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(term begins October 1, 2020)
State Officers
Theme: Firefly – “Let Your Light Shine”

OAGC State Officers
President:Jean Jankowski, 25 Keswick Commons, New Albany, OH 43054-8231, 6 in 14-656-8421; 740-975-1119 (cell), jeanmjankowski@gmail.com Region 8, Newark GC and Granville GC

First Vice President: June Gebhardt, 2435 Mt. Zion Road, Bucyrus, OH 44820-9586, 419-569-7177 (cell), junesg62757@gmail.com
Region 7, Earth, Wind and Flowers GC

Second Vice President: Debbie Downes, 219 West Xenia Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324-4920, 937-409-2215 (cell), downesatmillpond@sbcglobal.net
Region 16, Osborn Historic GC

Secretary: Kim Long, P.O. Box 635, Goshen, OH 45122-0635, 513-877-2386; 513-720-2386 (cell), kslongfamily@gmail.com Region 4, Goshen GC

Treasurer: Vicky Puster, 2398 County Road #37, Lakeville, OH 44638-9632, 419-827-2039, vivapuster@gmail.com
Region 14, Moreland GC

Sales Secretary: Naomi Ormes, 5064 Princeton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011-9737, 513-907-2774 (cell), bloomcity@aol.com
Region 4, Liberty GC
OAGC State Department Chair

Design Study: Joy Strine-Sprang, 661 Spink Street, Wooster, OH 44691-3144 740-399-4955 (cell), sprangjoy@gmail.com
Region 7, Loudonville Gardeners Guild
Committee Organizer: Brian Moody, 19151 State Route 739, Richwood, OH 43344-9790, 740-506-0611 (cell), moodyslucky13@gmail.com
Region 5, Progressive Buds GC

E & J School: Christine Michael, 1709 East Cole Road, Freemont, OH 43420-8751, 419-334-3230, 419-307-9371 (cell), cmichael43420@gmail.com Region 6, Whispering Meadows GC

Flower Show: Deborah Graham, 10764 State Route 559, North Lewisburg, OH 43060-9511, 937-747-2474; 937-645-5232 (cell), dgraham@centurylink.net
Region 5, Four Seasons Garden Club (Champaign County)

Julie Divelbiss, 1444 Wagner Road, Butler, OH 44822, 419-566-3126 (cell), juliedivelbiss@gmail.com
North Liberty GC

Junior Gardener: Robin Rick, 792 Christopher Drive, Marion, OH 43302-8208, 740-389-2707; 740-244-9206 (cell), robinrick1028@gmail.com Region 7, Presidential Gardeners GC

Membership: Jan Moody, 19151 State Route 739, Richwood, OH 43344-9790, 740-361-3293 (cell), jmarielwm@gmail.com
Region 5, Progressive Buds GC

Nature & Conservation: Marina LeJeune, 1920 Carolina Court, Celina, OH 45822-8342, 419-733-6256 (cell), marinalj@bright.net
Region 2, Blooms and Beyond GC

Archival Co-Managers:
The Garden Path Editor:
Beautification Contest Secretary:
Audrey Palumbo, Region 1 Nature & Conservation Chair, Trowel & Tractor GC, 28765 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551-3657,
419-874-7751; 419-349-6304 (cell), apalumbo@bex.net

OAGC Liaisons
Diane Daniels, 3278 Apple Valley Road, Howard, OH 43028-8310, 740-397-4505, olivegreen4@yahoo.com
Region 7, Apple Valley GC and Weeds Beware GC

Mary Lee Minor, 607 West Southern Avenue, Bucyrus, OH 44820-3134, 419-562-6377; 419-561-0023 (cell), chickadee@columbus.rr.com Region 7, Earth, Wind & Flowers GC
Sally Ruth, 5539 Marion Melmore Road, Sycamore, OH 44882-9630, 419-561-0390 (cell), sallyruth4@gmail.com
Region 7, Earth, Wind & Flowers GC

