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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

February 2015 -


             Next meeting: February 16, 2015


       HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128   (9:30-12:15)

 Note:  If you need time on the agenda, please let President Judy know a week in advance of the meeting.



Speaker: Keith Wingfield – Gardening for the Physically Challenged.

Keith Wingfield has been a Master Gardener for Yamhill County since 1996.  He has been a life-long gardener, starting in childhood on his grandparents' small farm in Virginia.  He has been a disabled gardener since 1971 when he sustained a spinal cord injury serving with the US Marines in Vietnam.  He is also deeply involved in Bonsai (growing of miniature trees) and currently has approximately 70 trees in his personal collection.  He has volunteered to teach the Enabling Garden course to community and disabled veterans groups for the past 10 years.  He and his wife, Darlene, reside in Newberg where he maintains his active gardening hobby with a vegetable garden, fruit garden and bonsai and flower garden using the concepts and principles he discusses in his Enabling Garden course.


Upcoming Events

February 5, 6 & 7 – Native Plant Sale, Yamhill County Soil & Water Conservation Office

February 11 - board meeting – 9:00 a.m. –Cozette Caster’s

February 11 - 7-8:30 PM - Free Lecture of interest to Gardeners and Native Plant enthusiasts with noted

       Douglas biographer/naturalist Jack Nisbet, from Spokane – Washington

       County Museum in downtown Hillsboro - "In the Footsteps of David Douglas" 

February 11-15 - Flower & Garden Show  “Romance Blossoms”, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington


February 27 & 28  Yard Garden & Patio Show,  Oregon Convention Center, Portland

March 14Spring Into Gardening – A series of classes sponsored by the Master Gardeners –

       Registration forms are available online at:



“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”


Happy Valentine’s Day as well as Presidents’ Day this month, celebrate.  Spring is in the air with bulbs poking up all over.  My hands are itching to get out in the garden again and I’m sure that I’m not alone.  Coming up this month is the Yard Garden and Patio show which is always fun to see.  There are interesting speakers as well as a multitude of vendors with all kinds of gardening tools, art and plants to tempt you.

We are looking for more field trip ideas so if you have one, please give Ann Silverthorne a call.  Craft project ideas are also welcome and if you want to do a craft project talk it over with Maxine and Patty and together you can come up with a plan.  I can’t wait to hear what’s next.

The Christmas holidays are over and we’ve had a fairly quiet month of January. Now I can feel the drums of spring beginning to beat with all there is to do in our own gardens as well as the Garden Tour and Faire coming up before we know it.  I’m getting excited, aren’t you?              Judy



BROKEN POTS – come on – you know you all have them!  A new series of pictures to be featured in upcoming Newsletters. THANKS to Margaret Roberts.



                                Terracotta pot markers | The Micro GardenerPot edging | The Micro Gardener


vegetable sprout : Green sprout growing from seed Stock Photo“A NEW SPROUT”     Ginny Lehde                  by Rosemary Vertregt

We have Sylvia Sproed to thank for enticing Ginny (and her sister, Barbara McDougal) to join us!  Both of them have enjoyed attending our yearly Garden Tours and thought, "We should join the Garden of these days" ...and now they have!  Ginny was raised in Eugene, went to college in California and ended up living there until retirement six years ago allowed her and husband Stuart to re-settle in Oregon.  Ginny says she has not done a huge amount of gardening, starting with strawberry plants and some vegetables, but plans for this year include a large vegetable garden.  She raves about the wonderful flavor of veggies and fruits grown here, as opposed to those available in southern California.  One thing she did enjoy there was seeing the Rose Parade passing by on New Year's morning---from her vantage point at the office of the dentist for whom she worked.  An upcoming project to transform a weedy area behind their home into a more pleasant landscape is in the works, and Ginny was delighted to have been at our January meeting to hear about the native plants she would like to use. So happy, in fact, that she bought the book our speaker brought and has her plant list ready to submit at the Soil & Water Conservation office!  Ginny and Stuart also enjoy travel, and have come up with a great plan to visit as many lodges (as in Multnomah Lodge) as they can!  What fun!  Ginny is also interested in flower arranging, since she and Barbara are decorators for their church.  She has indicated an interest in Arts & Crafts, yard landscape, and container gardening, and she's very sad to have had to miss all the pre-Christmas activities...especially the wreath-making!  Welcome to McMinnville Garden Club, Ginny!            




GARDEN NOTES -- By Lynne Desel

Fatsia japonica is the name of a plant that has been thriving in my garden for three years now. It came to my attention at the February Garden Show.  Every garden display had these wonderful evergreen plants with large interesting leaves and I knew I needed one in my garden.  When the weather was more to my liking for planting, I searched for the plant and finally found a one foot high shrub at Al’s garden center. 
View albumThe research I did says it is a shrub native to Japan and South Korea.  It has large dark green lobed leaves and is a fast growing evergreen that does well in A.M. sun and P.M. shade.  A protected area is best because it is hearty to 20 degrees. I have it back near a large Rhodie and near a fenced area where a large pine nearby protects it from cold winter winds and hot summer afternoon sun.  The little birds hide in it while waiting for a visit to the suet feeder.  Recently a very unusual white flower appeared which was new to my plant but the plant tag said it would took three years!  As I look out at my winter garden the six feet tall plant with the large green leaves and its unusual white flower is fun to see and I am glad I saw it at the garden show.




Historical Snippets                                                                                                   Patty Sorensen

From the Oregon Federation of Garden Clubs Yearbook, 1931-32 Chapter Report

     “The McMinnville Garden Club won first prize in the “Shadow Box” exhibit at the Rose Show, in Portland.  Each month of the year we have exhibited seasonal flowers in prominent downtown locations.  We have supplied the Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon table with flowers in season.  Also sponsored one of the best flower shows that McMinnville has had.  We made a planting of five shrubs, the Kolwitzia Amabilis, in the City Park, also furnishing zinnia plants for park plantings.

     At the October meeting there was an exchange of plants between members.  In March we sponsored a Bird House Contest in four grade schools, for which prizes were given.  Bird houses were placed in the City Park, creating a bird sanctuary.  We assisted in a campaign during the summer months for better gardens and lawns in our city. The chairman of the Conservation Committee spoke before the grade schools on the subject of Conservation.  We have planned to cooperate with the Chamber of Commerce of the coast cities to keep billboards off the Salmon River cut-off.

      In June we were happy to have Mrs. Lawton for an illustrated lecture, during her survey of Oregon.  Other speakers during the year were Mr. Du Brava, Chrysanthemums; Miss Elizabeth Lord of Salem, Mrs. Frances Twining, Mrs. Clara Ross and Mr. Beret of Swift and Co., as well as local speakers.

     State dues raised to 10 cents per capita and $1 per club.”



February Birthday Salutes Go To: 


Sharon Gunter -6th-, Stephanie Janik-- , Arlene Kempf-5th-, Virginia Klein-5th-, Linnea Lindberg-10th-, Ruth Miller-24th-, Vivian Pearson – 26th, Patty Sorensen—6th, Joan Wheeler-2nd




Websites to Explore                                                                                                                                                                             Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website


v Looking for that perfect metal piece for your yard?  Check out this place!

v February garden tasks

v Everything you want to know about rhododendrons!




I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet