Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                 March 2007

McMinnville Garden Club               Vol. 6   No. 7  


March 19, 2007 FIELD TRIP 8:30 AM +




This month’s meeting is a field trip to Portland to Cornell Farms, 9212 SW Barnes Rd., Portland 503-292-9895.  We will be leaving the Bethel Baptist parking lot at 8:45 AM on March 19th.

Please plan on arriving by 8:30 to organize our carpools.


Deby Barnhart, will lead us in “Spring Vacation Inspiration”, at 10 AM demonstrating the art of container gardening. After the demonstration we are welcome to look around and shop. We plan on going to lunch after our program across the street from Cornell Farms at the “On Hands Café”.

 President’s Message

Dear Gardening Friends,

March is here already, bringing us springtime and daylight savings time which this year will begin on March 11th.  This is by Congressional action and signed by President Bush giving America two extra months of daylight saving time – one in the spring and the other in the fall!  Remember to “Spring forward” your clocks when you go to bed Saturday night, March 10th.

Congratulations to the Club for achieving this year’s membership goal of 80 members to commemorate our 80th Birthday.  Karen Robertson was the 80th member to join the Club, but several others have also joined bringing our total membership to 82!  Growth brings new energy, ideas, experiences and best of all – new gardening friends!

While here in sunny Palm Springs, I’ve been pouring over numerous seed and plant catalogs looking for new items for my garden.  Those of you who have visited my tiny yard may question my need for more plants, but don’t worry – the lawn may need to give way to expanding flower beds.

I understand Kim shared a picture of “Timika”, my new teacup Pomeranian.  She is now 5 months old, weighs 3#, 5 oz and is so sweet natured.  Timika will join Rosie soon; we’re driving home about March 5th so the 1,000 mile trip could be interesting!

I wish to thank Kim Jongedyk, Past President, for chairing the February meeting, my super Executive Committee, the numerous team leaders, and the 3 who served as conveners for the new areas of Club outreach.  Thanks Kim, Sharon and Julie.  I look forward to seeing you all at our March meeting/program to be held at Cornell Farms with a demonstration on planting containers.                                                                           Sincerely,

Gaye Stewart, President





 “Backyard Havens” 2007 Garden Tour/Faire


Go to fullsize imageClub “Catch-Up” History  Dorothy Mathiesen 

1-Last month Feb. 1934’s notes mentioned choosing a city flower for McMinnville.  The club would choose several annuals and then the city could vote by coupon through the local papers. [By April 16, 1934 our club had been chosen to put on the state meeting.  The flower committee reported no success with the city flower contest.  Nasturtiums received 8 votes, Petunias 7 and Zinnias 6.  Because they were busy with the State Convention plans, the flower contest was dropped.]

2-Last year I reported that the Convention was a great success in McMinnville.  Nearly 400 attended, and the club thought they would be pleased if 200 delegates showed up.  Remember each McMinnville member was asked to donate $2 to help with convention expenses. (Not $20 but $2.00 SM)

3-Interesting note – May 14, 1934, “In preparedness for Garden Club Convention a 6 o’clock no host dinner at Sneeden’s restaurant, 50 cents per plate, with husbands and friends was decided on.  Program included Tommie Luke in a practical demonstration of flower arrangement at Melrose Hall on Friday night.” 

4- Garden Ramble – Miss Hendrick, chairman of the Garden Ramble (I believe for Convention Delegates later. DM) reported 16 gardens to be visited.  Mrs. Herbert Fleishauer offered Regal Lilies for decoration. (for the convention.)     

5- June 18, 1934  “Twenty-three members present.  Mrs. Burdett told of some things other clubs were doing such as pottery lessons, and Firelogs which were sold at Christmas time.  The club plans to have the Pottery teacher here at some time in the future.  Bills read, were allowed.  Motion passed we pay Janitor at the Library $2.50 for cleaning during our Convention –also pay lights, whatever they are.”                                                                                   



Our thoughts are with Alicia Dimond and Judy Eggers’ son as they recover from their February accidents.


Websites to Check Out

·        Gardening Blog in Seattle  (A blog is a new social tool on the Internet that allows readers to add their comments and photos.)

·        Chore Calendar from Oregon State University

·        Starting Seeds from iVillage Garden Web


2007 Dates to Remember:


**March 3, 8:30 AM, Joe Dancer Park  (North of the Soccer Fields.)The McMinnville Sunrise Rotary is coordinating a planting of natural plants and trees in the city's new wetlands area at Joe Dancer Park.  This is a great opportunity for the Garden Club to join other civic minded citizens. There will be an orientation as to which plant to plant, where, and how before everyone starts.  It's planned - based on the number of people who show up - that it will be over by around noon.  Please bring a shovel and remember some waterproof boots for yourself.  This is a wetland so there's a chance you're going to get your feet wet if not prepared!

If you have any questions or need additional information please call Bill Miller at 503-474-0541.

**Washington Co. Small Woodlands Assoc. Native Plant Sale: March 10 Held at the Bales Thriftway Store, 17675 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha  Info:  503-324-7825


**“Backyard Havens” Garden Tour June 24, 2007

 A BIG thanks to everyone!  We are on the way to an incredible Garden Tour/Faire!  The chairs of various committees are busy preparing for their tasks and MANY Garden Club members signed up for the variety of activities necessary to support this exciting community event.

I really appreciate ALL of you!!!  Patty Sorensen, Chair



Horticulture  Julie Maahs

Bulbs 101


The following provides some general planting guidelines for your summer flowering bulbs, however the planting instructions available on the package should always be referred to, as they are specific to the particular variety.

 When - Summer flowering bulbs should not be planted in the ground until after the very last frost.  March - April is the given planting time for these bulbs, but can be planted if ground has warmed to 50 degrees.

 Tip: Begonias can be planted early indoors, then transplanted into the ground after the last frost.

 Location - Bulbs should generally be planted in a sunny location; however lilies and begonias will also flower in partial shade.

 Soil-Bulbs can be planted in any type of soil as long as it is well-drained.

 Tip:  Try adding sand, peat, or compost to the prepared soil that retains excessive moisture (such as clay soils)

 Tip: Bulbs do not require fertilizer, however a slow release fertilizer incorporated into the soil will help keep your bulbs healthy.

 Depth & Distance - Refer to the package to learn proper placing for each particular variety.



  What a pity flowers can utter no sound,

    A singing rose, a whispering violet,

    a murmuring honeysuckle,

    Oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would this be

                                Henry Ward Beecher


Little Sprouts  Mary Whinery, Membership

What a fantastic turn out we had at our coffee 2/19/07,  We have 4 new members:  Donna Sterling, Karen Robertson (who is our 80th new member), Les Buchholz, and Vivian Gregory.  Lets all welcome them - so glad to have each of you with us!!!  In addition we had two guests:  Linda Gilbert and Jan Elliott.  Our membership has now grown to 82. 


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

10:30-11:00 AM  Social Time

 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Hillside, Activity Room,

900 NW Hill Road,

McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.


Executive Board

President          Gaye Stewart

Past President  Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Beverly Mulkey

Secretary          Mildred Reppeto

Treasurer          Jacci Reed


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 Gaye Stewart  

or 503-434-4344 for info.

Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Alicia Dimond

Field Trips       Judy Eggers

Garden Tour 2007 Patty Sorensen

Garden Tour 2008  Jean Lierman

                         Georgia Queen

Garden Faire 2007 Margaret Roberts

                        Judy Eggers

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Julie Maahs

Hospitality       Julie Hughes

                        Cathy Burdett

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.