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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR,

April 2014 -


             Next meeting:  April 21, 2014



We are meeting back at the  HILLSIDE Activity room at the Manor   900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



           Speaker this month: 

Martin Nicholson from

Hoyt Arboretum


He will be speaking about his favorite trees at the Arboretum.


Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Pendulum’


Weeping Sequoia  in Hoyt Arboretum




Hello Gardeners

 Is your back hurting? Do you have dirty nails and knees? Do the two Advil a day not do the job as promised; if so it must be spring. You probably got out in the garden between showers and pulled those green unwelcome plants called WEEDS.

I hope some of you went to the Daffodil Festival. The weather was sunny and warm which made more people get out to view and smell the daffodils. This festival is put on by the Amity High School Students. Our club had a booth at the festival showing what our garden club does for the community and our "Guatemalan Well "project.   Ann Silverthorne was the chairman for this and did a great job. She made a Fairy Garden that was raffled off.  It was a big hit-raising $356.00 in two days. The lucky winner was from Newberg. 

April 17th, 16 of our members are attending the Pioneer District Spring Luncheon at the Meriwether National Golf Course in Hillsboro. The speaker will be from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.  It should be lots of fun.

The Downtown Clean Up is coming up April 28th and Jan Clay is the chairman.  Let's all get involved by participating in this. Call Jan at 503-538-9197 for more information.

 See you all at the next meeting at HILLSIDE!                                  Cozette Caster, President



MC900232549[1]Hospitality would like to thank the lovely leprechauns that brought treats to our last meeting. And treats they were! It’s always nice to see our gardening friends enjoying themselves.                



Mike and Gaye Stewart, Jo Tribett, Apryl Garmon, Evelyn LaMotte, and Joan Wheeler



Photography contest winners

A total of 10 entries were judged at this month's meeting. First place went to Robert Vertregt and Marilyn Coats. Their photos will advance on to the district level for judging. Beautifully done; we wish them good luck!


 Marilyn Coats                                                                              Robert Vertregt


Garden Tour/Faire

“Bountiful Gardens”

 And, suddenly, it's April!  Can June be far behind??  It's coming fast, and your Tour Coordinators, Committee Leaders, and many of you "worker bees" are volunteering to make our 14th annual Tour & Faire a great success.  Do we ask you to sell cookies? Do we insist that you submit recipes we can organize into a book---for you to sell?? Are you forced to stand on street corners wearing your lovely green garden aprons, and holding an empty watering can??  Do we ask you to sell handmade "fairy gardens"???  Anyone for a "Jog-a-thon"??  Nope!  We have only ONE FUNDRAISER a year....and it's a classy one! Gorgeous gardens where visitors can stroll and learn and relax with friends! They can enjoy our excellent Garden Faire, and our outstanding local shops and restaurants, and, best of all, it funds our three college scholarships and our community projects!!

So, my friends, help your Committee Leaders by adding your name to their lists of helpers. We need you for Day of Tour (Greeters & Hostesses at the five gardens); Tickets (helping to assemble ticket booklets, distribution); Horticulture (helping with plant labels & info); Posters & Rack Cards (deliver to local wineries, shops, etc.);

Advertising Signs   (place signs 2-3 weeks before tour);   Downtown Farmers' Market (greeting, visiting, giving Garden Club info, and selling Tour/Faire tickets) Sign up with a friend, and plan on making new friends!

                                              WE NEED YOU - Rosemary & Monika


    Perennial Star  ---   written by June Benson


     Les joined the Garden Club about five years ago and values the friendships and fun that our club provides. He has organized the Farmers Market exhibit which serves to publicize our yearly garden tour and to promote our organization. He enjoyed schmoozing with fellow members and the public alike during the exhibit. He also appreciated the volunteers who signed up for table duty and the volunteers who brought beautiful floral arrangements that captured the attention of passersby. In addition, Les has been the Hospitality co-chair for monthly meetings, and this year he co-chairs with Betty Ballentine.


     Les served in the Air Force for five years. Initially he was stationed at Beale AFB in California and served as the Base Procurement Officer. He met Judy who was an Air Force R.N., and they were married in 1964.  Les served in Korea and Washington, D.C before being discharged from the service in 1965.  Les and Judy started civilian life in Newark, Ohio where he was a purchasing agent at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation.  The company eventually transferred him to New Jersey, California, and Louisiana. His final job-related move was to Spokane, Washington, where he and Judy lived for 25 years and found it to be a great place to raise their family. After 30 years employment with Kaiser, he was able to take an early retirement at the enviable age of 57.

