Social time: - Business Meeting:
Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided by hostesses:
Barbara Pehrson, Joan Wheeler, Kathleen Bennett and Christine Davison
Program: : Larry and Carolyn Kolb,
Wind Dancer Nursery,
Owners Larry and
Carolyn Kolb, will talk to us about ornamental grasses for our gardens. They
have been in business seven years and currently grow 150 varieties of grasses.
Each year they search for more new and interesting grasses to bring to the
market. They have an extensive display garden which allows you to see how the
grasses grow in the landscape.
Wind Dancer Nursery
This field trip
is the week after Carol Colby of Wind Dancer Nursery is the program for October.
Look forward to seeing beautiful grounds with lots of different grasses. Plants
will be available, of course, for purchase.
Afterwards, we’ll lunch at Annette’s,
Don’t forget to sign up for this event and watch for the clipboard.
The new year for the McMinnville Garden Club has officially begun and with a bang! Nine new members joined the Club on September 19th! The new handbooks were distributed with new sections including a letter from the President (me), a pullout calendar of meetings, field trips and seasonal garden reminders, and a gardening reference section. “Thank you Kim”, for doing the handbooks. Each member is encouraged to bring their handbook to each meeting and add meeting agendas and handout materials.
The results of the small group brainstorming were absolutely awesome! The creative list of ideas for our Club may be found elsewhere in this newsletter and will be revisited at the October 16th meeting. Each of you is encouraged to attend to participate in identifying our Club goals for the year. The theme “Making Our World Blossom” provides the foundation for our projects, community outreach and gardening fun.
I did inquire
about the Paris Gardens Field Trip in May, 2007, via the e-mail address and
requested an article for this newsletter edition. Look for it and consider your level of
interest in participating in a grand field trip to
Kim Jongedyk and I attended the Fall Pioneer District meeting last week and were pleased to hear about District activities, contests and the Fall activities. There seems to be much in which to participate as we wish.
Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather, try my friend’s zucchini recipe below and pick a bouquet for your table! See you in October, if not before.
Gaye Stewart, President
1cup buttermilk baking mix
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp parsley
½ tsp salt (I omit)
½ tsp seasoning salt
½ tsp oregano
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups zucchini, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
Hort. Beat - Julie Maahs
Well, it's finally arrived, autumn and how lovely it is. And with it, the never ending chores in the garden and yards. It's all worth it though as whatever time and energy you put into cleaning them up you take in twofold enjoyment next spring. It'll be worth it I promise!
So with that, one planting to attend to is Garlic*. All your cold weather crops can go in as well and of course all those spring blooming bulbs. Just know that you can be creative with the plantings, all doesn't have to be in pristine single file rows; think of bouquets and the surprising spot of color where a few landed where they were thrown (some digging required here). Grab those spading forks and shovels 'cause it's time to divide the perennials*! What a way to get to know your neighbors by sharing in the harvest "if you will" and them with you. Our gardens can be a shared enjoyment for all around.
New book: It's a good one - Miracle Gro Guide to Growing Healthy Houseplants 144 pages. Amazon.com makes it available for $14.95. Great books can be found at your local nurseries as well. Incahoots has a great selection!
New 2007 Plant Picks and Proven Winner selections: Black Lace 'Sambucas' (Elderberry) Shrub Deep burgundy leaves with a 10" pale pink flower. Fall berries can be harvested for Elderberry wine and jellies. This shrub can grow to be 8' and can be kept smaller by pruning. Sun / Part shade. Lemon Fragrance. Look for this in all your garden centers next year.
* Buy your bulbs from a garden center, the bulbs at the grocery stores may
be treated to prevent sprouting and retard growth.
* Perennials. Divide spring-blooming in fall -- fall-blooming in spring.
Have your cameras at the ready as the autumn will bring a delight of color and beauty.
NEW SPROUTS - Mary Whinery
We have twelve new members to introduce. Be sure to welcome them into the club! Addendums with their contact information for your MGClub books will be provided.
Carla Arriaga, Shirley Fox, Sue Hughes, Stephanie Janik, Marilyn Mathis, Norma Parker, Jacque Shaw, Sylvia Sproed, Jan Hudson, Jacque Farrrell, Sandy Quiring and Amy Eads.
WELCOME ABOARD!!!! Remember to tell the newcomers in our neighborhoods about our wonderful group, and invite them.
September Yard of the Month
Pioneer District Fall Luncheon Meeting
Attention: Let's support the Pioneer District Fall Luncheon Mtg., Thursday, October 19th,
at the Meriwether
National Golf Club in
Categories from Brainstorm Session,
Promote Our Club
Distribute flyers to Newcomers Club, Welcome Wagon, Chamber; Exchange gardening ideas at meetings; Make friends of local nurseries; Participate in County Fair with horticulture entries; Produce a cheesecake calendar; Promote club at garden centers; Share our Yard of the Month program with others; Sister Garden Club in McMinnville, TN; Welcome male members.
NEXT YEAR: Flower arrangement styles, Bonsai classes for outdoor plants only, identify fall and winter blooming shrubs.
80th Birthday Recognition
Enter float in Mac’s Christmas Parade, Rose Festival; Hold birthday party for oldest Garden Club – TV, radio, newspapers, and web.
Beautify Our Community (or Make Our World Blossom)
Extend our reach to broader community: Fall Fling, Amity
Daffodil Festival, County Fair; Local Habitat for Humanity – donate gardens,
landscape; Select and renovate a rundown area – “Clean-up on Wheels” – enlist
high school kids; Send seeds to disaster areas (not just
Club Meeting Activities
Commercial Garden of the Month; Exchange and share garden magazines; Exchange garden ideas ; Form a telephone tree; Form interest groups: containers, interiors, new homeowners, outdoor Bonsai, floral arrangement styles; Garden Tours, out of state, Canada, Idaho, Paris, etc.; List garden centers and bargain centers; Research grants for special projects; Use e-mail for special announcements.
Help kids get involved with gardening by having their own gardens; Work with youth in teaching capacity – work with schools to implement.
Meeting was called to order at the country home of Mrs. Eberhard. 27members present. Under correspondence several letters were read. One of much importance from Standard Oil of California giving their cooperation with their road signs. Motion passed, a letter of thanks to be sent to them (Garden Club at that time was against huge road signs, and telling companies so DM) A letter from Mrs. Honeyman asking for dues of $2 for membership in the Oregon Council for the Protection of Roadside Beauty. Motion passed that dues be sent, making us a member as an organization.
Miss Hendrick invited the Garden Club to the Woman’s Club
Convention held in McMinnville, and asked for flower donations for same. At
Thursday, Mrs. Pearson will talk on KOAC (radio station, DM) in a regular
feature garden program. Some discussion
on planting corner at
These members paid dues at this meeting, two of them new. Mrs. Alice Crabtree, Mrs. Marie Travis and Mrs. L.W. Ladd. Total $1.50
Lepha Hawley, President
Marie Hartzell, Secretary
Marilyn Coats sent in the following: I want to thank everyone who sent cards,
phoned, visited, and voiced their support. It really meant a lot that so
many people cared to think of me at a difficult time in my life. I am
very lucky to have
such great friends.
‘AN Insider’s Look At
Each day we will explore one or more gardens, and further explore the cultural treasures of their vibrant quartiers. We’ll even take you to shop for gardening accessories where savvy Parisians shop! The price, $2550 includes three-star hotel accommodation with early check in (double occupancy), daily buffet breakfast and lunch or dinner, metro passes, selected admissions, airport transfers in Paris, and two experienced leader-guides. Airfare not included.
Backyard Habitat – Alicia Dimond
Preserving Herbs: If summer fills your garden with more herbs than you can use, freeze or dry them to keep the fresh flavor.
What to Keep: The best herbs for preserving are ones that
have robust flavor, such as oregano, mint, tarragon, marjoram, sage, basil,
thyme, and rosemary.
How to Harvest: To keep plants producing as long as possible, treat them gently at harvest time. Experts at the Better Homes and Garden test Garden recommend cutting before the heat of the day to reduce stress on the plant. Look for stalks that haven't bloomed, and snip just above a leaf. Snipping the youngest portion of the plant encourages it to grow more densely. (The more you cut the more new growth is encouraged). If you want blossoms, either for garnishing or cooking, be aware that once a plant flowers, growth slows and the plant's life is shortened.
How to Preserve: To dry and preserve herbs hang small bunches upside down in a cool dark place like in a guest room closet, somewhere sheltered from the rain until the leaves crumble easily. You can also dry larger leafed plants like sage between paper towels.
To Freeze Herbs: Chop them in a food processor adding enough oil to form a paste, then freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove cubes from trays and wrap in plastic. Store in the freezer. 1 cube makes 1 teaspoon which is equal to 1 Tablespoon in recipes.
Websites to Check Out
“Backyard Havens” Garden Tour
Watch for the tour job descriptions and organizational chart at the October meeting! It takes ALL of us to make it successful. We need any and all talents you have shared with the club.
All 2007 yards have been selected. Thanks to Jean L., George Q., Sharon G., and Mildred R. for their help!
Organized in 1926
Backyard Habitat Alicia Dimond
Field Trips Judy Eggers
Garden Tour 2007 Patty Sorensen
Garden Tour 2008 Jean Lierman
Garden Faire 2007 Margaret Roberts
Historian Dorothy Mathiesen
Horticulture Julie Maahs
Hospitality Julie Hughes
Library Plant Care Sandy Ford
Membership Mary Whinery
Newsletter/Website Patty Sorensen
Newsletter Asst. Sandy Bolmer
Parliamentarian Sharon Gunter
Post Office Landscape Joanne DeWitt
Publicity/PR Beverly Mulkey
Scholarship Ann Silverthorne
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Vicki Brink
Yard of Month Evelyn Mundinger
Yearbook/Photography Kim Jongedyk
The newsletter deadline for submission of
articles for our monthly newsletter is
the 25th of each month. Please send them
to Patty Sorensen.
Do you know of any prospective
Garden Club members? Be sure to let
Mary Whinery know names and
addresses. We would love to send
them our newsletter for two months.