Garden Clippings

                                                                                    May, 2010

                                                                                    McMinnville Garden Club
                                                                                    PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR


SAVE June 27th, 2010,
Keep open for our tenth anniversary tour/faire:

Be sure and tell ALL your friends to save the date!!


June 27th is fast approaching and your various committees are working hard to be ready for company.  Not only is this going to be great fun, but it is our primary opportunity to raise the money our Club needs to continue to support our many worth-while community projects.  Our eye-catching posters and matching rack cards are back from the printer and our ticket booklets will be ready in the next few days. 

Now is the time that we each need to be contacting our family, friends, neighbors and people we normally meet in our day-to-day living so that they too can get this date on their calendar.  Some will want to Tour the 5 beautiful gardens, others will want to visit the free Garden Faire and the real gardeners will want to do both.  With so many choices, one simply cannot go wrong. 

If you normally get cold chills at the thought of asking someone to buy a ticket, don’t worry…just offer a rack card to everyone you meet in the next two months and invite them to attend.  The bold ones will demand that you  sell them a ticket and the timid ones will still be able to slip into Roth’s, Incahoots, Kraemer’s Garden Center or the Farmers Market to purchase their tickets.  This is going to be too much fun to leave anyone home, but if they don’t know they can’t go!  We are counting on you to share the little green cards that will keep this fun growing.  Thank you for your support.


Mike & Gaye Stewart, Event Co-Chairs 




May 19, 2010 – 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. - Linda Beutler 


Linda Beutler grows a great number of plants on a simple city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. She was a professional florist for over 20 years and her first love in her own garden was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. Her focus changed when she purchased her first clematis as a misnamed plant. Her personal collection of this genus now numbers 300 separate species and cultivars. Her passion for clematis led to the publication of her first book, "Gardening with Clematis."


She is one of two vice presidents of the International Clematis Society. She was  a founding member of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection in 2003 and served on their board of directors until July 2007, when she was named the collection's first curator.


Linda has been an instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College for 12 years. She teaches on herbaceous perennials and "The Flower Arranger's Garden." In 2007 Timber Press published her second book, "Garden to Vase," on growing and using your own cut flowers, which was written with gardeners, not florists, in mind.


She lectures nationally on numerous gardening topics, and is a garden writer for both local and national publications, including "Fine Gardening," "Pacific Horticulture" and "Birdwatcher's Digest."


Linda will bring her books "Garden to Vase" ($29.95) and "Gardening with Clematis" ($34.95) for purchase.

Quilt Raffle

Don't forget to get your tickets ($1.00 each or 6 for $5.00) for the fabulous quilt made and donated by Beryl.  Drawing will be at our next meeting in May.  Last chance to get your tickets!


Flowers to Share

Don't forget to bring your yard cuttings!  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.

*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 that DON’T bend. No medicine bottle caps.  *Also bring your magazines to share with others.


May 3, 9:30-11:30  Library Plant Cleanup

Time to give the plants their baths, new soil, fertilizer, etc.  Bring your buckets, rags, clippers, and laughter!  The library is closed Mondays so we will be able to take the plants outside and repot without disturbing library patrons.  Hope to see you there!


Nursery Field Trip, May 14

Leave 9:30 from Bethel Baptist Church.  We’ll visit Extra Perennials Nursery,,

and Farmington Gardens Nursery,



Mosaic Stepping Stone, Saturday, June 5, Jean Lierman’s house  9:30-12


Time for us to do our mosaic stepping stones again.  These have been very popular with our members for the past several years. The cost will be $30 and must be prepaid so come to our May meeting ready to write your check out to Laura Bogh.   Hope you can join us again and enjoy the craft and great company!!!

If you would rather do a bird bath, the cost is $75.00 if you do all the work/gluing etc. She'll take it home and grout it. They are really pretty when finished.


National Garden Week Celebration, June 7

The McMinnville Garden Club will be celebrating National Garden Week by providing the Public Library with Flower Arrangements.  Start looking for a vase that you don’t need back and then fill it with your artistic display of flowers from your yard.  Please deliver to the Public Library between 9-11.  The library is closed on Mondays but you can deliver them to the service entry across from the book drop.  Share your visions!


June 21 Installation Luncheon, Michelbook Country Club, 11-2

Can you believe we are planning for our year-end luncheon?  WOW!  Time really is flying.  We have begun collecting for the BBQ buffet luncheon.  Cost is $17.  We’ll be enjoying a short business meeting, a GREAT lunch with friends and a program with LIVE birds!!!

A NOTE from Stephanie Janik -treasurer

It is hard to believe that our Garden Club year is coming to an end. It is time to renew your membership. The membership is $15. Remember to write on your check that you are paying for membership. If you are paying with cash, please use the envelopes I have available. While you are renewing, check the directory and make sure everything is correct. If you didn't get your picture taken this year, we would like to get it taken at the meeting. I will be sitting at the membership table so you can find me easily.


A NOTE from Marilyn Coats - Garden Tour Horticulture Chairman

It is time to sign up to be a hostess/host for the Garden Tour. We are trying to do 2 hour shifts to make it a little easier if we get enough people to sign up.  The list will be going around again at the next meeting.  Don't forget this is our only fund raiser, so we are counting on as many as possible to volunteer.  


April President’s Message

“Dig In”

Develop Skills, Increase Civic Service, and Grow Friendships

by  Involvement & Nurturing 

Can you believe it?  We are headed for May.  Planting time!  I must admit that I’ve already broken my New Year’s resolution to not buy plants that I can’t get in the ground within two weeks.  BUT you see, these plants don’t go in the ground!  I bought them from our Sedum speaker, they are going to improve my old living wreath.  Knowing that they would last ok in the pots, I’ve been busy getting in lily bulbs of all kinds.  Some are supposed to grow up to 5 feet tall.  WOW!

Speaking of May Day, remember when we used to give our neighbors May Day baskets of flowers?  Here’s a resource if you’d like to surprise yours.    Unfortunately I won’t be home for May Day, I’ll be on the bus garden tour with the senior center.  Know I’ll be seeing some of you there.  Maybe my neighbors will have to be surprised on May 2.

We have LOTS of choices of activities to participate in this month.  Be sure to check out the full list.  The library plants are in desperate need of a good bath. We’ll take a field trip to Extra Perennials and Farmington Gardens where we can buy some of those plants that Mary introduced us to at our April meeting.  And those I can’t leave out of the ground for more than two weeks if the soil temperature is warm enough!

And if you are interested in being involved in the budget discussions, please plan to attend the board meeting on June 7th at Patty’s house.  We want to have a preliminary budget available for acceptance at the June meeting.  Seems like we need to approve expenditures from July to September when we will do a final vote on the budget.


There are many beneficial insects that help out in our gardens.  Sometimes it is hard not to squash every bug that startles you, but it helps to learn which ones are good and should live after all.  Some of the more common ones include:


Ladybugs – Very identifiable with little round bodies that range from pale yellow to dark reddish orange and black spots.  They feed on aphids, scale insects, mealy bugs and mites and can eat up to 1000 aphids a day!!!  They require a source of pollen and are attracted to specific types of plants such as the mustard plant, buckwheat, parsley, cilantro, clover, dill and yarrow. 


Green Lacewings – Delicate insects with translucent green wings and bright green to greenish-brown bodies.  They feed on pollen, nectar and honeydew supplemented with mites, aphids, and other small arthropods.  The larvae are voracious predators, attacking aphids, caterpillars and other insect larvae. 


Yellow Jackets – ½” – ¾” wasps with yellow and black striped abdomens and two pair of wings.    Good predators on flies, caterpillars and other pests.  They like to feed on sugary solutions such as flower nectar or juices of ripe fruit. 


Praying Mantis – Strange looking large, elongated green or brown insects with prominent eyes and up to 4” long.  They catch and devour both pests and beneficial ones, eating virtually any insects they catch. 


Ground Beetles – ¾” – 1” blue-black iridescent.  During the day they hide under stones or other cover.  There are more than 2500 species of ground beetles.  They prey on slugs, snails, cutworms, cabbage root maggots and many other pests that have a soil-dwelling stage. 


These are just a few of the beneficial insects, and there are many more that help us out in the garden.  It is important not to overspray everything in the garden for bugs as it also kills the good bugs and changes the ecosystem.  The only ones that I don’t mind are the ladybugs.  That is why I wear gloves all the time so I won’t jump if a bug comes running out!



                                 Horticulture 101 - Norma Parker


      Our unsettled spring weather with its mid-April frost challenges those of us eager to launch full-bore into our gardening projects.  But hard experience has taught me the value

of trusting my soil thermometer. (A most wise investment if you don’t already have one.)  The soil should be consistently above 60 degrees before planting corn or beans and above 70 degrees before planting tomatoes, squash, peppers or melons. 

