May 2023 garden clippings

Patty Sorensen
May 1, 2023

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2022-23 Garden Club Board:

2022 2023 garden club board
  • Adele O’Neal– President       
  • Deb Smith – Vice President
  • Charlene Drake – Treasurer
  • Elaine Pollak – Secretary

Our meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville on 2nd & Cowls.

Social time: 9:30-10 Business Meeting: 10-10:45 Speaker 11-12.


Dates to Remember 2023

  • May 15 Garden Club Meeting
  • June 10 Tour Pretour in AM for workers
  • June 11 Garden Tour/Faire 2023
  • June 12-14 Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Annual Convention in Wilsonville

President’s Message – Adele O’Neal

Hello Garden Club Members!

My tulips are finally up – Spring is here!

I had so much fun at the Post Office and Third Street Cleanup events! I have not been able to attend any of these in the past but look forward to helping with more of them in the future.

Thank you to Patty for coordinating both these events. The lunch after the Third Street Cleanup was yummy and fun also, it was nice sitting at the table talking with others.

A big thank you to Elaine for doing such a fantastic job with the Spring District Meeting planning! And thank you to everyone else who helped and attended. It was well attended by other clubs and there were lots of nice comments about the centerpieces and the food!

But wait, there is more! The Garden Tour and Garden Faire will be held on June 11. Thank you to Linda Hansen, Ann Silverthorne and Cozette Caster for their work planning the Tour. The Garden Faire coordinators, Mike Stewart and Ruth Corsi, also have everything under control and are ready to ROCK IT!

At our next meeting on May 15th, we will be electing officers, talking about the Tour and Faire and any last-minute things that are needed for those to be successful, and other club business.

And a raffle – don’t forget to bring things for the raffle! Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

2023-2025 Officer Nominees Are:

  • Elaine Pollack – President
  • Kay Fitkin – Vice President
  • Dian Berg – Secretary
  • Charlene Drake – Treasurer

April Speaker: Heather Stoven, “Recognizing Emerald Ash Borer in Oregon”

Bio: Heather Stoven is an Extension Horticulturist with Oregon State University, serving Yamhill County. She has a M.S. in Integrated Pest Management from UC Davis, and prior to working at OSU, coordinated the pest management program at a local nursery. Heather has lived in McMinnville with her husband Jeff and two daughters since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and gardening.

Topic description: Emerald ash borer was discovered in Forest Grove Oregon in June 2022, the first detection west of Colorado. Since the first US detection in Michigan in 2002, this pest has killed over 100 million trees in over 30 states. In this presentation you will learn to identify this invasive pest as well as the common ash species found in Oregon. You will also hear about efforts to slow the spread of emerald ash borer and learn about best management practices.

Good Eats by Betty B.

Raspberry Ricotta Cake

Makes a 10-inch cake Oven 350 degrees for 50 minutes

  • 2 ¼ C flour 1 ½ C sugar
  • 3 t baking powder 1 t salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 C ricotta cheese 2 t lemon zest
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 2 C fresh raspberries
  • 2 T coarse or regular sugar

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk eggs, ricotta cheese, lemon zest and vanilla together. Fold in melted butter into the egg mixture and stir in dry ingredients. Spray a 10-inch spring form pan or 10-inch cast iron skillet. Add half of the batter to pan. Sprinkle half of berries. Spoon the remaining batter and top with the rest of the berries. Sprinkle top with some coarse sugar for a little sweet crunch. Bake 350 degrees until golden and a pick comes out clean. Best served warm.

Garden Tour and Faire Update   June 11, 2023 “Natures Palette”

TICKET SALES for GARDEN TOUR:  Club Members are the most important and best people to promote and sell tickets to the Garden Tour and Faire.  For tickets please contact:

  1. Lori Anderson at 503.936.6936
  2. Linda Velebir Noordman at 206.715.6162
  3. And, tickets are sold at Incahoots and Kraemers


  1. Garden Tour Greeters/Hostess: Three Hour Shifts available for the gardens on day of tour, June 11th.
    1. Hostesses: In the gardens helping answer plant questions.
    1. Please contact Charlene Drake at 909.215.0849 or
  • Poster Distributions: One route is still open for Dundee/Newberg
  • Tour Traffic Coordinators: For the three gardens in the gated community. Please contact Charlene Drake. See above for phone, email.

Bookmarks: We as members, are the best promoters for the Garden Tour and Faire. Please advertise and share as much as possible. More Bookmarks are available and please contact: Cozette at 503.537.4860 or Linda Hansen at 510.282.4070.

Raffle “Natures Palette” Art: We are honored Kirsten Browne has donated her beautiful piece of art to sell at our raffle. The monies will be donated directly to the scholarship fund. Please contact Ann Silverthorne to purchase raffle tickets.

Farmers Market: Please stop by to say “Hi” at the Garden Tour & Faire booth on June 1st and June 8th

Mark Your Calendars: The Garden Club Members Pre-Tour will be Saturday, June 10th in the morning.

Faire Update:  Once again, the faire team has done a fabulous job. Tons of great vendors! Thank you, Ruth and Mike! Start saving your spending money!


Contact Janis Stoven for more details.

May 5: CASA 638 NE 5th Street

May 12: BCC Business Consulting 645 NE 3rd St. 2nd floor Use Galloway entrance

May 19: 1882 Grill  645 NE 3rd St. #300

Membership Update – Janis Stoven

McMinnville Garden Club continues to grow! Members, you are the key to our club’s growth by inviting others to attend a meeting – thank you. Since March, we welcome six new members. WELCOME

March 2023:    

Pam R. (Newberg) and Jillian S.B. (Salem)

April 2023:    

Pam C. (McMinnville), Jennifer O. (Salem), Sharon R. (McMinnville), Bonnie S. (McMinnville)

Volunteer Opportunity !

International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC)  
*IPNC - founded in 1987 
Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July 30, 2023   
Linfield University, McMinnville

Members of the McMinnville Garden Club have been invited to volunteer from 8 am – 12 noon on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, assisting in the set-up and take-down of two, three- hour wine seminars and tastings. Both days offer world-renown viticulture experts and international wines.

All this takes place in campus buildings at Linfield University. Members of the garden club will also be greeters in the morning welcoming participants to the seminar. Guests and speakers represent countries throughout the world. Warm greetings from club members will be a pleasant start to the morning.

When the sessions are finished, Friday volunteers will clear used items from the tables and prepare for Saturday’s session. Saturday volunteers will remove all items. About 1,000 attend the IPNC and 500 participants each day will attend the seminars while the others tour wineries.

The garden club will receive a donation of $500. Last year, this donation was designated for the Serenity Garden. Can you help? If so, contact Linda Hansen or Janis Stoven to volunteer.

Eight volunteers are needed each day, but more would be helpful. Wear our garden club green aprons, dark pants, and comfortable shoes. Emails will be the main communication means informing you of specifics. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Dues …. Time to collect – Charlene Drake, Treasurer

Our 2022/23 fiscal year is nearing its end, so it is time to pay our 2023/24 dues. Club dues are

$25 per person or $40 per couple. Payments will be collected at the May and June meetings or they can be mailed to the club as follows:

McMinnville Garden Club
PO Box 386
McMinnville, OR 97128

I know that our year-end is busy with many activities, but I do want to see all of your happy faces back next year.

Thanks to All !

truck load

We’ve had lots of service projects last month. Thanks to everyone who helped them be so successful! We make a difference!

Speaking of someone who goes the extra mile. Kirsten B. was loading up her truck with bark dust for the Post Office cleanup when the scooper decided to drop in! OOPS.

Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale, May 5 and 6

April 2023

Gardenfest WA County MG Plant Sale: Sat. May 6th, 2023, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

For more information, visit:       Washington County Master Gardeners

Be sure to check out their Saturday classes too!

Tigard Garden Club Plant Sale: May 13 9 am – 1 pm

The Tigard Garden Club will be holding its annual Plant Sale at the Bull Mountain Farmers Market at Canterbury Square.

Canterbury Square Center
14389 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard, OR 97224                         

  For Questions: Contact Tigard, OR 97224

Arts and Crafts: Colleen M. & Kirsten B.

We are skipping this month so you can catch up on yard chores and enjoy sunny? MAY!


The Glory of Gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.

To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body. but to nurture your soul.

Alfred Austin

Websites to Explore – Patty Sorensen

Patty Sorensen: McMinnville Garden Club News Editor


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