Description: snippersJune       Garden Clippings

McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

                  September 2015 -


Next meeting:           September 21, 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.


Upcoming Events


September 12th - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Farmington Gardens


21815 SW Farmington Rd
           Beaverton, Oregon 97007
           503-649-4568 – more info -

September 13th 11:00-12:00 – Farmington Gardens

The LAWS of Salsa: Join Master Food Preservers for up-to-date infromation and tips to safely preserve tomatoes and tasty salsas from your garden produce - more info -

September 19th 11:00 -12:00 – Farmington Gardens

Fall Bulbs. Jenny will be demonstrating and sharing all you need to know for your fall bulb planting. Bring in your containers for a hands on project and get the best advice for planting your spring color - more info -

           September 21st- 9:30-12:15  OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR!!!!  Hope to see you at Hillside. See Judy’s note below.

October 15th – The Cedar Mill Garden Club and West Point are hosting the Pioneer District Meeting.   More info at the meeting



“Sowing Seeds of Friendship”


 Happy Fall everyone.  What a beautiful, hot summer we’ve had this year.  I love the changing of seasons and Fall is one of my favorites.  Soon we’ll have our first meeting of the new year and I’m excited.  I do hope you are too.

Lots of new things coming up as well as ones that are tried and true.  We’ll be talking about our various committee’s and what they do at our September meeting.  Going over our budget and voting.  Now that all of the bills have been presented, we know our final profit number is $6,751.34.  That figure is after taking out the startup money of $700.00 for next years’ tour.  And a new idea for a project involving a Garden Club for children has been presented to us by our new State President.  We’ll talk about this at the meeting to see if this is something we think we want to do.

The board thinks that by highlighting our various committees, it would give us all a better idea of where our own time and talents might fit.  Our goal is to keep everyone interested and involved as we grow our club.  This is how we can develop and enrich the friendships we make while gardening.  We are always open to new ideas of things we can do together to serve our community and ourselves.  If you have an idea of a craft project or a field trip, let us know.

I’m still looking for a few writers that would be willing to write an article or two for the newsletter during the year.  This can be about an interesting plant or bug that you’d like to share with us.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Gardening – Judy


Eval-O-Meter by sugarcubeJune 2015 Evaluations

     We received 44 evaluations at our June meeting. The evaluations were encouraging because you recognize the time and effort it takes to pull together a meeting and appreciate everything from the guest speakers to the creative table decorations. Suggestions were made in all categories and forwarded to the appropriate committee chairs.


     Members want to continue to have guest speakers at monthly meetings. 16 different subjects were suggested. You want to hear from plant experts and nursery owners about specific plants and categories of plants such as low maintenance plants, new plants on the market, and natives. You want to continue to invite guest speakers on other subjects as such as birds and wildlife and controlling plant pests and diseases. One often mentioned theme: let's get our own members involved and share what we have learned. (Stay tuned for a special event scheduled for February.)


     Members want to continue to offer field trips and arts and crafts projects too. Many field trips were suggested and included visiting the Connie Hansen garden, Asian gardens, nurseries, and even the soy sauce factory in Salem! It was also suggested that we consider renting a small bus and driver for well attended day trips; this expense would be paid for by attendees. Once again you want our own members to get more involved and said that once yearly we should open our own gardens for a tour. Also, you enjoy the arts and crafts projects, especially the Christmas baskets and wreaths, but want to continue with other projects as well.


     We appreciate you taking the time to complete the evaluations because this helps us to plan for the new year. Thank you!  June Benson


Monarch Butterflies

These delicately majestic creatures migrate from Mexico to parts of the United States and their offspring migrate back to Mexico. Milkweed is their favored plant on which to lay eggs feed the caterpillar stage.
Due to deforestation and herbicides, the milkweed is on the decline. If enough people planted milkweed or some of their other favorites, like butterfly bush, coneflower, Joe Pye weed, or zinnia, we could all help out the monarch population.
Consider planting a portion of your yard in some of these plants to create a habitat for these amazing creatures and you'll enjoy watching them as much as I do!



FALL PLANTS - Autumn is here (well almost)

This time of the year we all look for plants that have the fall look. With its copper colored leaves the Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) has just that.




Aside from its beautiful color, Heuchera 'Cutie Sugar Berry' is different in that it only reaches 6 inches tall and 10 inches wide





Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

Birds go crazy over this one, why shouldn't you? With its attractive silver-blue berries against its deep green foliage creates great contrast.




DIRECTORY Update for 2015-16

         Our new directory will be printed and ready for the October meeting.  We are missing several members’ photos.  If you are a newer member, please look for the photography booth at the September meeting!  We REALLY want to include everyone’s smiling face….Oh, and be sure to pay your dues at the meeting please to be included in the directory.


Plan AHEAD.               Mark your calendar for our 2015-16 EVENTS!


September 21                          First Meeting!!  No speaker scheduled

October 19                     Randy Williamson, OSU Master Gardener

                           “Plant Pests and Diseases”

October 27                      A & C  Hypertufa and Leaf Imprints

November 16            Mike Stewart, Dover Nursery

                           “Rhododendrons and Their Journey to Your Garden”

November 18                   A & C Junkin’ Trip

December 2 & 3               A & C Holiday Baskets and Wreaths

December 21            Judah Kent, Piano


January 18               Roger Gossler, Gossler Farm Nursery

                           “What Is Our Garden Doing Today?”

February 15                    Garden Club Members

                           Panel Discussions

March 21                Elaine Murphy, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Dept. “Birds, Bats, & Bees”

March 29                         A & C Miniature Gardens

April 18                  Maurice Horn, Joy Creek Nursery

                           “Going Slightly Native”

April 21                            A & C Junkin’ Trip

May 16                   Sue Randall, Oregon Fuchsia Society

                           “Hardy Fuchsias: What You Should Know”

May 18                             A & C Plant Markers

June 20                  No speaker scheduled Year End Celebration

A special thanks to June Benson, our vice-president, for providing meeting speakers this early.

Field Trips and other activities will be added as the year progresses.          


Several of us are taking a tour to attend the Seattle Garden Show in mid-February.  Ask Betty or Patty if you’d like more information.  Deadline for signup is December 1.


Historical Snippets                                                                                                   Patty Sorensen

Info taken from the McMinnville Garden Club’s 1952-53 Member Booklet which lists 50 members.  (At this time we belonged to the Columbia District No. 1.)

Meets at the City Library on the Third Monday at 2 PM.  Dues are two dollars payable at the June meeting.  Delinquent after the September meeting.  Members missing three consecutive meetings will be dropped unless absence is due to illness or other legitimate excuse.  Pledge:  I will attend meetings regularly, consider it an honor to be assigned a duty and promise to voice all criticism favorable unfavorable in open meetings.


September Birthday Salutes Go To:

If your name is not listed, please be sure to let us know at the meeting!  AND we will be asking those with July and August Birthdays to stand up too!!!

Cindi Flake,7; Elaine Pollak,16; Sally Parks-Brown,24; Suzanne Litviak,25; Georgia Queen, 30.


Websites to Explore                                                                                                                                                                             Patty Sorensen

Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website


September Garden Chores:


Make More Plants from Cuttings:


Fall Ideas from Pinterest: