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McMinnville Garden Club

PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR


January 18th – MEETING


Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor 

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128 



*Remember:   “The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project.   Our 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.  They take clean bottle caps, the plastic ones. No medicine bottle caps.  *Also bring your magazines to share with others.


  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: Ann Nickerson, How to Design a Four Season Border


Due to a family illness, Charlotte will be unable to attend our January meeting.  In her place we are very pleased to announce that we will be hearing from Ann Nickerson, a Landscape Designer.  Ann recently presented at the Fall Pioneer District Luncheon and is a regular at the Yard, Garden, and Patio Show. Since incorporating her business in 1993, she has designed well over one hundred gardens. They have ranged from four-acre country estates, complete with a small lake, to patio gardens and neighborhood parks. She has interpreted such styles as Japanese, Mediterranean, and English Cottage Garden to our climate and to the specific needs of the site. She has created waterfalls, dry creek beds and boulder rookeries. Ann enjoys finding the right structures and accents to transform a plain corner into an inviting sanctuary. While doing all this, she says she has had fun and always look forward to the next challenge and to the opportunity to share what she’s learned and experienced with others.


Ann will share basic design principals and plant selection for a border that has structure and interest all year around.

Flowers to Share?

At the October meeting a new meeting project was announced.  For each meeting, members are asked to bring along cuttings from their yards.  This can include flowers, branches, bulbs, etc.  There will be a flower container for you to add your finds to and help arrange.  During the meeting, we’ll select someone to take home the great bouquet all ready for their house.

Blooper Session at YGP Show Vote

At our January meeting we will be voting about what date we will take a field trip to the Yard, Garden, and Patio Show at the Convention Center.  We currently have it scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12th BUT the Garden Blooper session that Barbara Blossom Asmum mentioned at our December luncheon is on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 1:30.  Panel members are Barbara, Dulcy Mahar (she writes for the Oregonian)and Robb Rosser (he writes the garden column for the Columbian).  We need to vote as to whether we want to leave the field trip on Friday or switch to Saturday so members could attend this panel session.  If you can’t make it to the January meeting and want to add your vote, please contact our President, Patty Sorensen, prior to the January 18th meeting.  THANKS!


This beautiful hand-made quilt donated and made by Beryl Anderson will be auctioned with the proceeds going to Penny Pines for reforesting acres in the Willamette National Forest.  The tickets are 1 for $1.00 and 6 for $5.00




January 2-11-  Portland Classical Chinese Garden 10th Anniversary & 10 Days of Free Admission,
Portland Classical Chinese Garden , 239 NW Everett, Portland. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, there will be free admission during these ten days. If you've not been to this gem in Portland's Old Town/Chinatown, here is an opportunity to visit at no charge. 10am—5pm.

January 9 - Saturday, 1pm - What To Do in the Garden,  Al's Garden Center, 16920 Roy Rogers Road/Sherwood. Presenter Kirk Wade will tell you what to do in the garden in January.  Topics include pruning, spraying, and planting. Free event, all welcome.

January 23- 10am - The Simplified Garden: How to Create an Earth-Friendly, Productive and Beautiful Garden and Still Have Time to Enjoy It, Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Winter Program, Saturday, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, Portland. Presenter is Valerie Easton, Seattle writer who writes a weekly 'Plant Life' column for the Pacific Northwest Magazine of the Seattle Times. Her articles have appeared in Fine Gardening and she is the author of several books. Fee: members $15, non members $20. Register at

February 11 & 12 - 9am—6 pm -       February 13 - 9am—3 pm   SWCD 2010 Native Plant Sale

At the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, 2200 SW 2nd Street, McMinnville

Pre-order forms and plant descriptions available for sale available at the

OSU Extension office, the SWCD offices or online at:


Feb. 12 -  Field Trip, Yard, Garden and Patio Show


Carpool from the Bethel Baptist parking lot leaving at 9:30 AM to the Oregon Convention Center.  Ticket cost is $11 onsite. If you purchase them ahead of time at Dennis 7 Dee’s Nurseries they are $7.   Plan to spend most of the day and feel free to bring a sack lunch.  We’ll try to organize carpool groups by return time.  Check their website for more info: 

Feb. 24-28 - Portland Home and Garden Show, , Portland Expo Center

We don’t have a field trip to this show organized.  If there is enough interest, we can add it to our schedule.  Check out more information at:

Feb. 26-27  - Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ Bare Root Tree and Shrub Sale,

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners will hold their annual tree and shrub sale at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2010, from 9 am until 3 pm. 100% of net proceeds go to fund scholarships for students at local schools. 

money_012001859.jpg6 Month Budget Progress Report - Stephanie Janik


McMinnville Garden Club has been very busy with their community projects. We have donated $2500 for the Yamhill County Historical Museum to help with the cost of the landscaping. We donated $2000 for the downtown kiosk improvement. Everyone can agree that project really beautifies our town. The club members have been very generous with the Penny Pines. We have been able to buy one area of trees and are working on the second area. Aaron McLaughlin, our scholarship winner from last year received his $1000 to help continue his education.  I think everyone has enjoyed the speakers that Ann was able to schedule.

In 2009 most of our major projects have been paid. We have spent $7,032.18 so far. At this time our balance stands at $11,827.81. There is still enough in our budget to continue with the rest of our yearly projects as approved by our membership. We have been able to help a number of projects and people this year through our various community projects funded by our annual Garden Tour and Faire.


Henderson House Donations at our December Meeting -Our Garden Club members should be proud of their giving spirit this holiday season.  At our December luncheon we collected over $350 for the residents at Henderson House.  Hopefully that will help them buy medications, clothing, and other necessities that they need during their stay at Henderson House.  Congratulations!  Job well-done.

December Speaker - Barbara Blossom Asmum

cid:image001.jpg@01CA855E.AD219640There are many tired gardeners but I've seldom met old gardeners. I know many elderly gardeners but the majority are young at heart. Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized. The one absolute of gardeners is faith. Regardless of how bad past gardens have been, every gardener believes that next year's will be better. It is easy to age when there is nothing to believe in, nothing to hope for; gardeners, however, simply refuse to grow up. Thomas Jefferson said once, "Though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” -  Allan Armitage



January President’s message

“Dig In”

Develop Skills, Increase Civic Service, and Grow Friendships


 Involvement & Nurturing 


Resolutions for 2010

I spent this afternoon finishing some yard work outside in the cold and straightening up our garage.  I found a box that I had overlooked in the garage.  It had bulbs in it!!! YIKES. So I just planted my five special bleeding heart bulbs (in a pot!).  Resolution #1:  Plant what I buy within two weeks of purchase? 

This past year I’ve learned a lot about gardening, enjoyed MANY trips to nurseries, tried some new ideas, and met the challenges of deer, feeding birds and gardening with a dog with a smile.  The deer continue to love my front yard which they have ready access to.  My winter pansies didn’t last one night.  I love watching the birds eat right outside our windows but must admit that I detest cleaning their feeders throughout the winter.  With all the snow last year, I just threw sunflower seeds in huge piles out onto the snow.  Then in the spring I had sunflowers coming up everywhere!!!  The fall of 2008 we put bark dust around our flower beds.  AND as many of you know, our dog, Bailey ate some.  When he jumped off our bed he managed to get one sliver stuck in his throat.  (We didn’t know what happened until two months, lots of $ and a surgery later.) The bacteria it left behind grew into a huge puss pocket.  What a mess! SO, this fall I decided we’d put top soil/compost on the flower beds.  Great idea?  Maybe not.  He has white paws that now are muddy black every time he comes back in the house….  SO, we are going to add some hazelnut shells on top of the mud this week to see if we can keep our house mud free.  Watch, he’ll eat that too.  Oh, did I mention he also loves to dig back up the bulbs I put in the ground?  Luckily he lasts about an hour outside with me then heads in to sleep on the couch.  I’ve learned to wait until he tires of helping me then taking on chores that involve digging.  Resolution #2:  Keep smiling and enjoying the company of critters: deer, birds, and dog… EVEN when they mess with my gardening plans.  (Please note that I will not smile and enjoy the company of any more skunks!  We captured 8 in our back yard last summer.  YUCK)

PS  I’m really looking forward to the January speaker’s topic of “healing gardens”!!!




Backyard Habitats – Marilyn Coats


images.jpgCooper’s Hawks are forest and woodland birds, but the trees in our backyards seem nearly as good.  They are a regular sight in parks, quiet neighborhoods, over fields, at backyard feeders, and even along busy streets if there are trees around. 

They are identified by a bluish-grey crown, back and upper wings with fine, horizontal, reddish barring on under parts.  Their eyes are red and the tail is long, round-ended, banded and white tipped.  The male is 15-17” long, 27-32” wide, while the females are 17-19” long and 32-37” wide. 

Their diet consists mainly of birds—small to medium sizes.  They also eat chipmunks', hares, mice, squirrels and bats and sometimes rob nests. 

Males tend to be submissive to females and to listen for reassuring call notes the females make when they are willing to be approached.  Males build the nest, then provide nearly all the food to the females and the young over the next 90 days before the young fledge. 

Nests are built in tall trees such as oaks, Douglas firs, pines and other tree species, often on flat ground rather than hillsides. 

These hawks are among the bird world’s most skillful flyers.  In pursuit of their prey, their flight becomes powerful, quick and agile, allowing the birds to thread their way through the tree branches at top speed. 

If you feed the birds, there’s a chance you’ll also attract the attention of the Cooper’s Hawk.  While catching birds is natural for them, many of us would prefer not to sacrifice any bird at our birdfeeder!  If the hawk takes up residence in your yard, quit feeding the birds for a few days and the hawk will move on. 

One day, I was wondering what happened to all the birds and then I saw a Cooper’s Hawk perched on my fence.  It was quite impressive to see the large bird up close.  But, of course, I was hoping that my birds would stay hidden so the hawk couldn’t capture them.  He didn’t stay long. 

Their population was greatly reduced at one time because of the use of the pesticide DDT.  Now Cooper’s Hawks have made a good comeback.  They are wonderful to watch as they fly overhead (as long as they catch their meals in the fields or woods)!




Meet Judy Eggers
Roving Reporter:  Jacci Reed



judyeg.JPGJudy Eggers was born to Bob and Luna Jackson in Riverside, CA.  The family moved to Oregon where Judy graduated from Eugene High School and later attended the University of Oregon.  She worked in banking and in the stock market with Dean Witter.

Judy married Lee Eggers.  They have two children.  David has three children; Ann Marie, 15, Jackson, 11, and Cole, 9.  Julie has one child, Paxton who is 20 months.  Judy and Lee really enjoy the company of their grandchildren.  They also have a Havanese Shih Tzu mix named Coco who is their current plaything.

After retirement, Judy and Lee sold their home, bought a motor home and traveled for six years.  Vacationing mainly in the warmer months and wintering in Palm Springs. They enjoyed a lot of golf and still enjoy walking.   (Although Judy has to wait for her brace from her recent surgery to come off before she can do much walking again.)

Judy has a small garden which is increasingly becoming more shaded.  She really likes here hellebores, hostas, perennials and all of her trees.  She likes all aspects of gardening.  Judy has been a real asset to our club.  She was secretary just months after she became a member.  She has also served as chairman and co-chairman of the garden tour/faire just several years apart!  She has also been our field trip chair for three years.  We have been taken to some of the best nurseries, shows, luncheons and other events.  Her schedules, maps, and directions were greatly appreciated.

We are fortunate to have this Great Egg among us. She is a Faberge’ Egg with a beautiful garden inside which she shares with everyone around her.



Internet Links

Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club website 


Winter Gardening          

The American Camellia Society,9

Strawberry Trees           

Euphorbia info

Winter Garden Forum

2010 February Events to look forward to!

Yamhill County Soil and Conservation District’s Native Plant Sale, Feb. 11-13

Oregonian’s list of Plant Lovers