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McMinnville Garden Club  

                                                Vol. 5  No. 1                    September 2005

McMinnville Garden Club

    Organized in 1926

         PO Box 386

  McMinnville OR 97128


Information: 503 434 4344


Meeting Information

Meeting Day:  Third Monday

September through June

       11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Covenant Church, Fireside Room, 2155 West 2nd, McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.

Executive Board

President          Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Sandy Ford

Secretary          Judy Eggers

Treasurer          Marilyn Coats

Conservation Pledge

I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet Earth, and promise to promote education, so we may be caretakers to our air, water, forests, land, and wildlife.

Ongoing Projects

Summer Garden Tour

The Oregon Garden Support

Scholarships for Horticulture

National Garden Week

Garden of the Month

Blue Star Memorial Marker

City Beautification


“Garden Clippings” is a monthly publication of the McMinnville Garden Club. Contact Kim Jongedyk, (503-434-9130), or 503-434-4344 for info.



September 26th

Field Trip to Monnier Country Gardens

Address: 17049 Mountain View Ln NE, Woodburn. OR

Car pool from Bethel Baptist Church:  10:30 AM sharp. Brown bag lunch or eat out. Bring a folding chair and appropriate clothing


          Ron and Debbie Monnier are owners of Monnier's Country Garden's located in Woodburn, OR., specializing in 1200 varieties of fuchsias and offers for sale the largest fuchsia collections outside of Europe. Ron will give a talk and presentation on fuchsias before the garden tour and lunch. 

      As a young boy Ron helped his father on their vegetable farm planting, harvesting and selling the harvest.  In 1981 Ron graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Geography planning to specialize in mapmaking.  Ron met and married Debbie in 1991, bought a greenhouse in 1992 and learned from Ed Hume the art of starting plants which was the first collection for the nursery.  The plant collection grew and expanded and in 2002 Ron and Debbie opened Monnier Country Gardens


Reservations are required by 9/20/05. .  Please RSVP to Sandy Ford at 503-868-7331 or by e-mail at Sandy’s hillside@onlinemac.com.  Visit the Monnier website at www.monnierscountrygardens.com for more information and directions.


Club History

        October 15, 1928  


          Garden Club met in the Chamber of Commerce rooms at 8 PM. After the president called the club to order, a bill for $8 for plowing was presented by the committee on Wayside Planting was allowed and ordered paid.

          All other business was postponed, the meeting was then turned over to Mrs. Tibbetts, chairman of committee on Achievements, to introduce Clayton E. Lewis of Portland who lectured on “Practical ways in which a Garden Club can help their town”.  The lecture was illustrated with slides from Davenport, Iowa, taken during a contest on “City Beautification”. 

          Although attendance was not large, considerable interest was manifested in Mr. Lewis’ lecture and a number of questions asked on various subjects which he was glad to answer.

          Treasury balance:  $22.20.

          Mrs. Wortman


Dorothy Mathiesen


Website to

Check Out


          Don’t you just love those little hummingbirds that zoom past our heads?  Check out this website which documents the nesting/hatching/flight of a pair of tiny hummingbird babies.  Be sure to look at the last slide which shows the size comparison!



Minutes of previous meetings are available from Judy E. at meetings.



A big thank you to all of you who worked as committee chairs this past year.  Your work was appreciated! There is a meeting on September 8 at 1:30 at Kim’s house for the new chairs. Hope to see you there!


Newsletter Columnists

          Welcome to our new newsletter columnists. Evelyn Mundinger is now doing the Horticulture section and Julie Maahs is writing the Backyard Habitat pieces.  Thanks for sharing your expertise with us!



September 19 Meeting

            Fun for all!

Potluck, plant exchange and a look ahead.

Covenant Church

2155 W. 2nd street

Business meeting

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch and plant exchange

     12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      Please bring your favorite potluck dish and plate, etc. Coffee and tea will be provided. You are also invited to bring a plant (a single plant or one that is dividable to exchange with members). The plant exchange activity is optional and not required.  It could be a fun way to become acquainted with some new plants, learn how to divide them, and to share what we’ve learned from growing them. 

If you are planning to participate in the plant exchange please bring your plants in plastic bags and label them with the plant name. There will be a table provided where you can put the plants you would like to share.  We will have reference manuals at the meeting for plant identification.  Remember to keep the plant(s) moist during transportation and after planting for better success. 

Also your membership dues of $12 may be overdue!  Get them to Sandy Bolmer ASAP.


October 17 is our next meeting featuring planting bulbs. A field trip Oct. 24 to Aerbutus is also planned.


Backyard Habitat

Summer Care

          Our feathered friends need your care even in the time of plenty.  Every few days, especially in the heat of summer, be sure to clean dirty bird feeders to prevent avian disease.  Removing old, molded, spoiled seed is important.  Clean the feeders with one part white vinegar to 20 parts water.  Make sure the feeder is completely dry before adding new seed.  Clean those birdbaths too!  Scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush and using the same vinegar solution is best.  BLEACH is not necessary (besides being harmful to the environment.)

Got Bullies?

Bluejays and Starlings have a “sharing problem”.  The seed you set out for your lovely songbirds is being greedily eaten up by those bigger birds.  Back to the old standby, the tube feeder.  It is tidier, has smaller individual perches (perfect for small songbirds) and the clear tube allows you to see when new seed needs to added.  Tip:  Feed only as much as the birds will eat in a day.  This prevents seed from going rancid.

Turn Off Those Zappers!

          They don’t kill mosquitoes but they are incredibly effective in locally reducing biodiversity, including insects that would likely kill more mosquitoes than the devices.  Studies have shown that these devices are killing mostly non-biting aquatic insects or predators and parasites.  Citronella candles work great.


          Yes, birds get thirsty too and need a plentiful supply, just like we do.  Running water, bird baths, water dishes, etc. help out.  Remember never to fill your birdbath to full, just a few inches will do.  Placing a stone or figurine inside the birdbath allows a perch to just get that needed drink, and also provides a look-out stand to keep Miss Kitty at bay.  Our little ones on the ground enjoy a cool drink as well, living in that wonderful compost pile you have thoughtfully provided for them, surveying their surroundings or sitting upon those branch and twig cuttings you put there just for them.

Natural Feed

Now is the time to allow some of those Annuals to go to seed.  Between the birds who love those tasty snacks, the critters below the group who keep your garde(s) wonderfully tilled (NO, not the excavation as in Gopher and Moles), thrive on those seeds.  And don’t forget the wind who decides where next year’s volunteer seed will be placed.  You will have that wonderfully pleasing spot of color that works surprisingly well.

A new book, Birds of the Willamette Valley Region, by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, and Hal Opperman should be a helpful reference when trying to identify birds in your yard.

A new program on the Discovery Channel, Backyard Habitat, also might be worth viewing at 11 AM daily.  Check it out on their website at:


There’s  plenty of sunshine left to enjoy outdoors though!

                        Julie Maahs






President’s Corner

Welcome back!

          I’m hoping that you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to getting back to Garden Club activities. I sure am.  I am confident that you will enjoy this year’s programs and fieldtrips. Sandy Ford has worked hard compiling the survey data and organizing our programs and field trips to meet your requests. She is excited to share what she has planned for all of us at our September meeting.

          I would like to thank all of you that made the Garden Tour/Garden Faire such a great success. We sold 654 tickets!  I’m looking forward to the same great efforts again next year. This event is our main fund raiser and allows our club to be a successful group. I urge every member to take an active part in some way so that this event will continue to be a great success.

Our club has grown and has added a few new committees that help with our mission to help work on city beautification as a part of our contribution to the community. We will go over these in the business meeting at the September meeting. None of this can happen without your outstanding effort and the volunteering of your time.

          I welcome you all back, look forward to the future and as always enjoy continuing to learn the art of gardening from our speakers and from each other.

                 Kim Jongedyk



          The hot days of summer which wilted both plants and people have once again been replaced with the cool coast breezes.  It gives us renewed energy to tend our gardens, to give thought to the global warming we’re in, and to seek out drought-friendly plants.  Some plants that stand up to the heat with very little moisture are the Lavenders and Sages (including the woody stemmed salvias, Santolina ‘Lemon Queen’ and a Curry plant (of which I don’t know the name). 

          Annuals usually are moisture hogs, but the zinnias and marigolds by my concrete driveway have been beautiful with just once-a-week irrigation.  Drop me an email and tell me about your drought successful plants.  I’ll compile a list for reference in 2006.

     Very soon the soil will be ready for bulb planting.  A few nurseries already have some in stock, but I want to remind you that our club can obtain field-run daffodils from a grower again this year.  I’ll have information at our meeting.        

           Looking for shrubs for winter color?  They are twice as nice if they are fragrant.  Some suggestions: Witch Hazel (hamamelis), several varieties; Viburnums, a large group but v. bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is fragrant; Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana, humliis), of the Boxwood genus with white flowers under the leaves; and the very fragrant Daphnes, especially d. odora.

          One should visit nurseries during all seasons in order to visualize and plan for your own landscape.  Kraemers accepts gallon or larger sized plastic pots for recycling, and Oregon Waste is working on a program that will include all plastics.  Won’t that be wonderful!

          Pot up your extra plants for this month’s garden club meeting.  Add a bit of info. if it has some unusual requirements or habits.

          Please let me know the kinds of information you want to read in this column, so that you find it useful.

             Evelyn Mundinger



          We are pleased to report that Irene Hahn is doing much better in her recovery after a nasty fall this summer. 


Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Julie Maahs

Garden Tour 2006        

                   Judy Eggers

                   Patty Sorensen

Garden Faire 2006

                  Gaye Stewart


        Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture Eveyln Munsinger

Hospitality   Rosemary Vertregt

Membership          Sandy Bolmer

Newsletter   Patty Sorensen

                     Anne Silverthorne

Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart

Publicity/PR   Sandy Ford

Scholarship  Cindi Miller

Sunshine      Joan Friese

Telephone   Mary Whinery

Yard of Month 2006      

          Linda Coburn

          Carolyn Davis

Yearbook     Kim Jongedyk

                     Sandy Ford



 Newsletter Deadlines

     The deadline for submission of

articles for our monthly newsletter is

the last day of the previous month. 

Please send them to Patty Sorensen.  Thanks!

          Do you know of any prospective

Garden Club members? Be sure to let

 Sandy Bolmer know names and

 addresses.  We would love to send

them our newsletter for three months.