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9:30-12:15 Hillside Retirement Community

“Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



June 17th - General Meeting   9:30-12:15  HILLSIDE

Social Time: 9:30 - Speaker at 10:15 – Lunch 11:30

Speaker:  Program for June 17 Meeting:  We are in for a treat!  Bob Denman, of "The Red Pig" Garden Tools & Blacksmith will be our guest speaker.  Although his blacksmith forge & shop & home are in Boring, the town's name in no way describes this fellow!  He is a popular and personable speaker, and has been written up in many gardening publications, including "Fine Gardening", "Sunset", “Horticulture", and "Garden Design".  He will bring tools (Fathers' Day is coming), and explain their uses, and you know there will be humor with a name like "The Red Pig"!  The program time will be earlier than usual (about 10:15) because of our Luncheon time of 11:30


Remember the upcoming luncheon  on the 17th of June. So far we only have 30 members  paid. The price is $12.00 .  Please send your check to Mike by June 10th  so we have a head count. You don't want to miss the" Red Pig" speaker and the yummy lunch.  Mike Stewart/761 SE Lyncet Ln/Dallas, Or. 97338


Presidents Message  “Come Grow With Us”
Another year has come and gone, filled with many happy memories of arts, crafts, yummy lunches , nursery and Goodwill hopping. Thank you Patty, Maxine and, Doris. Great job gals.  We had many good speakers and learned some interesting gardening tips thanks to our Vice President, Rosemary .  We were lucky to have Elise and Judy chair the Garden Tour again this year. What a great job they are doing making it easy for the next chairman to take over for the year 2014 tour. I know this year's Garden Tour will be a great success. Mike and Gaye also took on the Garden Fair again this year working on filling all the vendor spaces . They have filled many with return vendors as well as some new ones  Great work Gaye and Mike! Thanks to all of you for making this a great Garden Club and for all your hard work to make it happen.

Pray for sunshine for the Tour.

Cozette Caster , President

Yard of the Month

Don’t forget this summer to check our webpage for the Yard of the Month winners!  A big thanks to Myrna and committee for seeking out these local treasures! 


MC900156753[1]2013 Events Calendar


June 5 -- Quilting Class; 9:30 at Hillside

June 10-- Exec. Board Meeting at Cozette's home

June 12 at 10:00 am Tour/Fair Committee Meeting Judy Wilkerson’s

June 17, 18, & 19 - OSFGC Convention:  "Everything is Coming Up Roses" at Shiloh Inn, Portland Airport


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LILACS                              by Cynthia Flake

My lilacs have not bloomed since I have been in Oregon and I have been so disappointed because I LOVE lilacs, so in an e-mail to Cindi Flake (a former member and very knowledgeable gardener) I was complaining about my non blooming lilacs and I received the following directions for restoring my lilacs SO I thought I would share.  (Jean L.)

Cindi writes “Lilacs LOVE full sun.  If they’re not in full sun for at least 2/3 of the day, they’ll get leggy and will refuse to set flower buds.  They are jealous plants that don’t like to be packed into tight spaces with competition from nearby tree and shrub roots, etc…  Good soil goes hand in hand for most plants, as you know.  Lilacs can be 40 years old and can be transplanted (into a well-drained location) as long as it is done when they are dormant (after leaf-drop) in the fall with ample watering until the rains come.


Every year immediately AFTER the lilacs bloom, cut out1/4 to 1/3 of the OLD branches.  This rejuvenates it to keep good strong branches every 4 years.  I’m sure you’ve seen those that have split limbs, etc…Another pruning rule of thumb, as you go is to remove crossing/rubbing branches to prevent mechanical damage, thereby preventing disease entry points.  If the lilacs appear tall and leggy, lop them back as tall as you want them to be.  Don’t be afraid to do this.  Look closely at the branches and you can see bumps on the bark that are leaf buds just waiting to be set free when you cut it back.  This will remove the apical dominance (where the individual branches are competing to be a leader) and will cause it to bush out (lateral branching).  This should increase the bloom potential for the next year.  If you prune lilacs late in the growing season, you actually are cutting off the terminal buds (next year’s blooms), so do all of your pruning right after bloom.


