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McMinnville Garden Club





Text Box: Special Thanks 

 KIM JONGEDYK- Special thanks for your dedication and commitment to the McMinnville Garden Club.  Your leadership on many committees and projects has been an inspiration and encouragement to others.  Just think you don’t have to do the club yearbook this year!  THANK’S KIM!

 PATTY SORENSEN- although you have relinquished your responsibilities of club newsletter editor you are still involved in many projects.  Your achievements and leadership in the club’s activities and projects are inspirational and impressive.  For this club year your responsibilities include the role of treasurer, member of the board, yearbook and web page coordinator plus being involved in several committees and interest groups.  THANK’S PATTY!











October 8th – FIELD TRIP –
1,358 ACRES OPENED TO THE PUBLIC March 29, 2008. 
We’ll spend time at the refuge and then lunch in Sherwood at the
Red Lobster Restaurant. We’ll carpool from Bethel Baptist Church
parking lot at 9:30.


October 20th - Meeting
900 N. Hill Road – Hillside Community manor in the
 “Activity Room”
Social time: 9:30a.m.-Business Meeting:10:00a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Program: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Meeting/Program:  Mike Darcy, host of  In the Garden Radio Show
on KXL radio 750 AM Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 will share his
expertise with us.  He has received the Garden Communicator’s award
from the American Association of Nurseryman and many other awards.

To hear podcasts of previous shows head to:

Evelyn Mundinger will bring 28 bags of daffodil bulbs to the
meeting.  Cost $6.50 per bag.

October 21st The Garden Club's craft interest group will be
meeting on at Patty Sorensen's, 1666 NW Medinah Drive at 10 AM
to create decorated bird houses.  You will need to bring a clean, 
bird house (birdhouses can be found at Michael's in Tualatin for
under $6
).  We will be adding wallpaper rather than paint. 
A sample will be brought to the October meeting. Directions: 
Take Baker Creek Rd. then left to Hill Road, left onto Cottonwood
At the end of Cottonwood, turn, right and proceed to the green house
with brick trim, 1666 Dress warm, we'll be in the garage!






President’s Message – Cathy Burdett

Thyme after Thyme         

Gardening Friends:

Thank you for the support and participation in our September organizational meeting.  Although the club agenda was extensive, we completed it on time, thanks to you!

We have a well organized club that accomplishes many projects in our community, thanks to you!

Our club is energetic and enthusiastic in creating “interest groups” that focus on specific topics, thanks to you!

Remember the analogy that our club is like an elegantly crafted, finely tuned, valuable American antique watch (82 years old) that continues to tick, tick, tick in time, year after year, thanks to you!




Roving Reporter                                                                      Sharon Gunter        


floral5_009343I was reading my new issue of Fine Gardening and got a laugh out of the column by the Managing Editor.  Part of it reads as follows:


"First year they sleep.  Second year they creep.  Third year, they leap."  This mantra is helpful because it explains why your plants might not do much after you plant them and offers hope for the future.  If I were to adapt the saying to my experience, it would go something like this.  "First year, they sleep.  Second year, I've forgotten what they are.  Third year - if they make it that long - I have probably moved them so I'm really back to the first year."



Motions from last club meeting: Download


·         Judy made a motion to approve the proposed 2008-2009 club operating budget; it was seconded by Ann.  Patty placed the motion before the club for further discussion; she restated the motion and put the motion to a vote; the motion passed without opposition.


·         Mary Jo made a motion to change the second part of Standing Rule #5 to state that membership changes will be given to the Membership Chair for disbursement to the Newsletter and Yearbook Editors.  Sharon placed the motion before the club for further discussion; she restated the motion and put the motion to a vote; the motion passed without opposition.


Welcome to our NEW Sprouts!


             New members from June through September include:

Joyce Batespansy_010117 who recently retired to McMinnville from LaConner, WA.  Even though she now lives here she continues to travel back to LaConner because she is on the committee that is planning the LaConner Civic Garden Club’s centennial celebration. Joyce says she has “always” belonged to a garden club. She enjoys reading, gardening, knitting and has been making jewelry for 30 years.

Patti Gregorypansy_010117 was raised in Yamhill County and says it is her favorite place. She calls herself a “plant geek” and retired after 24 years in the wholesale nursery business. She is a Master Gardener and her favorite volunteer project is as a mentor for the Newberg High School Horticulture Project.

Mike Stewart pansy_010117 joined our club in June. He works as business manager for Western Oregon University’s Teaching Research Institute and (he says) he assists his wife, Gaye, in her wedding planning and floral arranging business. He has been through the Master Gardener Training program and Floral Arrangement training.

pansy_010117Jan Clay has lived in Yamhill County in the Parrot Hill area for most of her adult life, but she recently retired and she and her husband have bought a small acreage in the MAC area. She has belonged to other Garden Clubs, even a junior Garden Club as a child. Her Hobbies include gardening, dogs and traveling. She has a seasonal business called "Majestic Chocolates" that she has run for 35 years at the insistence of her friends. Ask her about it.

Two other new members, pansy_010117Myrna Cuscaden and Cokie Anderson pansy_010117have been unavailable for an interview but we are pleased to have them as part of our club and look forward to meeting them.


