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McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

May 2015 -


Next meeting: May 18, 2015
Board meeting May 11-Judy Eggers


       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.

May speaker - Have you ever wanted to be involved with a conservation citizen science project? Well, our final speaker of the year will be Fawn Custer and she will be giving us a program that covers the work that Oregon Shores is doing. Fawn lives in Seal Beach and she is the Coast Watch volunteer coordinator. John and I care for coast mile #255 near Neskowin and we enjoy our time spent on the beach observing and picking up trash, lots of trash!

Mothers DayUpcoming Events





 Plant Sale Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 10 AM to 3 PM

Proceeds support the McMinnville Community Garden

For more information:  503-883-9226 - Map:


Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9, 9a.m. to 4p.m. Portland Community College Landscape Club's Annual Spring Plant Sale

Portland Community College's Landscape Club hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale (PCC Rock Creek, 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland, 97229). There are great prices on natives, veggie starts, conifers, flowering annuals & perennials, ornamental grasses & much more. Proceeds benefit the PCC Landscape Club's Scholarship Fund.


May 7 & 8th, 10am – 6pm - 8th annual McMinnville High School Horticulture FFA Plant Sale

This event is a student learning event and not just a fundraising activity.  Sale funds are used to purchase next year’s plants and goods for our class learning activities Customers are needed for students to interact with so that they have multiple opportunities to learn customer relations, cash handling and promotions.  This is a very rewarding and fun exam for students.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection present Inviting Vines, a tour of one rarely opened private garden in Estacada and the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. This year’s event ticket includes three lectures about growing clematis by our internationally recognized curator, Linda Beutler (the president of the International Clematis Society). We will also be serving refreshments throughout the day at Kinzy Faire. Please join us for a lovely daylong country outing

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Our June 15th meeting will include a lunch that will be catered by Hillside. The following menu will serve regular, vegetarian, and gluten free diets. The cost is $11.00 per person; please come to the May meeting prepared to pay our treasurer John Ballentine. The money needs to be collected by June 1st. Menu as follows:

v  Spinach salad with strawberries and feta

v  Three bean salad

v  Potato salad

v  Barbecue chicken wraps (gluten free and veggie option)

v  Iced tea and coffee

v  Build your own strawberry shortcake ( gf option berries and cream ) 




“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”


snail_on_pod_csHere it is the end of April and it seems our attention is needed everywhere.

Pioneer District is still in need of an Assistant Director.  This is a two year position lending speaker ideas to hosting clubs for the Spring and Fall luncheons as well as attending two board meetings a year.  If you are interested, let me know.  It does not require you to become District Director the next term.

     Our Garden Tour and Faire are ramping up with sign-up sheets at every meeting.  Please do your part and sign up for the Farmers Market or Posters and Rack Cards, Day of Tour or helping put out signs.  These are all fun tasks to do and ones to bring along a buddy too.

     John will take your checks for the June luncheon and tour tickets will be ready for pick up, so bring your check books in May.  Beryl is still selling raffle tickets for her beautiful quilt.  The drawing will be in June and the proceeds will go to Penny Pines.

Now …it’s time to do a little weeding in the garden, plant a few annuals, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, sit back and watch your garden grow.  Spring in Oregon, aren’t we lucky?  Judy


Nervous Girl Biting Her FingernailsPLEASE Help to Stamp-out All the Fretting! !!!


Somewhere in McMinnville the owners of five separate gardens are more anxiously than most gardeners continuously surveying, monitoring and working their respective yards. These owners are fretting about the warmer than normal winter and the earlier than normal spring followed by a cold spell and how these elements have impacted their gardens’ growth patterns. These owners are wondering what else the weather gods hold in store and just how they can get their gardens looking perfect for all the visitors their gardens will see on Sunday, June 28th—the date of the 2015 Garden Club Tour and Faire.


