September 2023 garden clippings

Patty Sorensen
September 2, 2023

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2022-23 Garden Club Board:

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

Dates to Remember 2023-24

  • September 14 Board meeting: Discovery Park 10 am
  • September 18 Start of our new club meetings at the First Presbyterian Church. Social time: 9:30, Meeting and Activities: 10am+
  • September 26: Serenity Garden Daffodil Planting – 9:30am
  • October 2: Arts & Crafts. Pumpkin Arrangements. See paragraph below for details.
  • October 16 Club Meeting Topic: Help us grow The Plastic Project, Jeri White Linda Werner
  • October 19: District Luncheon, North Plains. Reservations required.
  • November 20 Club Meeting – Speaker: Heather Miller, Farmers Market
  • December 18 Club Meeting

President’s Corner

The McMinnville Garden Club began almost 100 years ago. Today we have almost 100 members. My theme this year will be “Cultivating Kindness”. For kindness is what underpins our scholarships, our creation and maintenance of beauty in McMinnville and its surrounding areas, our dedication to protecting and preserving the environment.

We are kind to one another. Kay is our Miss Sunshine. She sends cards to members who are suffering or are celebrating. Share with her anyone in need of a card.

It is due to the kindness of Ann W. and Star that we have our wonderful meeting area. The church office is closed on National Holidays, and we meet on three. The church will only give the keys to a member of the church. Ann and now Star have accepted that responsibility so we can meet in comfort. Be sure to thank them.

Things have been unsettled for the entire world the last few years and it has been unsettling for us. We weren’t meeting, we tried zoom, we met at the fairgrounds. We owe a debt of gratitude to our past officers: Betty, Judy, Fran, and Sherry, Adele and Deb. Thank you for keeping the club going under difficult circumstances. And thank you to all the club members too innumerable to name who stuck with and contributed to the club during difficult times.

We need to be kind to one another. We are almost 100. We come from different parts of the world and different backgrounds. We often have different views and opinions. The whole world seems to be angrier these days. We do not know what someone else is going through. Let’s try not to speak unkindly and let’s not be quick to take offense. We are all volunteers and are doing the best that we can. Together we can continue working towards our goals and enjoy each other while doing so.

We have made some impressive progress over the summer!!

  • We have five gardens for next year’s Tour!!
  • Stop by the Serenity Garden. While not complete, it looks so much better than the neglected area it was!!
  • And finally. We are close to again having a functioning website!!

September’s program will be McMinnville Garden Club: Past, Present and Future. Enjoy the rest of the summer. See you in September!!


If you haven’t paid your dues yet, PLEASE be sure to bring the cash or a check to the September 18 meeting. We REALLY want to include you in the directory.

Good Eats by Betty Ballentine

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

One pan recipe


  • 1 lb. Ground turkey
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • Sauté meat and onion in a large fry-pan with olive oil. Add : 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce ¾ C chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ head cabbage chopped
  • ½ C rice
chopped cabbage

Combine, cover and simmer for half an hour. Makes two large servings.

Photo by Matthew McBrayer on Unsplash

2024 Garden Tour: Sunday – June 9, 2024 (Mark your Calendars)

We are in the final stages of identifying and selecting five amazing and beautiful gardens for the 2024 Garden Tour. And, we hope to include the Serenity Garden as a Bonus to showcase all the great progress made this year.

And, a theme and art options are being reviewed and plan to share at the September 18 Club meeting.

More information will be forthcoming about the planning of 2024 Garden Tour and Faire volunteer opportunities

Serenity Garden Update

A new sign which includes the design plan has been posted at the Serenity Garden.

Black mondo grass will be planted in early September around the large red sculpture and lighting will soon be added inside the new pagoda. We have already received over 450 daffodil bulbs to plant on September 26 at 9:30 am….weather depending. Hope to see lots of you there with gloves, shovels, and energy to plant! Won’t it look great next Spring!

serenity garden invitation

Progress continues to be made. The SG team is meeting early this month to ponder next steps with limited funds. Fundraising will need to take center stage again. Be sure to promote this worthwhile project with any appropriate interested folks. That’s how we got the huge number of daffodil bulbs already! Thanks, Ann S.

Chamber of Commerce Greeters Meetings 8:00-9:00 am Fridays

We are looking for club members to attend these meetings. Please check with Elaine.

  • September 8: Homeward Bound Pets @ The Erin Hanson Gallery 805 NE Colvin Court
  • September 15: EMPWER @ MV Advancements 750 SE Booth Bend Rd.
  • September 23: Delphian School 20950 SW Rock Creek Rd., Sheridan
  • September 29: Yamhill County Fairgrounds Host Celtic Heritage 2070 NE Lafayette Ave.

All the months are crude experiments, out of which is the perfect September is made.

Virginia Woolf

Arts & Crafts – Kirsten Browne/Colleen Moxley

Hello! Our October craft project will be making Autumn Succulent Pumpkin arrangements. They are beautiful, long-lasting, and when pumpkin season is over consider planting your pumpkin into your succulent garden!

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A signup sheet will be at the September 18th meeting or call Kirsten (619)944-0409 to be added the list.     

Materials supplied: succulents, moss, seeds, pods, dried buds, coffee, tea

When: Monday, October 2 Time: 10:00-12:00ish

Where: Colleen’s place, 15548 NW Orchard View Road Cost: $5

Bring: a pumpkin and mug

* Optional: Treats to share and/or additional seasonal embellishments for your arrangement or to share.

Tualatin Valley Garden Club

Please join the Tualatin valley garden club for the second annual tomato tasting event as part of our harvest festival celebration, September 18, 177 NE Lincoln street, Hillsboro, OR. , 5 to 6 pm.

Judging of pruduce and flowers will be at 5 pm. Potluck to follow at 6 pm.  All are welcome to join us for dinner.

Andrew Stone, President, Tualatin Valley Garden Club

Five Oaks Garden Club

five oaks garden club autumn event poster

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