Garden Clippings                           




2010 McMinnville Garden Club Slate of Officers:

President:  Patty Sorensen

VP:  Ann Silverthorne

Secretary:  Beryl Anderson

Treasurer:  Stephanie Janik



Gaye and Mike’s installation as District President and Treasurer


May 09 Calendar



May 4 & 5 Bag Ladies (& Gentlemen) on 3rd

Time to help cleanup 3rd Street downtown.  Meet at the Methodist Church parking lot at 9 AM both days.  Lunch will be included on Monday.  Bring gloves, clippers, brooms, trowels AND wear your aprons!  For more info:  contact Judy Wilkerson


May 13, 2009 – Field Trip

New date:  (CHANGE)

Time:  9:00 a.m. Bethel Baptist Parking lot

Where:  Fesslers, Bauman Farms, Ferguson’s

Bring your own lunch and we'll eat in the gardens at Baumans.

If you didn't sign up at the meeting, no problem, just show up at BB parking at 9:00.


May 18, 2009 - Meeting

900 N. Hill RoadHillside Community manor in the “Activity Room” Social time: 9:30a.m.  Program Speaker: Linda Mitchell on
“How to Keep Orchids Happy”



 “The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project.   The 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.


Save any bottle caps you have – the District is also collecting these



Now through May 17th. The Cecil and Molly Smith Garden is a serene woodland garden featuring rhododendrons set amidst towering firs in the countryside 6 miles south of Newberg off Hwy 219.  The garden is open for self-guided tours during prime bloom season on Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 Admission is $3.  Plants propagated from the garden are offered for sale.  The garden entrance is at:  5065 Raybell Rd.  St. Paul, OR Directions are on their website at 


Now through June 14th - N & M Herb Nursery Outlet – Rosie Sullivan, owner and proprietor of the ‘usually’ wholesale nursery in Hubbard, has a seasonal outlet open, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10-6. Offered are herbs, vegetable starts, tropicals, hanging baskets, mixed pots, and specialty perennials. 11702 Feller Rd. N.E., Hubbard. Questions? 503.981.9060 or



April 25-May 9, 8-5 daily Hydrangeas Plus/Bell Family Nursery/Amethyst Hill Nursery ANNUAL SPRING SALE Deciduous shrubs and ornamentals. HYDRANGEAS, azaleas, barberry, ground covers, climbing shrubs, escallonia, heather, hibiscus, spirea, arborvitae, viburnum and more. At or below wholesale prices! Zimmerman Rd. – Between Barlow and Meridian Roads – south of Canby, East of Hubbard. Directions at


May 1, 4 - 7 PM Saturday, Friday May 2, 9 am - 5 pm, and Sunday, May 3, 9 am - 2 pm MARION COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS PLANT SALE, Perennials, Vegetables, Fuchsias, Annuals, Herbs, Trees & Shrubs, Native Plants and More! Large selection of Heirloom Tomatoes & Hardy Fuchsias. YARD SALE: Bird Houses, Pots, Garden Art, Tools, Tons of garden themed items! PLUS Master Gardeners on hand to answer all your gardening questions. Marion County Demonstration Garden, 3180 Center St., NE, Salem, OR - (west of Lancaster Mall). 503-373-3770. Cash or Checks Only, please.


May 2 (9-5) and Sunday, May 3 (9-4), Clackamas County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair, Saturday - Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby. Annuals, perennials, vegs, herbs, shrubs, trees, garden art, tools. Fairground admission $3.00, free parking. Under 16 free, no pets. Free seed packets, free pH soil testing, 10-minute university classes, master gardeners to answer questions, hourly raffle prizes, refreshments for sale, convenient plant check, ATM on site.


May 9
Festival of the Birds, Saturday, 10-3
at Sellwood Park and Oaks Bottom. For more info:

May 16

Raleigh Park Garden Tour, Sunday, 10am3pm, to order tickets or for information, call Connie: 503.292.5170 or visit


May 23.

Inviting Vines II – A tour of private clematis gardens in Lake Oswego, Saturday,


June 6th – Craft Project – Cement Stepping Stones

Two sessions for the stepping stones workshop on June 6th

One from8:30-10:30 and the other from 3-5

Cost is $30 prepaid For more info contact Patty Sorensen



Judy Wilkerson needs some more volunteers to work at the Post Office.  Anyone wanting to volunteer contact Judy Wilkerson 503-434-1656 or email at


Motion made at last Club Meeting
Judy Eggers moved and it was seconded by Beverly Mulkey that the approximately $300 remaining from last year’s President’s fund be contributed to the Yamhill County 4H Program to help support their award program.  The Motion was passed without opposition.

April Craft Project

 Button Bouquet class




Curved Up Ribbon: “Hidden Treasures”




June 28, 2009


Only two months until the Garden Tour/Faire!!  The garden owners on this year’s Tour are anxiously checking their gardens to see if they lost any special plants during our cold, snowy winter.  We’ll be re-visiting their gardens in early May to reassure them and answer any questions they may have. 


As usual, there has been a terrific response to the sign-up sheets for helping with the Tour.  Georgia and Jean have enough people to work at all of the gardens on the day of the Tour.  Les has everyone he needs to help out at the Farmers Market Booth.  Beryl has almost all of her helpers to put out posters and rack cards.  We’re sure Kathleen and Cathy also have all the help they need for the signs.  If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for anything, you can always put your name down as a back-up in case someone has to cancel at the last minute.  Thank you all for being generous with your time!!! 


The posters, tickets and rack cards are being printed this week.  A big, big thanks to Vicki Brink for doing such a great job on the layouts for us again this year!!!


Keep making a list of the plants and other items you want at the Garden Faire.  Our Garden Club members are some of the best customers!  We have to set a good example for all those other shoppers!


Judy Eggers           Sharon Gunter

      Garden Tour Co-Chairs


Backyard Habitats                                                                                                    Marilyn Coats



So much has been written about honey bees, but you rarely see any information regarding bumblebees.  There are over 250 known species primarily in the Northern Hemisphere.  They are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands.  The hair, called pile, covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. 

They are social insects with annual nests.  Bumblebee nests are first constructed by over-wintered queens in the spring.  Upon emerging from hibernation, the queen collects pollen and nectar from flowers and searches for a suitable nest site.  The nests are often found in old rodent burrows, compost piles, woodpiles or cavities underneath sidewalks.  Once she has found a site, she prepares wax pots to store food and wax cells into which eggs are laid.  After the emergence of the first or second group of workers, workers take over the task of foraging and the queen spends most of her time laying eggs and caring for the larvae.  Bumblebees do not produce large amounts of honey, only enough to feed the developing young.  The colony grows progressively larger and at some point will begin to produce males and new queens.  Mature nests will hold fewer than 50 individuals.  New queens and males leave the colony after maturation.  Males in particular are forcibly driven out by the workers.  The queens are eventually mated and burrow into the ground where they spend the winter in hibernation.  The workers, males, and old queen perish in the fall. 

Bumblebees are normally docile and will only sting if provoked or if their nest is in danger.  (However, I have been chased away more than once when I got too close to a bee in a rhododendron bush!)  Unlike honey bees, they have a smooth stinger and can sting repeatedly. 

The loud buzzing is the result of the bee vibrating its flight muscles which is especially pronounced in bumblebees, as they warm up their bodies considerably to get airborne at low ambient temperatures. 

Just like honey bees, bumblebees are very beneficial as they pollinate a wide variety of crop and ornamental plants. 


President’s Message

Cathy Burdett

    Thyme after Thyme


May is the time for a profusion of color in flowers and a time to admire the beautiful and diversified landscapes all around our neighborhoods.  It is a time for potting, repotting, planting and weeding, pruning and digging in our gardens.  In other words it is a time of vigorous activity as we “addicted gardeners” work long hours as the days grow warmer.

This month our club will also be involved in vigorous activity as we prepare for our annual fund-raiser (FUN-RAISER) that supports our club’s project and programs.  Sharon Gunter and Judy Eggers have been preparing, organizing and contributing many details to ensure the success of our annual event.  Included in this detail scheduling is the “behind the scenes work” of Joanne Dewitt, Julie Hughes and Elsie Carpenter who are working to make sure we have quality and diversification in the chosen vendors.

Please think about inviting your friends and neighbors to this wonderful well-planned event.  At this month’s meeting each member will be given 4 tickets to sell.  Maybe you will quickly sell your four tickets and ask for more to sell?

It will take all our members to accomplish and complete all the tasks in a timely manner can we count on you?  I hope we can.    

Internet Links


2009 State Garden Club registration form for the June Convention in Lincoln City


Pioneer District Newsletter

State web site 


April Yard of the Month for the Web page

May Websites:

BULBS:  Don’t cut off those Daffodil and Tulip leaves!!! 


LAWN:  Did your lawn suffer Snow Mold this winter?  A huge increase in this has been reported this year due to our prolonged snow in December.  Read about it:


BIRDS:  Looking for a great website for birds in Oregon?  Check out: