Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                        April 2007

McMinnville Garden Club               Vol. 6   No. 8

       April 16, 2007 

Flower Arranging For Your Home by Jeanette Benson

Hillside Community Retirement “Activity Room”

300 NW Hillside Park Way, McMinnville, Or 97128AZ          

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.

President’s Message

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 Bethel Baptist Church at 7:45 a.m. to carpool.

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, 29800 S Barlow Rd., Canby and Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 338l4 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn  Meet at the Bethel Baptist Parking Lot by 9:30 A.M.  Contact Judy Eggers for info.

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 Southern Alps which caught my eye. Wooden Shoe has a restaurant on the grounds and we’ll plan to eat lunch there.  The fields should be full of beautiful tulips to feast our eyes as this is the season of bloom.   http://www.woodenshoe.com/

Rotary Baskets for Sale

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 webfootmac@comcast.net before April 5th.Remember to tell Cindi which type of basket(s) you prefer - shade or sun. 

Meet Bernice Brown                                        Vicki Brink

Born in Minnesota, Bernice has lived many places, including Montana and Washington but moved to McMinnville in 1938. She's had postage stamp gardens to nearly an acre with lots of fruit, berries, apples and grapes. One of her earliest memories is her grandmother's garden with blue jars propped on poles to make miniature hot houses. Her memories ranged from fondly recalled radishes that lined a small garden in Washington to fields black and frothing with locusts in Montana. She's nurtured her small bits of earth at Hillside Retirement Center for 22 years where she also loves to watch the birds. She was surprised to find the suet feeders were not necessarily just filling feathered bellies, when
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?


Go to fullsize imageGarden Club History Dorothy Mathiesen 

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 Deer Creek Park

April 28 Nature on the Gahr Farm

May 12 Botany Adventure

May 19 Heritage Seedlings Restoration Area




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

10:30-11:00 AM  Social Time

 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Hillside, Activity Room,

900 NW Hill Road,

McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.


Executive Board

President          Gaye Stewart

Past President  Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Beverly Mulkey

Secretary          Mildred Reppeto

Treasurer          Jacci Reed


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 Gaye Stewart  

or 503-434-4344 for info.

Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Alicia Dimond

Field Trips       Judy Eggers

Garden Tour 2007 Patty Sorensen

Garden Tour 2008  Jean Lierman

                         Georgia Queen

Garden Faire 2007 Margaret Roberts

                        Judy Eggers

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Julie Maahs

Hospitality       Julie Hughes

                        Cathy Burdett

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.