April 16, 2007
Social time: 10:30 a.m.-Business Meeting: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dessert, coffee & tea provided by hostesses: Lynne Desel, Esther Smith, Judy Eggers and Arlene Wells
Program: Jeanette Benson of the Cedar Hill Garden Club will show us practical arranging techniques for use in our home. Jeanette has been a garden club member since 1972. She is a Master Judge, Senior Dahlia Judge and instructor and member of the Orchid Society.
Spring has arrived with its bounty of flowers and blooming trees. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, primroses and Lenten Roses abound! Nurseries are stocked with new cultivars of favorite plants and products designed to make our gardens grow. We learned about a new product during the Club’s recent trip to Cornell Farms; its called “Sure Start”, comes in a box or 25# bag and feeds plant roots, while enriching the soil. You might look for it at local nurseries.
This month is busy for our
Club. Teams are continuing their
planning for the new outreach goals, the Garden Tour and Garden Faire are fast
approaching, and the annual Pioneer District luncheon is in Scappoose, April 19th,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Send your check
($12.50) to Jacci Reed, Treasurer, ASAP and plan to meet at
Our April 23rd field trip will be to visit Edelweiss Perennials in Canby and the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm in Woodburn. Judy Eggers, Field Trip Leader, will have sign-up sheets available at the April meeting. Check your handbook for other coming events.
Congratulations to Bernice Brown for her recent recognition from the Master Gardeners who awarded her the organization’s first “Golden Trowel” award! Bernice took the training in 1979. Good for you, Bernice!
As the spring flowers grow, so grows our Club! We have a new member, Jan Elliott, making 83 members. Several guests attended the March trip and may join too.
I look forward to seeing all of you on April 16th. Fondly, Gaye Stewart, President
P.S. Begin telling people about the June 24th Garden Tour and Garden Faire.
April 23, 2007 Nursery Field Trips
Field trip to Edelweiss Perennials,
Edelweiss is open by appointment only. It’s
primarily a mail order nursery. Last year they started propagating new
plants brought back from Switzerland/Europe. They have a web site (www.edelweissperennials.com)
that has lots of pictures. One of the plants that they are finally
offering is the fire lily of the
Rotary Baskets for
The sales have started for this year’s Sunrise Rotary hanging baskets. As usual, the beautiful, long blooming, 12 inch baskets are being sold for $25. However, because of the support that the Garden Club has shown over the years we are being offered a 20% discount for the first 20 baskets ordered by our club. This makes the price only $20 to club members.
So far club members have purchased 13 of the baskets - leaving only 7 left for the special 20% discount. If you haven't yet ordered, call Cindi Miller at 503-474-0541 or email her at email@example.com before April 5th.Remember to tell Cindi which type of basket(s) you prefer - shade or sun.
Meet Bernice Brown Vicki Brink
she discovered the deer also enjoyed the suet. She confided that she knew of an excellent, economical deer repellant that we all come complete with, but being a lady she would only hint at it. (Can you guess?) Next month we’ll meet a member who loves lilacs and roses! Who is it?
July 16, 1934
First meeting of the year was held on the Pearson porch after an enjoyable potluck lunch which had been planned for the park but due to uncertain weather a change of plans was necessary. Thirteen members answered roll call. Mrs. Pearson opened the meeting until nominations were entertained and Mrs. Robison was nominated and elected and the meeting was finished with her guidance. Minutes were approved as read. Bills; 35 cents for song sheets for convention, $31.95 for flower holders. Motion made to pay these and to pay these and to pay Mrs. Pearson for sugar, cream, rolls and butter.
Treasurer’s report for the past year: Money on hand $37.94. Committee chairmen were chosen for 6 committees. A motion carried the Secretary be allowed to purchase stationary with proper Garden Club heading. Secretary was instructed to send the new officers’ names to the State President and Secretary – Mrs. Dorothy Seymour and Mrs. Robert Warrens both of Forest Grove. We carried out a white elephant idea as to containers. Containers and flowers to be wrapped separately and chosen later by members, and prizes given for the best arrangement with what you chose. Three prizes were given. Mrs. Chenoweth invited the club to her garden for the August meeting. Four members paid dues: $2.00 total.
