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Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools News

Now is a good time to be thinking about beginning your studies to become an Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge. The Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools are for everyone! All are encouraged to attend this comprehensive program which includes material on both horticulture and artistic design. This series of six schools is filled with horticulture information, design instructions, judging techniques, and many, many helpful hints to increase your knowledge of gardening and floral design. School #3 will be April  9 and 10,  2018 at Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

The OAGC Foundation has newly created a Student Judge Grant. Any student judge may apply for this grant (to reimburse up to 6 Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School registration fees) upon successfully passing all schools and student judging within 6 months of their accreditation.  A Student Judge Grant Application Form can be downloaded HERE.

This will be the last school that I will plan as my tenure for chairing the Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School will end September 30. I continue to encourage each of you to attend the schools, as we cover many subjects, not only with qualified instructors, but with examples of good and bad specimens to teach what could win awards at our county and state shows. Not only that, but we teach you how to grow the different plants, as well as introducing you to new varieties.

School # 4 will be held August 13-14, 2018, and cover Creative Designs #1 (an introduction defining creative, Abstract and Kinetic Abstract Designs; Creative Line Designs, Creative Line Mass, Creative Mass, Floor, Assemblage, Collage, Construction, Mobile, Motorized, Op Art, Stabile, Sta-mobile and Vibratile Designs); and continue with a Design Session on Table Settings; Growing, Showing and Judging Ornamental Grasses; Growing, Showing and Judging Gladiolus; Plant Identification; Container Grown Plants, and a session on displaying Cut Cultivars (round, spray, and spike). SCHOOL #4 REGISTRATION FORM.

At each school we try to fill our room with vendors: growers, crafters, junkers, readers, potters, welders, ceramist, etc, etc. If you have “stuff” that you want to share, contact normes@oagc.org for a Vendor’s Contract and join us in the vendor’s room. Maybe you will find some “stuff” you may need in your “stash”. There are always wonderful items on the OAGC Sales table for you to use as you garden, design, learn, grow and travel around the state.

I encourage you to visit with all the other growers and arrangers in the state, visiting the wonderful vendors that we have, seeing all the displays the speakers have presented for your enjoyment. They are happy to share their knowledge with you. You just can’t beat it! Let’s make Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School great by filling the room with enthusiasm for what OAGC does best, “Growing, Knowing, Showing, Sharing.” You don’t have to be a good designer or grower to attend. The desire to learn is the only requirement, so bring a friend and join us.

Registration begins at 8 AM each morning, and classes will begin at 9 AM, with a break for lunch at noon, with the first day session ending at 3:30 PM, the second day session ending at 3PM, and testing beginning at 3:30 PM for student judges.

School # 3, April 9 -10, 2018  Schedule

April 9 – Monday
8:00 – 9:00 — Registration
9:00 -11:00 — Traditional Basic, Miniature, and Small Designs Joy Strine-Sprang
11:00 -11:15 — Break
11:15 – 12:00 — Elements & Principles as applied to Traditional Design
12:00 – 1:00 — Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 — Growing, Showing & Judging Daffodils Kit Walter
2:30 – 2:45 — Break
2:45 – 3:30 — Mechanics

Evening Sessions
6:30 – 7:00 – Daffodils – Kit Walter – Student Judges
7:00 – 8:00 – Traditional Basic, Miniature & Small Designs – Joy Strine-Sprang – Student Judges
7:00 – 9:00 — Design Study Workshop – Transparency Sue Hamlet

April 10 – Tuesday
8:00 – 9:00 — Registration
9:00 – 10:15 — Tulips & Other Small Bulbs – Anita Roller
10:15 – 10:30 — Break
10:30 – 12:00 — Cacti and Succulents – Bruce Brethauer
12:00 – 1:00 — Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 — Plant ID – Juanita Wilkins
2:00 – 2:15 — Break
2:15 – 3:00 — Judging and Judging Procedures – Pat Wells
3:30 – Student Judge Testing


PLEASE make hotel reservations directly with Deer Creek State Park by calling 800-282-7275. Mention ‘The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.’ The rate of $82/night (single or double occupancy) is guaranteed until March 9 or August 13, 2018 depending on which school you are attending.

Attendees are encouraged to bring properly labeled specimens staged in appropriate sized, clear containers to be used in the plant horticulture sessions. If you have any of the cultivars to be studied, please bring those, but any cut cultivars will be appropriate. Entry tags will be available. There will be a drawing for a free (one day) registration for those bringing in cultivars at each school.

OAGC’s vision to be the premier organization for horticulture and floral arts is only enhanced and propagated by your participation in Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools. Mark your calendars and come join us for lots of information, good shopping and a chance to grow!