September 2020 Dear OAGC Members, 65 years ago in 1955, OAGC President Daisy Sticksel gave the motto “Knowing, Growing, Showing and Sharing”. Today, the “Sharing” part seems all too relevant, given our current inability to convene, as we are so accustomed to doing. Intent on helping to fill this void, the Horticulture Department is promoting an OAGC 2020 Virtual Photo Contest just for you! To participate begin by reviewing the accompanying flyer guidelines. Then scan your phone or digital album for 2020 photos that you’d like to share via email. Or take a new photo! There’s still time, the deadline to enter is October 31st. Exceptional entries will earn ribbon placement. First place awardees will be published in the spring issue of The Garden Path, after which an online link will be shared to view all entries.
Go ahead! Make Daisy proud! Sincerely, Julie Divelbiss, 2020-2022 State Horticulture Chair @ email@example.com
Open to all OAGC members. Photographs must be taken by the member in 2020.
Email entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter OAGC PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line.
Identify your name, address, phone number, garden club and region.
Identify the category or categories you are entering. Submit as many entries as you wish.
Identify plants where possible and the name of any garden.
Judging will be conducted online by a panel of OAGC regional horticulture chairs. Decisions of the judges are final. Awards Each category will be awarded first, second, third and fourth place ribbons, to be mailed to each recipient. First place photos will be published in the spring issue of The Garden Path, afterwhich, an online link will be shared to view all entries.
Entry Deadline: October 31, 2020 Questions? Contact: Julie Divelbiss, 2020-2022 State Horticulture Chair
Region 16 will be hosting a virtual regional meeting for all state OAGC members on Thursday, October 8. From 1pm-2pm, Laura Akgerman, OSU Extension Educator, will be presenting, “Adapting Gardening to fit your Abilities”. Laura believes you do not stop gardening just because you have a disability. She will address issues such as limited mobility, movement, strength, range-of-motion and energy/fatigue. Learn good habits, techniques, and tools so you can continue to garden. Work smarter, not harder and modify your gardens and the way you work to fit your ability, now and in the future. Instructions on how to logon sent through the Regional Directors closer to the webinar date. Hope you can join us!
I hope that your summer has been a good one. My garden has benefitted from the extra time that I have had to devote to it. We are so fortunate to have a little plot of land to beautify. Gardening has been a comfort and a blessing for all of us at this time.
With all the cancelations of our flower shows this year doing a “virtual” flower show has been on my mind. How fun would it be to do an artistic arrangement in the comfort of your home, enter it for competition, and not have to transport everything to a show! That sounds pretty intriguing to me!
So with that in mind Doris Hager and I collaborated on writing OAGC’s first “virtual” flower show. For this competition you will do your design at home, take a picture of it and then send it to me via email along with your entry form.
For our first attempt at this type of show we decided to keep things simple and not complicated hoping that many of you will want to enter this show. There are no size restrictions on the designs except for the small and miniature designs and we trust that you will measure those yourself and be within the guidelines for those two designs. Also there are no class entry limits. Each exhibitor may enter as many classes as you choose but you may only enter each class once. We also included a novice class for those of you that have maybe never entered a state flower show competition.
Please read over the schedule carefully. If there are any questions please contact me. Entries will be received until September 30, 2020.
So here is your chance to have some fun entering a flower show from the comforts of your own home. Doris and I are looking forward to seeing your creations. We hope that you take the challenge!
Deborah Graham – OAGC Flower Shows Chair 2020-2022
Tuesday August 25, 2020 at 12:00 we will be conducting a Facebook Live Event! As The Design Study Chair Joy Strine-Sprang and I, as Co Chair, will conduct three styles of designs. Joy will be demonstrating a creative design. I will be creating a traditional design. We will be having a guest, Bonita Brockert, who will be creating an Ikebana basic design. I’m sure you’ve seen Bonita’s designs but now you can see how she creates them. We will be using fresh flowers from our gardens which will consist of celosia, cockscomb, statice, gomphrena, straw flower and many more. This may be the first time a Design Study has gone live, so you don’t want to miss it.
Looking to learn more about nature and still stay at home and out of the crowds ? Learn to Zoom and have your own teacher in your home. Please check out this inexpensive garden class, right at your fingertips!
Bees of the Midwest (general interest) Starts on Thu Aug 20, 2020 $10