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McMinnville Garden Club  

 Vol. 4   No. 9                    May 2005


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

       11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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  Marian Blank

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.






       May 16



Time for some fun!

     This month on May 16 we are going to have a potluck salad luncheon and create our own cement leaf casts for our gardens.  We will be meeting at Rosemary Vertregt’s. (503-472-7265) Parking is limited; members are encouraged to meet at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot.  We will leave there promptly at 10:30.  Due to the craft project, the meeting will likely last until 2:00 or beyond.    

     Dress casual in clothes and shoes that can get dirty.  If it’s sunny or rainy, you may need your hats too.

     Please bring your own cold drinks,   a “ready-to-go salad (green, pasta, fruit, etc.) with serving utensils. The club will provide bread, cookies, coffee, tea and place settings.

Concrete Leaf Sculptures

Bring your own leaf.  If you have extras, bring for others!

Leaf Selection  - look for leaves with a strong prominent vein structure, a smooth underside (no fuzzies) and a sturdy leaf. Hydrangea, Rutabaga and Hosta leaves are good for starters.

If you have the following, please bring.  If not, it will be provided:

 -clean old hand trowel or other tool to mix your concrete

        -disposable cat litter container or bucket or for concrete.  

Our craft will cost $5 for each cement leaf cast to cover the costs of the supplies.  No reservations are necessary. 

Carolyn Davis, Karen Robertson and Patty Sorensen are hostesses.

President’s Corner

Hello again,

     Wow! May is here and summer is near… now, I don’t like the hot days of summer but I do appreciate the warmth of the growing season that it provides. Spring is a beautiful time of the year! Be sure to plant now so we can enjoy the fruits of our labors all through those lazy days of summer.

     Last month we learned a few new tricks of the trade in planting a Victorian Hanging Basket, I hope that everyone got inspired and will plant one of their own. If you have planted yours, please share your tricks with us at our May meeting.

     I look forward to seeing everyone when we all gather to make leaf castings and share in all the wonderful potluck salads on May 16th at Rosemary Vertregt’s home.

     See you there? This should be a fun day.

Kim Jongedyk


PS  Please remember to use our Garden Club’s website at

http://mcminnvillegardenclub.org      Be sure to spread the word about our website so others can check us out and find out what we are all about and what we are doing each month. For those without online access, give them our Club’s phone number:  503-434-4344.


Ferguson’s Tips for

Moss Baskets

   Our April meeting was quite informative about planting Moss Flower Baskets. Danielle said to use garden burlap as shown in the picture for lining your baskets, fill about 1/3 full of sterile potting soil containing slow release fertilizer and soil moist.  Wrap the green section of the plant in plastic and roll up.  Carefully remove the plant from its pot then place it inside the basket and pull the green section of the plant thru the hole you cut in the burlap.  The bottom layer should contain plants such as evergreen ground covers, large trailing super petunias, super verbenas, etc.  The middle section of plants might include Nemesia, Variegated Ivy or Million Bells, and the top needs plants like Petunias, Ivy Geranium or, Diascia.  Cover the top with moss and be sure to use liquid fertilizer after about two months to keep it blooming and healthy!


Garden Tour – 2005

       Sunday, June 26

     The clock is starting to count down toward the June 26th Garden Tour/Faire and this is where the fun begins.  Each Garden Club member will be given 4 tickets to sell at the May meeting.  You can have more than 4 tickets, of course!!  When you need more tickets, please try and get them from Sandy Bolmer rather than another club member.  That makes record keeping easier.

     You saw our poster at the April meeting.  Club member Vicki Brink, an artist, did the original painting for the poster.  She is having the original painting framed and is donating it to the club as a raffle prize for the Garden Faire!!  I’ll be one of the first to buy my share of raffle tickets!!  We will have posters for sale at the Garden Faire…$10.00 unframed, $50.00 framed.  Garden Club members who would like to order posters can contact either Sharon Gunter or Judy Eggers prior to the Garden Faire. 

     At last count we had 34 vendors signed up and paid for the Garden Faire with the possibility of three or four additional vendors.  Good job, Gaye!!

     Thanks to everyone for your help.  You…. the Garden Club members…. are the ones who put on the Tour and the Faire.  So give yourselves a pat on the back and let’s start selling tickets!

Sharon and Judy

   Garden Faire Update

     The vendor list keeps growing, like our spring gardens!  We now have 34 unique plant and yard art vendors coming to share in the delightful Garden Faire, June 26th in downtown McMinnville!

     Margaret Roberts and I recently met with Patti Webb, Downtown Association, to discuss tips for making our Faire run smoothly and successfully.  Each club member will soon be given miniature posters advertising the Garden Faire and Garden Tour.  I encourage you to use these beautiful posters (designed by Vicki Brink) as invitations to your friends and relatives.  They will come if you tell them “It’s going to be GREAT!” 

     This is our club’s major fund-raiser for the year, so let’s all work to make it the most successful event ever!  If you have any questions for me, please call me at 503-831-3087.  In the meantime, make a list of your friends, relatives and service-providers to be sure to invite!

                        Gaye Stewart


     Member Jean Bruce’s husband, Donald, passed away in April.  Our thoughts are with her.

Joan Friese


Club Sprouts Two New Members!

  Our two newest members are Lynn Falcon and Kim Allman, a mother-daughter team from Dundee.  They are relatively new to this area and are anxious to learn about beautiful and unique plants for their own gardens.  Please welcome them at our next meeting. 

