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On the road again – this time to Pigeon Forge and The Biltmore Estate!

OAGC will be heading south November 18-21, 2019 with a bus trip to visit sights around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and also visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

The first day of this 4 day – 3 night trip includes a stay at the Country Cascades Hotel in Pigeon Forge and dinner at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in The Island Complex before exploring The Island.

Day 2 highlights include: departing for the Biltmore Estate, a special luncheon at the Deerpark Restaurant, visiting the Biltmore Winery and returning to the hotel in Pigeon Forge.

Day 3: after an included breakfast, depart for the Titanic Museum, visit the Mountain Valley Winery for a tour and tasting and a fun evening and dinner at the Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Feud.

Day 4: breakfast is included before meeting a step-on-guide and traveling to the Smoky Mountains. There will be time to explore Gatlinburg before departing for home.

Tour cost per persons: $699/double occupancy; $629/triple occupancy; $599/quad occupancy and $949/single occupancy. A $100 deposit is needed by August 30 and full payment due by October 5.

Bus pickup locations are: Drury Inn and Suites Columbus Grove City (4109 Parkway Centre Drive, Grove City, OH 43123, 614-875-7000, Exit 100) and Drury Inn and Suites Cincinnati Sharonville (2265 E. Sharon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241, 513-771-5601, Exit 15)


OAGC sets to get ‘WILD’!

OAGC is heading to The Wilds on September 29, 2018!

Your OAGC Team is planning a WILD year, with new ideas and  opportunities galore! To jumpstart the new term, we offer you a chance to go WILD in the beautiful rolling hills of Ohio at the world reknowned WILDlife center, the WILDS!! Located about 25 minutes south of I-70, on over 9000 acres of land reclaimed from stripmines and donated by AEP as a wildlife refuge, 26 species of exotic animals roam freely. We invite you to bring your friends, families, and kids of all ages to join us for WILDly wonderful adventures. The WILDS offers several levels of tours:

1. The WILDS Safari tour: over two hours of information from your guide, in an open-sided bus, as you see firsthand the WILDlife along the trail. $25 (no meal, but picnic lunches are permitted and concession stands are available). Maximum of 30 per bus. Tour at 11 am.

  1. The WILDSIDE premium Safari: over two hours in an open truck as WILDlife management professionals drive you right up close to the animals , so you can feed and pet the WILD creatures. Limited to 8 guests per vehicle. $100, tours offered at 9 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
  2. The Super Sunset Supper WILDlife tour: over two hours around the park in open side bus, as the management staff takes you to the Carnivore Center, where the animals are being fed Then you will be fed with a hearty full-course buffet at sunset, on the patio at the Overlook. Tour leaves at 4:30 pm. $70, buffet included.

Note: The above rates are special discounted OAGC member/guest prices, with no markup, as a service to our members. Those without paid in advance OAGC reservations will pay the regular general public ticket prices if they visit the park. A Butterfly Center and Hellbender (what’s that?!?) Center are open FREE of charge until 6 pm. Send ticket order with

Name, Email Address, Region Number, Phone Number and which tour:
_______ Wilds Basic Safari Tour @ $25 each = $_______

_______ Wildside Premium Safari @ 100 each = $ _______

_______ Super Sunset Supper Tour @ $70 each = $ _______

Total = $_________

Send check payable to OAGC to: Suzy Parker, Box 802, Syracuse, OH 45779.

Questions? Email Suzy at or call 740-992-5555 or 740-508-2494. Registration deadline is September 11, 2018.







2017 Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School #2

One of the best comprehensive educational opportunities offered to OAGC growers, designers, exhibitors and judges alike is the biannual 2-day Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School. The School also offers attendees a great assortment of vendors. Daily registration is $40 and includes lunch. Read more about OAGC Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools HERE.

The September 2017 School #2 topics included Oriental Designs with Myrna Cordray, Color Theory with Mary Lee Minor, Growing, Showig and Judging Roses, Growing, Showing and Judging Dahlias, African Violets and Gesneriads with Vicki Ferguson and Small Gardens with Charlene Thornhill. Plant Identification is also covered. Enjoy the photos provide by Naomi Ormes and Vicki Ferguson.

Oriental Designs Program by Myrna Cordray


African Violets and Gesneriads by Vicki Ferguson


Small Gardens by Charlene Thornhill


Color Theory by Mary Lee Minor


OAGC Members Deck the Halls!

OAGC clubs and members around the state are helping to beautify their communities and public areas. Case in point are the clubs in Regions 3 and 4 which go together and decorate the Hueston Woods State Park Lodge near Oxford, Ohio in Preble County. Region 16 decorates at the Deer Creek State Park Lodge near Mt. Sterling, Ohio in Fayette & Pickaway Counties. Region 10 clubs have been decorating Shawnee State Park Lodge near Portsmouth, Ohio in Scioto County for over 25 years! Thanks for all the hard work!

Sit back with a cuppa hot chocolate, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy the show!