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

March 2014 -





We are meeting again at the COVENANT CHURCH in March 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 letter of approval has come from the National office that Leonard DeWitt has been approved for the DAR Medal of Honor, which they will be presenting to him at their  State Convention the end of May. Quite an honor. 

Garden Club members are so proud of both Leonard for his service and for all the work Joanne has done to secure this honor.








Next meeting:  March 17, 2014


The speaker for our March meeting will be Diana Reeck, from Collector’s Nursery, Battle Ground, Washington. Collector’s Nursery is a small specialty mail order company in Washington State. It is a one person operation, selling unusual plants.


For the last 24 years Diana has been the owner/operator of Collector’s Nursery, a small, mostly mail order, specialty nursery in Battle Ground, WA.   There she grew an ever-changing palette of interesting plants, with a packed display garden of over an acre. She has focused on less common shade plants, Epimedium,  Erythronium (Fawn Lilies), Hepatica, Polygonatum (Solomon Seal), Smilacina (False Solomon Seal) and similar shade lovers. She has recently moved to Salem, and is phasing out of the nursery business.  She now lives on a small city lot and has become interested in how much she can grow in a small space. She is using raised beds and vertical gardening techniques, and is experimenting with designing gardens mixing ornamentals with vegetables.

She recently started hosting an hour long radio gardening show on the local community radio station, KMUZ 88.5FM, called 'Down in the Dirt with Diana", twice a month.  She writes a blog of the same name.



Hospitality would like to thank the following members for providing February's morning treats: Myrna Cuscaden, Jacci Reed, Cozette Caster, Pauline Eder, Doris Crain, Sharon Gunther (for sharing her Valentine's chocolates) and John Ballentine. Everything looked delicious and was enjoyed by all!   YUM!  YUM




President’s Note:

Are you able to get some time outside between showers? Since I don't have a yard, I've been walking around the neighborhood checking out daffodils, crocus and blooming heather and I decided Spring is coming!  This is a good time to take that picture to enter in the photo contest.

Remember the members will be picking the photos our club wants to send for district at our next general meeting March 17th. Call Betty B. if you have any questions. (503-857-0349) Ann is still looking for volunteers  for the DAFFODIL FESTIVAL in Amity on March 22-23. Give her a call so you can pick your times.(503-475-1611)

"TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS" Pioneer District Spring LUNCHEON is on April 17th at the Meriwether National Golf Course. Cost is $17.00.  The  speaker is Barb Iverson from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Sign up at the next meeting. I want a large turnout. Let's fill a table.

Thanks to Doris and Michael for letting the garden club use their garage for making the floral bouquets for MDA meeting. Thanks to that go-getter Patty S. for organizing this project and to everyone else who participated.


Cozette Caster, President


Plant Starts Needed

Don’t forget that we need plant starts to give away at the Daffodil Festival on March 22-23.  Please bring them to the March club meeting.  We have a supply of boxes all ready to put them in!  THANKS so much!


Directory Changes:

Welcome to Evelyn LaMotte, new member.  For contact information, email   . 

Also Susan Hruza’s birthday is May 28th.

Changes/additions will be published in the next directory update.


Garden Tour/Faire

“Bountiful Gardens”
Rosemary – Co-Chair

First...thank you, thank you, and thank you to all our amazing fellow members for responding to our request for Garden Tour committee leaders! Some of you are brand new to the club, some are faithful long-timers, and we welcome you all!


We're still in need of a Co-Leader for Posters/Rack Cards, and a couple of folks to do Reader Boards, so here's your chance to join the team!

Things are popping up in our gardens, and occasional periods of sunlight are encouraging us to "pop out there" ourselves! Let's get those "Bountiful Gardens" growing!


Plan Ahead!  April meeting date:  April 21, 2014  Speaker- Martin Nicholson- from Hoyt Arboretum

Orchid Presentation

Not What You Think!!

Presented by Dr. Roy Torley


There are more than 25,000 different species… even more than grasses. Some orchids imitate wasps, moths, bees and other insects in order to trick them into pollinating them.

As big as your hand……smaller than the head of a pin!!!

Think you have seen an orchid???

Come and Discover!