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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

November 2014 -


             Next meeting: November 17, 2014


       HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128   (9:30-12:15)

                    Note:  If you need time on the agenda, please let President Judy know a week in advance of the meeting.

“Tiptoe Through the Tulips”…..


Our speaker for our November meeting is Barb Iverson of Wooden Shoe Tulips.  She has a degree in horticulture from OSU. They are known for their Tulip Festival in Woodburn every spring from March to May with over 2 million blooms! She plans to have tulip bulbs to sell.  P.S.  These are flowers deer LOVE…….be careful where you plant them….


Please bring canned goods for YCAP food baskets to our November meeting.

Upcoming Events

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Christmas Ball1--November 20 - Maxine and Patty will be leading the arts and crafts junking trip to Portland.  Meet at the church parking lot at 9:30.  Great time to look for decor for holiday rakes and wreaths! Lunch somewhere along the route….

--November 28 (the Friday after Thanksgiving) – Please plan on participating in our annual Rakette’s march down Third Street during the Holiday Parade!  More info to follow

--Dec. 1 & 2 – Holiday baskets and wreaths @ Helen N. barn- Meet at 9:30 @ Community Church parking lot for car pool…..Orders for the wreath forms must be made by the end of the November meeting.  Signup lists will be up.  Baskets will be made on Monday, Dec. 1st, then Wreaths will be made Tuesday.  Due to the numbers we will be holding AM and PM sessions both days.  Signup for the one that is most convenient for you.  Dress in layers for warmth. BE SURE to bring clippers, gloves and greens from your yard and snacks?  A variety of textures adds interest to them.  Contact Patty S. for more information.

--Dec. 5th – Pittock Mansion Field Trip – Ann Silverthorne in charge

--Dec 15 – Holiday Lunch reservations and $15.00 due at November Meeting


two_children_with_flowers_poster_print-rd011e7d703a64409884e14d936c4c852_7sdg_8byvr_324PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 

“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”

Remember the District is still collecting amber medicine bottles and old cell phones

Halloween is now over and our gardens are ready for winter now, or…are they?  Mine always seems to have something I’ve forgotten to attend to.


The Pioneer District luncheon is now history.  It took a village to put it on and it was a huge success.  My thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this project.  Ann Silverthorne’s fairy garden brought in $211.00 to go to the Guatemalan water project.  What a gift!


Gertie, our scarecrow Rakette, took her place on Third Street in front of R. Stuart tasting room looking very grand indeed AND WON FIRST PLACE IN THE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION’S CONTEST. The prize money ($125.00) will be used to purchase raffle prizes for the summer Tour/Faire.  My thanks to her assembling crew again.  It was a fun project.  We think we’ll retire her to the store room for another year.


Our new directories are out thanks to many hours of hard work on Patty Sorensen’s part.  Thank you so much  Patty.  We have them at the registration desk along with the name tags for our general meeting.  Don’t forget to pick yours up.


One of the things that came up at the District meeting was the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program.  It’s a project that the State organization has supported since 2001.  If we designate the State organization of Garden Clubs on our Fred Meyer rewards card, the money raised will go to help support The Oregon Garden Fifth Grade Environmental Education Program.  It doesn’t cost you anything, nor does it take away your rewards points, so if you shop at Fred Meyer and have a rewards card, you can go on line to Fred Meyer Community Rewards program or go to Oregon State Garden club website – click on “forms” link.  This will help to link your rewards card.  You will need the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs number to complete the form.  91407 There are approximately 5500 students who attend each school year.  We’ll have copies of this information at the general meeting November 17.


Remember to bring your canned goods to our November meeting to help fill YCAP’s Thanksgiving food baskets. We are taking luncheon reservations for our Holiday luncheon to be held at Hillside.  Cost is $15.00.  Make your reservations with John Ballentine.  Our Holiday charity is Juliette’s House.  The list of supplies is at the end of the newsletter.





