Go to fullsize imageGarden Clippings                                                                                       January 2008

McMinnville Garden Club                                                                                                     Vol. 7   No. 5


January 21, 2008


Question and Answer Panel

“Gardening Related”


Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128 503-472-9534

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.


Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided by hostesses: Kim Jongedyk, Vickie Brink,

Esther Smith and Rosemarie Vertregt


      Sometimes at a McMinnville Garden Club meeting do you want to ask a “gardening related” question but don’t? This is an opportunity to ask questions of a 3-panel team with extensive experience and knowledge of flower, vegetables and trees. If there is sufficient time, club members may also contribute their expertise on a specific topic.


      Blank cards will be distributed before-hand so that members can submit their questions in writing. This will give the members of the panel time to look at the individual questions and prepare a response. This question and answer period should be fun, entertaining and educational.

No Field Trip planned for January


President’s Message

Dear Gardening Friends,

How quickly flew the year 2007!  As a Club, our accomplishments were many including:

1.      79 Club members and still growing;

2.      Hosting a successful and profitable June Garden Tour (6 gardens) and Garden Faire (44 vendors) on two blocks and the grassy area;

3.      Initiating “Habitat for Humanity” and creating a beautiful garden for a new McMinnville home;

4.      Initiating “Clean-Up-On-Wheels” for those known McMinnville residents in need of seasonal short-term gardening help;

5.      Initiating the planning stages for “Building Relationships with Local Nurseries”;

6.      Maintaining the Post Office front flower bed;

7.      Maintaining the Library houseplants;

8.      Performing the annual “Bag Ladies on Third” flower bed cleanup (also pictured in the newspaper);

9.      “Performed” in the “Santa’s Parade” with Queen Bernice with her golden trowel and the sprightly “Rakettes” (also storied and photographed in the local newspaper);

10.   Secured a storage shed for all Club equipment and materials;

11.  Provided two $1,000 college scholarships for students in the horticulture career study;

12.  Established a new Community Philanthropic Committee with an approved budget of $1,000 to use on special philanthropic outreach projects;

13.  Established the Club’s first Awards Committee to participate in local, district and state award programs;

14.  Collected 7+ boxes of food for the Salvation Army;

15.  Provided 6 big, beautiful flower baskets for Joe Dancer Park, Cozine House and our own flower pole on 3rd Street;

16.  Awarded “Yard of the Month” recognition to gardens April through September:

17.  Approved Garden Club memberships for hosts of Garden Tour gardens;

18.  Participated in an end of the year survey which resulted in numerous changes to improve our Club;

19.  Continue to publish and distribute a monthly informative Club newsletter;

20.  Published two yearbooks, one detailed binder style and one smaller purse or car size;

21.  Continue to provide outstanding and varied monthly meeting programs on plants and gardening; and

22.  Continue to provide delightful field trip opportunities for all to enjoy!


All this project, committee and Community outreach work happens because of you and your commitment to “Making Our World Blossom!”  Thank you all for a great year – 2007!  You are wonderful!                                                                                  Bouquets,

Gaye Stewart, President






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


Club History                                                                         Dorothy Mathieson

January 20, 1935

Go to fullsize image“Meeting held at the home of Mrs. James Burdett.  Minutes of previous meeting read and approved.

Letter pertaining to scholarship left on table until President Robisons’s

Return.  Card of thanks for flowers sent to Cook School for their Homecoming Program. Secretary was instructed to send a letter of thanks to Mrs. Fleshauer for her share in the Christmas program.  Mrs. Wortman suggested naming trees and shrubs in City Park which met with approval of club.  Mrs. Pearson suggested moving the Beauty Bushes, planted there sometime ago, which are not doing so well to a more desirable place. This was left to the President to select a committee to name the trees and shrubs.  Secretary was instructed to send a card to President who has been ill.  Announcement was made for a Russian tea, Thursday, Feb. 7, for the benefit of the school loan fund. (DM Not sure what a “Russian Tea” was?)  Darold Maybe and Kenneth Fender brought some butterfly specimens and gave a short talk on classes they are starting in the near future.  Professor Storey from the college gave an interesting talk on “Possibilities of the small garden”. Meeting adjourned, Vina Pearon, Pres. Tem. and Marie Hartzell, Sec.     (Note: paragraph breaks left out by PS for space issues.)


Fine Food!

An afternoon of fine dining and interesting conversation was enjoyed by eleven Garden Club members as we traveled to the Western Culinary Institute, bleu, December 7th. Many thanks to Kathleen Bennett who made the arrangements. Also in attendance were Marian blank, Cathy Burdett, Rosie Green, Nischa Roman, Julie Hughes, Evelyn Mundinger, Norma Parker, Barbara Pehrson, Jackie Reed, and Joan Wheeler. After our exquisite meal, Kathleen’s daughter-in-law who serves as vice-president of curriculum at the institute took us on a full tour of the school which included chocolate tasting! Many chose to round out their day with a bit of shopping. To give you a flavor of the event, here is our delicious menu:
Roasted fennel, thyme scented tomatoes, red onions, granny smith apple and pancetta with sherry reduction vinaigrette
Choice of
Game hen braised in red wine with tourned potatoes, cremini mushrooms, bacon lardoons and pearl onions
Confit of flatiron steak with sunchoke puree, green bean ragout and sauce viande
Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, candied hazelnuts and cranberry-orange sauce
If you enjoy gourmet food in a relaxed atmosphere, try Western Culinary Institute at 921 S.W. Morrison in Portland. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday at very reasonable rates.


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 is available at: http://www.yamhillswcd.org/proj_events/native_plant.html

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.



Continue to keep Sandy Bolmer in your thoughts. Her husband, Richard, had two cancer surgeries in the past few weeks and is still in Intensive Care at Providence Hospital in Portland. 



Websites to Check Out


January Garden Tasks



Gardening Catalogues to Enjoy!



Popular Plants, Ideas for Winter Landscapes




McMinnville Garden Club, Organized in 1926,

PO Box 386, McMinnville OR 97128, 


Information: 503-434-4344