Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                          April 2006

McMinnville Garden Club                           Vol. 5   No. 8  



April 17, 2006

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

By Jake Hurlbert

Covenant Church: 2155 W. 2nd Street

Social time: 10:30 Business & Lunch meeting: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Optional Brown bag lunch – dessert, coffee & tea provided by hostesses:

Barbara Lofgren, Gaye Stewart, Mary Jo Capps, Julie Hughes

Program: 12:00 - 1:00

      Jake Hurlbert is a member of the Oregon Mushroom Society for 10 years.  Has also been a member of the Native Plant Society developing a key to the families of flowering plants and taught edible plant as well as mushroom courses through the Chemeketa Community College for five years.  He is also an avid photographer of mushrooms and insects.   Jake is now in the process of writing a genera mushroom workbook call “Key on Agarics” and developing a power point program on common insects call “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” 

      Jake earned a Masters degree in Science and Education from the Western Oregon State University majoring in Botany and Physical Science; he is also a certified Master Gardener for the past two years, works at the OSU Extension Office on Mondays and invites all the garden club members to bring their plants, insects and landscaping problems.  There is nothing that he can’t fix or help you by finding information.

April 24, 2006

Historic Downtown Tour including Cozine House with Patti Webb

10:45 Meet at the First Baptist Church near downtown at 126 SE Cowls St.

11:00 – 2:00  Rain or Shine

Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

For more information: Sandy’s email sandys_hillside@onlinemac.com or call 503-868-7331


President’s Message

Plants are amazing and so resilient with what nature throws at them. Spring is here and our world changes from drab and witchy looking trees to beautiful lush greens and a rainbow of colors. Our gardens invite us back in to enjoy them and pamper them to our hearts content. What a beautiful reward we reap from doing something we love to do! Happy spring hope you enjoy the season.

We have a busy month of April; here are the dates to put on your calendar. On April 10th at 8:00 am we will be meeting downtown for our annual Bag Ladies clean up on 3rd Street and lunch at the Golden Valley Brew Pub afterwards, April 17th our club meeting The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly with Jake Hurlbert, April 20th Spring District Meeting/Luncheon and April 24th our Fieldtrip in downtown McMinnville. Please look for more details about all these events in this newsletter

I’m looking forward to our 6th annual Garden Tour/Faire “In the Garden”.  It’s coming up soon! June 25th will be here before we know it and I know that all the committees are hard at work to make it a great success.  For those new members, we’ll have the scrapbooks of last year’s event at our next meeting.  Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work, I know it will be a great success again this year.

                                                                             Kim Jongedyk, President

April 10

Our annual downtown McMinnville Clean up Day is Monday, April 10th.  Bag Ladies will meet in the back parking lot behind the Timerick’s jewelry store at 8:00 a.m. We’ll work until 11:15 then go to the Golden Valley Brew Pub at 11:30 for lunch. Be sure to bring gloves, rake, broom and clippers (If you have a stool or garden cart or wagon, bring it too!) and wear your Garden Club apron.


April 20

Don’t forget that we are hosting the Pioneer District Spring Luncheon and Meeting at the Covenant Church on April 20.  By April 13th please send $12.50  to Mildred Reppeto for your reservation.


Remember this date too!  The Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.‘s 2006 State Convention, “Roses, Roses, Roses” will be June 12-14 at the Red Lion at the Convention Center in Portland.

Backyard Habitat




Yes, it's that time and despite all the rain, I.E. Oregon Sunshine, spring has arrived. And with it those lovely Hummingbirds. I have counted at least five at the feeder just this last week.

All the works for providing food for these precious birds are on your store shelves by the hundreds. From the plain ol' fashioned quart jar with the red stand to the exquisite glass feeders that come with the fancy price. I don't really think it matters to the Hummingbirds they just want the sweet nectar and plenty of it.

With the feeder comes the packaged nectar.  Yes, even strawberry flavored! Some commercial products offer a complete feeding solution with vitamins and minerals added. Red coloring isn’t necessary because most feeders already have something red on them to attract the hummingbirds. The proper amounts of granular sugar and water is just as good, if not actually better. (The major thing is to see that the sugar has dissolved completely and the proportions are right)**

Melodious sounds

Ah, yes, those wonderful quartet singers of pond and stream, the Frogs. Some people find it quite irritating as the songs of "Amour" go on way into the night. But I find that I sleep so much better to their lovely croaking, soothing I think is what I'd call it. But just around the grass patch and a few feet up watching ever so intently, completely motionless, it's saber-like beak at the ready is the Blue Heron. These critters are a two fold help in our backyard habitats. The frogs to keep the flies and mosquitoes under control and the Great Blue Heron, doing his job so we are not inundated with tadpoles and pollywogs. We can have both of these needed creatures kept safe by again limiting our use of chemicals pesticides and other sprays.

Flowers are coming into the Nurseries in full truck loads. So while your lavishing over all the wonderful colors and fragrances for your yards and gardens, now is the time to consider what you'll plant for the birds, bees, and butterflies. From sun loving plants to shade tolerant all are necessary. Most Nurseries can provide a list of plants for just these little one’s needs. Some shrubs and trees are in full bloom as well, and although just a very few bees are out and about, once found they will be spreading the word on just where to go for the food and to our advantage the pollination necessary to keep things going all year long.

Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus

3 ˝ inch. MALE: All orange-brown, except for red iridescent throat and white collar. FEMALE: Green upperparts; orange-brown tail and sides; white throat and central belly; iridescent dots on throat. >> Cannot be distinguished from female Allen’s Hummingbird when seen in the field.

 Allen’s Hummingbird - Selasphorus sasin.

3 ˝ “ MALE : Orange-brown on tail and sides; green on back and crown; red iridescent throat; white collar. FEMALE: Green upperparts; orange-brown tail and sides; white throat and central belly; iridescent dots on throat.

Hummingbird trivia:  Did you know?

  • Given names for Hummingbirds – wood nymphs, mountain gems, fairies, sunbeams, sun angels and wood stars.
  • All hummingbirds are important pollinators of flowers, especially red tubular flowers that are generally not pollinated by insects.
  • The smallest hummingbird, the 2 ˝ inch Cuban Bee, weighs only two grams. The largest hummingbird, the 8 ˝ inch long Patagonia, weighs less than an ounce.
  • Hummingbirds can hover as well as fly sideways, backwards and even upside down.
  • A hummingbird’s egg is only about the size of a jellybean, yet in proportion to body weight, hummingbird’s eggs are the largest of any kind of bird.

***The Mixture:  One part sugar – four parts water. Boil water, stir in sugar until dissolved. Let solution cool. Be sure to clean the feeders every 4-5 days, with a hot water- vinegar wash. No detergents or soaps please.                                                          Julie Maahs


April Yard of the Month

14996 NW Orchard View Rd.


(Take Baker Creed Rd. northwest, at curve stay straight onto NW Pheasant Hill Rd, then turn immediate right onto Orchard View Rd.  Yard is about 1 mile ahead.)

Robert & Alice have worked very hard to conquer their steep, sloping yard while contending with the rocks and deer population!  Congratulations!


Hort. Beat

            It is still early to plant, but I’ve visited several nurseries and have been exhilarated by the sight of blooms and fresh new foliage. Reading plant names reminded me that it was time to bone up on those Latin names I thought I’d never forget. If you have attended a Hardy Plant Society sale you know you have met a lot of Latin names, some without a common name. Not an expert on things Latin, a quick primer was helpful for me so I’ll try to ‘defuse the confusion’ for you as well.
    For practical purposes, you need to know three names: genus, species and sometimes variety. Genus is always capitalized while the species is always lower case. Sometimes there is a third varietal name and it is capitalized and enclosed in single quote marks. If the variety - or hybrid  --- occurs naturally, the varietal name is in Latin. If the hybrid is assisted by man, it is a cultivated variety, a word commonly shortened to cultivar. Cultivar names are in English.  Here is an example of how the system works.  
    Genus: Acer (maple). Genus and species: Acer palmatum (Japanese maple).
    Genus, species and variety: Acer palmatum “Atropurpurem” (variety with dark purple leaves).

    Genus, species and cultivar: Acer palmatum “Crimson Queen” (cultivar with red leaves).
    Pay attention to the following words as they indicate color. Some have variations which indicate a masculine or female ending, as in alba and  albus. Albus is white; argentus is silver;  aureus and aureolus are golden; flavus  and luteus are yellow; glaucus is powdery; incanus is light gray; niger is black; rubens and sanguineus are red; caeruleus is blue; virens and viridis are green. If atro appears as a prefix, it means that the color is quite dark, as in atropurpureus, dark purple.
            I’ll continue this primer in the next issue, but leave you with these Latin names which  will deliver on ‘wows’ in your garden: speciosus and ornatus are showy; spectabilis  is spectacular; and bellis is beautiful – words you will want to remember.
                                                                                                Evelyn Mundinger

Club History

Go to fullsize imageJune 26, 1933

McMinnville Garden Club met in the Dayton Park for a potluck luncheon under the supervision of Mrs. Paul Londerhausen and Dayton ladies.  Lots of food and 26 members present made a very interesting meeting.  A vote of thanks was extended to the Dayton ladies for a lovely afternoon. Seven names were drawn for prizes. Motion was made and seconded that the club accept Newberg’s invitation for July 31st at the home of Mrs. Graham. 

Mrs. Lott informed the club that parasitized earwigs had been ordered, and it was suggested Mr. White, County Agent, place them in four sections of the city which met with approval. (I tried to locate information on these “parasitized earwigs”.  Evidently they were used as biological control agents against some aphids. PS)

All officers agreed to serve on more year, no election needed.  Due to the possibility of losing members it was decided to reduce the club dues to 50 cents per year.  Motion carried after some discussion. Mrs. Rogers reported for her committee that Mr. Dicherst would like flowering shrubs or something of contrast for the Courthouse lawn.  Miss Hendrick offered “Golden Privet” and Miss Hawley and Mrs. Lott offered “Red Barberry”.