We have 61 members and have taken in 12 members this year.

Happy May Day!

     Do you remember when you were a child, making paper cones and filling them with spring flowers?  Then carefully carrying and quietly walking up to a beloved neighbor’s door, hanging the “May basket” on the door, ringing the bell, then quickly running away.  I always stopped and waited to see the smile and delight on Mrs. Parker’s face when she discovered her gift.  Ah, memories.

Gaye Stewart


District Luncheon

     Several members from our club enjoyed the District’s Luncheon on April 21.  Our own, Sharon Gunter, was given a recognition certificate by Kim for her contributions to the club for being President from 2002-2004, co-chair of the Garden Tour 2003-2005, and her countless hours dedicated to our club.

Club History

       August 8, 1928    

     Garden Club met at the home of Mrs. M.F. Corrigan.  12 members plus speaker were present.  “Mrs. Tibbetts reported writing to Secretary of the National Garden Association of America, regarding Constitution and bylaws, but had received no reply.

     Flower show was discussed and date set for September 15, subject to change.  Miss Hawley invited us to hold the show on her lawn.  Mrs. Sitton would have charge of advertising, assisted by each member.

     “Mrs. Apperson announced the garden Party to be given at Senator McNary’s for benefit of the Fine Arts building.  Club authorized purchase of ribbons to be used by the judges.  Two members would secure vases from the Civic Club.  It was decided not to ask commercial growers to enter exhibits.”

     “Mrs. Florence Pearce spoke on Japanese arrangement of flowers.  It is an art upon which they spend years perfecting.  They stress the linear and triangular arrangement, more than the combining of various colors.”

     “Mrs. Apperson gave a short talk on “Billboards” and suggested a tax as a remedy toward eliminating the number.  Also suggested a committee be appointed to get this tax idea before the various clubs and other organizations.” (Endorsed by the club.)

     “Mrs. Apperson gave a very entertaining talk on various flowers of Yellowstone Park.”

     The Club agreed to ask Sam Lancaster to show his views of Columbia Highway, and make it an open night for new members.

     The next meeting which is a plant exchange day, to be at Mrs. Mylnes.  Club adjourned.  Treasury balance $14.97

          Dorothy Mathiesen



Plants that Creep

in the Night!

     Many plants spread and multiply, which is great in most cases.  But some spread much more than expected and include:

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Phalaris – Ribbon Grass

Tough, tenacious perennial grass forms a 2-3’ high clump that spreads aggressively and indefinitely by underground runners.  It is very difficult to eradicate once established.  Leaves are deep green with longitudinal white stripes and airy flower clusters.  Grow in large containers or borders to contain growth.  Less invasive selections are ‘Woods Dwarf’ and ‘Feesey’.

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Ajuga – Bugleweed

All-purpose groundcover with dark green leaves and upright stems bearing numerous tiny flowers in pink, violet blue or white.   Adapting to just about every type of soil, from rich to poor and dry to moist, they’re most prolific in rich, moist, well-drained soil.  They spread by creeping roots and self-seed abundantly.  They come in 3 speeds.  The fast speed is ajuga reptans.  At medium speed is Geneva bugleweed (A. genevensis) which is more neighborly.  Upright bugleweed (A. pyramidalis) is the slower-spreading species. 

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Muscari – Grape Hyacinth

Clumps of grass-like foliage appear in the fall.  In spring tiny florets of white, blue or violet-green blooms resemble small grape clusters.  The bulbs multiply rapidly plus the seed is freely produced which germinates well. 

     If you have a small space or don’t like to fight off an invasion of plants, it is always nice to know which ones to avoid.  Sometimes the labels don’t really state how easily some of them spread.

Marilyn Coats


Backyard Habitat

How to Keep Birds from Flying Into Windows

The OSU Extension Office suggests:

Attach black silhouettes of flying hawks or strips of opaque tape or flagging to windows to make the glass visible to birds.

*Install screens or lightweight netting in front of windows to act as a cushion if birds fly into it.

Put up an owl statue or other raptor statue close to the problem-causing window.

*Keep your blinds or curtains closed or partially closed.

*Move houseplants away from windows, as these attract birds.

*Move bird feeders either away from windows (20 feet or more) or closer to windows (three feet or closer) to help prevent injuries.

The article can be found at:



Bird-Watching Myths

Parent birds will abandon a nestling if humans have touched it.

This is an amazingly popular myth despite the massive amount of evidence to the contrary.  Think about the thousands of studies that involve monitoring nests, weighing and measuring you.  There are very good reasons for staying away from bird nests.  Birds may find your intrusiveness offensive for many reasons, but one of them is not the way you smell.

Cindi Miller

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Our next meeting is

June 20, 2005

 Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat

Cindi Miller

Garden Tour        

Sharon Gunter

          Judy Eggers


Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture Marilyn Coats

Hospitality   Margaret Roberts

Membership          Gaye Stewart

Newsletter   Patty Sorensen


Sally Thompson


          Bonnie Zachary-Yurk

Scholarship Cindi Miller

Sunshine  Joan Friese Telephone        Sandy Bolmer

Yard of Month      

Bonnie & Shelby Zachary-Yurk

Yearbook     Barbara Lofgren


Newsletter Deadlines

     The deadline for submission of articles for our monthly newsletter is the last day of the previous month.  Please send them to Patty Sorensen.  Thanks!


Do you know of any prospective Garden Club members? Be sure to let Gaye Stewart know names and addresses.  We would love to send them our newsletter for three months.