Go to fullsize imageGarden  Clippings                                               September 2006

McMinnville Garden Club                                  Vol. 6   No. 1 


                          September 18, 2006

NEW MEETING LOCATION:  Hillside, 300 NW Hillside Park Way, Activity Room (near the parking lot off Hill Rd. on the NW corner of the property).

               2006-07 Officers

President                      Gaye Stewart

Vice President              Beverly Mulkey

Secretary                      Mildred Reppeto

Treasurer                      Jacci Reed

September 18 Plant Exchange & Business Meeting --Beverly Mulkey, VP

 10:30-10:45 AM  Social Time   10:45 AM – 1 PM Meeting Time.

We are having our annual plant exchange this month. Dig up those plants that you need to divide and share them with members.  It really helps if you label the plants and place them in pots or plastic bags for their new owners to cart them home.  Remember also to come prepared with garbage bags to protect your trunks, etc. as you take home your new treasures!

Since this is our first meeting of the year we need time to socialize and plan our year's activities so we will not be having a speaker. We all have summer adventures both in and out of our gardens to share!  Lots of folks have requested newsletters from the Garden Tour and Farmers Market and we hope to see many of them at our first meeting.


Field Trip  -- Judy Eggers

September 25, 2006

Leave the Bethel Baptist parking lot at 9:30 AM.  Lunch options will be discussed at the September meeting.  Call Judy Eggers if you have questions.

Elk Rock Garden of the  Bishop’s Close, 11800 SW Military Lane, Portland, OR 97219                $3.00 per person expected donation.  There are no restrooms available at the garden.

Description:  Peter Kerr gave his estate to the Diocese of Oregon in 1959 and it became The Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop’s Close.  Kerr was born in Scotland in 1862 and “close” is an old word for an enclosed place.  The original garden design was by the Olmsted Brothers.  The local climate enables the plantings to be similar to those on the west coast of Scotland.


President’s Message

Dear Garden Friends,

The summer days are growing shorter and cooler, bringing us closer to fall.  Your newly elected Executive Committee has been meeting this summer to organize and plan for the new Club Year beginning Monday, September 18, our first Club meeting.  There you will hear about some of the delightful plans and new ideas for the Club.  You’ll have an opportunity to help shape the direction of the Club as we consider together member ideas.  This is one meeting you won’t want to miss!  Mark your calendar now, September 18, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. for visiting and refreshments followed by our meeting which will be at the Hillside Retirement Community, 300 NW Hillside Park Way, McMinnville.  Our Club meetings will be held in the Activities Room downstairs.  Hillside has been wonderful to work with and generous in their hospitality!  The newly redecorated Activities Room is beautifully appointed with comfortable chairs, a podium complete with microphone and lots of room.  And if that’s not enough goodness, you will be delighted to know we will meet there for FREE!  Things are good and getting better.  When you come to the September meeting, bring your Club notebook so you can insert the new information for this year.

As we begin this new Club Year, I want to publicly acknowledge Kim Jongedyk and her Executive Board, for being committed, hard-working and community-minded visionaries.  Her leadership is greatly appreciated by this new Executive Board and we wish to thank you for your two great years of leadership! Continued growth and development will be our goal for the coming year. See you September 18th at Hillside..you happy gardeners!  And bring your friends!                                                                                                             Flowerly,

Gaye Stewart, President

Transition Meeting Notice

A transition meeting for new and past Committee Leaders is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2 p.m. at Hillside Manor, Activities Room.  Each past Committee Leader should bring their Committee’s job description, materials and supplies and be prepared to in-service the new Committee Leader.  This also includes those few people who are continuing in the same job so we can meet each other and focus collaboratively on our support structure for the Club.  New leaders should bring a list of questions to ask your predecessor.  This will get us off to a great start if all are present.  If you have any questions, call Gaye at 503-831-3087 (home) or 503-510-4370 (cell).

Membership Dues Are Overdue

Don't forget to pay your yearly Membership Dues of $12 to Jacci Reed, treasurer ASAP.  They were due July 1.


Garden Tour & Faire

     Somehow we all survived the 105 degree day for our annual fundraiser.  Whew!