Another thing is to maintain good fertilization.  A simple balanced number (not too high nitrogen) 16-16-16 SLR (slow release) applied just after they leaf out (not if freezing temps are predicted…they’ll freeze their tender shoots off, ha!).  This will get you about 90 to 120 days worth of fertilization.  I only use the slow release fertilizer in the spring, so I don’t have to keep fertilizing every few weeks through the summer (I’m too busy).  I watch the leaf color.  When pale green, I add fertilizer to get a grass-green leaf.  Whatever you do, make sure any slow release (this can cause freeze injury).  They need to “go to bed” in the fall.  I have made a final mild fertilizer application as late as Sept 1, but NOT with slow release fertilizer.  The goal is to have them in good shape to survive the winter.”





West end of MACEvents leading up to our
West McMinnville Entrance Project
By Judy Eggers

THIS IS NOW – By next year we will have a whole new look to the West Entry into McMinnville!

This project idea was brought to the New Project Committee in the fall of 2012.  The committee procured the plot plan to determine the ownership of the property from the title company. 


·       Met with Linfield personnel two times.  Learned from them that ODOT owned that right of way and the City of McMinnville maintained it.

·       Linfield met with the City Manager (Kent Tayler) to present to him the Garden Club idea for a beautification project.  

·       The Committee then met with Kent Tayler and found him to be excited about the possibilities of this project and directed us to the Public Works department.

·       We then met with the Public Works department to discuss this project on several occasions.  Each meeting resulted in one more concern from them that would need to be met.  Finally, with the help of Bob Vertregt, the Public Works department began to think that our plan might be feasible.  But they had no money or manpower to put towards the project.

·       Bob wanted to have the Service Clubs be able to place their club signs at this location also, so we set up a meeting of all the Service Clubs to see what the interest was from them.  They were all interested; however, the City was not in favor of the service clubs signage in that spot.  This meant that the Service Clubs would not be a participant with us in this project.

·       From the meeting with the Representatives of the Service Clubs we met Rob Stephenson who is a Landscape Architect that has worked with the City on many different projects for the last 30 years and is well respected in those circles.  He agreed to draw up the landscape plans and move them through the city channels on our behalf.  He also introduced us to Brian Wicks of Cascadia Landscaping who has agreed to do the heavy lifting on this project.

·       Prior to our meeting with the Service Clubs, Anita Lewis and I met with Bryan Stewart of Newberg who did the landscaping along the highway coming into Newberg.  He was a master gardener along with Patti Gregory and worked with her to help grow the horticulture program at Newberg High.  He still buys a lot of his plants from that program.

·       We have determined that there is water available at the site.  Brian Wicks will need to revamp it just a bit to cover the new plantings and to have a drip system established for the basket post.  The city is planning on repainting the Welcome Sign and adding “Up Lighting” to the sign and at that time will add a plug in for the water drip system.

·       The City has found $2,000.00 in their budget to send a check to the Garden Club to use toward this project.

·       It was during our meeting with Bryan Stewart at the site that he wrote a list of hardy, drought tolerant plants that would work in this situation.  We shared this list with the Public Works department as well as Rob Stephenson and it is this list he used in the plan with a few additions of his own.

·       Work on this project will begin in late summer with planting starting in October.  Depending on the weather, we may need to wait until early spring to plant some of the perennials on the plan.  The plan was delivered to the City Manager on Friday, May 3, 2013 and is in the process of going through the various channels at this moment, including ODOT.  No one expects any negatives from ODOT so we expect the plan to be approved by all.

