Social time: – Business / Lunch Meeting: 11-12 AM
Optional Brown bag lunch – dessert, coffee and tea provided by hostesses:
Lynda Corbin – Carolyn Davis –Ruth Miller-Judy Peden
Program: : – Phil Thorburg
Powerpoint presentation, question/answer time and plant sale
Phil Thorburg is a well-known and respected speaker among many community groups for his knowledge in landscape design for all seasons. Owner of Winterbloom, Inc. Phil will be sharing his knowledge about plants with fall and winter interests and decorative appeal.
He will teach us about plant choices for shady area, plant selection for larger
pots or permanently planted pots, deciduous trees and shrubs that have
branching patterns that look great against a wall, an evergreen background or
just against the sky. Plant choices with a focal point (one that will
demand attention) could be a dwarf conifer, a rock with moss or possibly an
Azalea with red and orange blooms. As Phil says, “he strives to help
homeowners create private
Phil graduated from OSU with an Agricultural and Horticultural degree. In 1983 he started his career with a pickup truck, a few tools and a wheelbarrow. Help from friends, co-workers and reading books Phil learned the landscape design and installation business. Phil uses little or no pesticides that are not considered “natural” such as glyphosate, corn gluten and various slug baits as well as compost to protect his plants.
For more information about Winterbloom please visit: www.winterbloominc.com
Companion Plants –
Interactive Discussion With Evelyn Mundinger
Evelyn Mundinger is, a member
Please feel free to bring with you articles, books, and/or photographs to share with other members. What are your favorite combination plants? What has worked well for you? Do you have a favorite color combination of plants that you would like to share with us?
Hello and Happy New Year from the President.
Christmas is over and we’ve said good-by to 2005 and hello 2006!! Boy, how time flies when you’re having fun. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to a great new year. Our Garden Club is need of a volunteer to take on the chores of the Yard of the Month. If you are interested, be sure to contact me!
Our December party, “Christmas Around the World,” was a great success. Sandy Ford and I want to thank everyone that helped make it a special day. Many thanks to Brad Howard of Willamette Valley Catering for a fantastic lunch. His demonstration was fun and a great learning experience in cooking with herbs. Kate Parker of Katula Herbs gave an informative talk on the history of herbs and how to grow and preserve them which answered many of our questions. The White elephant gift exchange was a lot of fun and some of those gifts were very funny and I think that we might see them again… I took the can goods to the Food Bank and it was much appreciated. Thanks to you all for participating in this worthy cause.
Winterbloom is our next program. Phil Thorburg is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with us and will bring plants to sell. Just a reminder so you can be thinking about what you might like to find. See you on January 16th at our next meeting. Until then take care and enjoy winter at its best. Fondly, Kim Jongedyk
This winter as you consider making changes to your established yard or creating new habitat areas, be sure to give thought to welcoming wildlife. Are you ready to join thousands of property owners around the country who have welcomed wildlife into their backyards, schools, workplaces and communities? Let the National Wildlife Federation be your guide as you transform your ordinary backyard into a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat site.
A Backyard Wildlife Habitat site provides for wildlife the four basic elements needed for survival; food, water, cover and places to raise young. Property owners also employ sustainable gardening practices that conserve natural resources.
Why certify your yard? Aside from offering wildlife a wonderful place to thrive, you'll be eligible for the following benefits, including:
Upon certification you will be eligible to order and post an attractive yard sign to display your commitment to wildlife conservation and the environment. (Article from National Wildlife Federation’s website ) Cindi Miller is one of our club member’s whose yard is certified by the NWF.
With so many hours of darkness plus cloudy days, you may be feeling like a cave dweller. Your houseplants are feeling it too as they stretch toward the light. Waiting for days to lighten up, they can settle into a no-growth period, your cue to adjust your maintenance. A moisture meter is helpful to determine when your plant has completely dried out as opposed to just testing surface dryness. Keep plants clean by wiping the leaves with a damp cloth, rather than leaf shine products. Let plants rest in healthy conditions, without fertilizing until spring beckons with longer daylight hours.
With the trend toward eating more flavorful and healthy foods, the
word ‘heirloom’ describing a fruit or vegetable, boasts of superior flavor. Until recently my favorite ‘heirloom’ food
Outdoor plants, especially deciduous trees and shrubs, need protection from certain diseases and insects, which can become a problem if not recognized and remedied. Their cycles continue through winter dormancy, so now is the time to take preventive action. Both aphids and spider mites over-winter as eggs among the buds, while scale prefers branches. Disease spores can be more difficult to recognize unless it lurks in previous infected cankers. Visit your favorite nurseryman and solicit help for these problems. Gail Gredler, with OSU Extension, suggests that ‘horticultural or dormant oils’ can be an effective and less toxic method of pest control on woody plants. She also advises that they can be sprayed during spring and summer for pest control. Spraying during dormancy, before buds swell, will give you a healthier garden later. Happy New Year and focus on the pleasure of gardening.
(Note at side of minutes – page: Treasurer reported having paid per capita tax to State Federation for year 1928, $1.00 and 1929, $1.35.)
Club met at the home of Mrs. Earl Wright.
Ten members present. A letter was read from Clayton B. Lewis asking for
our support for HB 311 to encourage the bulb industry in
pamphlets sent by Standard Oil Co. arguing against highway signs were passed
around and were finally given to the billboard committee. This committee reported that they had called
There being no further business, Mrs. Gowdy read a number of interesting clippings. Club adjourned. Mrs. Frank Wortman, Sec. Treas.
Balance in treasury: $8.05 ($10.40 - $2.35 per capita tax)
Garden Tour 2006
As the New Year approaches and we begin our 2006 calendars, don’t forget to mark the date for our Garden Tour, Sunday, June 25. It is also time for us to start gearing up the activities needed to support the tour. Committee Chairs will gather at the home of Patty Sorensen immediately following our January meeting for a short organizational meeting.
Websites to Check Out
Winter weather getting you down? Try these Virtual Garden
Oregon State University’s NW Gardener’s E-News
The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow. ~Author Unknown
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.