Perennial Star  -   SHARON GUNTER

By June Benson

     Our Garden Club is lucky to have members who, like our favorite garden perennials, come back year after year. These members volunteer to help in a variety of roles. Those of us who have been in the Garden Club a short time may not realize the contributions these members have made and continue to make. Sharon Gunter is one of those members.

     When Sharon joined in 2000, our club still made Christmas wreaths but in 2001 we also organized our very first Garden Tour to raise funds. Cindy Miller chaired the first three tours before turning the responsibility over to other club members. (There was no Garden Faire the first year of the tour.) Sharon co-chaired the tour in 2004, 2005, and again in 2009. We had fewer members when the tour first started, so there was more work for fewer hands. As garden hostess, for example, Sharon had to work the full day. In fact she has worked in the gardens on tour day in all years but two. She has also assisted with the tour in other ways including serving on the Garden Selection, Day of Tour, Publicity, Signs, and Rack Card committees.

     In 2003-05, Sharon was elected President and enjoyed getting to know all of our 42 members. Later she was appointed our Parliamentarian for three years helping to clarify procedures and voting rules during meetings. In addition Sharon has served on the Scholarship and Yard of the Month Committees. She has even filled in at District meetings for the secretary. This year she is writing articles for our newsletter, keeping our new landscaped entrance to west McMinnville weeded with Judy Eggers, and serving on the Publicity Committee for the garden tour.  (Are you counting the number of jobs Sharon has had?)

Sharon grew up in the Yakima Valley in a family of nine siblings. Sharon was a tomboy so got along well with her seven brothers. Her family moved to the Redmond area when Sharon was a teenager. She attended college for two years and then worked for a doctor at the University of Washington Medical School.

She married her husband Dale in 1960. They frequently visited a cousin in Beaverton and decided to move there in 1970. In 1974 they moved Maui for job opportunities. They loved the water and the weather, made many friends, and were able to visit all of the Hawaiian Islands before returning to Beaverton in 1978. 

     Sharon worked in Oregon for 20 years in the plastics industry as a buyer. The Hillsboro plant where she worked did injection molding and made such things as computer cases. Sharon and Dale lived in Beaverton, so when her employer moved to Wilsonville, her morning commute simply changed direction. For seven years she left her home at 6:15 am in order to beat the morning traffic and be at work before 7 a.m. The timing helped because she worked with business contacts on the East coast. She retired in 2000 and says now most plastics companies in Oregon have closed and the industry has moved offshore.

     Sharon and Dale visited McMinnville often before moving here because Dale enjoys working with model airplanes and attended many events at the local flying site. They loved the proximity of McMinnville to the coast and to Portland, so after both retired, they moved here in 2000.

     Sharon enjoys gardening, sewing, and reading. She was a Master Gardener for 6 years. She has always been physically active and she and her husband once water-skied and did a lot of hiking. Now she walks her dog every day and takes water exercise classes at the community pool.





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BROKEN POTS – come on – you know you all have them!  A new series of pictures to be featured in upcoming Newsletters. THANKS to Margaret Roberts.


                     A broken flower pot and urn are placed into a stone wall... beautiful!


Historical Snippets                                                                                                    Patty Sorensen

Did you know that our club in the 1950’s started making floral arrangements for various city meetings?  Their creations were appreciated greatly. 

They also brought magazines to the meetings for discussion.  Don’t forget to bring your used home/garden magazines/books to recycle through our membership.  They are usually on a table at the back door.  Next month……has to do with dogwoods………


vegetable sprout : Green sprout growing from seed Stock Photo"New Sprouts” By Rosemary Vertregt 


