June 18, 2007
It’s Garden Visits and Party
Time! We will be meeting at the
President’s Message Gaye Stewart
Dear Gardening Friends,
Our 2006-2007 Garden Club Year is
drawing to a close with two major events yet to come. The first is June 18th with a tour of three gardens proudly shared with
us by Marilyn Coates, Sharon Gunter and Georgia Queens (meet at
The second big date is June 24th with the Garden Tour and Garden Faire – McMinnville’s annual “Signature Garden Event.” Please invite everyone you talk with about the events, the beauty, garden ideas, special plants for your garden from growers, and yard art. Sell, or buy and “gift” tickets, to this outstanding event. Call Kim if you need more tickets. Let’s try to sell all 700+ tickets by the end of the day, June 24th. See you in the Garden!
New Officers for 2007-08
We officially voted and now look forward to next year’s Garden Club Leadership Team:
President: Gaye Stewart
Vice-President: Cathy Burdett
Secretary: Amy Eads
Treasurer: Marilyn Coats
“Backyard Havens” Garden Tour June 24, 2007
These last few weeks/days before our signature event, my motto is Communicate, Communciate, Communicate. Please be sure that you know the dates and times of any volunteer activities that you have signed up for. If you are unable to attend one of the activities, please communicate with the chair of that committee so we have full coverage for all events. Stephanie J. is the chair for the Farmer’s Market booth. Others are listed below.
THANKS so much for all your work to get us through this great community activity.
Tour Chairs/Gophers Patty S., Georgia Q., Jean L.
Garden #1 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Mary W. – Docent Stephanie B.
Ruth E. Sylvia S.
Amy E. Joan F.
Garden #2 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Rosemary V. – Docent Bernice B.– Docent
Cindy M. Sandy B.
Joan K. Arlene K.
Bob V.– Parking Mel K. – Parking
Les B. - Parking Parking attendant needed
Garden #3 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Lynne D. – Docent Jan E. – Docent
Marion M. Jan H.
Jan P. Rosina M.
Garden #4 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Linda F. Karen S.
Mary Jo C. Elsie C.
Jeanne B. Need one more volunteer here
Garden #5 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Sue H. Ruth M.
Marilyn C. Marion B.
Ann S. Stephanie J.
Rick S. – Parking Stuart O. - Parking
Garden #6 10am to 1pm 1pm to 4pm
Sharon G. Anita R.
Alicia D. Esther S.
Anita R. Sue H.
Substitute workers: Rose G. and WE NEED MORE….Please call Kathleen Bennett
Garden Faire Margaret R., Judy E., Gaye S.
Garden Club Booth at Faire Barbara L., Jean L.
Lunch Delivery Beverly M., Sandy F.
Day of Chairs/Gophers Kathleen B., Cathy B., Barbara P.
Saturday, June 23 PreTour
All Garden Tour / Faire workers and homeowners are invited to visit the Gardens the day before the Tour, June 23. This is not time for the general public but for those who will be working on Sunday. We will meet at the Rite-Aid parking lot at 10AM and carpool to all the gardens.
PLEASE NOTE PARKING LOCATION is at Rite Aid by 99W., not the church. Save the date!
Sunday, June 24, after the tour/faire…..
Between 4:00 and 5:00 the Garden Faire area needs to be cleaned up, Tour signs picked up, and our items at gardens picked up/returned and the homeowners THANKED!
There will be a no-host get-together at the Golden Valley Brew Pub at 5:00 PM after the Tour/Faire. We will have something to eat, congratulate ourselves on another successful tour and relax! Invite your spouse to join us.
Photo Album Hunt Goes On
The 2 photo albums for the 2006 Garden Tour/Faire have still not been located. If you have them, please call Stephanie Janik. We have the ones for 2005.
Garden Author To Visit Mac June 14!
Thursday June 14, 7
June Yard of the Month
Garden Clean-Up Committee
Cleans Up Mrs. Ramsey’s Yard.
Habitat Committee Plants
Their First Yard!
Dues Were Due
Jacci will be encouraging those who did not pay their yearly dues to please do so. She is hoping to trun over the books to our new treasurer, Marilyn Coats, with all of the dues paid! Thanks.
New Sprouts Mary Whinery
Welcome to FOUR new Garden Club members!
Harriett Barnett Interests: container gardening,
perennial, fieldtrips, backyard habitat.
Catherine Olsen Interests: herbs, landscape, perennial, fieldtrips, backyard habitat.
Sharon Johnson Interests: herbs, landscape, container gardening, perennial, horticulture, field trips.
Jeff; Keri Doty Interests: water gardening, landscape, backyard habitat.
July 11th Field Trip Judy Eggers
Sunshine Joan Friese
Jean Lierman had foot surgery in late May and is reported to be recovering well. In fact you may see her at the Farmer’s Market before this even gets published! Let’s hope she sits!
Julie Hughes also had foot surgery and has been reported as on the mend.
Website to Check Out
The Artfull Garden is the business of our speaker from last month’s meeting. Wasn’t Kay great!
Horticulture Julie Maahs
Tomato- Solanum Lycopersicum is a plant in the Solanaceae or "nightshade family," close cousins to: tobacco, chili peppers, potatoes and eggplants.
There are so many to choose from in your local Farmers Markets and Garden Nurseries, from the everyday to Heirloom and Organic varieties. Now's the time to plant!
5 Tips for Growing Better Tomatoes
Don't' plant too early! Flowering and pollination that occurs when temperatures are below 55 degrees can result in malformed, poor quality fruits.
Plant deep. Remove the lower leaves and plant your tomato about 1" deeper than the seedling sits in the pot. New roots will develop along the buried stems.
Tomatoes prefer a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH of 6.0-7.0 rich in phosphorous and calcium. To increase calcium, add crushed eggshells or a spoonful of bone meal when planting.
Tomatoes don't like irregular moisture levels. Water consistently and cover the soil with mulch to retain moisture. Avoid overhead watering; it encourages leaf disease.
Staking is important to expose leaves to sunlight and keep fruit off the ground where they come into contact with soil borne diseases. Get the stakes in early so you don't have to worry about damaging mature root systems.
Finally when your tomato vine had reached its full fruiting cut back on the watering, this will help to continue the maturity of the fruit, very little fruit if any will grow on the tips of the vine.
* Plants that are extremely tall can be planted on their sides up to the last 6" or so of the plant top, remove all the leaves as this area will become roots for a bigger stronger tomato plant.
The following two young ladies are each receiving a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education after High School graduation.
Samantha M. from
Heather Bennett from
Hospitality Goes Over the Top
A big THANK YOU to Julie Hughes and Cathy Burdett along with ALL the club members this year who treated us to INCREDIBLE snacks. Cathy also graciously brought some beautiful raffle prizes. We are looking forward to next year’s treats now. The bar has been set HIGH! Make that a lemon bar.
Due to space limitations this month, the History article will appear in our next issue. This is the last newsletter for this year. Your next edition will be at the end of August to begin our new Garden Club Year. Have a great summer gardening, enjoying family and friends, pulling weeds, and looking forward to our future meetings and field trips!
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” Donald Larson
Organized in 1926
Backyard Habitat Alicia Dimond
Field Trips Judy Eggers
Garden Tour 2007 Patty Sorensen
Garden Tour 2008 Jean Lierman
Garden Faire 2007 Margaret Roberts
Historian Dorothy Mathiesen
Horticulture Julie Maahs
Hospitality Julie Hughes
Library Plant Care Sandy Ford
Membership Mary Whinery
Newsletter/Website Patty Sorensen
Newsletter Asst. Sandy Bolmer
Parliamentarian Sharon Gunter
Post Office Landscape Joanne DeWitt
Publicity/PR Beverly Mulkey
Scholarship Ann Silverthorne
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Vicki Brink
Yard of Month Evelyn Mundinger
Yearbook/Photography Kim Jongedyk
The newsletter deadline for submission of
articles for our monthly newsletter is
the 25th of each month. Please send them
to Patty Sorensen.
Do you know of any prospective
Garden Club members? Be sure to let
Mary Whinery know names and
addresses. We would love to send
them our newsletter for two months.