Nothing but Northwest Native Plants
Business & Lunch meeting:
Optional Brown bag lunch – dessert, coffee & tea provided by hostesses: Marian Blank-Vicki Brink-Jeannie Bruce-Patty Sorensen
Kali gardened with her father as a kid and always enjoyed gardening so it was natural for her to eventually want to learn more about growing plants in detail.
Kali Robson is the owner of, Nothing but
Northwest Natives Nursery located in
At Kali’s nursery she purchases Pro-Gro soil that comes with a little slow release fertilizer and then adds mycorrhizal innoculent to the plants. She uses no pesticides in her nursery. For more information about Kali Robson and Nothing but Northwest Native Plants please visit her website at: www.nothingbutnwnatives.com and for essays on the science and evolution of Northwest native plants visit: www.morethanthesum.com.
Hands-On Craft Project: Create Your Own Mosaic Flower Pot
We will be learning from Patty how to do a basic mosaic decorated flower pot. Instructions will also be given for your own future projects like stepping stones, trays, etc. Once you understand the basic process, you’ll likely want to start using mosaic to decorate on a multitude of surfaces! Cost is $3.00. Reservations must be made by the end of the meeting on March 20th. On March 27, we’ll be working in a garage, so wear warm washable clothes, bring some rags, a glue gun if you have one and go home with a gorgeous pot ready for your spring plants! Mosaic colors will be in earth tones or blues in case you want to bring your own “baubles” to add personality to your pot.
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McMinnville Garden Club is growing! In September, our first meeting back after the summer vacation, four new members joined and in the past five months we have an additional seven more. This brings our club size to sixty-five strong. It’s wonderful to have new members; you all bring so much energy and knowledge to the club. On behalf of the membership, we welcome all of you and look forward to knowing and interacting with each and every one of you.
Time flies when having fun; now our time is really ramping up to the real fund raising that we do as a club that gives back to the community of McMinnville. In the next several months planning for our annual garden tour/faire will start to unfold and we will once again see the fruits of our labors on June 25th. We are so lucky to have such dedicated members like you to help make all that we do as a club a great success each year. So, I call on all of you again to get involved and help make our 2006 Garden Tour, “In The Garden”, the success that it has become during the past five years.
In our gardens we are watching daffodils, tulips and buds swelling on bushes and trees just waiting for spring to come and light up our lives once again. Enjoy nature’s gifts. Protect them, respect them, and above all enjoy them!
Happy spring! Kim Jongedyk
Membership addendums for the Yearbook will be available at the March meeting.
A big thank you to the new Yard of the Month committee members: Beverly Mulkey, Rosemary
Vertregt, Anne Silverthorne, and Ruth Miller.
BIRDS AND BEES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
It's now the time to put up those birdhouses. All around you'll see and hear many birds hoping to find homes in your backyards. Welcome them with safe homes made just for them. Try to keep those unwanted guests from raiding their newly built nest and robbing them of their eggs or nestlings.
will notice too with the coming of those little ones that the predators are out
in force. And sadly it's the food chain thing, a must to keep nature in
balance. Enjoy watching the hawks soaring in the warm spring skies and wonder
just how it would feel to do the same. I have enjoyed many varieties of hawks
out here in the
This year along with your garden of beautiful flowers try adding even more of the new types of Ornamental Grasses. They are not only lovely to look at but provide nesting material for birds and small creatures and also food for hungry young ones and winter storage.
Many Nurseries have areas of Native Plants now, so take advantage of them as truly they bring in more bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The nectar gathered from then is more true to what their bodies need to continue their life functions.
BUGS, BUGS, BUGS
We all have them and thank heavens for that. Just a reminder: please don’t get carried away with pesticides or just start thinking of NOT using them at all. There is such a small amount of insects that do really any harm. ie. slugs, aphids, earwigs to name a few. They will catch the eye of many a bird or Good Bug predator all too soon. No pesticide is selective in its killing process. Birds that eat anything treated with a pesticide will carry this into their eggs or nestlings and cause harm. Let nature take its course and in doing so all will be well. To add to this no-pesticide use a thought (if you have been blessed with a inquisitive grandchild or two they will come to no harm having tested if all things are indeed edible. A bad tasting bug is a bad tasting bug and they will remember it always.)
LOOK UP, LOOK AROUND AND LISTEN and enjoy the coming of Spring. Daffodils are plentiful and tulips are not far behind. Gardens can be worked up, if ever so slowly due to the rains of winter, but cold-season crops can be planted now. If you come across a sleeping grub or cutworm give him a toss near the bird feeder, he will be gobbled up quickly. Oh yeah, they'll love you for it.
I wish you all a HAPPY SPRING even though technically it's not really Spring until March 21st. By the looks of things outside, Nature has other ideas!
DON’T SQUASH THAT BUG! By Mildred Reppeto
Most insects are “good” and are valuable in the garden. Three types of beneficial insects are pollinators, predators and parasitoids. Pollinators include honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees and syrphid flies.
Predatory insects eat large numbers of other insects, either as adults, larvae, or both. Many predators feed on only certain types of insects. These include lady beetles, praying mantids, green and brown lacewings, ground beetles, minute pirate bugs, damsel bugs, syrphid/hover flies. (Spiders are also excellent predators.)
To protect these important garden workers, invite beneficials to your yard
Parasitoids live on or in a host insect and feed on it, which usually kills it. Most of these insects are small, stingless wasps or fles that lay eggs. They are not easily seen. One of the most common is the tachinid. This group destroys aphids, scales, earwigs, beetles, moths, flies, etc.
Syrphid Flies may be brightly colored with bands of yellow, black or white. They resemble bees or wasps. Adults hover around flowers to feed on nectar. Eat aphids, scales, earwigs. About 14mm
Damsels are slender, grayish or tan sucking insects that eat thrips, aphids. About 18-40 mm
Lacewings, brown or green, with transparent wings.
These eat aphids, mites, leaf hoppers, mealy bugs. About 12-18 mm
Mantids (praying mantid) are voracious and devour almost
any moving insect. They patiently sit motionless until their prey is within reach of their front legs. About 18-115 mm
Crab spiders (10mm) and wolf spiders (14 mm) are common in the garden and are considered general predators.
So when you see that common black beetle (16mm) or the bright assassin bug (12-18mm) or a tachinid (8-13mm) or syrphid/hover fly (14mm), think of all the bad guys they get before you squash them!
Sources for this article: Mac’s Field Guide; OSU Extension Service
Flower Show Symposium,
mark the date! Check out: http://oregongardenclubs.org/Events_files/symposium2006.htm
for details on the April 11 and 12
The McMinnville Garden Club met at the home of Delia Stout. President Mrs. Sly presided. Fifteen members present – also four guests, three of whom joined the club.
A letter from Paul Maris, Extension Dept.
O.S.A.C. (Oregon State Agriculture College) acknowledging note of thanks for
Mr. Cuthbert’s lecture, as ordered by the Club at April meeting. A letter was read from Hotel Benton,
Mrs. Miller reported that rain had
made it impossible for visiting daffodil gardens at Forest Grove. Mrs. Sitton reported on a trip to the
wonderful lilac gardens of Mrs. Klager at
A motion was made and carried that the Garden Club send flowers to Mrs. Tibbetts who has been ill for a long time. Dues and subscriptions for the coming year were paid. Treasury amount $8.05, Receipts $9.50, Paid out (telephone) 60 cents, Balance: $16.95
Websites to Check Out and Upcoming Events for Gardeners
Pest, Weed, and Disease Alerts from the Oregon Department of Agriculture http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/alerts_index.shtml
Home & Garden Show,
*Home & Garden
Fairgrounds, info 503-363-6676
Society Show, March 17-19,
*Woodburn Tulip Festival, March 20-April 20– Woodburn, info 503-982-8221,
*Daffodil Festival, March 25-26, Amity info 503-835-2181
Society Show, March 30,
Remember to save the date of April 20 as we will be hosting
the Pioneer District Spring Luncheon and Meeting at the
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Marilyn Coats as she faces her new health challenge. Joan Friese
March 9th at on Channel 10 treat yourself to OPB’s
This is a compilation of their best segments about birds, habitat, and birders.
"Don't grumble that roses have thorns, be thankful that thorns have roses."
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 Ruth
Mulkey, Anne Silverthorne,
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.