Sunshine Joan Friese
Congratulations to Marjorie Prettyman on her recent marriage. We hope the garage sale goes well!
New Sprouts Mary Whinery
We are now at 83 members - this is so wonderful!
The latest members are: Jan Elliott 3/1/07; Vivian Gregory 2/19/07; Les Bochholz 2/19/07; Karen Robertson 2/19/07; and Donna Sterling 2/19/07.
As Membership Officer, I welcome you into our wonderful Garden Club in behalf of all our membership, and hope you enjoy our group as much as I do! Have lots of fun.
Websites to Check Out
· Care of Daffodils from the American Daffodil Society
· Care of Tulips from the Tulip World in Holland
“Backyard Havens” Garden Tour June 24, 2007
It’s time to start gearing up for our ticket sales! Tickets will be distributed at the May Garden Club meeting. Plan ahead and think of at least 4 people you can sell tickets to. If everyone sold 4 tickets, we’d have 332 tickets from our membership sales alone! Set your goals high. Who will beat Gaye’s record last year of over 25? Last year we sold 645 tickets. This year I’m setting our goal at 700. We can do it! We have so many great community service project ideas that need funding, let’s see if we can support our dreams. Patty Sorensen, Chair
Horticulture Julie Maahs
Growing Citrus in Containers
Gardeners delight in growing the perfect tomato, or even a few herbs for cooking, but when it comes to citrus fruits most depend on someone else to supply that kind of produce.
Now, there are many dwarf citrus available that make growing lemons, limes and oranges as simple as caring for a houseplant. The fresh fruit, fragrant blooms and glossy green leaves of these miniature trees are a joy to have indoors during the winter or close at hand on the patio during the warmer weather. Dwarf fruit trees are created by grafting a standard variety onto a dwarf rootstock. In the garden many will grow up to 8' - 12' tall, but when planted in containers they stay a more diminutive size.
Containers - Selecting a container for your citrus, terra cotta, the look is classic and if it's a well-made pot it will last for years. Whatever type of container you choose, Dwarf citrus trees must have good drainage; so select a container that has plenty of holes in the bottom. The size of container you choose depends on the size of the plant, when you purchase your dwarf citrus tree in a nursery pot, go up one container size.
Soil mix - Recommendations to mix equal parts soil, sand and peat moss are good, but a light commercial potting soil or a soil designed for cactus works just fine.
Conditions for your citrus - Full sunshine and good air circulation. They can remain outside as long as temperatures stay above 40 degrees F. Water as you would any other houseplant. The soil should be consistently moist, but not soggy. A deep soak every 5 - 7 days and fertilize once a month. Use a water soluble, acidic fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
Meyer Lemon bears large, sweet lemons almost year round.
“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” Lindley Karstens
Native Plants Field Trips
Be sure to check out the Events section of the News Register for more information about the upcoming field trips by the local chapter of the Native Plant Society. For more information, call 503-843-4338 Scheduled trips include:
April 14, Wildflowers at
April 28 Nature on the Gahr Farm
May 12 Botany Adventure
May 19 Heritage Seedlings Restoration Area
Organized in 1926
Backyard Habitat Alicia Dimond
Field Trips Judy Eggers
Garden Tour 2007 Patty Sorensen
Garden Tour 2008 Jean Lierman
Garden Faire 2007 Margaret Roberts
Historian Dorothy Mathiesen
Horticulture Julie Maahs
Hospitality Julie Hughes
Library Plant Care Sandy Ford
Membership Mary Whinery
Newsletter/Website Patty Sorensen
Newsletter Asst. Sandy Bolmer
Parliamentarian Sharon Gunter
Post Office Landscape Joanne DeWitt
Publicity/PR Beverly Mulkey
Scholarship Ann Silverthorne
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Vicki Brink
Yard of Month Evelyn Mundinger
Yearbook/Photography Kim Jongedyk
The newsletter deadline for submission of
articles for our monthly newsletter is
the 25th of each month. Please send them
to Patty Sorensen.
Do you know of any prospective
Garden Club members? Be sure to let
Mary Whinery know names and
addresses. We would love to send
them our newsletter for two months.