There’s a group of horticulturists who are wrestling with their task of identifying and labeling plants in the five gardens mentioned above. This group is fretting about how they can do their part to make visits to the gardens on June 28th as meaningful as possible for plant enthusiasts.


Then there’s the group of people who are preparing Tour ticket books for their first appearance on May 4 in the six MAC businesses that will be selling tickets beginning on that date. This same group will then prepare ticket books for distribution to Garden Club members on May 18; then even more ticket books for sale at the Farmers’ Market beginning Thursday, May 28. And then, yes, even more ticket books for sale at the June 28th Faire and at those five gardens we have been talking about. This group is fretting mainly about meeting their various target dates.


There’s another group of people preparing posters and rack cards for distribution to Garden Club members on May 18. These Garden Club members will then spread out through MAC and the adjoining countryside strategically placing posters and rack cards promoting the June 28th Tour of the fore-mentioned five gardens and the Faire. This group is fretting that there are still a few routes that need volunteers to place posters and rack cards.


Yes, there’s yet another group of people who are trying to enlist volunteers who will work as greeters, host and hostesses, and parking attendants at those five gardens we keep talking about.  Yes, they are also fretting because they need more smiling, helpful people to welcome and to assist visitors at our five gardens.


Jean isolated birdThe people charged with placing advertising signs along the roadways in MAC are also fretting. They need another volunteer or two to help place the signs 2 to 3 weeks before the June 28th Tour and Faire.


If you are not already a member of one or more of the groups involved with working to make June 28th a successful day, won't you please help stop the fretting by volunteering to help!  Call either Jan (at 503 538 9197) or Trudy (at 503 883 9741) and they will get you in contact with the right person or persons.      Trudy and Jan




Horticulture – Marilyn Coats


MUKDENIA rossii  ‘Crimson Fans’

This valuable yet relatively little known Asian perennial is great as a ground cover in partial shade.  It is mainly an attractive foliage plant whose jagged leaves emerges bronze, quickly turning to glossy deep green with stunning crimson tips all summer, then turning scarlet red in the fall.  Small white bell-shaped flowers appear in the spring before the leaves emerge.  It likes part shade with evenly moist, well-drained soil.


MUKGENIA nova ‘flame’

A brand new hybrid that is a combination with dark pink flowers of the Bergenia mother and jagged edge leaves and great fall color of the ‘crimson fans’ father.  It is long-lived and good in containers with organic soil in partial shade.  


They are both deciduous in winter.  They have no known diseases and are rarely bothered by pests other than slugs.  They are great plants for us plant nerds who enjoy lovely, textured foliage!







    May Day Baskets FUN









Container Gardens





This 24-inch pot with Hibiscus 'Maple Sugar', Agastache' Sunset', Nassella

 tenuissima, Lantana 'Landmark Flame', and Petunia 'Suncatcher Saphhire'.








Splash of whiteSplash of white

For a hint of spring on your patio, arrange several plants in a wide, low planter as you would in a garden bed ― layer by layer. Include pockets of green (grasses or ferns), bursts of color, and a soft carpet base (such as Irish moss).

In this garden pot: feverfew, ranunculus, licorice plant, Johnny-jump-up, blue star creeper, bacopa, and primula obconica.




Texture play Texture play

This mix of (counter-clockwise, from top left) Kangaroo paws, Echeveria ‘Afterglow’, Adenanthos cuneatus ‘Coral Drift’, and Sedum reflexum provides a daring blend of textures.







Perennial Star                   GAYE STEWART                                           By June Benson


Gaye joined our club after attending the Garden Faire when it was held at Hillside in 2003. She has served in many roles including the Membership Committee chair, Parliamentarian, Club President in 2006-08, and co-chair of the Garden Faire for many years, first with Margaret Roberts and then with her husband, Mike. 