Network Solutions Administrator:
Geri Rea, 3380 Shad Drive East, Mansfield, OH 44903-9127, 419-709-8184; 330-466-2329, wrea@neo.rr.com
Region 7, Weeds Beware GC and Region 14, Weed-A-Way GC

Donna Dvoracek, P.O. Box 3335, Butler, OH 44822, 419-938-6617, info@mohicanoutdoorschool.org
Mohican Outdoor & Environmental
Learning Center (MO-ELC)

OAGC Webmaster: Linda Irwin, P.O. Box 141, Seville, OH 44273-0141, 330-769-3578; 330-802-7359 (cell), quarteronly@gmail.com
Region 14, Briarwood Beach GC, Creston GC, Moreland GC, Tuslaw GC

Social Media Chair:
Abbie Riley, 18448 Five Points Pike, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143-9488 740-497-2165 (cell), rileyabbie24@gmail.com
Region 9, Darby Valley GC

Ohio State Fair: Jim Chakeres, 402 Reinhard Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206-2757, 614-787-5611, jchakeres1@gmail.com
Region 9, German Village GC

Wahkenna: Tom Shisler, 2200 Pump Station Road, Sugar Grove, OH 43155-9665, 800-297-1883, wahkenna@att.net

OAGC Counselors
Immediate Past President: Suzy Parker, P.O. Box 802, Syracuse, OH 45779-0802,
740-992-5555; 740-508-2494 (cell), suzyparker616@gmail.com Region 11, Rutland Friendly Gardeners GC
Past President: Babs Sabick, 1128 Darling Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45434-6304. 937-429-0987; 937-429-0987, babsandtomsabick@gmail.com
Region 16, Redbud GC and Region 3, Here & There GC

President Jean Jankowski: Exhibitors and Judges School, Design Study, Horticulture, and Flower Shows
First Vice President June Gebhardt: Regions 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, and 16; Committees – Junior Gardener and Membership Second Vice President Debbie Downes: Regions 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 14; Nature & Conservation Committee

From our president this is out dated. Just stored for those who subscribe

From our President Suzy Parker,

Unfortunately, the Covid 19 Virus has recently begun to “re-bloom”!  Ohio has reported highly increasing  recently. Your Executive Officers have continued to monitor the situation and meet by Zoom format, to update plans for OAGC events. Here are some decisions: August 21-22  Gardeners Day Out:  Chairperson June Gebhardt has checked with the Lakesidestaff.  June reports that most of the activities will be outside, where “social distancing” will be observed.  June states the only part of the event to be held inside will be the show by the Gladiolus Society.  Registrations and cancellations date for the event remain on August 1. See the registration form in the previous Garden Path.  June reports the hotels at Lakeside have no vacancies but there are probably some available within a 15 minute radius.  She says Lakeside is located in Ottawa County, so you may want to check the local health situation there, plus watch updates from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor’s announcements.  If such events become restricted in that area, we will send out another notice by email and post on our website and Facebook. September 8 Exhibitors and Judges School: Chair Juanita Wilkins We had previously announced cancellation of this event due to Covid 19 restrictions in Franklin and surrounding counties, plus the fact that areas all over the state have cases that might have endangered our attendees as unknown carriers. September 29-30 Full Board Meeting for those serving the year beginning October 1, 2020 through at least September 30, 2021:  This event will be done by Zoom format due to Covid 19 restrictions.  Those who will be serving on the board for the coming OAGC year will be sent a Zoom invitation by host June Gebhardt.  It is expected to be in session all day on September 29 with breaks, and may resume on September 30 depending on how long business takes and what additional activities are held. You will receive further information about your homework for this meeting.  You will NOT be having an in-person meeting at Cherry Valley Lodge.  Those of you active in convention plans may be invited to an event there prior to convention. OAGC Regional Meetings October 8 through November 11:   Decisions about holding the Fall Regional Meetings of 2020 will need to be made by the Regional Directors and regional board members, again based on state and county restrictions and keeping the health and safety of our members in mind.  Please send your decision to Secretary Kim Long, who will inform us of your plans.  You are certainly welcome to copy me, Janowski and Gebhardt on your decision message. Awards:  Our revised plan for state OAGC awards that normally are presented at convention, was to present them at an Awards Assembly at the E&J School on September 8.  Now that event is cancelled.and your Execs have come up with a plan to deliver some of the top awards to the recipients to maintain an element of surprise and get a photograph of the presentation to publish in our Garden Path.  Be alert for more information. Because of so many cancellations and clubs not meeting, it may seem difficult to have regional Outstanding Gardeners, Garden Club Members and Garden Club honorees.  It is currently possible to judge gardens while social distancing and wearing masks.  The activities of garden club members during the past five years can be considered.  Garden Club activities for thus far in 2020 have likely been few but there may be some clubs that have managed to meet online or in committees and carry out projects outdoors, or indoor activities while observing safety precautions.  Beautification projects are still possible within regulations.  Consider what your club can do to honor those members of your club, and to be nominated as an outstanding club.  Don’t forget you can start thinking of plans for upcoming years, to be honored with the Victor Ries Outstanding Garden Club Award for work over the next years.  Photos:  Look for photos of great floral designs to enter in Faye Collins Designer of the Year.  Send us photos for the commemorative 90 Year Program Book we are still putting together to be used at the 2021 convention.  Please do identify the people, place, approximate year of those in the photo. Regions may be thinking of sponsoring a page with photos and information.  Flower Shows:  There are few shows still scheduled for this summer and fall, due to the pandemic.  If you are participating in one, please take all precautions and encourage others there to do so.  Judges remember to submit your scorecards. Thank You from your President:  A great big “Thanks!” to all of you who have been so great to participate in our OAGC activities over the years.  It has been very disappointing that the pandemic has taken our plans for 2020, but please know that my greatest concern is for you, your family, and friends will be safe and healthy, so I can see you at future OAGC events that definitely WILL happen eventually if we follow guidelines to end this pandemic.  I hope to hear from you, see your entries in flower shows, and share some great programs and meetings with you.  I have loved traveling to regional meetings in your area, learning from your programs, seeing long time friends and making new ones, and traveling with those who shared our trips to Philadelphia and Pigeon Forge.  I look forward to years together with you and our new members of OAGC. Suzy Parker, PresidentOhio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc.


Seeds from China

Perhaps by now you have heard about the seeds that people are receiving from China.  Below is a press release that you can learn about the details.  In addition, if you have recieved a packet of these seeds, please email bennett.27@osu.edu to let me know.
I am interested in determining how widespread this might be through Ohio.
Thanks for your concern and caring about Ohio’s environment.
Pam Bennett,
State MGV Program Director
Associate Professor
Press Release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture
Media Contact: Katie Boyer, 614.563.6974katie.boyer@agri.ohio.gov
ODA Asks Public to Not Plant any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds
The Packets Contain Unknown Seeds & Often Feature Chinese Writing
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (July 27, 2020) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has been notified that several Ohio residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar seed packets have been received recently in several other locations across the United States.
If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT plant these seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package. You can report the seeds to ODA online here or you may contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Anti-smuggling Hotline by calling 800-877-3835 or by emailing SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. Also, if possible, please retain the original packaging, as that information may be useful to trade compliance officers as they work through this issue.
Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. ODA and APHIS work hard to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Ohio agriculture. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements.
We will have the latest information regarding this investigation on our website.

Full Service Garden and Homesteading Organization Takes Root in Pittsburgh

Food Supply Concerns Motivate Female Entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh to Help Families Grow Life-Sustaining Gardens

Pittsburgh, PA: Root Cause, a full service garden and homesteading organization, has been founded in Pittsburgh. Founded in part by internationally known rapper, singer, activist and entrepreneur Kellee Maize, Root Cause is supported by a group of 20 other female entrepreneurs. After witnessing empty grocery store shelves due to the COVID-19 chaos, this group of women recognized food as not only a root cause of concern in the crisis but also as the key to changing many other issues that exist on the planet today.

In addition to planning and maintaining edible gardens and homesteads for clients, Root Cause aims to mend the disconnect between people and the earth that our food comes from by providing support in a variety of related areas such as:

  • Greenhouse construction
  • Medicinal plant gardens
  • Chicken coop set-up and maintenance
  • Beehive set-up and maintenance
  • Indoor growing facilitation
  • Harvesting and canning
  • Custom raised garden beds

The founding members of Root Cause are experienced educators. For families who wish to create and maintain gardens or homesteads on their own, the group will provide teaching and resources so that children and adults can participate. Root Cause is prepared to provide training in planning, creating, maintaining, harvesting and preserving a sustainable permaculture food-bearing environment on their land.

Other founders include lifelong gardener, forager and yoga instructor Tami Gingrow; permaculture designer, herbalist, and tantra instructor Michelle Czolba; and massage therapist, energy healer, and community organizer Roxanne Banks-Williams. These four founders and the majority of other members are mothers who believe strongly that this knowledge of how to live sustainably must be passed down to the next generation as a means of survival and wellness.

Root Cause’s goal is to provide an open source of information as the organization grows so that the team can expand and empower other communities across the globe to follow suit.

About Root Cause: Root Cause is a full service garden and homesteading organization dedicated to helping its community create and maintain gardens and homesteads. Founded in April 2020, Root Cause looks forward to serving the Pittsburgh community and beyond through a variety of gardening, homesteading, and teaching services.

COVID-19 Cancellations

Like the rest of the world OAGC is faced with difficult situations regarding the health and safety of our members and their communities. The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many events around Ohio, the United States and the world, in hopes of halting the spread and severity of the illness caused by this new virus.

As cancelled OAGC sponsored events are shared with the webmaster (webmaster@oagc.org), they will be posted below.

OAGC Event Cancellations


CANCELLED: April 18-19, 2020 – Granville Garden Club (Reg. 8) Daffodil Sale/Show

CANCELLED: May 9, 2020 – Fairfield Garden Club (Fairfield OH, Region 4) Fundraising Luncheon. Rescheduled for October 20 at 11 am at Fairfield Community Arts Center (411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014) Contact Mary Gamstetter at 513-892-6806, 513-379-2153 or gams@isoc.net.

CANCELLED: May 25-26, 2020 – Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School #1

CANCELLED: May 31-June 5, 2020 – Nature Study Retreat

CANCELLED: June 11-13, 2020 – OAGC Annual Convention

CANCELLED: September 8-9 2020-Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School #2

The Importance of Using Native Plants in Your Landscape

by Victor Wang

It may be tempting to surround your home with exotic or show-stopping plants, but those plants come with risk and responsibility. Your landscape should complement all aspects of your home’s exterior. Using native plants has many benefits, not only for the environment but also for the time you spend working outdoors.

Low Maintenance

Long “to-do” lists mark our days as we balance work, family, chores, and time for ourselves. While gardening is therapeutic, you still want time to sit back and enjoy your garden. Choosing native plants for your landscaping means you’ll spend less time tending to them. Low-maintenance native options are already well adapted to the Ohio environment and soil conditions, and often need little to no extra watering. They are hardy to last through the season and usually thrive when they aren’t fussed over.

Support Local Pollinators

Butterflies, bees, and other Ohio pollinators are sure to visit the native areas of your yard. These vital parts of our environment help to create healthy plants and support the fragile balance of the ecosystem. Planting native options, such as goldenrod or purple coneflower, invites these pollinators to stop and stay awhile as they gather nectar.

The natives also preserve Ohio’s biodiversity. Local birds and wildlife depend on native plants for their food source. Invasive plants often crowd out the native species, robbing the local wildlife of food and habit.

Cut Down on Water Usage

The Buckeye State experienced abnormally dry conditions in 2019, with 12% of the state in a moderate drought. Water conservation efforts are gaining momentum in all 50 states as more people realize the value of this natural resource. Doing your part by planting native flowers, shrubs, and trees in your yard will help cut down on the need to water.

Less Expensive

Gardening and yard work are great ways to beautify your home, but they also come at a cost. Choosing native plants to surround the house is a great way to save money. Native options often are cheaper than other varieties at the local garden center, thanks to their abundance in the area.

You can also ask for starts or cuttings from neighbors or friends who have an abundance of native species. You’ll save money and add a sentimental aspect to your gardening as you remember who gave you the plant.

Native Vs. Invasive

An invasive plant is one that can cause economic or environmental damage in Ohio. Their natural predators often weren’t imported with them, so it’s easy for them to spread out of control. Ohio is fighting back against nature’s enemies, by banning 38 species of exotic plants. The Japanese honeysuckle, autumn olive shrubs, fig buttercup, and others that steal water from local species are now illegal to sell in Ohio.

You can still find plenty of intruders at your local nursery. Before buying any plant that isn’t native, ask yourself if it’s worth inviting the invasive bugs sure to come with it? Support Ohio’s first Native Plant Month in April 2020 by planting some wild geranium or black-eyed Susan.

Victor Wang grew up in Central California, plucking tomato worms from his mother’s heirloom tomato garden, and is now a master gardener and freelance writer. His areas of expertise include landscaping, pest control and, of course, gardening.

Support Ohio’s first Native Plant Month in April

by Jean Jankowski, Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, First Vice President

(Update: Events listed at bottom of this post.) For years OAGC has been touting the importance of including native plants in our landscapes, as well as creating public spaces designated for natives.

Many of the regional meetings I have attended since becoming an officer have had speakers and educational displays addressing how the establishment and growth of native food sources creates a foundation for a healthy ecosystem. Many of our members signed the petition that led to establishing April as Ohio Native Plant Month, the first of which will be celebrated in 2020.

We now have the opportunity to share our knowledge and bring public awareness to this vital topic. There are hundreds of native species in Ohio and many of them are not being promoted in the industry. We all love our non-native cultivars, but if we just plant three natives for each season and encourage others to follow our lead, it would make a tremendous difference. We also need to address the invasive plant crisis.

According to the Ohio Invasive Plant Council, “Invasive plants cost natural resources and recreation agencies,farmers, industry and homeowners millions of dollars each year.” The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs needs to take this opportunity to hold lectures or open meetings. On behalf of all birds, insects, and all wild creatures, I challenge our regions and garden clubs to jump on the bandwagon.

Think of unique ways to get the message across. Collaborate with your local Master Gardeners, schools,scouts, garden centers, metro parks, state parks, or preserves. Make sure your local schools and city council are aware of Ohio Native Plant Month and encourage them to participate. As an organization of gardeners, we are aware of the vital importance of pollinators, and although we complain about some insects and wildlife, we know that each one has a unique purpose, and we are all sharing the planet.

Email your event announcement to the webmaster (webmaster@oagc.org) so that it can be listed on the OAGC website (www.oagc.org) and help publicize the event on social media. Please send a copy to me, as well, so I know about all the OAGC native plant events that will be taking place next April. I hope to attend as many as I can.


April 23, 2020: Region 7 Spring Regional Meeting: The morning program is “Native Plants” by Guy Denny. (23 Pickwick Place, 1875 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, OH 44820.) Contact Kristy Apt at kapt@oagc.org.

April 28, 2020: Region 2 Spring Regional Meeting: The afternoon program is Dan Hodges will speak on “Nature in the Garden — Biodiversity of Native Plants”. (South Side Christian Church, 3300 South Side Dr., Lima, OH 45807-2278.) Contact Charlene Guingrich at cguingrich@oagc.org.

April 30, 2020: Region 5 Spring Regional Meeting: The morning program is “Gardening With Native Plants” by Ron Corbett. (The Centre, Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua, OH.) Contact Penny Adams at padams@oagc.org.

2017 Convention

The 2017 OAGC Convention used the theme, “Keeping America Beautiful” and was held at the Columbus Marriott Northwest June 13-15, 2017. More details will be noted in the 2017 Oct-Nov-Dec issue of The Garden Path. Photographers: Vicki Ferguson and Al Bishop. Enjoy!

The following photos were taken by Vicki Ferguson.

The following photos were taken by Al Bishop.