Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                                                                                                          February 2006

McMinnville Garden Club                                                                                                                                            Vol. 6   No. 6  


February 19, 2007  10:30  A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Your Garden is Waking Up!  What to do??

Garden Club Members Question and Answer Discussion

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

900 NW Hill Rd., McMinnville, Or 97128

Social time: 10:30 A.M. –  Business Meeting: 11:00  – 12:00

Dessert, coffee & tea will be provided by hostesses:

Rosie Green, Joanne Smith, Vicki Brink and Ruth Everingham

Program: 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. 

     We will enjoy a member forum and panel discussion.  All members can participate in question and answer period. We will enlist our resident “experts” in various plants, garden chores and problems.

February  26, 2007

Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood, 16920 SW Roy Rogers Rd.  This nursery is a large scale, first class nursery which is the second nursery opened for this company.  It is now well established with knowledgeable staff and great variety of plant material and garden related items for both indoors and out. We’ll lunch at Rose’s Deli, Sherwood. After lunch we’ll head toward Tualatin for another nursery.  This nursery is unique in every way and we may have a potting demonstration by the owner if there’s time.  Be sure to sign up at the meeting for the carpool. All field trips are scheduled to leave the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot at 9:30.

President’s Message

Dear Gardening Friends,

             We celebrate as January draws to its end and the dawning of February comes.  Not only are the days growing longer, but the anticipation of the coming spring lifts our spirits.  I, for one, will be glad to have the heavy rains, snow, ice and freezing temperatures become a memory – not my reality!

The Garden Tour and Garden Faire Committees are kicking into high gear in anticipation of our biggest event yet.  We all need to “plug-in” to ensure its success as a signature event for McMinnville.  Join in the planning process, assignments leading up to the event, and the event itself, June 24th.  It would be helpful if each Club Member told 5 people about the Tour and Faire now – during February – so they can note Sunday, June 24th on their calendars.  That would be 390 personal invitations extended!  Keep track of those invited so when tickets are available, you can tell them “I have tickets now.”

Spring gardening catalogs are coming almost daily to my mailbox, with many new ones never before received.  Do you suppose all Garden Club Presidents are on a special list somewhere?  It’s enjoyable to read about all the new cultivars available to beautify our special garden sanctuaries.

Take care and I’ll see you in March following my Palm Springs getaway.  Kim Jongedyk, Past President, will be chairing the February meeting (thank you, Kim).


Gaye Stewart, President


(PS.  Gaye drove out of town just before the snowstorm the day after our last meeting for her trip to California. Great timing!)

Startup Time!

Remember the brainstorming session held during the September organizational meeting?  So many good ideas emerged that three committees have evolved and will begin their planning process soon.  One person from each committee agreed to serve as the convener for the first planning meeting.  These much appreciated people are: Kim Jongedyk (503-434-9130), Sharon Gunter (503-435-2210) and Julie Hughes (503-472-1818).  They have the list of people who have signed up for their committee and will be notifying them regarding the upcoming meetings.  If you didn’t sign-up, but want to be included, call one of the meeting conveners to get your name added to the list. 

Each committee will make a significant contribution to the community and contribute to this year’s Club motto: “Making Our World Blossom.”  Thank you for your enthusiasm, energy and the desire to make a difference in our community.                                           Gaye


The first official “Backyard Havens” Garden Tour/Faire Planning Meeting will be held following the February meeting.  All Garden Club Members are welcome to join us as we plan for this year’s event! All committee chairs should plan to attend.


Go to fullsize imageClub History  January 14, 1934               Dorothy Mathiesen 


Meeting opened in the usual form.  Sixteen answering roll call.  Under correspondence, a letter pertaining to Federation dues was read.  Motion carried that ten cents per capita be paid, also $1.00 Convention fee.

A letter from the Federation of Garden Clubs suggesting a Scholarship be presented to the 4-H Club in our community, this due to lack of funds is I believe unfinished.  Two speakers for the day were Mr. Maruny from Newberg who talked on pruning shrubs and made some very good suggestions for activities, such as choosing a “City Flower.” Mr. Eifer from Salem who is an authority on “Rock Gardens” was very interesting.  Had some plants with him which were for sale. A committee of three was chosen to investigate the plans for a city flower.  This club was extended an invitation to Newberg on Monday night also at Salem on their Garden Club night.

            Mrs. C.D. Conn paid dues of fifty cents.  No further business meeting adjourned.

                                                                                                Marie Hartzell, Secretary



Last year at least one of our members had to deal with shingles, a very painful experience.  There is now a vaccine available for shingles.  The Public Health Department recommends that anyone over 60 who has either had chickenpox or previously had shingles get a vaccination.  Price from them is $177.61.  Safeway Pharmacy quoted a retail price of $214.99 and said they require a prescription from your doctor before giving the vaccination.  The cost is not covered by most insurance companies. Talk to your doctor about this possible option to prevent getting shingles. 


Websites to Check Out

·        February Garden Calendar from Oregon State University

·        Rose Care from The Backyard Gardener

·        Proper Pruning  Techniques from Texas A & M’s Ag Dept.


2007 Dates to Remember:

  • Bare Root Tree and Shrub Sale: Feb. 17 & Feb. 24, 10:00-3:00. Sponsored by the Yamhill County Master Gardener’s Association at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds horticulture pavilion in McMinnville. For sale will be flowering, fruiting and shade trees and flowering, decorative and border shrubs. One free tree to each attendee under the age of 17.  Free Rose pruning demonstrations at 11:00 and 1:00 each day. For more info, contact Pam Dowling, 503.864.8057.
  • OSFGC Flower Show  Feb. 21-25 in partnership with the Portland Home and Garden Show at the Expo Center in Portland.

·        Yard, Garden, & Patio Show, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 23-25. 10:00 to 9:00  Friday/Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday.  This is Portland’s best garden show, the concurrent seminars are free. Where: Oregon Convention Center, on NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Park free at the Lloyd Center and ride MAX free to the Convention Center.

·       Backyard Havens” Garden Tour June 24, 2007 

Horticulture  Julie Maahs

Well, it's that time again where garden magazines invade our mailboxes by the armfuls but are a welcome sight with all their wonderful expectations for beautiful gardens again this year.

Pansies, violas, primroses, bare root trees and fruiting vines are all in stock now at your local garden stores. Check your yard and garden area to see if drainage is good and you can actually work up the ground (without the prospects of making future plans for a cement pool.)     

Houseplant Cyclamen are in with lovely color of bloom, and foliage that reminds one of mosaics. Cyclamen bloom from December to April given the right conditions:  Place this plant on a pebbled tray where it can soak up what it needs daily, or water fully then allow to drain. Let the soil dry between waterings but do not let them wilt or dry out completely as it's very hard for the cyclamen to regain its freshness. Botritus* is it's enemy and they are hard to come back from it, this spreads so quickly.

Cyclamen -- Botrytis Blight  a fungus that colonizes dead, dying and wounded plant parts. From these infections they can attack healthy tissues. A moist, humid environment is ideal for pathogen sporulation and spread. Symptoms: The petiole base and flower stalks may rot, eventually causing whole portions of the plant to collapse. Then the characteristic grayish brown spores of the fungus cover infected tissue. Control: Remove all dead and dying plant parts (particularly blossoms) on and around plants. Spacing plants allows better light penetration and air circulation. Maintain a dry environment and take care not to splash water on foliage during watering.   


Little Sprouts  Mary Whinery, Membership

"I am happy to announce two new members, Linda Freeborn and Karen Sitton-Saxberg. They both share a broad interest in gardening.  Welcome aboard!  Our membership stands at 76."

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.