Thanks to all who endured the heat and to everyone who worked on this huge endeavor throughout the year.  Our garden owners did a remarkable job sharing their sites with the public and keeping their plants looking healthy.  Did you know that one of the gardens had deer eat many of their plants a few days before the tour, one garden had only two weeks notice (and the homeowners were gone most of the time during those two weeks!) and another set of homeowners were facing major surgery for their son the week after the tour? A HUGE thank you goes to all the tour gardens' owners for their dedication and support.

     Even with the incredible heat we had over 500 tickets sold and a successful Garden Faire event.  This year's profits of $6,400+ will be used to once again support our club's civic projects and scholarship.  We should all pat ourselves on the back for supporting horticulture in McMinnville last year with almost $7000 worth of projects.

     Club members are already in the process of working on the 2007 Garden Tour & Faire.  We can't do an event of this magnitude without every club member's enthusiastic participation.  Mark your calendar for June 24th and let's not pray quite so hard for no rain.  Next year should be the perfect year….we had rain in 2005 and excessive heat in 2006.  We're due for perfect conditions in 2007?                                                                   Patty Sorensen, Garden Chair 2007


St. Paul Invitation

        St. Paul Garden Club has planned two workshops for Saturday, September 30. The morning workshop is hypertufa containers and the afternoon workshop is concrete leaves, ala Little & Lewis. Potluck lunch at noon and will be held at Peggy's in St. Paul. Cost is $20 for one or $35 for both. They have a few spaces in both classes. You may register for either one or both. Their participant limit is 15 per class. To join in the fun, please contact Judy Eggers from our club who will coordinate this activity with St. Paul.  She has the registration forms. 

            They have also invited us to their field trip on Portland Classical Chinese Garden planned for October 14. We'll have a botanical tour of the garden and then have lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. Let Judy know if you are interested in this one too!       

July and August Yards of the Month

Check these out at:  http://mcminnvillegardenclub.org/yards2006.htm

July:  1775 Poppy Hills  Jan & Shirley

August:  1837 Michelbook Lane Bob & Darlene

Watch our website for the September yard coming soon!

Hort. Beat  -- Julie Maahs

               Autumn ....Fall....COOL WEATHER  whichever you choose it's good for the soul.

All is not lost to the cooler weather sure to come. The fall garden can be as beautiful if not more so than our gardens of spring and summer. It is soon to be enjoyed without the hassle of the ever ready weed growth bound to take over ever square inch of bare soil.

In your need to find replacements for your sparse and leggy annuals, you'll find now in most Nurseries the beautiful Chrysanthemums and Asters. A perfect compliment to the red, orange and gold foliage of the coming season.

The texture and movement of Ornamental Grasses makes them well suited also to the fall season. Varieties such as: Miscanthus - Morning Light', Clamangrostis - Karl Foerster', Dwarf Fountain Grass - Little bunny tails, to name a few.

And yes, annuals can still be found to breathe new life into your late summer garden. Fertilizing with a good liquid Fertilizer every 7 to 10 days will help continue to produce those much needed blooms. Cool season Annuals such as Violas, Pansies and Kale's (not quite on the market as yet) will add that new fresh addition to a somewhat sparse garden.

September ideas:

  • Plant Bulbs of : Daffodils, Tulips, and Crocus for spring bloom.( A plethora of fall bulbs can be found soon). Work Calcium and Phosphorus into the soil below the bulbs at planting time.
  • Divide Iris and Peonies
  • Clean houseplants and check for insects, repot if necessary.

A few fall blooming Perennials to add to your garden are: Goldenrod ' Fireworks', Asters, Salvia, Japanese Anemone, Hardy Begonia, Autumn Fern,  Autumn Crocus (Perennial Bulb)

Sit back and enjoy all that Autumn can bring, you've done your best; now take in the rewards of the Seasons.

Every Garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils, plants and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face.       Teresa Watkins


New SPROUTS  -- Mary Whinery

Our very first NEW MEMBER for this year is Delina Greylong who is interested, I am told, in herbs, container gardening, perennials, and edibles in the landscape. WELCOME ABOARD!!!!  Remember to tell the newcomers in our neighborhoods about our wonderful group, and invite them.


Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

          OSFGC Fall Board Meeting is Monday, October 9, from 9-12:30.  Cost is $13 for lunch due by Oct. 1.  We will carpool from McMinnville to the Multnomah County ESD.  Contact Gaye if you are interested.  Thanks!

     Operation Wildflower grants of up to $500 are available to sponsor or cosponsor educational programs, seminars or symposia on native flora and/or wildflowers.  See Gaye if you are interested.  Check the website for other gardening activities throughout the state: http://oregongardenclubs.org


Yamhill County Parks 50th Anniversary

Sunday, September 10, is the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Yamhill County Parks.  Be sure to check out their website at:  http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/parks/  or 503-434-7463


Club History  -- Dorothy Mathiesen

September 18, 1933

Go to fullsize imageMeeting was called to order at the home of Mrs. Kneals.  Mrs. Franklyn from Salem gave a very interesting talk on tulips and daffodils and their culture.  Sixteen members responded to roll call. Minutes of previous meeting read and approved. Mrs. Detience was reported ill.  Under new business, Flower Show plans were discussed - to be held October 3, 1933.  Some of the suggestions were Quilt & flower display, shadow box, and bottle display by children under 12 years of age.  Mrs. Tibbetts had the calendar for this month on bulbs.

 (Note: "had the calendar" must have meant -  told what to do in the garden for this month.--DM)


Our thoughts are with Anita Ragsdale whose son passed away unexpectedly in July and Lynne Desel whose husband had open heart surgery in August.


All For The Sake of the Lawn, Jake Hurlbert
     Care for the lawn begins with what you want it to look like. That may be the "perfect" lawn for some or an "eco-lawn" for others (some grass seed mixes contain wild flowers). If you are a perfectionist it might mean that you may take up your turf every four years and replace the sod pad by pad. That's because we live in the "grass capital" of the world. Since every kind of grass imaginable grows here, eventually some of the seeds will windup in your lawn. There is no amount of diligence that will overcome nature's forces that will allow you to persevere with a pristine lawn. Eventually you will windup with one variety of wild grass that will dominate the landscape. Believe me, it won't be perennial rye or fescue. The reason is a principle called "ecological succession." This means for every lawn niche one type of grass will dominate. In our area that appears to be the dreaded "Crab grass" and/or "Velvet grass." This is because these grasses outgrow other grasses in Yamhill county's clay soils and Mediterranean climate. One of the preventive measures for the perfectionist is to use expensive liquid pre-emergents that will cause wild grass seeds to die on germination. The cheaper pre-emergent "corn gluten" will only work in warm weather. By the time you can use it in our climate the wild grasses have already taken over from spring germination. A less expensive but exhausting way is to learn the differences between the colored shades of the unwanted grasses and pull them out as soon as they appear. Since "work" is not the favorite word for most of us, this may not be an option. It is no wonder that most throw up their hands and make excuses like "I have too many other things to do."
     In addition, there are other problems with lawns, weeds and bugs. Weeds can be managed with two applications of grass "Weed and Feed" fertilizer; in the spring when the weather breaks, and in the fall when the rains begin. Use the iron additive in the spring to control moss. Be sure to use a drop spreader instead of a broad-caster because broadcasting an iron supplemented product will cause it to stain your sidewalks red. Weeds like clovers that persevere can be pulled or sprayed with a product like "Weed-Be-Gone." Be careful not to use a mixture that is too strong. You might burn your grass. It is better to use a weak application more than once.
     A word of caution. Over-use of high nitrogen fertilizer will generate excessive top growth on grass. It may look nice and green and send you to the top of the list of envy with your neighbors, but it does have its drawbacks. Grass that grows fast and puts out a lot of leaf for looks doesn't grow a good root system. It becomes stressed easy in hot weather if allowed to dry out and creates problems with excessive thatch. Fast growing grass creates more thatch than there is time for organisms like fungi and bacteria to break it down into an elemental state so nature can reuse it. When thatch builds up it creates niches for chinch bugs and dreaded Crane flies. Birds cannot find these insects through the thatch so your lawn is left with dead irregular to round patches of grass in the summer and fall from feeding Crane fly larvae. So thatching is a must every two years or less in heavily fertilized lawns.
     If you are having trouble keeping your lawn green when using low nitrogen organic fertilizer remember that grass naturally wants to go dormant in the summer. Some experimentation with a little nitrogen additive may be needed to keep the grass from losing its esthetic appeal.
     Mowing short in the winter, one to one and a half inches, and long in the summer, two to two and a half inches, is a way to control some unwanted grasses and weeds. The grass must be longer in the summer so the shade from its blades can protect the roots from the heat. Mowing short in the winter also removes some of the Rust fungus that tends to build up on cool moist lawns.
     The Crane fly is perhaps your worst nightmare when lawns are out of balance with nature. The "Leather jackets," larvae of the crane fly, metamorphose into pupa then come out of the soil late in August into September. Crane fly larvae will hatch out and feed on the crowns of grasses throughout the winter to repeat the life cycle again late in the Summer. You may see damage as early as March. A once-a-year application of a bug and grub control product late in the fall or early in the spring is the best way to manage crane flies. Be sure to put extra around sidewalks that warm the soil. This is where most damage will occur as conditions are better suited for Crane fly larvae growth. If you decide to use several applications of a bug and grub control product get ready to aerate your lawn and thatch more often. This is because there are earthworms and other beneficial organism in the soil that you will be sacrificing. Grasses need these organisms to aerate the soil and help break down organic matter.
     If you have been friendly to the birds they will eat some of the insects before they can lay their eggs. However, because of the numbers, others will succeed in laying eggs. Of course it will be worse if you are a heavy
nitrogen user when your lawn goes unthatched.

Websites to Check Out


FAQ for Gardeners & Mushroomers   http://home.comcast.net/~bluejaypublishing


Noxious Weed, Creeping Fieldcrest

Do not let it go to seed.

Do not pull out the top growth, the roots will be left behind. Do not machine cultivate.



Did You Know?  -- Arlene Kempf

  • Roses have been cultivated as garden plants for more than 28,000 years.
  • In the Middle Ages, roses were preserved in monasteries for both their medicinal qualities and their beauty.
  • The English House of York chose white roses for its emblem and the House of Lancaster chose red in the royal feud referred to as the War of the Roses.
  • In both the United States and England, the rose has been given the title of National Flower.


Gardener's Prayer by Karel Capek

Read by Sara Petersen at 2006 OSFGC Convention in Portland.

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day.

But, You see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in.

Grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum,

helianthus, lavender and others which

You, in Your infinite wisdom, know are drought-loving plants.

And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,

But not everywhere (not for instance on the impatiens,

plaintain lily, and rhododendron) and not too much,

That there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms,

no lice and snails or mildew

And that once a week Miracle Gro may fall from heaven.



McMinnville Garden Club

Organized in 1926

PO Box 386

McMinnville OR 97128


Information: 503 434 4344

Meeting Information

Meeting Day:  Third Monday

September through June

10:30-10:45 AM  Social Time

 10:45 AM – 1 PM

Optional Brown Bag Lunch

Hillside, Activity Room,

300 NW Hillside Park Way, McMinnville, OR

Meetings are open to the public.


Executive Board

President          Gaye Stewart

Past President  Kim Jongedyk

Vice President  Beverly Mulkey

Secretary          Mildred Reppeto

Treasurer          Jacci Reed


Conservation Pledge

I pledge to protect and conserve

the natural resources of the planet Earth,

and promise to promote education,

so we may be caretakers to our air, water,

forests, land, and wildlife.


Ongoing Projects

Summer Garden Tour

The Oregon Garden Support

Scholarships for Horticulture

National Garden Week

Garden of the Month

Blue Star Memorial Marker

City Beautification

“Garden Clippings” is a monthly

 publication of the McMinnville Garden Club.          Contact Gaye Stewart  

or 503-434-4344 for info.

Committee Chairs

Backyard Habitat  Alicia Dimond

Field Trips       Judy Eggers

Garden Tour 2006 Patty Sorensen

Garden Tour 2007  Jean Lierman

                         Georgia Queen

Garden Faire 2006

Historian         Dorothy Mathiesen

Horticulture    Julie Maahs

Hospitality       Julie Hughes

                        Cathy Burdett

Library Plant Care

Membership    Mary Whinery

Newsletter/Website  Patty Sorensen

                  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 three months.