - Meeting

900 N. Hill RoadHillside Community manor in the “Activity Room” Social time: 9:30a.m.  Program Speaker: Annie Dunn
"Water Gardening in Containers."

Annie works at the Hughes Water Garden in Tualatin. There will be classes on Water Gardens through the month of April. For more information call Hughes Water Garden at 503-638-1709.


 “The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project.   The Pioneer District is collecting inkjet, laser printer cartridges and cell phones that will be recycled.  If you have any that you wish to contribute to the project please bring them to a meeting and we will forward them to the Pioneer District.


April 24th - Field Trip
We’ll leave Bethel Baptist at 9:00 a.m. with our first stop in Almsville and Godfrey’s nursery.  They are one of our plant vendors at the Garden Faire.  We’ll stop for lunch in Wilsonville and then head for Tollen Farm (another one of our vendors).  There are lots of nurseries along the way if we have time we’ll stop.  These two nurseries are very different and will take some time to see everything.



April 25th        Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ Plant Fair & Sale at the Fairgrounds on Lafayette Ave.! 9-3.  All kinds of plants--ornamental, vegetables, herbaceous, trees and shrubs.  Free soil pH testing, Free Plant help clinic, Free plant selection assistance.


April 25thand 26th

Bauman Farms are having an event at the farm called the 2nd Annual Bauman's Greenhouse Gallery...there will be Artists from all over the northwest.  Bauman Farms, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd., Gervais, OR


April 25 -Aloha Garden Club sale is Saturday

 9 to 3, 18865 SW Johnson Street, Aloha. Real bargains on plants.


April 27th – Library Plant Cleanup
Meet at the library at 9:30 to spruce up all of the plants in the library.  Not many to repot but there is a LOT of dust on most of them! We’ll walk over to Cornerstone for coffee when we are done.   For more info:  contact Patty Sorensen


May 4 & 5 Bag Ladies (& Gentlemen) on 3rd

Time to help cleanup 3rd Street downtown.  Meet at the Methodist Church parking lot at 9 AM both days.  Lunch will be included on Monday.  Bring gloves, clippers, brooms, trowels AND wear your aprons!  For more info:  contact Judy Wilkerson


Bonsai class at Terra Gardens on March 28th. They had a great time!





Curved Up Ribbon: “Hidden Treasures”




June 28, 2009


Spring is here….. the days are getting longer…… the plants are coming up in our gardens!  And the Garden Tour/Faire is only three months away.  We’re feeling really excited about it and we hope you are too!!

Les Buchholz is in charge of the Garden Club booth at the Farmers Market this year.    He will be asking for four volunteers each Thursday to help him at the booth.  He will need two volunteers for the 1:00 – 3:30 shift and two volunteers for the 3:30 – 6:00 shift.  Judy and I have signed up for the 1:00 – 3:30 shift on May 28th.  The sign-up sheet will be available at the April Garden Club meeting.  It’s fun to work the booth at the Market!  You get a chance to shop before or after your shift plus you’ll see lots of your friends and neighbors there!

There will also be a space on the sign-up sheet for those of you who would like to provide a bouquet of flowers for the booth each week.  We are a garden club, after all, so we should be showing off some of the treasures from our own gardens!

Start making up your wish list for the Garden Faire!!  Having so many terrific vendors right here in our own neighborhood only happens once a year…… so make the most of it!!!  And tell all of your friends and neighbors about it.  We want them to be able to enjoy it too.


Judy Eggers           Sharon Gunter

                                        Garden Tour Co-Chairs


Backyard Habitats                                                                 Marilyn Coats



Something we have all experienced in our gardens--emerging plants that have many holes or completely disappeared. 

Our mild damp climate is ideal for slug development and survival.  (Don’t need to read an article to find that out!)   The article stated that most of the time slugs do beneficial things.  They recycle organic matter, contributing to our rich soils and are an important food source for other wildlife.  It’s when they get into our gardens that they can be quite damaging. 

Slugs are closely related to snails (I thought they were snails that lost their houses!), and both are related to common shellfish such as clams.  They all belong to the animal phylum Mollusca and are termed mollusks. 

About 40 species of land slugs live in the 48 contiguous states.  Roughly half are considered economically important.  Of the pest species of slugs, all but one was introduced into this country from foreign lands, no doubt, by accident.  However, the brown garden snail was intentionally imported as a potential gourmet food item, which didn’t work out.  About 10 species now established in Oregon are designated as pests. 

Slugs glide over a slime trail they produce.  The mouth houses a hornlike rasping organ used to scrape at food.  Damage is quite distinctive because of this unique feeding structure.  The European black slug occurs in two different color forms, either black or red (brick red, brown, or yellow).  The red form is predominant in western Oregon. 

Only one generation a year is produced.  Large, white eggs are laid in clumps under leaves, boards or in soil cavities from late August until freezing weather in the fall.  Each slug can lay 3 or 4 clutches of 30 to 60 eggs each.  Most adult slugs die shortly after laying eggs, although a few might survive until the following spring.  With warm weather, the eggs hatch in 3 to 4 weeks. 

Some mammals such as raccoons and possums feed on slugs.  Also garter snakes, mallard ducks and bantam chickens are effective slug predators as well.  Ground-feeding birds such as starlings feed on juvenile slugs found in grass sod and under wet leaves. 

For slug control, the least toxic method is placing scrap boards on soil under plants.  Slugs seeking shelter under the boards can be collected each morning and placed in a bucket containing soapy water where they will drown.  Another method is using yeast and water or beer to attract them to slug traps.  Make sure pets are not able to drink the fluids. 

There is some evidence that copper strips or screens are effective barriers to slug movement.  Apparently slugs will not cross a copper strip.  If using commercial products for slug control make sure you read the directions before applying and be extremely careful that pets won’t be harmed. 

On a lighter side, there are slug races conducted in Brookings in June.  The first slug to come completely out of a sandwich bag is the winner!  All the money raised goes to South Coast Humane Society. 

In Eugene there is a contest for SLUG Queen.  Every year a few people compete for the title—male and female.  They are judged in three categories:  costume, question and talent.  They keep the title for a year and appear at various functions. 

It is nice to hear about people having fun regarding our slimy pests even though they create havoc in our gardens.  

President’s Message

Cathy Burdett

    Thyme after Thyme

            Multi-colored primroses, sunny yellow daffodils and sweet smelling Daphne remind enthusiastic gardeners that the renewal and rejuvenation season of spring has arrived.  Recently, occasional raindrops could not restrain me from excitedly venturing out into my garden to greet my “faithful plants and shrubs”.   In spite of snowstorms, ice, hail, rain and earlier record breaking low temperatures this year, most of my plants and shrubs have succeeded in surviving to welcome me for another joy-filled gardening year.  I am very thankful that I can share life-long hobby with my children and grandchildren.

            Let me share with you several comments:

·         Thank you to our members for their excellent attendance at club meetings

·         Thank you to Beryl and Anita for each month organizing the wonderful snacks

·         Thanks to everyone who brings food each month – the quality and quantity has been amazing – and really appreciated!

·         Thank you to Amy Eads and her committee who are reviewing the nominations submitted by the club membership

·         Thank you to Patty Sorensen and Kathleen Bennett who accompanied me to the Oregon State Legislature to support the Oregon Garden Club‘s testimony before the Senate Committee on proposed LED billboards.

·         Thank you to Sharon Gunter and Judy Eggers who are diligently organizing and planning the 2009 McMinnville Garden Club Tour and Fair.  It is a time consuming project.

·         Thank you to Joanne Dewitt for continuing to sign up vendors

·         Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend the Pioneer District Luncheon

 to support the installation of Gaye and Mike Stewart.  CONGRATULATIONS




Internet Links

Pioneer District Newsletter

State web site
Several interesting articles to read including Deadly Poisonous Plants, Carnivorous Plants Slideshow, How to Attract Wildlife, etc.


Here is our April Yard of the Month for the Web page 
Address: 1981 NW Woodland Drive
                McMinnville, Oregon 97128

Directions: Drive West on 2nd Street to Hill (turn right or N)

                  Drive to Cottonwood (which is on the right side) and turn right (E)

                  Make another right onto Woodland Drive continuing around the curve

                  The house on the left side of the street



Three members of the McMinnville Garden Club; Cathy B., Kathleen B, and Patty S., attended the Billboard hearing in Salem in late March.  The issue is still very alive.  To keep abreast of this issue and how you can help, check out the State Garden Club’s website at: