Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools News

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.

NOTE: E&J SCHOOL #1 WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. School #2 will be September 8 & 9, 2020

COVID-19 has surely interrupted all of our lives. In one way, there is a benefit: it gives us oodles of time to get our gardens in order and, maybe include some wonderful, exciting new cultivars. But now, let’s go on to bigger and better things.

Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School #2 will be held at Crowne Plaza Columbus North on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8-9. I do hope we can all be
together again. What interesting sessions are being included? The morning session on Tuesday starts off with Period Designs. In the afternoon, our lovely Roses by Judy Stopkotte will be covered. Following Judy’s session, Jo Ann Graham will cover judging Spike, Spray, and Round Forms using the cultivars that our members bring in for display. She will emphasize marigold and zinnias in her presentation. Remember, if an attendee brings in cultivars for this session, they can enter a drawing for a free one-day session at the next school.

The OAGC Awards Ceremony will be 3:45 to 4:15 pm.

Tuesday evening will include a session for the student judges covering roses and period design. While the student judges are in class, Jo Ann Graham and Joy Sprang will hold the evening design study session on the creative floral design: Vibratile Designs. Those wishing to attend this class must sign up on the registration form. The session is limited to 20 participants. Be sure to register early if you want to be included in this free session.

Mary Lee Minor starts off Wednesday morning covering Color Theory. How to use color charts and various color harmonies are all included in Mary
Lee’s presentation. This is very useful information needed when composing floral designs. Michael Hoepf will entice our attendees with his big, beautiful blooms of Dahlias. All sizes and types of dahlias will be included. Next on the agenda, A session on Orchids will be presented by American Orchid Society judge, Ken Mettler. Plant Identification will conclude our sessions on Wednesday afternoon.

The $40/day fee includes lunch. Be sure to bring cultivars for our spike, spray or round form session. We do have a full agenda and one that you will not want to miss. I hope to see everyone there.

E&J School Registration Form

E&J School Schedule

PLEASE make hotel reservations directly with Crowne Plaza Columbus North by calling 614-885-1885. Use the code ‘OA4’ for the discounted blocked rooms.  The rate of $112/night that includes two breakfast buffets, single or double occupancy, is guaranteed until August 17, 2020.

To reserve a hotel room online, Click Link:  OAGC E and J School

1)    Select Check in/Check out dates.

2)    If you need more than one room or have more than one guest click *more options tab* do not fill in any other tabs.

3)   Select *Book*Then select your room type (group name will show on the top right side of page and group rates will show on the left side)

*If the link doesn’t work please call the reservation line at 1-866-309-1866. Give the reservation department your group code “OA4” and your arrival/departure dates.

*Depending on your browser our hotel website may look like this after you click the link. If it does just click the book now tab on the top right side of the page. You will then update your arrival/departure date, adults, children and number of rooms only. Then click search tab that will take you to the room type and rates page for the group.

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!