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

February 2014 -




We are again meeting at the COVENANT CHURCH in February due to construction at Hillside.  Address is:   2155 W. 2nd, McMinnville.  From our usual meeting site at Hillside, proceed on Hill Road around the curve.  At the STOP sign at 2nd and Hill, take a left onto W. 2nd.  The church is just down the road on the left.   OR driving past the Public Library west on 2nd, the church is on the right after the power station. 9:30a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Social time, business meeting, speaker and fun


A BIG thank you to Patty Sorensen for all the work she did on the printable club address directory WITH PICTURES – YAHOO!  Updates will follow as add-ons to the newsletter.



Next meeting:  February 17, 2014


Speaker- The speaker for our February meeting is Annie Kirk of Red Bird Restorative and Healing Garden Design.

The mission at Red Bird Restorative Gardens is to plant the seed of wellness, healing and repair at the personalized level, right outside your door, so that you feel better inside.


Cozette Caster, President



Garden Tour/Faire

               “Bountiful Gardens”

Your 2014 Garden Tour team is officially on the job!  Several of our committee leaders met on January 20 at Monika's home to share questions, ideas, and information -- and snacks. Our Garden Selection Committee (Myrna Cuscaden, Cozette Caster, Mildred Reppeto, and Betty Ballentine) has chosen five beautiful gardens; photos have been taken and garden owners have given us answers and information to be used in the Ticket Booklets.  Oregon Stationers will be doing our printing again this year -- at last year's prices.  And, of course, our well-seasoned team of Mike and Gaye Stewart will once again produce a successful Garden Faire!   

*** Attention, please! ***   We do have a few empty spots on our list of Leaders! We trust that, as always, we can count on our members to join the team. 

Now's the time to jump on the 2014 Garden Tour Train!!


Publicity:  need an assistant for June Benson                                     Horticulture:  need a Leader (Apryl Garmon will assist)

Advertising Signs:  (put out 2-3 weeks before Tour)                         Tickets:  need co-leader with Phyllis Kirkman

Directional Signs:  (put out on day of Tour) 

Reader Boards:  

Winter Spraying

 Sally Parks-Brown

Winter spraying with lime sulfur and dormant spray oil is important for insect infestation and also viruses, black spot and fungal diseases on fruit trees and roses. Check directions on the bottles of lime sulfur spray for the correct proportion of oil to add to the sprayer for better coverage and sticking on the wood and branches. One spray should have been done in December, then two others during January and February. Also check the directions for use during very cold weather. It must be done before bud break on fruit trees; otherwise a more dilute solution needs to be used.  This spray is organic and smothers over-wintering insects that hide in the bark and on the ground under trees and rose bushes. It also smothers spores from viruses and other fungal diseases such as black spot, scab and rust.


Pruning of roses and other flowering shrubs and trees needs to be done while they are dormant during the winter and before they begin to leaf out much. But it can wait until late February or early March so that the newly pruned wood isn't subject to extreme cold which can cause die-back. Check the OSU extension service library for pruning guides and also the public library. There are many online pruning guides as well.


HELP!!!  “Daffodil Days” in Amity are right around the corner –

Spring Daffodils


The Daffodil Days Festival is Saturday and Sunday, March 22nd and 23rd. We are looking for members to volunteer for two hour periods, each day at our club/tour/faire booth. We are also looking for starter plants (flowers or herbs) to give away as we did last year. Ann Silverthorne will be making a fairy garden as a raffle item. The money we take in will be donated to the water project in Guatemala, which is the district garden club’s project this year.  Please contact Ann if you help the day of the event OR if you can donate plants.  Ann Silverthorne 503-388-8717 OR



Perennial Star



When Marilyn first moved to McMinnville 11 years ago, the president of the McMinnville Garden Club, Sharon Gunter, called to invite her to the next meeting. The president even picked up Marilyn and drove her to the last meeting of the year at a restaurant on Hwy 18. (This was made possible because Marilyn’s former garden club in North Plains contacted our club.)Within days Marilyn volunteered to serve as a garden hostess for our annual garden tour, and she has been active in our club ever since. She continues to help out with the tour including chairing the Horticulture committee which identifies the garden plants in homeowners’ yards. She has also served as treasurer and has written for our newsletter, including the columns “Backyard Habitat” and “Horticulture” (which she currently writes.)


