Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                 December 2007

McMinnville Garden Club               Vol. 7   No. 4


December 17, 2007

Holiday Luncheon Gift / Exchange

Buffet lunch will be catered by Hillside Dining Services

RESERVATIONS are required by 12/10:   Please make your $15 checks payable to:  McMinnville Garden Club

By 12/09 to:    Marilyn Coats, 380 SW Russ Court, McMinnville, OR 97128


Location: Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

Arrival time: 10:30 AM, Table centerpieces will be judged and awarded as prizes and raffled off

Gift Exchange: Garden related gifts - $10.00 limit and please bring non-perishable food for the McMinnville Food Bank.


President’s Message

Dear Gardening Friends,


Winter has arrived early bringing us freezing, but dry temperatures with snow forecast for later this week.  Despite the cold weather, Mike and I put on our stocking caps and heavy coats and headed outside to groom our “mini-estate.”  Clippers snipped, rakes gathered leaves and debris, and ceramic yard art was collected and placed in the garage, safe from freezing weather.


November’s meeting was delightful with the Santa’s Parade Committee’s report provided by Kim Jongedyk and the Rakettes, the garden version of the Rockettes, who provided a lively demonstration of their planned parade performance.  On Friday, thirty-some Club members and 2 children participated in the parade; Bernice Brown, “Queen of the Garden”, drove her beautifully decorated scooter through the streets of adoring fans, many of who hailed her by name and snapped her picture.  Her son was among them.  We all had so much fun; we want to participate in the parade again next year!  (See the pictures later in the newsletter.)


Back to our meeting: Anna Ashby provided an informative presentation on winter vegetable gardening.  She even brought a variety of vegetable plants, provided by the Newberg High School Horticulture Class, for starting our own winter vegetable gardens.


The Club’s annual Holiday party will be a luncheon buffet and gift exchange December 17th, 10:30 a.m. at Hillside’s Activity Room where we normally hold our meetings.  It will be a gala event so plan to wear holiday attire and colors.  I hope to see you there.                                                                                                                                              Have a blessed Holiday Season.

Gaye Stewart, President


No Field Trip Planned for December


Winter Wonderland Parade A SUCCESS!!














































Yearbook Calendar Corrections   Please make these changes in your yearbooks!

February Meeting – Should be February 18th

May Field Trip – Should be May 28th


OSFGC, Inc. Flower Show, Feb. 20-24, 2008

Check out the Oregon Garden Club’s website for the complete flower show booklet that describes all the categories, descriptions, and rules that Gaye read to use from at the November meeting. The show is held on conjunction with the Portland Home & Garden Show at the Expo Center. Looks like lots of great ideas for “On the Street Where You Live.” (The club has a field trip planned to this event!)  http://oregongardenclubs.org/Events.htm  


2008 Garden Tour/Faire                                                      Jean Lierman/Georgia Queen

For those of you who participated in the Christmas Parade - "a big Thanks"!  The Garden Tour got a BIG boost of advertising and every little bit helps!  This event is successful only through your efforts and ticket sales.  For those of you who didn’t participate – there is always next year.  We had a ball and the "Rakettes" were the hit of the parade.  

We've been busy finalizing the street permits and obtaining authorizations necessary for the space used for the Garden Faire downtown.  Paperwork will be filled out and filed at the business office to hang our Tour banner on 99W.  We are going to take a breather now to get ready for the Holidays but we hope everyone has a GREAT Holiday season and will be ready to tackle their jobs after the New Year.

Club History                                                                         Dorothy Mathieson

December 1934

Go to fullsize image“December Special Meeting” (an addition)

This meeting was held in the Library’s basement and was open to the public, attendance was around 75.

Mrs. Tom Major was general chairman, assisted by Mrs. McLaughlin, Mrs. Nott, and Mrs. Buchannan.

Mantle decoration was worked out and explained by Mrs. Dielschneider.  Mrs. Pearson had a number of wreaths, one was given as a door prize, and there were many other door prizes in the way of bulbs and shrubs.  Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Travis decorated the window subtly for Christmas.  Mts. Fleishauer had a nice display of dish gardens.  Mrs. McLaughlin had a nice display of winter bouquets.

Main speaker was Mr. William Morse from Newberg; his topic – “The use and abuse of Christmas greens.”

A big “thank you” goes to anyone assisting in any way at this meeting.




To keep your Poinsettias looking great for the holiday season, Al’s Nursery suggests the following tips for their care:

Thank You


The McMinnville Garden Club is successful due to the leadership, skill, and time devoted to our activities and projects throughout the year by many people.  Bouquets to the following:

ü  Kim Jongedyk, Chair of the Parade Committee, for the great planning and fun experience at the Santa Parade.

ü  Cathy Burdett for arranging our interesting and varied Club programs and displays.  Thanks too, for her energy and enthusiasm.

ü  Jan Elliott for providing monthly mini-lessons on horticulture.  The visual displays and handouts are great!

ü  Elsie Carpenter and her hostesses for providing delicious treats for us at each meeting.  The table is always attractive and bountiful.

ü  Evelyn Mundinger for volunteering to Chair the new Awards Committee.

ü  Mildred Reppetto for volunteering to handle the monthly raffle for our Club meetings.

ü  Sharon Gunter for searching and securing the much-needed storage shed for Club materials.  It’s so nice to have everything in one place.

ü  Jean Lierman and Georgia Queen, Garden Tour Co-Chairs, for their organized and superb planning of the June, 2008 event.

ü  Julie Hughes and JoAnne DeWitt, Garden Faire Co-Chairs, for preparing the letters for the January 1, 2008, mailing to potential vendors.  So much paper; so much recruiting!

ü  Patty Sorensen for her faithful production of our informative and entertaining newsletter.

Thank you, one and all!


Plan Ahead for the Master Gardeners’ 2008 Tree and Shrub Sale –

This year’s sale is no longer only bare root as we will add container trees and shrubs for 2008
Friday, February 29 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 1 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 2 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
100 % of net proceeds to YCMGA College Scholarship Fund for Yamhill County residents attending Oregon Schools and majoring in several Agricultural related disciplines.


Xmas Tree Sales at Arlene Kempf’s !

If you are looking for a great You Cut Tree Farm with Douglas Fir and Noble trees, our own garden club member, Arlene, has the tree for you!  Any tree is $15 from a tabletop size to an 8 ft. tree.  Located 7 miles SW of McMinnville and 1 ½ mile W of Amity.  Call 503-835-9172 for directions.   Open 9-5.


Keep Sandy Bolmer in your thoughts as her husband, Richard, continues his medical journey with another surgery in late November.



Websites to Check Out


Get yourself organized in your garden for 2009 with the Garden Calendar!



Winter Help for the Birds.

Don’t buy mixed seed bags unless you want all sorts of plants sprouting up around your yard!



Winter is a great time to visit the Japanese and Chinese Gardens in Portland!





McMinnville Garden Club, Organized in 1926,

PO Box 386, McMinnville OR 97128, 


Information: 503-434-4344