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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR,

August 2012    503-434-4344


September 17, 2012 – MEETING

Please join us for our first meeting of our new season

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128


9:30a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  - Social time, business meeting, speaker and fun

(More information will be available via our September newsletter and website later.)


Editor’s Note:  For those without email, Merle Dean resigned her position as President due to family issues.  She and David will be moving back to Alaska for at least the next year.  And she is having rotator cuff surgery in mid-August.  Merle Dean will be missed TONS.  We all thank her so much for all the time and energy she shared with us this past year.


Meet Our New Officers for 2012-13:

President    Cozette Caster          Vice-President             RosemaryVertregt                                    Secretary    Betty Ballentine         Treasurer                     Mike Stewart


President’s Message                                                                          Cozette Caster

As your new president, I'm looking forward to a new year filled with great speakers, fun, art projects, yummy luncheons and new members to add to this great group. Kudos to Judy and Elsie, as tour chairman for this year’s Garden Tour 2012.  Wow!  What a diversity of wonderful gardens. Thanks to all those hard working members that made it happen.  Mike and Gaye did a super job with the down town Garden Faire. They kept vendors informed and spirits high through all the rain.

We will all miss our President Merle Dean who went above and beyond to make last year a great success. Thanks, Merle.

Mark Your Calendars:

August 13th           Board Meeting, Contact Cozette for location

Sept. 10                Board Meeting, Contact Cozette for location

Sept. 17                First Gathering of the New Club Year!  Don’t forget to pay your dues.


2012 Garden Tour/Faire Update

Another tour and faire year has passed and we look forward to the year to come.  We had wonderful leaders that did a fabulous job and were a joy to work with.  We wish we could say we exceeded all our expectations, but Mother Nature had other ideas.  For those of you who may not have been in town we had rain just as the vendors started setting up, then again at lunch the heavens opened up and the rains came down sending people fleeing to drier places.  Some of our vendors almost got flooded out, but they stayed and smiled valiantly carrying on.  Usually a lot of tickets are sold on “Day of Event”, but because of the rain those numbers dropped significantly.  Our income from the tour and faire was $10,310, and after expenses our profit was $7,402.  Ticket Sales amounted to $5,310; members sold 213 tickets.  We had 48 vendors.  A more detailed budget report will be available at the September meeting.

The gardens were fabulous as most of you know and we heard a lot of comments from tour goers that they thoroughly enjoyed each and every one.  The only glitch we had, if you want to call it that, was that in some areas we didn’t have enough members helping and since this is the only fundraiser the club has, we would hope that next year we get the volunteers we need.  I know this takes some commitment, but we hope for the good of our club and what we stand for we can fill our needs next year.  This year has been a learning experience for us, but one that we have learned from and enjoyed.  We look forward to seeing you in September.            Judy and Elsie



Keep good thoughts headed Beverly Mulkey’s way as she recovers from her fall in July.

Remember to let Marilyn Coats know of members needing some “sunshine” in their lives!!!


dahlias,flowers,Photographs,plantsDahlia Lovers Rejoice! 

Portland Dahlia Society is excited to host the 2012 National Dahlia Show on Labor Day Weekend.  One of our bedrock members, Jeanette Benson, has suggested that we invite your garden club to view our displays of an estimated 10,000 blooms from various parts of the country, floral arrangements, and dahlia photos.  It will be held at the Columbia Red Lion near the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver.
          Admission to the show and parking are FREE.  Several garden clubs have let us know they are planning to get their groups together in car pools and van pools to attend.  Please note that there is a special "How to Grow Dahlias" seminar offered to the public on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m., presented by Deborah Dietz from San Francisco.  She did a very entertaining program at last year's show and we were lucky enough to get her to do it for us this year.  Additional information and contacts are available on our website:


Summer Nursery Classes listed at: