Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                         January 2006

McMinnville Garden Club                           Vol. 5   No. 5    



January 16, 2006


Covenant Church: 2155 W. 2nd Street

Social time:  10:30 AM – 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: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: – 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 edens one home at a time.” 

      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



Field Trip

January 23, 2006

Companion Plants –

Interactive Discussion With Evelyn Mundinger

Carpool from Bethel Baptist Church:  12:45 PM sharp

1750 Doral Street, McMinnville (refer to the membership book for phone number)

      Evelyn Mundinger is, a member of the McMinnville Garden club, will be hosting an interactive talk about companion planting with flowers and shrubs.   We will be sharing and discussing the experiences; success as well as failures with companion planting in a variety of conditions. 

      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

Backyard Habitat

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:

  • a Certificate of Achievement suitable for framing
  • a lifetime subscription to the Habitats newsletter
  • the option for NWF to send a press release to your local newspaper announcing your achievement
  • a free one-year membership to NWF
  • and much more!

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.

 Hort. Beat

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 was the Brandywine tomato.  Recently I heard about a German Pink tomato which grows to nine inches, is meaty and has no seeds.  I found a source and you, too, may want to add this to your ‘must have’ list for the summer garden.  The website address is www.seedsavers.org  for flowers, vegetables, herbs and more.  This is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.

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.

Evelyn Mundinger

Club History

Go to fullsize imageFebruary 18, 1929

(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.)

Garden 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 Oregon.  Motion passed that the secretary write to our representatives and senators asking their support of the bill.

Interesting 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 upon the County Commissioners and found them cooperative in keeping billboards off the highway.

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)

                                                                                                                Dorothy Mathiesen

 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 Tours:




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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 AM  Social Time

 11 AM – 1 PM

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Covenant Church, Fireside Room,

2155 West 2nd, McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.


Executive Board

President          Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Sandy Ford

Secretary          Judy Eggers

Treasurer          Marilyn Coats


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 Kim Jongedyk, (503-434-9130),

or 503-434-4344 for info.


Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Julie Maahs

Garden Tour 2006 Judy Eggers

                   Patty Sorensen

Garden Faire 2006 Gaye Stewart

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Eveyln Mundinger

Hospitality       Rosemary Vertregt

Membership    Sandy Bolmer

Newsletter       Patty Sorensen

                     Anne Silverthorne

Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart

Publicity/PR   Sandy Ford

Scholarship     Cindi Miller

Sunshine          Joan Friese

Telephone        Mary Whinery

Yard of Month 2006  

Yearbook         Kim Jongedyk

                   Sandy Ford

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.