Marilyn and her husband Garry once lived in California. Although they liked the sun at times, they did not like the smog and longed for a location that had all four seasons. So they moved to Oregon 31 years ago and have since lived in Newberg, Amity, and Hillsboro. In Amity they lived right next door to Amity Vineyards. Their own home was on a five acre lot with one acre planted in grapes. Marilyn worked for Linfield College for a while and later received her Associates degree in Computer Programming from Chemeketa Community College. When the couple retired, they chose McMinnville.

Marilyn says she “likes to try things,” and this must be why she is involved with so many programs and projects! She is a member of Newcomers and currently serves as secretary, writes the newsletter, and is the “Sunshine Committee.”  She is also a member of “Gone to Pieces,” a local quilt club. She does machine quilting and has many on-going projects. She especially enjoys designing wall hangings and has had a show at the Senior Center. She is now sewing a block for the “Murder Quilt” which commemorates a 1913 murder trial in Willamina; the women in attendance quilted squares during the trial that were later stitched together to make a “crazy quilt.”Since the original quilt is on display in Portland and is in poor condition, the Yamhill Historical Society is replicating the quilt.

            Marilyn says 2006 was a “bad year.” She was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer and had three surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. Her hair fell out, and she remembers the difficult time she had while it was growing back. She knows cancer is never cured but she is doing well now.

Marilyn didn’t really get serious about gardening until after her mother, who loved flowers and plants, died 20 years ago. Marilyn and Garry have redone their home landscape starting with the unfortunate removal of her front yard tree which was leaning over their house. They now have a delightful garden room overlooking their waterfall and bird feeders. This must be where she rests, so she can be ready “to try things” for the following day.


Apryl Garmon ...another "New Sprout"

Apryl and her husband moved from Sherwood to McMinnville mainly to be closer to their children and grandchildren...who promptly moved to Alaska!  But, all are now happy where they are, and the kids will visit in the summer. And there are still two sons living in the Portland area. The place the Garmons bought in Mac needed lots of work, both house and yard.  Shortly after the bulldozers came and plowed up the yard and workers put in irrigation and sod, their efforts were recognized as our Yard of the Month! But that couldn't have happened without the two hundred or so plants that Apryl had dug, potted, and transported from her Sherwood garden. She is a qualified Master Gardener with a special interest in landscape design and architecture. Her father was a farmer who loved the land, and Apryl remembers that she was the child who couldn't wait to get home and jump on the tractor. These days she enjoys riding behind her husband on his motorcycle. She has "jumped in" as a volunteer already, and will be working on the Horticulture team so she can learn more about plants! Welcome, Apryl!

THANK YOU!  The hospitality committee would like to recognize and thank Judy W., Maxine K., Rosemary V., Marlene H., and Betty B. for January's morning refreshments! 




Floral Arrangements for Feb. 20 Downtown Association’s Annual Meeting

If you have any wide-mouth canning jars to donate to this project, we’d REALLY appreciate it!  Those who volunteered to help with this floral centerpiece project will meet on both Feb. 19 and 20th at 10 am at Doris and Michael’s home.  The 19th will be devoted to conditioning the greens and getting the vases ready.  Flowers will arrive that day too and will need to be prepped/conditioned.  On the 20th the actual floral arrangements will be created.  What fun!  If you want to help either day, please contact Patty S.  


                            Websites to Explore - Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 


OSU Extension’s Info on Roses


National Home Gardening Club’s videos online:


Yard, Garden and Patio Show, Feb. 28-March 2 Seminars: 


Oregon Master Gardeners’ Online Pest/Disease Resources: