Go to fullsize imageGarden Clippings                                                                                                           April 2008

McMinnville Garden Club                                                                                                                                  Vol. 7   No. 8


April 21, 2008

Kate Parker, Katula Herbs

Plants will be offered for purchase

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

Social time: 9:30 a.m. - Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Program: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Raffle & Wrap-up 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided by hostesses:

Ruth Everingham, Les Buchholz, Mary Whinery, Lynne Desel and Joan Kringen

j0422833          Kate and Rafe Parker live on a ten acre farm between Sheridan and McMinnville. Their original plan of growing quantities of herbs for medicinal uses was changed because of a limited water supply available on their property. Now, the primary focus of their business, Katula Herbs, is growing culinary, tea and fragrant herbs which they sell at local farmers’ markets.

          Kate will share information about some of her favorite herbs; how to grow them, their many uses and ways of preserving the bounty of a summer herb garden.

The President’s Corner

Dear Gardening Friends,

            Welcome to spring!  Is that snow falling?  And freezing temperatures?  Those of us, who enjoy planting early peas, as well as blooming sweet peas, may question the advisability of such with the current winter weather.  Perhaps it’s a passing weather phenomenon and spring is just behind the snowflakes.  I, however, am basking in the warmth of the sunny skies in Palm Springs!  Its been 82 – 85 degrees most days with an occasional 92!  I’ve been planting our little yard here and have discovered at least one new cultivar – a yellow-blooming impatiens plant, with a mounding growth habit, 18 to 24 inches tall.  We have an irrigation system so plants survive the hot, dry conditions.

Our various interest groups are up and going now.  The group conveners have done an excellent job of organizing and contacting people.  You are encouraged to attend and enjoy the gardening information while getting better acquainted with Club members.  I’m really looking forward to the floral arrangement sessions I’m hosting at my home Wednesday, April 30th.  There will be a session in the morning with a repeat session in the afternoon.  People may choose which to attend.  At the April meeting, I’ll provide a list of supplies to bring so you go home with a completed floral arrangement.

The annual Pioneer District Spring Luncheon will be held Thursday, April 17th, 11 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. in Tigard.  This event brings all 18 Clubs together for food, fun, fellowship and District business.  This year we (Pioneer District) are hosting the State Convention.  I’m hoping you plan to attend this District luncheon, which could also include a flower stop at Al’s Nursery in Sherwood!

I’ll be seeing you all soon and bringing sunshine with me!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gaye

P.S. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 28th, 9-12 for our annual Third Street Cleanup with free lunch following.



April Field Trip, Chinese Garden, Portland

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 


Field Trip to The Portland Chinese Garden

Car pool from Bethel Baptist Church: 9:00 a.m. SHARP  

(A little earlier than usual)

We’ll travel by carpool to Beaverton where we will board the Max train to Portland’s China town. We’ll lunch at the Golden Horse prior to touring the garden.  Spring should be a perfect time to visit this garden.


Meet the Members

Ruth MillerRuth Miller saw an ad for the Garden Club in the News-Register and decided to attend.  The meeting was held in the basement of the Community Center.  She was an hour late, because the ad wasn’t changed to a new time.  By then they were wiring pinecones on wreaths for their annual fundraiser.  So she sat down to help and joined in October or November of 1986. 

She enjoys gardening in her raised beds, planting tomatoes and herbs.  Since there is a lot of shade in her yard, she wants to plant more ferns since discovering that she really likes them.    However, she does have some rose bushes which still are her favorite flowers.    

Reading gives her much pleasure and she volunteers at the library.  She and her husband, Dick, belong to the Senior Center and she assists her husband with the Odyssey Club.

She has two sons who are both married, with a total of five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  They live fairly close to most of them so they are able to visit now and then. 

Ruth truly enjoys the Garden Club and is very proud to be a member because of all the civic activities.                                                                 Interview by Marilyn Coats


Yearbook Calendar Corrections   Please make these changes in your yearbooks!

May Field Trip – Should be May 28th


Bag Ladies scheduled for April 28th

Our annual cleanup of the downtown area is set for Monday, April 28th.  Mark your calendars.  Details will be shared at the April meeting.


April Yard of the Month

1365 NW Meadows Drive.  Check it out at: http://mcminnvillegardenclub.org/yardApril2008.htm


Interest Groups Info

The Flower Arranging breakout interest group will meet on April 30th. Gaye will be teaching the classat her home.

Since quite a few signed up for Flower Arranging interest group, Gaye suggested dividing the group in half and holding two sessions. On April 30, one session will be from 10 a.m. – 12 noon  and the other from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  I will be organizing the two time slots. Be sure to circle April 30th on your calendar!  Roselyn  503 852 6236


The Garden Art breakout interest group met on March 12th  to create decoupage tin buckets.  Beautifully decorated buckets should soon be sporting plants in their yards! The next scheduled activity day is Wednesday, May 7th from 9:30-12 at Rosemary Vertgret’s home to create a hypertufa project. We will carpool from the Bethel Baptist parking lot at 9:10 AM..  The cost of this project is will be announced later in April.  Each participant will need to wear old clothes and bring rubber gloves and a cardboard box like the ones we get at nurseries to take home our projects. 

For more information contact Kathleen Bennett.


Garden Tour/Faire, June 22, 2008


IMG_5054_editedSomething Old and Something New

Much as the bee in this picture is devouring the pollen from an old plant and moving it to another plant possibly creating something new, we are all anxious to begin devouring the nurseries and plant sales for new plants to add to the old ones we have in our gardens.  It seems to have been a very long winter season this year even if the calendar says it is spring!

BEE sure save some energy for the upcoming activities which support our Garden Tour and Faire on June 22, 2008.  Tour and Faire chairs will begin asking for volunteers for their various assignments this month.  Think about which activities you are interested in and BEE ready to sign up soon!

And check out the sneak previews of the gardens at:


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MCj04039650000%5b1%5dWebsites to Check Out


 Gardener’s Paradise:     http://gardeningtips.org/April/photo.shtml


Gardening with the Helpful Gardener:  http://www.helpfulgardener.com/


Spring Plant Sales in Oregon Calendar:  http://oregongardenclubs.org/Events.htm


"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring.
Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?"

                                                                                                                        Edward Giobbi


McMinnville Garden Club, Organized in 1926,

PO Box 386, McMinnville OR 97128, 


Information: 503-434-4344