Go to fullsize imageGarden Clippings                         February 2008

McMinnville Garden Club               Vol. 7   No. 6


February 18, 2008

Arbutus Garden Arts Nursery “Plant Propagating”

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.

Hostesses: Georgia Queen, Carla Arriaga, Stephanie Janik, Marilyn Coats

     Norm Jacobs is co-owner with his wife Deb of the Arbutus Garden Arts Nursery and display garden in Yamhill. Incidentally, Arbutus is the scientific name for our Pacific Northwest native Madrone tree. In addition to near encyclopedic knowledge about Japanese maples he can provide a wealth of information about rainwater storage and irrigation systems. He and his wife are landscape designers, specializing in rainwater storage systems and gardens that will provide all-season interest.

     As a child, Norm helped his grandparents’ with their vegetable and rose gardens. These days, he focuses his gardening skills on propagating plants for the nursery. Norm will speak to the club from his vast experience on the subject of “plant propagation”. Plants will be offered for purchase.   (Website: www.arbutusgarden.com)


Dear Gardening Friends,

     Winter is in full ”bloom” with its long cold spell, even receiving a dusting with an occasional snowflake.  Spring catalogs arrive to my mailbox daily giving me a perfect opportunity to sit by the fire and review their pages filled with new plants and seeds.  It’s Gardening Inspiration!

     January’s Club meeting was fantastic!  The gardening “Question and Answer” presentations by Jan Elliott, Evelyn Mundinger and Sharon Gunter were informative and enjoyed by all.  Thank you so much.  Thanks to Cathy Burdett for arranging the program and for her wonderful, educational gardening book display.

     There are numerous events coming to enjoy during the next few months and you may wish to participate.  Be sure to check the coming events section of this newsletter.

     The breakout interest groups have been updated with those who added their names at the January meeting.  Conveners for each group should be identified at our February meeting.  If you’d like to convene the group’s first meeting, plan on volunteering next month.

     Have a great February and a Happy Valentine’s Day.               Gaye Stewart, Club President


The Yard Garden and Patio Show Field Trip


          NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!! 

Friday, February 15,

  We'll carpool from Bethel Baptist parking lot at 9:30.  Bring your own lunch or purchase hot dogs or pizza there.  Drinks are also available for purchase.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring along your wish lists.  This is always a fun show.


Coming Events

ü  Native Plant Sale, February 14-16 @ Soil & Water Conservation Office on W. 2nd

ü  Yard, Garden and Patio Show Field Trip, February 15 @ Portland Convention Center (Carpool from Bethel Baptist @ 9:30 a.m.)

ü  “On the Street Where You Live” State Flower Show, February 20-24, Portland Expo Center

ü  Master Gardener Tree & Shrub Sale, February 29-March 2 @ Fairgrounds

ü  Spring District Luncheon, April 17 – Sponsor, Tigard Garden Club

ü  State Convention, June 9-11, Holiday Inn @ Wilsonville (Information, tours and opportunity to promote our Garden Tour and Garden Faire)

ü  Garden Tour and Garden Faire, June 22


Yearbook Calendar Corrections   Please make these changes in your yearbooks!

February Field Trip – Should be February 15th

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.” (Our club has a field trip planned on Feb. 22 to this event!)  http://oregongardenclubs.org/Events.htm 


Club History                                                                Dorothy Mathieson

Feb. 18, 1935

Go to fullsize imageMeeting was held at home of Mrs. Wm Deilschneider – 21 members answered roll call.

Mrs. Hawley explained about a modeling class held at the college at fifty cents a lesson for a class of not less than ten. (DM-probably Linfield)

Under membership – Mrs. Tibbetts explained a plan for a drive for new members – regular price of fifty cents reduced to fifteen cents for remainder of the year.  Members of committee divided into four sections under captains – losers to entertain winners.  This was made as a motion after discussion, and carried. Sec. write Mrs. Warrens, state secretary in reference to Per Capita Tax and convention fee and ordered paid.  (DM. not much detail about this.)

Bills - $1.00 allowed secretary for stamps.  Oregon Federation books were ready for distribution this meeting. Mr. Singer, an authority on rose trees, from near Salem, was present and talked on a number of things; such as, planting how and when, pruning, and told of some desirable kinds for our particular climate – this was indeed interesting – also, a short talk on the “Tuberous-rooted Begonia” by the secretary. This was time for plant and bulb exchange – and Mrs. Tibbetts donated a number of rooted “Rock Roses” – and numbers were drawn for these. The door prize was a tree rose purchased from Mr. Singer.  Dues paid total: = $1.00  Cora Robison, President                 

Marie Hartzell, Secretary


Garden Tour/Faire 2008

     Good News! Things are moving right along for "Something Old - Something New".  The decision was made to go with a photograph this year for our Poster and the cover of the Ticket Book.  We're not sure just yet if it will be a single picture or perhaps a collage of this years gardens.  Vicki Brink is, once again, going to be our designer.

      Committee Chairmen please mark your calendars for a "working luncheon" to be held after the February 18th meeting.  Details to follow.

      Jean and I appreciate all the offers of help - believe me, we will be calling.  Enjoy your own gardens!                                                                                                 Georgia Queen


Club Interest Groups – 2008 

Installing Drip Systems (i.e. Pots)

Beryl Anderson, Jacci Reed, Stephanie Janik, Rosie Greene,

Kathleen Bennett


Plant Propagation

Jacci Reed, Kathleen Bennett, Joanne DeWitt, Julie Hughes


Container Gardens

Jacci Reed, Rosie Greene, Sandy Ford, Mildred Reppeto, Joan Wheeler, Barbara Pehrson, Marilyn Coats, Joan Kringen, Ruth Miller, Joan Friese, Georgia Queen, Carla Arriaga, Joanne DeWitt, Beryl Anderson


Flower of the Month – Care and Knowledge of Varieties

Cindi Miller, Stephanie Janik, Elsie Carpenter, Patty Sorensen, Lynne Desel, Barbara Pehrson, Joan Wheeler, Mildred Reppeto, Norma Parker, Sharon Gunter, Judy Eggers, Kathleen Bennett, Kim Jongedyk, Gaye Stewart, Georgia Queen, Carla Arriaga, Joanne DeWitt, Marilyn Coats, Julie Hughes, Esther Smith, Evelyn Mundinger, Joan Kringen


Flower Arranging

Jacci Reed, Elsie Carpenter, Anita Ragsdale, Rosie Greene, Rosemary Vertregt, Margaret Roberts, Lynne Desel, Marilyn Coats, Joan Kringen, Gaye Stewart (willing to teach), Sharon Gunter, Sharon Johnson, Georgia Queen, Carla Arriaga, Jeanee Bruce


Crafts for Garden – Yard

Beryl Anderson, Jacci Reed, Patty Sorensen, Rosie Greene, Sandy Ford, Rosemary Vertregt,

Barbara Pehrson, Marilyn Coats, Judy Eggers, Kathleen Bennett, Kim Jongedyk, Georgia Queen, Jean Wheeler, Joanne DeWitt, Amy Eads, Esther Smith


Library Books

Be sure to check out the books our club donated to the McMinnville Public Library http://mcminnvillegardenclub.org/Macgcinformation.htm  You can check their availability at their website http://ccrls.org


Yamhill County Soil & Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale 

Annual Native Plant Sale - Tree Sale Benefits Miller Woods Outdoor Education Program. The district's Seventeenth Annual Native Plant Sale will be held February 14 -16, 2008. The event will include over 45-50 species of conifers, hardwood trees and shrubs, under-story species.  Orders must be in by Feb. 7th. Order form at: http://www.yamhillswcd.org/proj_events/native_plant.html


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.


NOTE: If you have any pictures of Bernice in her Parade “Royal Regalia” – Send to her son, Gary C. Brown, 2232 42nd Avenue SE, Space 797, Salem, OR 97317 or e-mail to gogary@comcast.net



1 - Get-Well cards for Jean Lierman is still in California with her son recovering after her hospitalization.– Send c/o Steve Lierman, PO Box 312, Lake Hughes, CA 93532

2 - Sandy Bolmer


Websites to Check Out


Garden Gates website – January notes



National Gardening Association’s newsletter



February Gardening Chores in the UK




 Winter Bird Feeding – Don’t forget the little ones!





McMinnville Garden Club, Organized in 1926,

PO Box 386, McMinnville OR 97128, 


Information: 503-434-434




As requested, the Garden Faire registration form is on the next page of this newsletter in case you find vendors that you would like to invite to apply.



McMinnville Garden Club Tour & Garden Faire - 2008

Theme:  Something OLD and Something NEW

Garden Faire Vendor Registration Form

Date:  Sunday, June 22, 2008

Time:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm (setup by 9:00 am – stay until 4:00 pm).

Location:  Vendor booths will be located at the Farmers Market area in downtown McMinnville (on Cowls Street between 2nd and 3rd).  Vendor parking and restrooms will be nearby.

Vendor Cost:  $75 for a 10 x 10 display booth area or $125 for a 10 x 20 display booth area (no other sale fees are charged to vendors).  In 2007 there were 40 vendors – be sure to register early to reserve your space.

Business/Organization Name:_____________________________________


Address: __________________________________________________


City:________________________ Zip  Code:______________________


Contact Person:______________________________________________________




Web Page:__________________________________________________

What is your business specialty that may be featured at the Garden Faire?





1 - I wish  to  reserve ___ 10 x 10 space(s)  (@$75 each)  and/or  ___   10 x 20 Space(s) (@ $125 each) at the McMinnville Garden Club Summer Garden Faire to be held on Sunday, June 22, 2008 Farmer’s Market location of Cowls Street between 2nd & 3rd.  The Garden Faire will be widely promoted as a “no admission” event open to the public.


2 - Enclosed is my check  for $ ____.  Please  make  your check  payable  to  the  McMinnville Garden Club.


3 - Registration received by April 15, 2008, will also have your vendor information advertised in our Garden Tour Ticket Booklet.  The Garden Tour is a concurrent event that does require a ticket to attend.

Approved by (printed name)___________________________Title:_______________


Signature_____________________________________ Date:_______________


Please mail your registration form with the appropriate fee to:  McMinnville Garden Club c/o Joanne DeWitt, 1833 NW Snowberry Street, McMinnville, OR  97128.

Questions???  Contact Julie Hughes, (503)472-1818 or

Joanne DeWitt, (503)474-9321 email: jonard2501@comcast.net