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

       September 2013   -


 No speaker for September, just getting
reacquainted after our summer break and good fun


Join us for our first meeting of our new season

Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128

9:30a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  - Social time, business meeting, speaker and fun



President’s Message                      BRANCH OUT                                  Cozette Caster

Dear Members


In September  we will start out our new Garden Club  year with 78 members ready to BRANCH OUT (our new motto ).  I want our club to get INVOLVED!  Our big fund raiser has been the Garden Tour and Fair and was a big success thanks to all the hard work of our members, especially the four chairman - (Judy, Elise, Mike, Gaye) This year we don't have two chairman, only one, Rosemary, for the garden tour. IF WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER MEMBER STEP UP WE WILL HAVE TO THINK OF AN OTHER FUNDRAISER! It would be sad to give up this project since our club has been known for this event. If you can STEP UP please call Rosemary V. or me.

 BRANCH OUT -  I would like our members to get involved with the school children. The Pioneer District has a " Smokey The Bear" poster contest involving  young "budding artist’s" to enter.

Also we could show children how to plant seeds or plant in a area at the school , town, or library. All of these projects are small and don't involved a lot of time .

 Hope you all had a great time visiting relatives, grandchildren, friends and traveling to interesting places this summer.  Remember to take pictures of flowers ,bugs ,etc. for the photo contest at the Pioneer District and on to State Garden Club competition.

 I'm looking forward to a great year with lots of fun activities , great speakers and let's BRANCH OUT!




At the Sept. 16 meeting, we will be taking your photo!!!    To receive your printed 2013-14 directory, you must have your photo taken.  Maxine and Patty will have a photo booth set up. The photos will then be added to the next directory for later this Fall.  Folks who miss this meeting may find an old picture of them in the directory……..





2013/2014 Meeting Calendar



October 17, 2013 Pioneer District Luncheon 9-2p

Meriweather golf course, Hillsboro

February 17, 2014

Speaker-Annie Kirk-Restorative and Healing Garden Design


October 21, 2013

Speaker- Brooke Benton- Holistic


March 17, 2014

Speaker- Diane Reek- Collectors Nursery

November 18, 2013

Speaker- Scott Lukens-Mason Bees

April 21, 2014

Speaker- Martin Nicholson- Hoyt Arboretum


December 16, 2013 (luncheon meeting)

Speaker-Noah Bell-Bamboo Gardens


May 19, 2014

Speaker-Nancy Kiltz- Basket Making


Happy New Year!

January 20 2014

Speaker-Janis Finewebber- Highland Heathers

June 16 2014 (luncheon meeting)

Speaker-Joe McLaughlin-Healing in Nature




''Love your Latin''                   Anita Lewis

Arbutus Menzieii - Pacifiic Madrone. 

Quercus Garryana - Oregon white oak






  Salem Hardy Plant Society Plant Sale

WHEN   September 14, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

WHERE   POLK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS in Rickreall, Oregon (HWY 99W, on the left hand side as you go south from Hwy 22) 

It is an Indoor Sale and there is plenty of parking around the buildings. Besides over 30 vendors of plants and  artisans coming from Washington State and Northern Oregon, we will have a Tool Sharpening service by Edgemaster who for a reasonable fee will sharpen pruners, loppers etc. Bring your empty nursery pots for recycling by AGRIPLAS. We fill large totes that they take away to sort through and process. New this year we are planning a Used Book Sale as a fundraiser.

There will be no long check-out lines this year as purchases will be made directly from the vendors. We will have a holding area for your plants and assistance in carrying them out to your car if needed.

Food and Beverages will be available for purchase.  So plan to have a pleasant day shopping for fall planting.  Website 



A Glowing Tree for Your Garden?


             Would you like to add some night glow to your garden without actually adding lights? OmriAmirav-Drory might help make that happen. He is a scientist and businessman leading a project to genetically engineer plants to make light-producing firefly proteins. He envisions a day when trees will replace street lamps to illuminate cities and perhaps even our gardens. This summer he raised $500,000 on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter for his project. Their next step is to make a rose that glows in the dark. Next year, financial supporters will get a shipment of seeds or plants to grow their own glowing plants. Also, more than 200 people donated enough money to receive a genetic “toolkit” allowing them to engineer their own glowing plant. Stay tuned.

From “A glowing green thumb,”  Science News, August 24, 2013



There are several volunteer opportunities to help support our club’s activities still available.  Be sure to take a close look at these at the meeting.  They vary from writing an article for the newsletter to mailing the newsletters to those without email addresses to organizing arts & crafts activities, etc.  Help us keep our fun activities by giving a bit of your time.

Websites to Explore                                                                                                        Patty Sorensen


MC900364322[1]Pioneer District Newsletter


State Garden Club’s Website 


September Garden Chores


Fall … Great Time to Plant


Landscaping Ideas to Ponder