Garden Clippings

McMinnville Garden Club, PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR       April 2011    503-434-4344

 April 18, 2011 – MEETING

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



9:30a.m.  - 10:00a.m.  - Social time

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Business Meeting and FUN
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Speaker- Rose Marie Nichols McGee
"The Bountiful Container: Food Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces"

Are you short on space but still would like to enjoy the benefits of a garden?  Then, be sure to come to the April 18 Garden Club meeting.  Rose Marie is president of Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Oregon.  Her nursery is a nationally known seed company started by the Nichols family in 1950.


Rose Marie is the co-author of McGee & Stuckey's "The Bountiful Container".  It is a 400-page guide to successful food gardening in containers.  She is a regular speaker on all aspects of home gardening.

She is also a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association and an OSU Master Gardener.


Extra bonus -- she will be bringing copies of her book and some seed packets that will be available for purchase.


Planting time is just around the corner.  Come and hear what Rose Marie has to say about making the best use of small garden spaces.



April 6 & 7  Wed/Thursday, Downtown “Bag Ladies & Gents Cleanup” 

Meet at the parking lot downtown across from Macy’s on 2nd Street at 9 AM.  Bring your gloves, clippers, buckets, blowers, and enthusiasm. AND remember to wear your aprons and dress for the weather.  Sun?   Our work always makes a big impact on the winter abuse of Third Street downtown’s plant wells and we get lots of compliments from passersby.  On the 6th we will work 9-12, eat lunch, and try to keep working in the afternoon for a few more hours.  We’ve never been able to get the side streets done the first day BUT if enough club members show up, we may not have to work on the 7th.  Otherwise, we’ll meet again on the 7th at 9 to finish up!  Hope to see lots of you there!  Bring water.  We work hard!!!!!

Don't forget to pick up your volunteer application at First Federal to get credit for volunteer hours

April 11 - Monday - Public Library Plant Spring Cleanup

Meet at the Public Library at 10 using the entry by the parking lot.  Bring buckets, rags, gloves, clippers and smiles.  Some of us will work outside on the patio area where the hose is located.  We will be washing and repotting the indoor plants that we take care of at the library.  Stephanie Janik and Jan Hudson take time each week to keep these plants happy and healthy for library users.  Thanks, gals!

April 11 - Monday - The April board meeting will be right after the Library Plant Cleanup at Golden Valley for lunch.  We will be starting work on the 2011-12 budget.

April 20 - Wednesday - Nursery Crawl Field Trip!

Meet at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot at 9:30 AM.  We’ll stop by the new nursery in Dundee then have lunch in Newberg.  Next we’ll be off to Ferguson’s Fragrant Nursery.  If there’s time we may head on to another nursery and then home with our finds!

April 25 - Monday - Gourd Birdhouses

Meet again at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot at 9:30 and we will carpool to Jacci’s.  Bring rubber gloves, acrylic paint like that sold in craft stores such as Joann’s, brushes (fine tip for detail and thicker for overall paint color). Some patterns will be available.  Dress warm, we’ll be in the barn. You will need to spray or apply varnish when the design is dry later.

April 30 -  9-3 Saturday, 9-3 -  Master Gardener’s Plant Sale at the Fairgrounds.  Great prices, free PH soil testing, annuals, perennials, vegetables for sale.



President’s Message April

A BIG thank you to those of you who are covering the Home Show in early April for the Garden Club!  Hope we have lots of attendees to hand Tour/Faire “save the date” handouts!!!!

Every time the rain stops and I almost see the sun, I get excited.  Isn’t it amazing how much abuse plants can take and they still bounce back?  My pussy willow tree is popping, forsythia is gorgeous, bulbs are popping up everywhere, and I see the buds on many plants swelling. AND of course, the weeds and slugs are creeping around everywhere already!  Can’t wait for this month to progress and hopefully some sunshine pop through?  Don’t want another year like last year when our plants just sat there into mid-June due to the temps and lack of light!!!  I’m ready to get dirty and keep improving my vista and vegetable gardening skills.  How about you?



GARDEN PARTY  - Summer Garden Tour
June 26, 2011

              Garden tour plans are progressing well with the first order of posters and rack cards printed, ticket booklets available by mid-April and advertising in progress. There has been good response to volunteer pleas but yet empty spaces to fill. You can volunteer by putting your signature on the sign-up board at each club meeting and join in the fun (yes, time and energy too) of creating a successful Garden Party tour.


By Marilyn Coats

Yes, I know.  Spring is now here.  But due to a little glitch (* SEE EDITORS NOTE) in the system, my article didn’t make the last newsletter.  Since this was already written, I couldn’t see wasting it!  

Seed catalogs have been arriving for over two months in anticipation of Spring.  However, I don’t seem to have much luck with seeds whether I start them inside or outside.  So I have been checking out the Perennial catalogs and see way more plants I want than I have room for.  I am guilty of sending off for some plants that I just have to have and then trying to figure out where I am going to put them when they arrive! 

Right now my yard has the winter blahs.  There is a little color from the purple heathers.  But the brightest color comes from the Nandinas.  They are great small shrubs with brilliant reds in the winter.  Since they are scattered around my yard, it helps to provide some color. 

NANDINA is an evergreen or semievergreen shrub.  I really like the smaller shrubs that only get 2 to 3 feet high (because I have a small yard).  They are slow growers and need regular water, taking sun to semishade plus they are very low maintenance. 

The dwarf variety ‘Fire Power’ grows to 2 feet tall and wide with red tinged summer foliage that turns bright red in winter. The ‘Nana’ grows to 2 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide.  The coarse foliage is purplish green in summer, purplish red to bright red in winter. 

There are quite a few other varieties to enjoy.  The smaller Nandinas give the garden color the whole year and, the best part, take very little maintenance. 


Wildlife Habitat

June Benson



            If you live on a farm, you might hear a rooster at dawn. If you live in McMinnville, you might hear a Mourning Dove, perched on your roof at 5 am, cooing to attract a mate or announce his territory. Their calling is sometimes mistaken for an owl. I was surprised to hear a few even during the coldest temperatures this winter (although at least they were not on our roof!)

            Mourning Doves are a popular songbird that live in our Willamette Valley year round, but many do migrate south in the winter. They mate for life which is roughly 7-10 years and will have as many as six broods of two chicks each during a season. Both parents will incubate the eggs and both will provide a milk-like substance to feed their chicks. Since doves have such fast reproduction, they thrive despite being hunted and are one of the most widespread birds in North America. They are small and slim but strong fliers and reach speeds up to 55 mph; perhaps their speed helps them escape hunters.

They are at home in virtually any habitat: farmlands, open woods, roadsides, and our suburban gardens. They usually locate their nests in a tree or shrub, but the nest could be on the ground or on a building ledge. You may be able to see their eggs in the nest because the nests are flimsy. Like any other songbird, Mourning Doves are attracted to your backyard if you provide food, water, and cover. They prefer a platform in a tree rather than a traditional bird house. They eat a variety of seeds, grains, and insects. They look for food on the ground although you have probably seen them at your bird feeder as well.

Mourning Doves are perhaps not the most colorful of birds but they are entertaining. They win the bird prize for the funniest walk. While most songbirds will scatter when jays or crows arrive, Mourning Doves will just ignore them and continue eating. One summer we had a single dove take afternoon naps in our backyard under the pear tree, and I could watch him from my kitchen window. One afternoon the dove woke up, took a few steps down the slope, and to my horror a hawk swooped down to confront that poor dove. The hawk was small and apparently the dove was strong. After a very few seconds, the hawk gave up. The dove returned the next day for another nap. 





Member Hint:  Looking for protection for water damage under pots?  You can purchase a set of 2 flexible chopping mats at the dollar store.  Then cut them in half and put on window sill or under pots elsewhere for protection!  They are located on the left side of the store with kitchen stuff.

Internet Links:  

Pioneer District Newsletter

State website 


Club Calendar of Events


Yard of the month

Starting Seeds Indoors


April Gardening Chores


Very charming sure to have your sound on. The song in the background is almost as good as the video itself.


Garden How To Videos 


*  Editor's Note:  The editor claims no responsibility for the loss of this article.  Computers have a mind of their own.