Several ladies gathered flowers from various gardens for the Willamette Valley Flower Show held in Salem.  There were some lovely exhibits, one ribbon of special mention was received. There were eleven entries but no prize. 

Interesting reports of the state convention held at Gresham were given, McMinnville Club showing up well in the reports there. Miss Hawley extended an invitation to the club for 1934 State Convention to be held in McMinnville.  A lot of discussion on starting work early in the garden to beautify with convention in mind next May.

Motion made to purchase book on flower arrangement as soon as funds permit.

With closing of the yearbook, a new place for meeting was considered.  Motion passed we meet in the park if weather permits, not in the home of Mrs. Hendricks.  Marie Hartzell, secretary

                                                                                                Dorothy Mathiesen


Websites to Check Out and Upcoming Events for Gardeners

*The American Rhododendron Society   http://www.rhododendron.org


   *University of British Columbia Garden Forums



April Area Events: 

Magnolias in Bloom, Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 9:00-4:00. Gossler Farms Nursery, 1200 Weaver Rd., Springfield OR. Free. 541.746.3922. Roger Gossler is a foremost authority on magnolias plus Gossler Farms Nursery has acres of fabulous display gardens.


Planting Your Pond: Aquatic Plants, Saturdays, April 1 and 29, and May 27 at 10:00 a.m. Selecting planting, and caring for aquatic plants. Hughes Water Gardens, 25289 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin. 503.638.1709. 1-2 hours. FREE, but pre-registration is required. www.hugheswatergardens.com.


Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Spring Plant Sale and Art Faire, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, 10:00-3:00 both days.. For more information visit HPSO’s website: www.hardyplantsociety.org.The Garden Art Faire hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can download the location of your favorite vendors as shown on the floor-plan. Both events are held at the Washington County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) in Hillsboro.

Oregon Daffodil Society Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 – Albany. Show is at Heritage Mall, 1895 14th Street, S.E. ContactPeggy Tigner, (541) 466-3429, tigner@centurytel.net.

Salem Wildflower and Native Plant Walk, Saturday, April 8, 10:00 – Noon. Members of the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon will lead a wildflower walk in Bush Park and the Deepwood Estate. Free and open to the public. For information, please call 503-399-8615.


Seasonal Flower Arranging, Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Instructor Mark Vossbrink, owner of Rainyday Flowers. Portland Classical Chinese Garden Office, 127 NW 3rd Ave., Portland. Cost $30 members/$36 non-members. Class includes materials. 503.228.8131 x2001 to register.

Watergardening in Containers, Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 14, (Mother’s Day) at 11:00 a.m. Hughes Water Gardens, 25289 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin. 503.638.1709. FREE, but pre-registration is required. www.hugheswatergardens.com

SPRING CLASSES AT FERGUSON’S FRAGRANT NURSERY: $5.00 fee for each class. Please call ahead to pre-register, 503.633.4585.

            Annual Container and Basket Event, Saturday, April 15, 1:00 p.m. Create captivating         containers and baskets filled with fabulous premium annuals at this interactive class.       

Victorian Moss Basket Planting Day, Saturday April 22, 2:00 p.m. Design and create          your own moss basket at this interactive class. Prices vary with size and style of basket.


Leach Botanical Garden Annual Benefit Spring Plant Sale, April 15, 2006, 9:00-3:00. For further information, contact Nancy at 503-823-1671 or Katie at 503-761-4751.


Friends of Bush Gardens Spring Plant Sale, Friday, April 21 (10:00-7:00), Saturday, April 22 (10:00-5:00) and Sunday, April 23 (10:00-5:00). Bush’s Pasture Park, Salem OR. For more info, call 503.588.2410.


Aloha Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, Saturday, April 22, 9:00-3:00. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, corner of SW 187th Avenue and SW Johnson Street in Aloha.


The Berry Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, April 22, 11:00-3:00, Earth Day! At the Montgomery Park building, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Portland. Call 503.636.4112 x102 for more info or visit www.berrybot.org. Garden members get in early at 10:00!


Blooms & Brews at The Oregon Garden, Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Come see what's blooming at The Oregon Garden while sampling beverages from Oregon breweries. 5-11pm Friday, noon-10pm Saturday. The Oregon Garden, Silverton, (503) 874-8100.



I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.  ~John Erskine

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 AM  Social Time

 11 AM – 1 PM

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.

Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Julie Maahs

Garden Tour 2006 Judy Eggers

                   Patty Sorensen

Garden Faire 2006 Gaye Stewart

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Eveyln Mundinger

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 Ruth Miller, Beverly

                         Mulkey, Anne Silverthorne,

                         Rosemary Vertregt

Yearbook         Kim Jongedyk

                   Sandy Ford

The newsletter deadline for submission of

articles for our monthly newsletter is

the last day of the previous month. 

Please send them to Patty Sorensen. 

          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.