Garden Clippings

McMinnville Garden Club, PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR       March 2011    503-434-4344

March21 , 2011 – MEETING

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



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


Our program for the March 21 meeting promises to be so exciting – you won’t want to miss it!   Our speaker will discuss incorporating hardscapes into existing gardens.  Do-it-yourself projects will be emphasized. Steven Koch will be our special guest.  At his Pacific Northwest studio, Koch Landscape Architecture, Steven manages a team of talented draftsmen and model builders that help bring his artistic projects to realization.  His skill in the creation of public artworks is enhanced by 22 years of professional landscape design experience.  Steven has won national awards for his dynamic integration of art, lighting and sustainable elements.  He is a regular lecturer on artistic landscape architecture, leading workshops in the United States, Italy and Japan.  His work has been published in books and periodicals in the U.S., Europe and China.  Joining him in presenting this fabulous program will be Gale Schroder from Willamette Greystone.  


March 23 - Portland March Field Trip Fun   

Mark your calendar for sure!  We’ll head out at 9:30 from Bethel Baptist Church to Concentrates in Portland.  Organic fertilizers and soil amendments, various meals such as cottonseed, fish are just a few of the items for sale at this unique store.  Mike Darcy mentioned this as where he gets all his store amendments.  Make your list and join us as we check out their selections just in time for Spring planting.  They give discounts to garden club members too.

After a quick lunch, if there is time, we’ll drop over to Portland Nursery about 10 minutes away.  They have an extensive display of bonsai plants.  This should give us some ideas for our own miniature gardens workshop the next week!



March 28 - PLANT A MINIATURE GARDEN – 10 AM, Jean Lierman's

Bring your container, potting soil and plants to share!  One small plant can be divided into several clumps for this tiny garden.  Web sites for additional information and samples of miniature gardens can be found on the Garden Club web site.


March President’s Message


Quote: Friendship is an endless garden of surprises in which we bloom.”


I must admit that I loved our late season snow for two reasons:  the snow itself was gorgeous AND I’m hoping it eliminated a few of the slugs that I had already started to see around my plants.

But here we go now!  The snow is behind us? Spring is “March”ing right in.  The daffodils are blooming at the coast and my French Pussy Willow tree is about to burst with those beautiful white fuzzy buds. 

I’ve set two goals for this coming growing season.

First, I’m trying to go at it slowly so I don’t find myself overexerting those muscles that I haven’t been using this winter.   I don’t know about you, but once I get started working outside, I lose all track of time.  I did start moving plants and trees in late February.  I’m going to have to put more muscle into it early in March though.  I’m behind on getting my roses cut back!

 Second, I’m promising myself to start a garden journal.  I know I need to spend more time enjoying my garden.  What a perfect way to force me to stop and smell the roses!  Making notes about when things bloom, what colors pop, what plants are performing well, which ones I fertilized when and with what, ones I need to move and why, etc. may be fun.  I know Mary Jo has been faithfully journaling her gardens for dozens of years!  How about you?  Sounds like “journal” is a great secret word.  Now, would someone remind me to ask for it at the meeting?  Teehee






A fun time was had by all at the kite building day!





Wildlife Habitat

June Benson

Follow-up Stories

Anna’s Hummingbird   Steve Berliner, an award winning wildlife photographer in Portland, intended to wash and refill his hummingbird feeder, but one Anna’s Hummingbird wanted a sip and wouldn’t wait. Steve returned with his camera, and the hummingbird repeated her performance. One amazing picture!

Steve Berliner


After Pacific Tree Frogs were featured, Nancy Richards shared some amusing frog stories that I think you will enjoy too.
          She and her husband built their home in McMinnville five years ago. Their main floor bathroom has two windows that meet in one corner. Soon after moving in, they realized a tiny green tree frog was jumping in through the windows and assuming a perch on the inside sill. Every spring the frog returns to its corner of the bathroom. When Nancy’s grandchildren visit, each holds the frog for a minute or two—and the frog never seems to mind. Sometimes Nancy sets out a small bowl of water for plant cuttings and this tiny frog takes a swim. Nancy now thinks of the tree frog as a family pet and expects it to return again this year. But this is not the only frog that has visited her bathroom!
          Last year the Richards were surprised one day to find two new tree frogs in their bathroom: a larger, brown spotted frog and a smaller one. The smaller one only visited that single day. However, the larger one enjoyed the bathroom and laid claim to a new spot--the overflow hole in the bathroom sink. When the Richards used the sink to brush their teeth, the startled frog would jump out. Finally they had enough and Nancy blocked the hole with a small piece of sponge, and soon after the larger frog stopped visiting as well.
          Nancy says there is a quarry behind their McMinnville house that collects water during the winter. Beginning in January the noise from the many croaking frogs is quite deafening.


Meet Rosemary

Interviewed by Rosemary Vertregt :-)  

OK, here goes:  I’m in Kauai, and since none of you came with us, it’s “Meet Rosemary”.  Born in Seattle, raised in Portland, I’m a committed West Coast girl--and a Beaver Believer! In fact, some of my roots are here in “Mac”.  My maternal grandparents grew up across the garden fence from each other out on Oldsville Road, their families having settled there in l876 and 1899. My mother was born on the century farm on which my cousin and her husband still live. For me, my sister, and my cousin, that farm and the beach were the best places to be!


Grandma loved flowers, and belonged to the local Bellevue Garden Club, several members being relatives of hers, or at least “shirt-tail” relatives of hers. She always had flowers and a thriving vegetable garden and fruit trees. She canned, pickled, and otherwise preserved everything she could, teaching and encouraging the next generations.  Well, it worked ! During WWII, my mom had a “Victory Garden”, and when we moved to Portland, Mom joined Alameda Garden Club. Then she joined the Fuchsia Society, and later, the Orchid Society--{notice a pattern here?}  To take this to another level, my father joined the “Anti-Alameda Garden Club”, along with other husbands of members of the original version. (details upon request) He also tended his own rose garden and belonged to the “Royal Rosarians”.


After OSC (then), I married, had three children, and joined a garden club. (surprised?)  We moved to Santa Clara, CA, to Michigan, then to the Pasadena area, and my role was the “home mom and  volunteer” routine--room mother, PTA, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, semi-official neighborhood collector of charitable donations, etc. When my kids were all in school, I got some therapy, a divorce, and a real job teaching elementary school.


After a few years, I met, dated, and fell for Robert, who was working at JPL for Ford Aerospace. He was soon to be transferred to North Yorkshire, England for six months, so there was a quick wedding, broken teaching contract, and deployment of children: one to college, one to Dad, and one to my best friend. Off  we went on what was pretty much a six month honeymoon, but with him working 10-hour days.  It was a fascinating, exciting, and educational time for both of us in the peaceful area of All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot. Our next stop was the San Francisco Bay area, where we lived  for the next ten years, while Robert continued to make extended trips to England.  Since I was tutoring at home, I was often able to join him.  We absolutely loved the ability to travel and learn in Great Britain, and to spend time in Germany, Belgium, and especially in The Netherlands, since Robert is totally Dutch! In l996, we moved to McMinnville, and it feels like HOME.  But we do love Hawaii this time of year!

Internet Links:  
Pioneer District Newsletter

State website 


Club Calendar of Events


Winter Issue of Pioneer Press Online


March Garden Tasks


Slug Prevention:


Spring Lawn Care:!&id=1072457


Starting Seeds Indoors tips from P. Allen Smith