Start Plants from Seeds
By Gail Price
Social time: 10:30 am-Business & Lunch meeting:
Optional Brown bag lunch – dessert, coffee & tea will be provided by hostesses:
Arlene Kempf- Ruth Everingham- Barbara Pehrson-Mary Whinery
Gail Price is the owner of Nut Farm located in McMinnville as well as an OSU Master Gardener. She will be sharing her knowledge of starting plants from seeds. Gail will teach us techniques on how to start garden plants early this year.
As a child
Gail learned the joy of gardening from her parents who were avid gardeners,
married her husband, a US Forest Service employee and moved with his job when
needed. Gail has experience growing plants in a variety of climates and soil
conditions from moving to different locations within
The members of the garden club are welcome to come and see what the Master Gardeners do in the greenhouse on general work day each Tuesday in April from . The greenhouse is closed the rest of the week.
information about Gail and her business Nut Farm please contact the OSU
extension office at
1:00 PM Field Trip
Roses – Interactive Discussion
With Beverly Mulkey
Beverly Mulkey, a
member of the
Please feel free to bring with you articles, books, and/or photographs to share with other members. What are your favorite roses? What has worked well for you growing roses? Do you have a favorite color of rose that you would like to share with us?
Well, what can I say; the rain is still with us making our landscape looking very soggy. There is a silver lining though, can you imagine what is going on in our flower beds just waiting for some sun to warm the soil and then with nature’s wonder we have beautiful spring flowers? That is the reward of a wet winter season. Just think the weeds will be so simple to pull out and turning the soil will be easy, digging a hole for new plants will be a snap.
I hope that you all enjoyed Phil Thorburg’s presentation I thought it was very good. I learned new things and enjoyed the slide show. The fieldtrip to Evelyn Mundinger’s was a neat way for those who attended to share gardening experiences with your fellow club mates. Evelyn was well prepared with hand outs that followed her interactive discussion on companion plants. Great job Evelyn, thank you very much!
I look forward to coming to this month’s program on February 20th. It is “Start plants from seeds” with Gail Price. This should be a fun program so don’t miss it. Also, remember our fieldtrip to Beverly Mulkey’s for an interactive discussion about roses on February 27th. These fieldtrips are a wonderful way to share our gardening tips and have a social time with our friends.
Hope all is well with everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing you this month.
Fondly, Kim Jongedyk
We are still looking for volunteers to chair the Yard of the Month and Post Office project. Please consider helping our club support community gardening activities!
Mark this date! 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
Convention Center in
A great resource book is available from WDFW (Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife). Landscaping for Wildlife in the
You can purchase this most interesting and informative book directly through WDFW for $28.00 by mail (this includes tax + s & h).
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Book Sales
-Make checks payable to: WDFW -
*Bio: Russell Link is a Wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, he has extensive experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. He is also the author of Living with Wildlife.
Now on to winter and the expectation of more wonderful things to come! Please continue to provide food, water & shelter for your wildlife. Yup, that includes creating habitats for those little critters we just as soon not remember exist for the most part (mice, spiders, snakes, etc.) but don’t forget, these “critters” are the most necessary for sustaining new life this coming spring. It may seem in all this rain that there could not possibly be anything out in our yards, but you'd be surprised at just how much life is going on under those compost and brush piles you left alone this last fall for your backyard habitat.
Looking for a rainy day project? This is a great time of the year to either clean up those vacant bird houses or try something new and build some houses yourself. They don’t have to be spendy or fancy, just enough to provide the necessary housing for the birds you want to attract to your backyard habitat is the key. Keep in mind that the old standby, wood, is still the best material to use in making these homes.
REMEMBER, PLEASE DON’T USE : Wood treated with preservatives, paint, stain or creosote. Do not use tin cans, milk cartons or metal (metals quickly heat up to lethal temperatures on warm spring and summer days, resulting in overheating the eggs and killing the birds). Julie Maahs
“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.” Barbara Winkler
It is pruning time, but no one
wants to be working outdoors in the current downpours. I chose to stay dry and
brush up on proper pruning techniques. A
book which I found very useful and highly recommend is GUIDE TO PRUNING-What, When, Where and How
to Prune for a
Editor’s Note: Both books mentioned above are available at the McMinnville Public Library.
An outstanding meeting of the McMinnville Garden Club was held at Miss Hattie Gowdy’s. Fifteen members and thirteen guests were present. A letter was read from Mr. A.E..Rockey of Portland, chairman of the Wayside Planting Committee of the Portland Garden Club, and chairman of the Highway Committee of the State Federation of Garden Clubs, outlining an extensive plan for the beautification of our highways.
Motion carried that we cooperate in this movement, and the President appoint a committee.
Letter was read from Mrs. Valliant, President of State Federation, urging us to have an exhibit at the Rose Festival June 9th-12th. A motion prevailed that we do so, exhibiting cut flowers in Class A. The secretary requested to reserve space. A request was also made for a list of our members and their addresses.
A request was read that the Garden Club endorse a movement now on foot, to have the picnic grounds at the park restored to their original size. The endorsement was given.
Recess from business was taken, and Mrs. Sly introduced Mr.
Fred Cuthbert, instructor in Landscape Architecture at OSAC (
The business meeting was resumed after Mrs. Sly expressed our appreciation to Mr. Cuthbert.
Several ladies had visited the Daffodil Show at Forest Grove on April 13 and carried an invitation to our club to visit the daffodil gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Terry between Lafayette and Chehalem.
Weather permitting, the club decided to visit Forest Grove on Saturday, April 20, several ladies present offered cars. Arrangements were left with Mrs. Miller of the “committee on visiting gardens”.
A motion prevailed that we have a Spring Flower Show during May when the tulips are at their best. In as much as the members of the standing Flower Show Committee were not available for this, a special committee was appointed, none of whom were willing to serve as chairman.
Mrs. Sly announced that the State Federation would hold
their meeting in
There being no further business, the Club adjourned after a most profitable afternoon.
Five new members were added to our roll. Balance on hand $8.05. Mrs. Frank Wortman, secretary
Websites to Check Out and Upcoming Events for Gardeners !
Beginning Bonsai Workshop, February 18. This class is for those who have little or no experience with bonsai, covers basic styles, maintenance, potting, soils and care, will create a bonsai in class to take home, 10:00am – 3:00 p.m., Old Tree Bonsai Studio, 1556 church St., NE, Salem. Cost: $40, supplies provided; register by Feb. 15. Contact Richard Johnson, 503.585.8305 or email@example.com.
Flower and Garden Show,
Master Gardeners 15th Annual Native Plant
Class, February 11, Learn how to prune
all types of roses in this interactive class, ,
Society of Oregon invites
you to attend “Great Plant Picks for
Garden Photography, February 21. Award-winning photographer Ron Cooper will offer simple techniques to make garden photography more fun and rewarding. Cooper photographed everything from presidential campaigns to local gardens during his 4year career with the Oregon Statesman and the Statesman Journal. Event sponsored by the Native Plant Society, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A St., NE, Salem. Free and open to the public. Contact 503.399.8615
Saturday Night - Standard
Flower Show, February 22- 26,
Yard, Garden, and Patio Show,
Annual KXL Plant Nerd Night,
Friday, March 10. Our Savior’s
‘Hands On’ Fruit & Nut Tree Grafting Workshop Tuesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Individuals interested in grafting fruit & nut trees are invited to participate in a ‘hands on’ grafting workshop at the OSU Extension-Linn County office. Cost is $25 per person. Pre-registration by March 10 is required. Master grafters Clyde Beat, owner of Eugene Wholesale Fruit Tree Nursery, Harry Lagerstedt, retired OSU professor and USDA research horticulturist, and Ross Penhallegon, OSU/Extension Agent/Commercial Fruit & Nut Tree Specialist will be instructing. Trained OSU Master Gardeners™ from Benton, Linn, Marion, and Polk counties will be assisting.
A big thanks to Marian Kuch from the St. Paul Garden Club for these listings.
Remember to save the
date of April 20 as we host the Pioneer District Spring Luncheon and Meeting at
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn Coats as she faces her new health challenge.
A special birthday greeting to Virginia Klein who moves into her ninth decade on February 5th. Joan Friese
Organized in 1926
Backyard Habitat Julie Maahs
Garden Tour 2006 Judy Eggers
Garden Faire 2006 Gaye Stewart
Historian Dorothy Mathiesen
Horticulture Eveyln Mundinger
Hospitality Rosemary Vertregt
Membership Sandy Bolmer
Newsletter Patty Sorensen
Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart
Publicity/PR Sandy Ford
Scholarship Cindi Miller
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Mary Whinery
Yard of Month 2006
Yearbook Kim Jongedyk
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.