            Soil is never ready to be worked until it ruptures easily when crushed in your hand.   Expert gardeners increasingly advise against over tilling.  Soil is habitat for billions of living organisms which are vital for plant growth and health.  These organisms work miracles taking whatever was once alive (organic matter) and digesting it so that it becomes available to the plants.  Nothing we put in or on our soil is of value to our plants until these microorganisms have worked on it.  Plant roots are entirely passive when it comes to taking up nutrients.  It’s those organisms (there are over a billion in a tablespoon of soil) that work the magic.  Over tilling not only destroys the soils structure, it wreaks havoc on the diverse balance of those organisms.  I used to give credit to green thumbs, but I’ve since learned the true credit belongs to the vast active soil habitat that is working wonders.  The health of your soil, and consequently the health of your plants, is determined by the number of diversity of the organisms that live there.  Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants.    Of course, it’s never to early to hand pull those nasty winter weeds.  Just be careful to avoid compacting the soil any more than necessary. 


Internet Links:  

Pioneer District Newsletter

State website 


May links:  Bark Dust FAQs  acid or alkaline soil tips  tulip care after bloom  Protecting birds from cats







   The following is a list of 45 vendors that have already registered as of April 19th.  Every year we like to add a variety of new vendors to the mixture of our old favorites, in order to keep our faire an interesting, delightful shopping experience.  We have 15 new vendors, so far, this year!  Registrations will continue to come in. You won't want to miss this great event.  See you at the Faire!  *denotes new this year.  (lighter print color and don’t start with capital letters)

Adele O'Neal                         Bird feeders from recycled dishes

All Decked Out Glass Art     Fused glass wind chimes and garden art

Amys'Herb Wreaths        *      herb & floral wreaths; baskets & boxes for the garden

Arbutus Garden Art              Bronze garden bells; Japanese Maples, Dwarf Conifers, plants

Artistic Gardener         *           rare & unusual perennials, woodland plants, clumping bamboo

B&D Enterprises                  Lawn & garden furniture & accessories

Bar-A-Pottery                                    Stone vases & functional pottery

Barbara Love Irish          *       hand painted baskets & flutes, prints & note cards

Ben Dye Sculpture          *      sculpture with reclaimed metal base

Bloom River Gardens     *       dwarf conifers, ferns, Japanese maples

Buggy Crazy               *           native Plants, unusual perennials

Coral Belle Designs    *           digital floral cards; lavender wands ,pillows, sachet; jewelry

Cowdawg Creations             Beautiful copper garden art

Creations by Stan                 Garden art made with metal and rocks

Daryll's Nursery                    Ornamental grasses, eucalyptus ,rockroses, cistus, perennials

 Deezines                              Gates, arbors, and garden sculpture

Dymond Gaphics                  Garden signs, outdoor mats, paintings on old windows

Elk Mtn. Cedar                                  Cedar planters, benches,  and trellises

Embroidery Expressions          *         custom embroidered shirts, caps, aprons, etc

Forever in Stone            *        custom engraving on stone, rocks, pots, etc., & Glass etching

Garden Color                                    Wide selection of perennials.

Garden Thyme Nursery                   Ceonothus,  Artemisia, Veronica.

Godfrey Nursery                   Hanging baskets & containers, perennials

Hedgerows Nursery             Perennials & shrubs

Heirloom Roses                                Potted roses and miniature roses

Just Beachy Glass                  *           glass fusion indoor/outdoor art - wind chimes, stakes, etc.

Katula Herbs                         Variety of Herbs

Kenneth Strean                                Bird & squirrel feeders, wishing well, windmills, etc.

Klangsound                     *      home & garden metal sculpture of recycled materials

Little Trees                      *       bonsai, and other plants

Maggie's Creations              Sun catchers - bird houses

N&M Nursery                                    Herbs, tropical's, specialty perennials

Paula's Petals & Perennials            Unique perennials & hardy tropical's

Petal Heads                *           new, unusual annuals, perennials, and shrubs

Salmon River Greenhouse  *  hanging baskets & succulents

Sebright Gardens                 Hostas, ferns, and shade perennials

The Rustic Garden               Metal Garden Art: sprinklers, tables, plant holders, etc.

Three Sisters Nursery                     Recycled Metal art - Japanese maples & dogwood

Tin Man                                  Whimsical birdhouses; cement steppingstones

Unique Yard Art                    Metal trellises

Van Hevlingen Herb Nursery* lavender, fuchsia, herbs, perennials

Wendy Thompson, Artist     Nature art;  pendants & brooches

Wild Ginger Farm                  Rock garden,Alpine,tropical & woodland plants from around world.

Willamette Valley Daylily Club *  Daylilies

Woodshed Creations by Skip         Wine barrel furniture