Garden Conservancy                                                           Jan Elliot 


There are a few North American Gardens so exceptional that they are being preserved for future generations through the efforts of a non-profit organization called the Garden Conservancy.  This organization’s goal is to help transition these gardens from private to public ownership.  This is accomplished by establishing a local governing board, offering horticultural expertise, and assisting in setting up an endowment fund.  Once the Gardens are operating independently, the conservancy turns over all management responsibility to local administrators.  Gardens that are under the selection process are carefully reviewed by a group of professional experts including landscape architects, horticulturists and garden historians.  Two Gardens that have successfully been saved are Ruth Bancroft’s Desert Garden in Walnut Creek, California and Santa Barbara’s renowned Lotus Land owned by the late Ganna Walska.  Membership dues are $25.00 for individuals and $50.00 for organizations.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting: Garden Conservancy, Box 219, Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516.


Clearing the Air (submitted by Ann Silverthorne
by Marie Hofer, Gardening editor, HGTV.COM

Indoor air often contains volatile chemicals that are given off by paint, pressed wood products, carpeting, adhesives, etc.--all commonly found in new buildings and building materials. People who suffer from "sick building syndrome" often find some relief when plants are present.









Dracaena ranks high in the ability
to remove formaldehyde from the air.


Great Green Air Cleaners

Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
Lady palm
(Rhapis excelsa)
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Rubber plant
(Ficus elastica)
Dracaena 'Janet Craig'
(Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig')
Pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
'Alii' (Ficus macleilandii 'Alii')
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Corn plant
(Dracaena fragrant)
Golden pathos
(Epipremnum aureum)
Florist mum
(Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Gerbera daisy
(Gerbera jamesonii)



In 1980 scientists at the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi found that plants can purify air. B. C. Wolverton and his team measured the effects of various houseplants on the presence of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) including formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene.

What tangible things do plants do
when they're present?


·   Studies have shown that people feel more attentive, think a little more clearly and possibly even more innovatively, when plants are around.

·   They report feeling less stressed.

·   In some cases plants don't have to be immediately present; hospital patients recover a little faster from surgery and require less pain medication with just a view of a garden.

Want more information??

This great little book describes the care and culture of 50 plants that can help purify the air in your home or office, rating the plants on how well they remove chemical vapors, how easy they are to care for, etc.: How to Grow Fresh Air by B. C. Wolverton


Plants at Work
(affiliated with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America)
Website: Plants At Work






happiness always

THE Quote Garden

a poem written by one of our new members Adrienne Schouten:

September’s Gift

I open the door and a sharp, cool gust cuts past me, swirls into the house

rustling the morning paper onto the floor. The sky is blue but faded and
melancholy with the low slung sun recasting her rays earthward.

The garden’s raucous summer growth is over and things seem quiet as nature
saves her energy for her last work of casting off leaves and retreating
underground.  Yes, even the gold and black spotted koi seem to have grown
slow, nearing the time they will hibernate to escape winter’s rage.
I cut what I know will be the last lavish rose bouquets to brighten my tables as
well as my mood.  The huge blue, pink and purple hydrangeas will be hung to
dry for winter arrangements and to share with friends.

Stalwart green tomatoes line the kitchen windowsill to ripen and treat us to
their homegrown goodness.

I’ll miss the blazing colors; scents of lemon, jasmine and honeysuckle and
textures of spiky grass amidst sensual succulents; even as I anticipate birds in
the elderberry tree, ripening olives and the pulsing red and gold of dogwood
amidst the crisp white paper bark maples.


Thanks Adrienne and we all hope you are feeling better.  Look forward to seeing you at a future club meeting.







The McMinnville Garden Club needs a publicity and public relations committee leadership chair for the upcoming year.  The duties include providing information on club events and meetings to the local newspaper and other locations on a timely basis.  If you can help please contact Cathy, at



Backyard Habitats                                                              Marilyn Coats



*      Dragonflies flitting around can be very fascinating to watch.  They are usually found around water, but can also be seen flying around in backyards that don’t have water. 

*      They typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects like bees, Downloadflies, ants and butterflies.  They are valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects. 

*      Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants.  Some will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a good surface.  Depending on the species, it can take a few days to several months to hatch.  The larva or nymphs are aquatic and can last from two months in smaller species to five years for the larger ones.

*      When the larva is ready to becomeDownload an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant at night.  Exposure to air causes it to begin breathing.  Then it crawls out of its skin, waits for the sun to raise, pumps up its wings and flies off.  The large species can last as long as four months. 

*      Damselflies are often confused with dragonflies.  Damselflies hold their wings at rest together above the body--where most dragonflies at rest hold their wings horizontally.  The eyes on a damselfly are apart; in most dragonflies, the eyes touch.  These eyes may each contain as many as 30,000 individual lenses.  Because of their good eyesight, they have been known to respond to stimuli from more than 40 feet away!  Download

*    It is surprising how many dragonflies survive since they are eaten by fish, water beetles and bugs, birds and even humans.  They are beautiful insects and are fun to watch. 


Internet Links

Pioneer District Newsletter

State web site 


Dividing Perennials: 


Late Summer Cleanup:


The NEW Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton has a special rate going for this Fall to celebrate their grand opening.  Weekday rates are $69 for two which includes dinner, breakfast and tickets to the Oregon Garden.  Hard to beat that!