Gaye is unique in that she has also served in leadership roles in both our Pioneer District and the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs (OSFGC) organizations. She was District Director for four years and has served in the state organization as Parliamentarian and Second Vice President. Gaye says she “loves the dynamics at the state level and even though it takes a lot of time, you just do it, if you believe it can make a difference.” What is more surprising is that she is managing to do all of this while employed full-time as the Principal of Mid-Valley Christian Academy in Monmouth.

Gaye is a native Oregonian and was born in Salem. She attended school in Powers, Oregon, a town about 50 miles from Coos Bay. She met her husband, Mike, when she was 12! At first they were friends and later dated on and off for seven years. They reconnected when they were both students at different Oregon colleges. Gaye’s mother and she were driving in Coquille when their car stalled; the young man behind them stopped his car and got out to help. It was Mike!  

Gaye completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Oregon College of Education (now WOU) and received additional graduate training in Educational Administration from Portland State University. During this time, Gaye and Mike married and started a family. They had one boy, one girl, and adopted a baby boy whose parents were from Thailand.

When Gaye started her career in the Salem-Keizer School District, she taught English and social studies at Waldo Junior High School and soon became a team leader. She enjoyed using her leadership skills, and she was selected as the Assistant Principal of Whiteaker Junior High School. After only one year, she became Principal.  Later, as a District Administrator, she helped transition the junior high schools into middle schools. For the last five years of her career, she was the sole Administrator for a secondary alternative school for at-risk youth and supervised satellite centers around the district. This program eventually became the sixth accredited high school in the district, and it is now called the Barbara Roberts High School named after Governor Roberts. In 1997, Gaye retired after working 29 of her 30 years for the Salem-Keizer School District.

Even before Gaye retired, she completed a floral design training program. After retiring she started her own flower shop in Dallas. Roses Remembered Floral Design was in business for five years. She was soon doing four to five weddings every weekend. One of her favorites was a wedding at the Oregon Garden which she describes as a “Martha Stewart wedding” and the flowers alone cost $8,000. Gaye eventually closed her business, except for a few special events each year and for preparing the weekly floral arrangements at her church.

When Gaye and Mike want to travel, they visit their beach cottage in Pacific City to see the ocean, or they visit their condo in Palm Springs (although they are not golfers!) They love this oasis in the desert and enjoy swimming and visiting the San Joaquin Mountains. Gaye feels blessed because their three children and nine grandchildren all live in Oregon. Gaye and Mike will celebrate 53 years of marriage in June.



Downtown Cleanup, April 25

A BIG thanks to the 17 members who helped spruce up Third Street.  AND a BIG thank you to Golden Valley for a delicious lunch!!!  WAY TO GO……










Historical Snippets                                                                                                   Patty Sorensen



1929-30 Yearbook                  Achievements Attempted and Attained


“Fall and Spring Flower Shows were held.  Approval was given the plan to dam Cozine Creek forming a large lake leading from the City Park to the Southern Pacific Railroad.  The plan was presented by Mr. Lancaster.  It was not original with him, but has been advocated for several years by McMinnville citizens.  The greatest achievement was the planting of two gardens, one of Daffodils, the other of Iris, in triangles formed by a turn in the county road to Dayton.  This was superintended and the planting done by our Wayside Planting Committee.  Daffodils were also planted along the Tillamook Highway to the coast.  Our club voted fullest cooperation with Mrs. Rockey when the plans are definitely understood.  (Mrs. Rockey led Oregon in Roadside Beautification Project.)

We displayed flowers in the Portland Rose Show and held an Iris and Peony exhibit.”



omy-bday-cake2[1]May Birthday Salutes Go To:

(Dates are listed after names.)

Bob Aptekar 8; Betty Ballantine 30; Cathy Burdett 8; Maxine Kilcrease, 12; Barbara McDougal 19; Evelyn Mundinger 7; Mildred Repetto 25; Bob Vertregt 22.


Websites to Explore                                                                                                                                                                             Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website 


Spring Garden Chores

Nursery and Garden Activities Calendar

Planting Dates Portland Oregon