Description: snippersJune       Garden Clippings

McMinnville Garden Club,   PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR

February 2016 -


Next meeting:   February 15, 2016 (9:30-12:15)

HILLSIDE Activity Room at the Manor

900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR  97128



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



February Guest Speakers


Low Maintenance Plants for Sun/Part Sun

Moderator: Evelyn LaMotte

Panel: Marilyn Coats, Sally Parks-Brown, Sandy Parr



Moderator: Apryl Garmon

Panel: Elsie Carpenter, Suzanne Litviak, Rosemary Vertregt



       Our very own members will share their gardening wisdom and experience. There will be two separate panel discussions and each panel is scheduled for 30 minutes. First the moderator will question the panelists; then audience members will be able to ask questions or make comments. Come and be prepared to learn and to share what you have learned in the garden!



Upcoming Events


Feb. 12 - Discount coupons available online for the Yard, Garden and Patio Show – Call Ann Silverthorne if you are interesting in going with the group


February 15 - General Meeting, Member Panel Discussion – Bring your gardening questions.

March 4, Plan ahead for Plant Nerd Night if you need a plant fix and laughter!  Held at Lake Bible Church (Kruse Way and Carman) in Lake Oswego. This is the same place it has been for the past few years. Doors open at 6:00pm, program starts at 7:00pm.  Get there early as parking and the length of the line can be problems!!!



     Spring is in the air…I know it and I’m excited.  The bulbs are peeking up and soon will be blooming.  Primroses are available for sale in the stores and it won’t be long before we can get out and dig in the dirt too.


     There are some exciting events happening this month.  The Garden Club is being honored at the McMinnville Downtown Association awards banquet on February 11th.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Make your reservations with the MDA office with your check.

     The Yard Garden and Patio show is at the Convention Center in Portland is on the 12th and 13th.  Ann has a carpool going on Friday the 12th.

     The Garden selection committee is hard at work looking for two more gardens to replace those that had to drop out of this years’ tour.  If you know of a tour worthy garden, please let Apryl know.  We really need five gardens to have a successful tour.

     I’m looking forward to June’s panel discussion as the speaker at our February meeting.  Bring your questions and they will try to answer them.


Happy Valentine’s Day and I’ll see you on the 15th.




"New Sprouts" by Rosemary Vertregt

vegetable sprout : Green sprout growing from seed Stock PhotoNew member Carolyn Nyquist has already discovered gardening resource just steps from her home --- our resourceful members, Betty & John Ballentine are her neighbors!  She has also discovered (overly) friendly deer munching away at most anything in her front yard, and the Willamette Valley clay a gardener must conquer before planting. Changes to fencing, and amendments to soil are in progress.  Now, her garden focus is on choosing hardy, less deer-friendly plants to renew her front garden landscaping.  She welcomes suggestions, and plans to attend upcoming plant sales, preferably in a large van with other eager club members!  After graduating from Linfield College, Carolyn taught culinary arts at McMinnville H.S. and in Lincoln City where she lived for several years.  She had to take early retirement because of several knee surgeries, which certainly guarantees she belongs in our club!  Carolyn has expressed an interest in becoming a better gardener and in networking with new friends. She is friendly and easy to talk with, so let's get to know her --- Welcome, Carolyn!




Share the Bounty -Tip the Scale – State President’s Project


Thank you all for doing your part to help feed the reported one in six people in Oregon who struggle with hunger.  - Total to date of 10,981.61 lbs.



February Birthday Salutes Go To:

Beverly Blohm, 12th; Sharon Gunter, 6th; Stephanie Janik, 22nd; Arlene Kempf, 5th; Ruth Miller, 24th; Norma Parker, 6th; Vivian Peterson, 26th; Patty Sorensen, 6th; Joan Wheeler, 22nd. 



NOTE:  New member, Katherine Bates, has taken a full time job with Yamhill County, and will not be able to be an active member or attend meetings regularly.  We don't want to completely "lose" her, and have assured her she will be welcome to join in on activities when she can.


Websites to Explore                                                                                                                                                                             Patty Sorensen


Pioneer District


State Garden Club’s Website     


Dealing with a Soggy Gardens                 What to do When the Soils Too Wet


The Essential Seed Starting Timetable



“You Tube” Gardening Videos to try:




            Garden Girl Channel


            Garden Design


            Plan a Highly Productive Garden  




Image result for spring hyacinth gardenArriving soon in a yard near you!