patv_edited-1Patricia (Pat) Vaughn moved from Roseburg to our friendly town just last March, but she is already actively involved. While taking a "smart phone" class, she met Judy Eggers and heard about Garden Club, and then she enrolled in a swim exercise class and met Ann Silverthorne, who convinced her that McMinnville Garden Club was made for her!  And why not? Pat is a Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver, and a self-described "plant geek".  After having lived for years in southern California, where she and her husband raised their son and daughter, they migrated northward to Roseburg, Oregon. They bought land, built a home, and spent 15 years building a very large garden....gardens, actually, as they had an orchard, a grass garden, a vegetable garden, and other specialized areas. When her husband passed away, Pat realized she needed to "downsize", and began to look for just the right place. It needed to be close to a large airport like PDX, making travel to San Diego, where her son and daughter are located, much less difficult than it was from southern Oregon.  She began scouting out small towns, and is most pleased that she chose McMinnville. So should we be pleased, as Pat has volunteered to "shadow" Trudy Mackel and Jan Clay as they chair our 2015 Garden Tour!  She will then take over as one of the Coordinators of our 2016 "main event"!  Pat has moved into a home in Old Stone Village; she has already landscaped an empty 180 foot long area on one side of the corner property, and will take on the rest in the spring. Thank you, Pat for jumping right into the dirt with the rest of us....and Welcome!!

susanvSusan Neuman was encouraged to join Garden Club by two of our best "recruiters", Ann Silverthorne and Monika Matthes, who know her through Newcomers.  She is a retired high school English/History teacher (36 years!), as well as a retired CPA. Moving here just this past April, she and her husband Robert settled in on land that had been in his family for three generations.  Susan had attended Linfield College, but marriage and the military took her to Hanford, in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where they raised their children, and way over to Rhode Island!  Although she enjoys all the colorful flowers in our area, herbs are Susan's garden favorites -- mainly culinary, but she also has an interest in herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes, although she says that many of them can be "thugs" in the garden. She has given talks on herbs and started an herb interest group for Newcomers Club. I hinted that we may want her to treat us to a presentation as well.] Of course, she enjoys drying her own herbs and using them in cooking, and in jellies such as rose and lavender. Her favorite plant is lavender... she has grown 41 different varieties...and loves them all!  Susan seems to be a high-energy person who gets involved in plenty of projects....two new interests are hydroponics and building what she calls "Quonset huts" over plants. She also enjoys her two Scotty dogs, which entertain and exercise themselves in their large enclosed yard! Robert has a continuing interest in vintage cars, so don't be surprised if we see him in downtown McMinnville..."dragging the gut"!

Linnea Lindberg joined us last June, just in time to volunteer for a Garden Tour job...parking attendant!  She and Kurt had just moved here from a few miles down the road in Cottage Grove, but her origins are in rural Minnesota.  Her family always had a large vegetable garden, but Linnea was entranced by tropical plants, which only survive as house plants in the upper Midwest!  She successfully grew many indoor plants, but didn't get more involved in outdoor gardening until she lived in Oregon, where they purchased a 20 acre piece of reforested land just West of Salem.  That beautiful setting brought out the true gardener "lurking" inside her, and she became involved in landscape design and architecture, and began to understand the therapeutic power of nature and gardens.

               Linnea signed on for a two-year stint as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, where she taught organic gardening to students at Cottage Grove's alternative high school. The project was called "Healing Harvest", and conducted in a huge greenhouse. She noticed a definite change in the demeanor of the young people in the program when they were involved with planting and tending tiny growing things, a real healing power in their daily lives.

               Working as a private bookkeeper for various companies kept Linnea busy for several years, but you will now find her working at Incahoots on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays!  When not busy there, she will be very busy planting more of her forty-some plants purchased in the spring, many of which are still in nursery pots because the early warm weather turned the soil into "stone"!! I advised Linnea to mix in lots of the compost waiting in a pile in the driveway as she plants, and to avoid planting roses where the deer can lunch on them.  She loves living in McMinnville, and says she's delighted to be a member of Garden Club because we are so friendly and helpful....well then, she fits right in, don't you think?   P.S. She loves making garden art from found objects!!


Horticulture - By Kathi Wilson

cow parsleyThe first time I saw Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ was in the beautiful garden at Northwest Garden Nursery, outside of Eugene, OR.  There, in the perennial garden, it was paired with lovely orange roses, purple geraniums, and yellow rudbeckias.  It has a mysterious and airy look that I fell in love with at first sight.

‘Ravenswing’ is the black-leaved mutation of the common cow parsley.  It belongs to the same family as ‘Queen Anne’s lace.  However, it does not self sow anywhere near as prolifically which makes it much more welcome in the garden.  This tough as nails plant provides color and textural contrast in any setting.  The warm purple-black feathery foliage forms a dense mound about 18 inches wide by 12-18 inches tall.  The flower stalks have umbels of tiny white flowers on 3 foot stems which bloom in both spring and summer.  These can be cut off or allowed to produce seeds and self-sow. 

Great for highlighting nearby plants, the color makes it perfect for a gothic garden.  When it blossoms, the white flowers stand out in stark contrast to the dark leaves.  They are excellent cut flowers for filler in bouquets. 

You can plant seeds in fall or spring.  Seedlings are quite cold tolerant.  I bought my first plant from a nursery twelve years ago and have had many generations since.

They are happiest in full sun.  This adaptable and tough plant can be cut back to 6 inches tall in winter or left until spring.  It tolerates sand, clay, periodic drought, and is even said to be deer resistant.  Anthricus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ will quickly become a favorite in your garden drawing the eye with its beauty and rewarding you with easy care year after year.


Websites to Explore                                                                                                        Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website


--Best Winter Flowers


--Ideas for Winter Containers


--Put Away Those Pruners  


This holiday season we again will be donating to Juliette’s House Child Abuse Intervention Center.  The following is their list of needs. Please bring these items to our DECEMBER meeting.  We can make a difference.

Donation Information from Francine Fiore, Development Director

We are often asked to provide a list of things we need at Juliette’s House. Here are simple items which help us, and give community members a lot of things to choose from.


For The Kids

• Individually Packaged Snacks (Fruit Roll-Ups, String Cheese, Microwave Popcorn, Pudding Cups, etc.)

• Individually Packaged Juice Boxes (100% Juice, Please)

• Gift Cards to Local Stores to Purchase Food for the Kids in Support Groups (Grocery Outlet, Winco, Pizza, etc.)

• Books for Us to Read to and Give to the Children

• Floor Puzzles, Board Games, Simple Craft Kits

• Toys for Our Playroom (our “children’s waiting room”)

• Recent Release DVDs for Both Younger and Older Kids

• New (or Gently Used & Clean) Stuffed Animals or Beanie Babies for Kids to Choose and Take Home

• Child-Size Quilts or Felt Tie Blankets for Kids to Choose and Take Home


Household Supplies

• Disinfectant Wipes

• Spray Air Fresheners

• Toilet Paper and Box Tissues

• Paper Napkins and Paper Towels

• Dishwasher Soap

• Soap Dispenser Refills


Office Supplies

• Postage Stamps

• Boxed White Multipurpose 2" x 4" or 1” x 2-5/8” Sheet Labels

• Mailing Envelopes – 6” x 9” 9” x 12” 10” x 13”

• 3-Tab Folders – Manila or Color

• 8- ½ “ x 11” Ruled Tablets (White)

• Reams of 20lb White Paper

• White Card Stock or Cover Stock

• Acrylic Display Stands, 8-1/2” x 11”

• Large White or Multi-Colored Writable Tab Dividers for 3-Ring Binders

• Pocket Folders for Parent Materials


Be a “Partner In Prevention” During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month

• April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Help Us Spread Awareness of Child Abuse:

-Create a Pinwheel Display during April – Contact Us for Pinwheels, Signs and More Info

-Make a Cash Donation in April in Support of our Intervention and Prevention Services

-Come Up with an Idea of Your Own for Creating Awareness and Supporting Juliette’s House


Cash Donations Earmarked to Purchase Booklets for Children & Their Families

• “A Very Touching Book” for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

• “Helping Children Recover From Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents”

• “Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors - What's Natural and Healthy”

• “The Bubble Book” – A Coloring Book Guide for Children

• “It’s My Body” Coloring Workbook for Children