Garden Clippings

McMinnville Garden Club PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR   503-434-4344                       August, 2010

August President’s Message   “Dig In”

A BIG thank you to those of you who turned in your surveys.  The new board met and went thru them in order to begin planning our year.  To try to increase participation in some of our activities we decided to go with setting specific dates. SO, field trips will occur on the Wednesdays following the Regular Meeting and Arts & Crafts activities are scheduled for the Mondays following the Regular Meeting. Occasionally we will have to change but we will be sure to let you know. All events start at 9:30. Several of you requested Dulcy Mahar or Ann Jaeger.   Darcy no longer speaks to garden clubs due to her continuing bout with cancer.  Ann Jaeger now only speaks one afternoon per week and it is not on Mondays.  Beryl has worked hard to bring us a new slate of speakers.  She already has all but one of them scheduled.  Ann, who is serving as Field Trip Coordinator, has our September and October field trips set. Here’s the  DRAFT calendar for the year. We are going to ask for volunteers to fill our various chair positions at our first meeting.  Hope to see you there!

After much consideration, I decided to divide the tasks of the Garden Tour/Faire chair into three positions.  One is the Garden Selection committee, one deals with all the paperwork for permits, the booklet design/publication and the other works as the manager of volunteer activities.  At this point, I have volunteers for all three positions so we are set to roll.  Joanne DeWitt will continue this year as Faire chair and Cindy Flake will join her as co-chair.  SO, mark your calendars for June 26, 2011!  Together we are an incredible team!!!!

AND once again the board would like to thank everyone for their work on this year’s annual fundraiser which was a great success.  More info follows from the Tour and Chair chairs.  With those funds we will be able to support our community activities and once again start to build up our savings for another future major project.   We will be voting on our annual budget at our September meeting.  It will be online at until October 1.  Please try to take time to look at it before the meeting.  For those without online access, we are attaching a copy of the newsletter and calendar to your printed newsletters.

 a SUCCESS!!

10th Year Nets 10K

Dear Gardening Friends,

What a phenomenal 10th Anniversary for the Garden Tour and Garden Faire!  After months of careful planning and organizing, the BIG day arrived – the weather was perfect, the lovely gardens were in glorious bloom, and the vendors arrived with their abundant plants and garden treasures.

The entire event was perfect with great attendance at both the Garden Tour and the downtown Garden Faire.  Many of you provided the leadership for the committees, Club members offered their beautiful and diverse gardens for the milestone tour and everyone helped by working on a committee on the Day of the Event and/or by selling tour tickets.  What a team we made!  We personally felt honored to have worked with each of you.

Special thanks go to our Garden Owners:

Cathy Burdett

Bill and Cindi Miller

            Jean Lierman

            Tim and Margaret Roberts

            Hans and Adrienne Schouten

            Judie Teal (our bonus garden)

 

Without their willingness to share their lovely gardens we wouldn’t have had such a successful tour.  Our visitors were really impressed with the love for gardening that was evident everywhere they looked.  Thanks to each of you for your generosity and commitment to the Garden Club!

Bouquets to Garden Faire Co-Chairs, Joanne DeWitt and Elsie Carpenter for a yearlong effort to secure, register and communicate with vendors, update signage and for the event that featured 62 vendors.  This was our largest to date and it seemed to use every available inch of space.  Thanks also to the many helpful husbands they recruited.  You guys have earned quite a following among our vendors for your great “can-do” spirit and desire to please.      

A huge thank you is extended to all of the Committee Chairs, who were also part of the Steering Committee, and met monthly with us from February to June to develop the coordinated plan to ensure a smooth event.  They secured a team of workers to accomplish their tasks and many of them met outside of the big, monthly meetings.  In addition to Joanne and Elsie, they are: 

            Evelyn Mundinger and Jacci Reed, Day of Event Co-Chairs

            Patty Sorensen, Directional Signs

            Les Buchholz, Farmers Market

            Marilyn Coats, Horticulture

            Kathleen Bennett, Information Line

            Sharon Gunter, Publicity/Advertising

            Cindy Flake and Norma Parker, Publicity/Posters and Flyers

            Georgia Queen, Reader Boards

            Jan Clay, Restaurants

            June Benson and Rosemary Vertregt, Street Signs

            Kim Jongedyk, Tickets

Vicki Brink, our extremely talented artist, did her usual masterful job of creating our posters, rack cards and ticket booklets.  Thanks for the late nights and “wee hours”…you really captured the vision of “The Glory of the Garden” and we so appreciate your dedication to the Club.

Thanks to all of you who helped sell 651 tickets for the Garden Tour.  We are betting that only the garden owners can truly appreciate the full impact of that many people walking through their yards to admire the beauty, but with all those newly inspired gardeners and potential new gardeners, wouldn’t this be a great time for us to invite some of these folks to join our Club?

And finally thanks to President Patty, and her Executive Team, for their support and encouragement to all of us for this event, as well as for all of our other fun Club activities throughout the year.

Oh, by the way, our 10th Year’s Event did set a new Club record.  Gross receipts were $12,980, and after deducting expenses of $2,701, our Club will have $10,279 to use to support our many community projects.  Don’t you think 10K has a nice ring to it?  Have a great Summer and we’ll see you in the Fall! 

Mike & Gaye Stewart, Event Co-Chairs  

(Note:  The tour and faire increased their profits each by $1,000 this year.  Great job,)

FAIRE NEWS

We have just closed the door on a successful 2010 Garden Faire and Garden Tour, and some of us are already looking ahead to 2011.  Although many of our vendors weren't happy with the slow sales, they were unanimous in their praise for our great crew of helpers. Elsie and I are grateful for the wonderful team of garden club ladies - (Myrna Cuscaden, Judy Wilkerson, Pauline Eder, Barbara Pehrson, Joan Wheeler, Beryl Anderson), and some of the husbands,  (Larry Carpenter, Bob Vertregt, Art Cuscaden, Chuck Wilkerson) - who worked so diligently before and the day of the faire. Without volunteers such as these, the money making events for our community projects would fail.

            Teamwork, and the pride of accomplishment, are some of the reasons that our club members continue to put forth so much effort.  It's incredible that these two fine events, of such magnitude and professionalism, are put on entirely by a Garden Club consisting of mostly middle aged and elderly ladies, without any outside help!  Think about it!  That's an awesome undertaking!  Pat yourselves on the back, ladies, for a job well done!   Elsie is relinquishing her duties as Co-Chair of the Garden Faire, to pursue other interests this coming year, and I will miss working with her.  Cindy Flake, a very capable newcomer, will join me and our great crew for the 2011 Faire, taking Elsie's place as Co-Chair.  (But don't be surprised if you see Elsie and Larry back downtown helping out on the "day of".  This "Pride of accomplishment" thing grows on you.)  Joanne DeWitt, Garden Faire.

Habitat for Humanity Update

Due to complications this spring and summer with the sites, we were unable to complete the landscaping for the two Habitat homes in the same manner as we have others in the past.  It was finally decided that we would provide the homeowners with baskets and pots of flowers so they could add them to their yards once the areas have been prepped. And in the meantime, they have some beauty on their porches.   A HUGE thanks to Judy Wilkerson for her perseverance and dozens of phone calls to try to coordinate the project.  Way to go!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 18 - Gathering Together Farm Field Trip/Lunch, & Dancing Oaks Nursery?

****PLEASE NOTE THE TRIP is on WEDNESDAY   Meet at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot at 9:30.  Return will be in the late afternoon.  This is an all day field trip!  FUN…….

We would like to make lunch reservations so please call or email Patty   pdsorensen@comcast.net by August 10 if you plan to go on this one!  We have about 14 that have signed up to attend.  If you have changed your mind, please let Patty know asap.  Thanks!

Gathering Together Farm is a project in certified organic vegetable and fruit production began in 1987. Their home base is just south of Philomath, Oregon on Grange Hall Road. Their fields are small odd shaped parcels of land, 1 to 5 acres in size, hugging the Mary's River. All totaled, they farm about 65 acres. Diversity is one of the keystones of the farm. Each year they sell over 40 different types of vegetables of over 100 different varieties through their Farm Stand and booths at local farmers' markets.  We will enjoy a lunch of their homegrown products.  See the menu at:    If there is time and interest, we will stop at Dancing Oaks Nursery on the way home.  They have an INCREDIBLE wealth of healthy plants from around the world and a beautiful display garden. 

September 20, 8:30 at Hillside - For our first meeting of the 2010-2011 season

The official board meeting will be the Wednesday prior, September 15, at 10 AM at Stephanie Janik’s.  We will be presenting the budget for a vote at the September meeting.  More info in the September newsletter about the meeting and the Arts & Crafts activity.

September 22 Field trip to the Oregon Garden 

Leave from the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot at 9:30.  Bring a sack lunch or purchase a lunch from their cafeteria.  Return in at mid-afternoon.

Membership Dues Reminder  

Only paid members are included in the Membership Directory.  The following members have paid their $15 dues and will be listed in the directory. We plan to publish them for the October meeting.   If your name is not in the list, please either take your dues to Stephanie Janik’s house OR mail it to her at:  1310 NW Zinfandel Ct., McMinnville, OR  97128

Paid members as of 8/4/10

Anderson

Beryl

Anderson

Barbara

Anderson

Bruce

Benson

June

Blank

Marian

Brown

Sally

Buchholz

Les

Burdett

Cathy

Burgess

June

Capps

Mary Jo

Carpenter

Elise

Clay

Jan

Coats

Marilyn

Correia-Sanchez

Ana

Cuscaden

Myrna

Desel

Lynne

Dewitt

Joanne

Eads

Amy

Eder

Pauline

Eggers

Judy

Everingham

Ruth

Flake

Cindy

Friese

Joan

Gunter

Sharon

Hudson

Jan

Hughes

Julie

Janik

Stephanie

Jongedyk

Kim

Kempf

Arlene

Lierman

Jean

McRitchie

Maria

Miller

Cindi

Miller

Ruth

Mize

Mary

Mundinger

Evelyn

Parker

Norma

Pehrson

Barbara

Peterson

GG Vivian

Queen

Georgia

Reed

Jacci

Reppeto

Mildred

Richards

Nancy

Roberts

Margaret

Schafer

Mary

Sheffield

Bonnie

Silverthorne

Ann

Smith

Helen Redbird

Sorensen

Patty

Steely

Beverly

Stewart

Gaye

Stewart

Mike

Vertregt

Rosemary

Wheeler

Joan

Whinery

Mary Jo

Wilkerson

Judy

Klein

Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home and Gardens section of The Oregonian’s online newspaper is a great place to explore.

http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/