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

January 2014 -




We are again meeting at the COVENANT CHURCH in January 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




Next meeting:  January 20, 2014


Speaker-Janis Leinwebber- Highland Heathers



Janis founded Highland Heather Nursery in 1994 and it is located on one acre outside Canby, Oregon.  As the name would suggest, she specializes in growing dozens of different varieties of heathers and heaths, which bloom in a rainbow of colors.

President’s Message                                      

I trust you had a busy, happy Holiday filled with fond memories of family, grandchildren, friends and parties.
 I want to thank the 10 ladies who participated in the Down Town Santa Parade.  It was very festive and lots of fun.  Jan Clay's Model T was all lit up and Norma Parker's Big Red Fire Truck added to the Garden Club's presence in the parade.

Our Christmas Luncheon was held December 18th at the Covenant Church.  The attending members voted for their favorite entry in the Center-Piece Contest. Beverly Mulkey won first out of eight entries. Congratulations Beverly!  



Our revised STANDING RULES will be sent out in January.  If you need a copy mailed to you, please let Betty B. know.  Please review them; we will be voting on them at the January's meeting.

Looking forward to the New Year and all the good and exciting things it holds for the Garden Club.

Cozette Caster, President Spotted Leopard Plant – Marilyn Coats
Farfugium japonicumAureomaculatum


      Another one of those neat, foliage plants with a strange sounding name.  It has such neat spots but it isn’t a fungus!  I bought it from Al’s when they brought plants to one of our meetings.  It is a good container plant that likes shade with bright indirect light and moist, well-drained soil.  The wavy, thick leathery leaves are very unusual with very visible yellow spots.   It grows to about one foot tall and seems to only have a problem with slugs (like most foliage plants). 

     I planted it in a pot under a large tree in the front of my house and you can’t miss seeing the spots on the leaves.  In the fall, tall stems appear with 1” yellow daisy flowers—but I like the plant without the flowers.  The tag says hardy to -5 and hopefully after our unusual very cold spell, it will return again in spring as it is such a ‘neat’ unique plant. 


Marlene Hutt suggested we check out:   A story from the electronic edition of the OregonLive:

Heavenly bamboo: The red berries on this non-native shrub are deadly for local birds  Guess we had better start trimming off those red berries?

                            Websites to Explore - Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 


These sites were recommended by Kym Pokorny in one of her articles.  Fun reading during winter!