Go to fullsize imageGarden Clippings                                                                                May 2008

McMinnville Garden Club                                                                                            Vol. 7   No. 9


May19, 2008

May Mystery - Don’t you like to be surprised?

The program scheduled for the month of May is a mystery speaker.

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

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 – 12:15 p.m.

Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided by hostesses:

Evelyn Mundinger, Karen Robertson, Rosie Greene, Donna Sterling and Margaret Roberts.


The President’s Corner

Dear Gardening Friends,

            I love our Garden Club!  It is filled with wonderful people with many life experiences, which they bring to the group.  Skills in many areas abound and are freely shared.  Interest groups are now defined and in full swing.  If any one of you missed the initial signups, you’re welcome to join a meeting by signing up or calling the group convener.  Many topics of interest are being presented and enjoyed by participants.  Some of these groups may wish to continue on through the summer even though the Garden Club typically doesn’t meet during July and August.

Eighteen Club members braved the cool morning Monday, April 28th to begin the annual “Bag Ladies on 3rd Street” cleanup.  The weather warmed and we worked hard to complete the task by noon and were rewarded by a delicious lunch provided by Peter, owner of the Brew Pub.  Two blocks remain so we’ll continue next Monday, May 5th, 9 a.m.  Meet at Galloway and Third Streets with gloves, rake, clippers, broom, etc. and we’ll finish the job, probably in an hour.

The May Club meeting will be an important one for several reasons. 1) We’ll be voting on next year’s officers and; 2) We’ll be receiving our Garden Tour tickets to sell to our family, friends and other plant lovers.  You won’t want to miss!

Enjoy your gardens…between rain showers!                         Love,

Gaye Stewart, Club President


May Field Trip, May 28th

Gail Austin’s Perennial Garden &

Barbara Blossom - Ashmun’s Garden

Car pool from Bethel Baptist Church: 9:30 a.m. SHARP 

We will enjoy a garden tour of two beautiful and different gardens in Beaverton. Gail Austin’s perennial garden has recently been down sized to a normal city lot. It is the official American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden (Daylilies) Clematis, roses, Japanese Maples and many more prized perennials can be viewed in this garden. We’ll lunch in between gardens and then view Barbara Blossom Ashmun’s three quarters of an acre garden. Barbara is a noted author of several garden books and a regular columnist for the Portland Tribune. She has lovingly nurtured and tended this garden for twenty years. This a one trip not to be missed.


June 16th Meeting Lunch Reservations

We will enjoy a catered lunch for our June 16th Officer’s Installation.  Cost is $15.  The menu will be available at the May meeting.  Reservations need to be to our treasurer, Marilyn Coats by June 1st.  Don’t miss this fun year-end event!


Motion from April Meeting

Ruth Miller, made a Motion that the incoming executive broad review the By Laws and Standing Rules; including the requirement for a second signature for checks written over the amount of $200.00 and report their recommendations; The Motion was seconded by another member; the President placed the Motion before the club and requested that members discuss the Motion; the President restated the Motion and the Motion was then put to a vote by members; the Motion passed without opposition.


Bag Ladies, April 28th

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May Yard of the Month

 3960 NE Riverside Loop. McMinnville, Oregon

Directions:  Starting at 3rd street, turn left onto NE Johnson Street. It turns into NE Lafayette Ave. Turn right onto NE Riverside Dr. Drive about 1.2 miles and turn right onto NE Riverside Loop. (You will feel like you are in the country with the pasture of sheep)

Check it out at: http://mcminnvillegardenclub.org/yardMay2008.htm


Websites to Check Out:

National Gardening Association’s NW Regional Report:




Controlling Slugs:  http://www.thegardenhelper.com/slugs.html




Interest Groups Info

The Garden Art breakout interest group will meet on Wednesday, May 7th from 9:30-12 at Rosemary Vertgret’s home to create a hypertufa project. Carpools will leave the Bethel Baptist parking lot at 9:10 AM..  The cost of this project is $3 per container. Participant will need to wear old clothes, bring heavy rubber gloves, a mold to put the hypertufa in, and a cardboard box like the ones we get at nurseries to take home our projects. 

Reservations must be made with Kathleen Bennett by May 3rd.

            The Plants breakout interest group will enjoy learning more about clematis, penstemon and a surprise plant after our May meeting.  Plan on staying for this one!


Garden Tour/Faire, June 22, 2008


Something Old and Something New

SPRING has finally arrived (at least today it’s Spring)!  Our printing order is almost complete so we are on our way to a FABULOUS Summer Garden Faire.  We decided not to send out postcards this year because of the HUGH expense, but we did have flyers at the Daffodil Festival and the Master Gardeners Sale.  If anyone wants flyers for an event, let us know and we’ll get more printed for you.

We have been meeting before each regular meeting with individual chairs and will continue to do so until the event.  We hope to have one more general committee meeting before the Garden Tour, probably around the first of June.

Lists for all the volunteer positions that need to be filled will be passed around at the May meeting.  Please bring your calendar along and add your name anywhere you can!

Kim will be passing out four ticket booklets to each garden club member. It is expected that each member will sell at least four tickets OR you can buy the tickets (a bargain at $10.00) and give them away as gifts.  If you give them away you get a great tax write-off... REMEMBER, this is our one money making activity of the year and it supports all of our community gardening projects. Let’s amaze our community with hundreds of attendees to this signature garden tour and faire! 

By the end of the May, the posters should be up so garden lovers can mark their calendars to save the date!  We also will be promoting the event at the Farmer’s Market which starts Thursday, May 29th.  Drop by the market and pick up additional tickets, flyers, posters, etc. Keep checking the website for additional information.




Visitors at our March meeting were Bill and Judy Cochran; Cathy and Gus Carstensen; Dawn King; all of MAC.  Cindy Smith, Marian Kuch and Janet Lewis from the St. Paul Garden Club.    In April Judy Wilkerson visited us.
New Sprouts are: Maria Mcritchie, Adrienne Schouten, Dawn King.  WELCOME!



Club History                                                                Dorothy Mathieson

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May, 1935 

Meeting was called to order by President Mrs. Cora Robison in the Mardis Garden.  27 answered roll call. Mrs. Major reports notices in local paper of Garden Club meeting.  Mrs. Pearson reports her territory for this year is from Rex Hill to Whiteson in regard to billboards.

Membership Committee reported that some of the captains were not present, so final count could not be made; however two losing sides will entertain two winning sides sometime in the near future.  Mrs. Tibbetts invited group to beach home at Delake-this to be considered and left to losing captains.

            Three new members paid dues of 50 cents each.  Two visitors were introduced – Mrs. Demerick from Dayton and Mrs. Wagner from McMinnville. 

            Under correspondence: Letter from Pearl Cooke in regards to Boy and Girl “Beautification Project.” Also a letter from the Portland Rose Festival.  Motion was made and seconded not to enter exhibit at Carnival this year.

            Mrs. Tibbetts was appointed chairman to assist Fireman with the Annual Blossom Dance.  She told of work, prizes and a general good time.

Motion made and carried to assist with flowers and 200 rosebuds for the Grange Convention held here June 10-15.

            Lois Noble gave an interesting talk on trees; information gathered while girl scouting.  Speakers for afternoon were unable to come to this meeting.

            Reports of State Convention held at Medford this year were made by Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Chenowith, Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Hartzell.

          Mrs. Lee Waugaman paid dues of fifty cents making a otal of $2.00 for dues.

After numbers were drawn for chrysanthemum plants, furnished by Marie Travis, the meeting adjourned.                                                            Cora Robison, Pres.   Marie Hartzell, Sec.


June 12, Day of Tour Garden Greeters Meeting

This is a bring your own brown bag lunch, Drinks and dessert are provided.

Directions to Kathleen Bennett’s son's farm for lunch in the Orchard:
          From MAC take Highway 18 to Dayton Exit. This is Wallace Road. Go through town and follow Wallace Rd to the first left after the 4mile marker. This is Greenacre Rd.  Follow Greenacre Rd as it turns to the right and go to the little white house you can see from the turn.

The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.  

Vita Sacville-West

McMinnville Garden Club, Organized in 1926,

PO Box 386, McMinnville OR 97128, 


Information: 503-434-4344