Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                         December 2005

McMinnville Garden Club                           Vol. 5   No. 4    

DECEMBER 19th  10:45-2:00

Christmas Around the World Luncheon

Kim Jongedyk’s home at 2410 N. W. Pinehurst Drive


Reservations are required.  PLEASE mail the reservation form on the last page with your check for $20 to VP Sandy Ford by December 11.


Seminars will be presented between 11:00-11:20 and 11:30-12:00

 Using herbs in cooking with Brad Howard

Brad of Willamette Valley Catering will demonstrate how to use herbs in the holiday dishes featured at our Around the World luncheon.

 Growing herbs for culinary use with Kate Parker

Kate will discuss how to grow and preserve the culinary herbs featured in our menu.                 

Herb baskets and planters will be for sale.


Member’s Heritages Table Displays         12:00pm to 1:15 pm –Lunch

            Club members will be sharing their Christmas heritages by decorating tables in cultural themes from Sweden to Ireland to Spain and beyond.

Presenters’ Information:       

Brad and Sue Howard owners of Willamette Valley Catering for more than 20 years will demonstrate herbs used in the figure foods offered in our Christmas lunch menu.  Willamette Valley Catering specializes in customized menus using local and seasonal ingredients for special events.  We are excited about sharing the art of cooking with Brad and Sue.  For more information about their services please check out their website at www.wvcatering.com.


Kate Parker of Katula Herbs will give a presentation on the uses of culinary herbs featured in our Christmas lunch menu.  Kate will talk about how to grow herbs in your garden, harvesting and preserving them for future use.  Kate started her herb business 5 years ago from a desire to combine a passion for growing plants with a long-time interest in culinary, homeopathy and natural healing.   Kate purchased some land between Sheridan and McMinnville, planted her first seedlings in 2004 on a south-facing terraces with a view of the coastal range.  With hot dry summers and limited water supply Kate specializes in Mediterranean-type herbs.  Kate’s herbs are grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides instead the use of companion planting and creating a diverse, sustainable environment that encourages natural predators and beneficial forms of life.  You can contact Kate by e-mail at katelaherbs@msn.com or locally at the McMinnville Farmers Market every Thursday afternoon in the summer months.                             


White Elephant Gift Exchange

1:15pm – 2:00 pm – White elephant gift exchange

        Bring a fun, weird or just plain ugly gift to exchange.


Don’t forget to bring canned food to contribute to our annual food drive for the Salvation Army.


December 5, 2005  FIELD TRIP

Sleighbells – A Barn Full of Christmas

Car pool from Bethel Baptist Church: 10:30 AM sharp

Sleighbells’ address: 23855 S.W. 195th Place, Sherwood, OR 1-503-625-6052

Optional: Lunch available in the English Tea Room

      Sleighbells has been in business at the same location for 20 years. In 1978 the original owners first planted Christmas trees on the property then remodeled their home into a gift store that is why there are so many nooks and crannies for exploring. The property was sold to Ken and Darleen McCoy in 2000 and they have committed to carrying on the holiday traditions year round. 

      A creative touch is the Old English-style teahouse.  Owner Lesa Bailes has a collection of bone China teacups and pots. Her teahouse business started one year ago when she fell in love with the ambience and creative variety of the foods. Lesa has worked as a caterer for 25 years, holds an Economics degree and operates a catering service on location.  Lesa offers one, two or three-tiered platter of finger food with tea starting at

$10.00 to $ 25.00.

            For more information go to Sleighbells website at:  www.sleighbells.biz

President’s Corner

     I am sure looking forward to a great Christmas party this year.  I hope to see everyone on the 19th of December. Please be sure to get your reservation in by the 12th to Sandy Ford so you won’t miss the “Christmas Around the World” luncheon.

     Thank you Gaye, for such a wonderful hands on project “Christmas Dazzle II” it was a great success and to see all the talent that we ladies have is a wonderful thing. All the wreaths turned out beautiful and all so different from each other.

     With the Lamp Post for downtown and the hanging basket post at the Cozen House bought and on order, we can finally say we spent some money!! I know that we can all be very proud of what we are adding to the city beautification project. They will always be there and will again represent the McMinnville Garden Club’s donation to our beautiful community. Well done! Without all of our hard work and donated time, this would not be possible, Bravo!!

      With the Christmas season upon us, I hope each and every one of us has a safe and peaceful holiday.                                                           Sincerely,                     Kim Jongedyk


Backyard Habitat

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife

Winter is a tough time of the year for many wildlife, they have less food and fewer daylight hours to look.  Why not make it easier for the wildlife in your backyard?      A few helpful and fun ideas :

    Using twine and a tapestry needle, alternate popped popcorn, raw peanuts, cranberries, grapes and apple chunks. Tie a knot on both ends and hang near the feeders or near by  trees.

    Orange segments and Nandina berries can be strung on a bright red ribbon.

    Seed cakes shaped like bells, hung with brightly colored yarn.

    Dried Sunflower heads ( found at your local farm stores, or from your own garden ) stake     them out near the feeders.

    Stuff suet and peanut butter mixed with bird seed into pinecones and hang them up with a pretty ribbon or colorful yarn..  (Come next spring Mrs. Bird will gather up those                 colorful bits and babbles and add them to her nest.)

    Bagel feeders - split each bagel in half and allow to dry overnight. Spread each side with     peanut butter and sprinkle with bird seed.  String a piece of yarn through each hole and hang up near the feeders.

    Many species of birds can be attracted by a variety of feed. Some birds readily eat right off the ground.  Sunflower seed appeals to many birds as well as small mammals.

    Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, and Chickadees are especially attracted to suet.

    Citrus fruit, chopped apples, bananas, and raisins will be eaten by numerous species         including Robins, Titmouse, and Woodpeckers.

    While we enjoy the upcoming Holiday Season with family and friends, let’s always             remember the little ones as well.                 Happy Holidays to everyone   Julie Maahs


Hort. Beat

Christmas Plant Legends

     It is fascinating to unravel some of the strands which link our customs to the distant past.  It was not until the fourth century that the date of Christ’s birth was fixed on December 25, taking over elements of the Saturnalia festival which the Romans had introduced.  Particular plants figure strongly in Christmas traditions.  The most well-known plants are Christmas trees, mistletoe and holly.

     Evergreen boughs have been used throughout history.  The Druids treated them as sacred.  ‘The plants that do not die’ were brought into the house as a sign that the house needed to make it through the winter too.  Primitive Europeans offered woodland spirits shelter in their homes, hoping for good fortune and health by hanging evergreens above their doors.

     Different legends surround the Christmas tree itself.  Some believe that it began in the

16th century with Martin Luther, the German Protestant leader.  He was inspired by the beauty of the tall evergreens against a starry sky and so cut a fir tree to bring home to his family. 

     In Norse mythology, Baldur, the God of Light, was killed with a mistletoe dart.  Baldur’s life was restored but mistletoe took the blame and hides in the top of trees instead of growing on the ground.  Since then, it is said to bring happiness and peace as long as it doesn’t touch the ground – the reason it continues to be hung in the air in doorways.  The kissing ball (aka kissing bough or kissing bunch) predates the Christmas tree and was the central decoration in many English and German homes.

     Holly is known as ‘Christ thorn’ in Scandinavia and was a sacred tree long before Christian times.  It has long been used in church decorations but must not be brought in before Christmas Eve.  Twelfth Night was the day to take it down and burn it.  It was said to be a symbol of domestic peace and eternal life.

     As we fashioned our wreaths last week, we were continuing a custom that has been used for centuries.  In ancient Rome, wreaths were symbols of victory and celebration.  In the 16th century the German Lutherans contributed the Advent wreath, intertwining fir or spruce branches and laid flat on a table.  Today we commonly recognize the round wreath as a symbol of continuity and tradition.                          Merry Christmas and celebrate your traditions!  Evelyn Mundinger


Every gardener knows under the cloak of winter lies a miracle – a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream.                                                Barbara Winkler


McMinnville Garden Club

Organized in 1926

PO Box 386

McMinnville OR 97128


Information: 503 434 4344

Meeting Information

Meeting Day:  Third Monday

September through June

10:30-11 AM  Social Time

 11 AM – 1 PM

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Covenant Church, Fireside Room,

2155 West 2nd, McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.


Executive Board

President          Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Sandy Ford

Secretary          Judy Eggers

Treasurer          Marilyn Coats


Conservation Pledge

I pledge to protect and conserve

the natural resources of the planet Earth,

and promise to promote education,

so we may be caretakers to our air, water,

forests, land, and wildlife.


Ongoing Projects

Summer Garden Tour

The Oregon Garden Support

Scholarships for Horticulture

National Garden Week

Garden of the Month

Blue Star Memorial Marker

City Beautification

“Garden Clippings” is a monthly

 publication of the McMinnville Garden Club.

 Contact Kim Jongedyk, (503-434-9130),

or 503-434-4344 for info.


Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Julie Maahs

Garden Tour 2006 Judy Eggers

                   Patty Sorensen

Garden Faire 2006 Gaye Stewart

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Eveyln Mundinger

Hospitality       Rosemary Vertregt

Membership    Sandy Bolmer

Newsletter       Patty Sorensen

                     Anne Silverthorne

Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart

Publicity/PR   Sandy Ford

Scholarship     Cindi Miller

Sunshine          Joan Friese

Telephone        Mary Whinery

Yard of Month 2006 Lynda Coburn

Yearbook         Kim Jongedyk

                   Sandy Ford

The newsletter deadline for submission of

articles for our monthly newsletter is

the last day of the previous month. 

Please send them to Patty Sorensen. 

          Do you know of any prospective

Garden Club members? Be sure to let

 Sandy Bolmer know names and

 addresses.  We would love to send

them our newsletter for three months.          



Club History

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                                    November 19, 1928

Garden Club met at the home of Mrs. Cook, with 14 members, 1 guest present.  A bill for $1.80 -  flower show expenses; and a bill for $2.50 for Wayside planting were allowed and paid.

            Motion was made and seconded to instruct secretary to write a note of congratulations to Portland Garden Club on their admittance to the Federation of Garden Clubs of America.  Miss Hawley told of the garden of Mrs. Creighton, 1 ½ miles from Wheatland Ferry.  Mrs. Creighton specializes in Columbines.  A trip to her garden is considered well worth while.

            A number of clippings from Better Homes and Gardens were passed around and read aloud, and proved interesting.  Club adjourned.  Balance in Treasury:  $10.40

                                                                                                                        Dorothy Mathiesen

Garden Tour 2006

     As the New Year approaches and we begin our 2006 calendars, don’t forget to mark the date for our Garden Tour, Sunday, June 25.  It is also time for us to start gearing up the activities needed to support the tour.  Committee Chairs will gather at the home of Patty Sorensen immediately following our December 19 meeting for a short organizational meeting.


Websites to Check Out

Al’s Garden Center’s Tips for December Gardens 


National Gardening Association’s Pacific NW Report     http://www.garden.org/regional/report/current/1

Looking ahead:

2/22-26/06          Portland Home and Garden Show:



Cut here for mailing of reservation form.


12/19 Christmas Around the World Menu and Reservation Form

French Quiche Loraine 

French Cheese Quiche with Fresh Herbs

Salad of Baby Greens with Seville Oranges, Spanish Onions, and Shaved Manchego Cheese

with Sherry Vinaigrette

Provincial Orzo Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts, Dried Apricots, Green Onions and

Ginger Orange Vinaigrette

Assorted Rustic Breads and Sweet Cream Butter

Irish Bannoffee Tarts

Premium Kobos Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee


NAME:  _________________________________________ Enclosed:  $________


Mail this by December 11 with your check for $20 payable to the Garden Club for the Dec. 19 luncheon to Sandy Ford, 17900 SE Walnut Hill Rd, Amity 97101