     Les and Judy often visited Oregon to see family. When family first recommended Les and Judy consider moving to McMinnville, Les questioned why they would want to move to “the middle of nowhere.”  While living in Spokane, however, they thought nothing of driving eight hours to visit the Oregon coast, so the fact that McMinnville was so much closer was a plus. They were also charmed by 3rd Street and finally moved to McMinnville in 2005. They continue to visit the coast throughout the year, and Cannon Beach is a favorite destination.

    Les is a Master Gardener and has always enjoyed gardening. He and Judy have had gardens filled with flowers and/or vegetables at every single house they have owned. Currently Les enjoys growing dahlias.

     Les and Judy enjoy travelling and often find themselves visiting their three children and nine grandchildren in Spokane, Portland, and Syracuse, New York.  Les feels he has been blessed with a wonderful family and takes pride in their professional accomplishments.  Les and Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February with a visit to Palm Springs.


HELLEBORUS – Marilyn Coats

     There are very few flowering plants during the winter season.  Helleborus is one of the unique plants that add color for several months in winter and spring.  Flowers are usually shaped like cups or bells, either outward facing or drooping.   They consist of a ring of petal-like sepals ranging in color from white and green through pink and red to deep purple and more recently even yellow.  Also, the plant book says they are not troubled by pests or disease. 

     Plant them in partial to full shade in good, well-drained soil amended with plenty of organic matter.  Feed once or twice a year.  If well-sited, they may self-sow and young seedlings can be transplanted in early spring.  When the leaves die back, cut them down, being careful not to cut into any of the emerging new growth. 

     Don’t disturb once planted—they resent moving and may take two or more years to be re-established.  And, of course, I had to relocate mine last year.  When checking them out recently, I do see some new growth starting to come up! 

However, do be cautious as they are poisonous and the sap can cause a rash to some people.  Helleborus are very slow growing, but are worth having, once established. 



Inline image 4Backyard Habitat   (Tips from Denise Ruttan, OSU Extension via The Oregonian)

     Here are some winter tips for home gardens to provide shelter for birds and other wildlife as well as some other information about preparing fruit bearing plants and roses for summer.   Birds and other wildlife need not only high energy feed during the winter but also protection from predators.  Suet cakes, sunflower seeds and other seeds are important for bird survival in winter. A corner of the backyard where you can leave a pile of branches leaves and debris give animals and birds a protective cover from hawks and other larger predators.  Keeping water fresh and unfrozen on cold days is important as well as keeping hummingbird feeders from freezing.

     Planting native shrubs such as Oregon Grape and others can provide birds with winter berries, an important winter food source. Be aware that some non-native plants have berries that are toxic to birds. Bushy plants and trees also give protection for birds.

     Keeping birdbaths and feeders clean helps prevent diseases from being passed around. Cleaning with a mild bleach or vinegar solution once a month can kill bacteria and viruses that cause diseases to spread.

                                                   PS:  This should have run earlier but I FORGOT!!! Jean




Incahoots Special Plant Sale (flats only)

Bring this coupon in to the store for a discount!!!


Incahoots Plant Sale (flats only) – see website for prices and YOU CAN NOW ORDER ON-LINE      

$18.00 per flat (regularly $24.00)  Each flat contains 6 jumbo 6-plant packs (36 plants per flat) < BIG PACKS!  BIG PLANTS!
Orders must be submitted by Monday, April 21st and picked up on Thursday, April 24th, Friday, April 25th or Saturday, April 26th.
Orders are subject to availability. Plants must be ordered in straight flats only - no mixing and matching less than flat quantities.












         Master Gardeners’ Annual Spring Plant Sale  APRIL  26  9-3

MC900023342[1]The sale is held at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds, 2070 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville.

Thousands of ornamental and vegetable plants to choose from including perennials home grown by local Master Gardeners!

Free soil pH testing      Plant help clinic      Plant selection assistance     20+ specialty vendor booths        Garden art


Check out their plant sale flyer at:




                                  Websites to Explore - Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website  


How to Antique Clay Pots


Hortlandia Plant Sale:


 Who originally wrote this?   April Flowers Bring May Showers


Planting in the NW


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