PS:  Judy and Anita have put in a major effort to see this project to its completion.  Good job ladies!!!  AND good job Garden Club for supporting this!! Sprouts
Welcome to the McMinnville Garden Club
by Rosemary Vertregt 

New Member Kathi Wilson is a recent "transplant" from Roseburg, having moved to McMinnville last summer with her husband, Paul.  Delighted to now be closer to kids and grandkids in Sherwood, they have settled into a home in the Grandview area.  Their corner lot is nicely landscaped and not as large as the half-acre flower garden they left behind, but Kathi is planning to find space for special additions, and looks forward to field trips with our group.  She loves roses, and has driven up from Roseburg to Heirloom Roses and to the Oregon Garden in Silverton.  (Lots of roses in that sentence!)  Kathi is a Master Gardener, having taken the classes in Douglas County.  Although she and Paul considered buying a home in Silverton, they are very happy to be in McMinnville, and we welcome her! We can also thank our "Sunshine" girl, Jo Tribbett for inviting Kathi to join us!


Suzanne Farmer joined Garden Club in December, and she is definitely not a "transplant" from anywhere else!  She was born here, raised here, and spent 29 years as an elementary school teacher in the Yamhill-Carlton School District.  She and husband Gary live up on Berry Creek Road, in the hills west of town, and plant a large vegetable garden every year.  So, of course Suzanne does lots of canning and preserving.  They are thinking about making some landscaping changes, but haven't put together a plan yet, and hope to get ideas from some of our members. Suzanne is also eager to do more containers gardening, and to learn about flower arranging, propagating, and even grafting.  But, at the moment, she is preoccupied with the imminent arrival of a new grandchild (#5)!


Gloria Richardson joined McMinnville Garden Club in March, and her husband Larry Richardson, followed her lead in April.  He wants us to know that although he may not be a regular at meetings, he is willing to help out with projects.  It sounds as if Larry is pretty handy with tools, as he has just finished making two raised beds for their garden.  He is a Southern California boy, and somewhat uneasy about all this rain, as are many of us long-time Oregonians!  They are both delighted to be near family. Gloria, who was born in Hillsboro, works mornings from her home computer in the commercial insurance field.  She has not belonged to a garden club before, but is looking forward to learning more about growing, and propagating plants, and going on field trips. She is sorry to have missed the sedum-planting, and hopes for a repeat!  The Richardson’s have lived and traveled to many places, but are enjoying their rural property on Gopher Valley Road on the outskirts of Sheridan.  Gloria would like to get some chickens, which she has raised before -- that way they won't be the only ones around without farm animals!

 “Every Garden is a Gift” Sunday
, June 23rd, 2013

Club Members:  Can you believe our wonderful event will be over in a month?  Time’s really flying by!  Ticket packets were distributed at our May meeting, and Phyllis and Beverly will be following up with members who were not present to claim their packets.  Contact one of them for additional tickets, or if you have any questions.  This is our only fundraiser, and we need every member’s support and participation to make our event the best ever! Remember to bring your unsold tickets and money to the June 17 meeting or return them to Phyllis or Evelyn by then.  We need the tickets to sell for the day of tour please!


Tour/Faire Volunteers:  Only members who have volunteered to help with the Tour/Faire are eligible to attend the Saturday Pre-tour of the five gardens.  Meet June 22, 9:30 am at the parking lot on 2nd and Evans. (There is NOT a 2 hour parking restriction at the lot.)


Committee Leaders:  Our 4th group meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am at Judy’s home, 1038 Oakmont Court. This is our last meeting before the Tour and Faire, so come prepared with any last-minute questions or concerns. If you absolutely cannot attend, please call or email and let us know, so we can report for you.  Again, thanks for all the hard work you’re doing!

Elsie Carpenter and Judy Wilkerson, Garden Tour Coordinators


Consider attending the State Garden Club’s CONVENTION 2013,  June 17-19, Portland Shilo Inn Airport Schedule,     Registration,    Hotel


New Websites to Explore


Container Gardening Tips:


Fertilizing Hints:  (read pages 1 & 2)   


Searching for a specific plant?  Try this plant search for Oregon nurseries!


Websites to Check Often


Monthly Chores Checklist       Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs



Pioneer District Garden Clubs’s Home and Garden Section








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McMinnville Garden Club

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McMinnville, OR  97128