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        McMinnville Garden Club    

9:30-12:15  Hillside Retirement Community

“Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



Feb. 18 - General Meeting       9:30-12:15

Social Time: 9:30    Meeting at 10 am   Speaker at 11:00 am

Speaker: Judy Alleruzzo, Co-Host of TV’s “Garden Time”

Topic: Al’s shade & semi-shade plants


MC900156753[1]       2013 Events Calendar


Feb. 7-9 - The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District is holding their annual Native Plant Sale.  For more info check out:

Feb. 11 - Board Meeting Contact Cozette Caster for location,

Feb 8-10 - Arts & Crafts.  Grab some friends and carpool to the Yard, Garden and Patio Show.  Not an organized field trip but great show to attend!

Feb 25 - Arts and Crafts will be making veggie/flower identification stakes.   Tired of trying to remember what you’ve planted where?  Which tomato plant was it that grew those luscious tasting gems? Be prepared this year! Join the Arts & Crafts group at Doris’ house on Feb. 25th at 10 AM to create some fun plant markers.  A variety of styles will be available.  The list of supplies will be provided at the Feb. 18 general meeting or by calling or emailing Doris after the meeting. 


March 18- General Meeting     Program: Carol Adelman from Adelman’s Peonies

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Horticulture - Marilyn Coats


    Everyone LOVES Fuchsias!   However, the hanging baskets take too much attention with all the watering and fertilizing.  I love fuchsias but never had much luck with keeping them alive in baskets. 

Then a few years ago the Garden Club had a field trip to Monnier’s (no longer in business) where their specialty was fuchsias.  I didn’t realize there were so many ‘hardy’ fuchsias.  They had many, many fuchsias planted in the ground with absolutely no shade and their location was in the country with no protection from the weather.  There were miniatures from 1 foot high to large bushes 6 feet high.  The flowers were small but they had the different colors from whites, pinks, reds and purples.  In full sun and thriving, the main consideration was to make sure they stayed moist by using mulch. 

I bought 5 different ones (this was in 2005) and I still have all of them (surprisingly).  They are so low maintenance.  I only fertilize them once in spring.  And when they die back, I cut them down.  Of course, they get regular watering and are in part shade. 

There are some hardy fuchsias with larger blooms.  I planted ‘Double Otto’ which has large, deep pink and purple double blooms and grows upright to about 4 feet. 


You are probably asking why I am writing about fuchsias at this time of the year as they have vanished for the season.  But with our mild fall this year, I still had some blooming up until we got the freezing fog!  And the hummingbirds were still enjoying them.  We just recently trimmed them, and they were still fresh in my mind.

So don’t be afraid to plant the hardy fuchsias in the sun as long as they get plenty of moisture with good drainage (of course, they all say that).  However, some shade in the afternoon would be preferable.  We were also advised to plant them a little deeper than normal.  Remember, with fuchsias, you get hummingbirds! 



Perennial Star


           Written by June Benson

Mary Jo Capps joined the Garden Club in 1988 and has served in many roles including president and treasurer. She has fond memories helping with Christmas wreaths, an annual fundraiser we once did. One of her tasks was to gather free greens from Linfield College and Michelbook Country Club.

            Mary Jo was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but moved with her family when she was four to Corvallis, Oregon. She graduated as valedictorian of her Corvallis high school class and completed an honors degree in Home Economics from Oregon State. There she met her husband Jim and they were married on D-Day in 1944, just before he went overseas to France and the Philippines. When he came home 262 letters later, he finished his engineering degree at OSC and went to work for GE. They moved often because of his career and lived in Indiana, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, and West Virginia. When Jim retired in 1987, they moved to McMinnville, his hometown. He died in 1995. Mary Jo has three children (who have all now migrated to the West coast), five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

            Mary Jo has worked with many community organizations over the years beginning while she was in college. She has led a Girl Scout troop, done Alpha Xi Delta sorority work on a national level, participated in Little Theater, Philharmonic and museum groups. She founded the Newcomers Club here in 1988, and currently works with the Historical Society of Yamhill County and DAR. This year, at Newcomer’s meetings, she is reporting the “History Minute”.

            Her wide-ranging hobbies have included woodworking, bird watching, genealogy, and doll house miniatures. She has also traveled extensively both with her husband and since his death. Her proudest accomplishment: she has visited all 50 states and all seven continents! (How many people can make that claim?) More surprising is that, two years after her hip replacement in 2002, she visited Antarctica and made 26 zodiac (small inflatable boat) landings using a cane. A second favorite trip she has taken is a safari in Kenya. In December Mary Jo celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family at the Gallery Theater.

            This is just one profile of the many great perennial stars we have in the Garden Club. If there is a member you would like to see profiled, drop me a note at 



Backyard Habitat, Jan., 2013 – Sally Brown

This is a reminder to all gardeners who have bird feeders who want to maintain a disease free yard by cleaning the bird feeders regularly. This will help prevent an outbreak of salmonella among the bird population locally.  These are some tips from the Oregonian Home and Garden section of Jan 26, 2013.   For frequent cleaning a solution of vinegar and water can kill a lot of bacteria but every few months bleach and water solution should be used. This ensures thorough disinfecting of the feeder so that the little birdies and bigger ones to not pass diseases along to others. Just remember not to combine bleach and vinegar (remember high school chemistry class) because you will get a highly toxic chlorine gas.

Here is another suggestion for removing stains from your garden pots. Those stains from water or fertilizer deposits can be dissolved with a mild vinegar and water solution. About 1 cup white vinegar to 1 qt of water should work fine. Use a scouring pad for stubborn ones or you may need to soak the pot in a deeper, larger one (or use the bathtub or garbage can) A stiff brush may even be necessary but be careful not to scratch through or damage glazed pots   To disinfect pots which have held diseased plants use a mild bleach and water solution again, to clean the insides.  Salt and water can also be used to remove some stains.


Arts and Crafts Project – January 2013












Websites to Check Often


Monthly Chores Checklist


Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs


Pioneer District Garden Clubs’s Home and Garden Section


New Websites to Explore

Heirloom Roses Blog (Newberg, OR) 


How to Clean Moss off Pathways