Since the beginning of OAGC, promotion of horticultural knowledge and interest has been a powerful force driving The Association’s motto “Knowing, Growing, Showing and Sharing.” To stimulate interest in gardening, the Horticulture department will utilize educational opportunities, competitions, horticultural sales and exchanges.
faqs about the horticulture department and horticulture shows
2024 Convention Flower Show ~ Horticulture
Zinnia haageana (Zin-ee-ah ha-jee-AY-nah), Zinnia ‘Persian Carpet’ is the featured variety for Section B Annuals, class 10 in the 2024 OAGC Convention Flower Show Schedule ~ Horticulture. This class is one of several that highlight the show’s theme, “It’s the little things”, as chosen by President June Gebhardt. The specific epithet honors J.N. Haage (1826-1878), seed grower of Erfurt, Germany, although the plant is native to Mexico and is often called Mexican Zinnia.
‘Persian Carpet’, an heirloom and 1952 All American Selections (AAS) winner, grows to approximately 16” tall and offers double and semi-double 2” blooms in warm, rich bicolors. With approximately 85 days to maturity (direct seed) it should be in full prime for the show date! Information on where to obtain seed can be found in the class listing on the schedule.
Check out another featured class, Section H Container Grown Plants, Class 33 Tiny Plants, related to the show’s theme in the 2024 winter edition of The Garden Path.
2024 CONVENTION FLOWER SHOW
~ HORTICULTURE SCHEDULE Q & A ~
Q. What is a flower show schedule?
Q. Why do some classes require pre-registration?
Q. How many exhibits can an exhibitor enter?
Q. Why does class 10 Zinnia haageana, Zinnia ‘Persian Carpet’ require three blooms vs one bloom (like all of the other classes for a round flower form)?
Q. What does non-competitive mean for Class 28, Nature’s Oddities in Section G Fruits or Vegetables?
Q. Why do container grown plants need to be in the exhibitor's possession for 90 days prior to entering?
Q. Can you explain how the exhibits in class 34, Container Miniature Garden are to be displayed as a table centerpiece on the day after judging?
Q. I see that a Sweepstakes Award can be earned. How does that work?
Q & A for Cut Flower Specimens
~ Horticulture Exhibition ~
Q. My colored vase pairs well with my cut flower specimen, so why should I display it in a clear glass one?
Q. I don’t possess a clear glass vase. Can I use a plastic water bottle instead?
Q. Why is the specimen’s variety name needed on the exhibitor’s entry tag?
Q. My flowering tree or shrub specimen is top heavy and my container wants to fall over. How might I remedy this so I can still display it?
Q. What is wedging?
Q. What materials might be used for wedging?
HORTICULTURE DEPARTMENT Q & A
Q. What falls under the department’s direction?
Q. What are some educational opportunities?
Q. What is meant by competitions?
Q. How do horticultural sales and exchanges work?