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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.


Are you interested in learning about floral design so you can enter competition at shows and our county fairs? Or, perhaps just learning more so that you can make designs for your home and your own pleasure? OAGC provides this opportunity to its members at the at the Exhibitors’ and Judges’ (E&J) Schools – the next school is Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26-27 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Worthington off I-71. Note this change in location!

School topics to be covered include: Period Design, Iris, Peonies, Plant Identification, Planning and Staging a Flower Show, Schedule Writing and Educational Exhibits. The last 3 topics will inform participants how to put together an interesting and informative show for their club or county. Peonies and Iris are some of the flowers that can be included to compose these designs. These significant flowers are some of the showiest blooms that can be grown in one’s garden. This is the place to learn all about growing and showing them.
The Tuesday morning session will be a team effort by Myrna Cordray, your writer, Naomi Ormes, and Mary Lee Minor. They will describe and demonstrate the history of floral design from ancient times through European eras through Colonial eras and beyond. This will be a fun session.
OAGC has two new judges: Cathleen Nelson and Christine Michael. Student Judge Kim Cromwell is about to be certified and will be joining our roster of judges soon. A full list of judges can be found in this issue of The Garden Path and is kept updated on the OAGC website.

Design Study Department Chair Jo Ann Graham has organized the optional 6:30 pm Tuesday evening Design Study session to cover the topic of design backgrounds and there is no class size limit for this particular session!
So much is included in each of the schools – education, networking, vendors and more. The fee is still only $40/day and includes the lunch. Come join the crowd – everyone is welcome. The Registration Form can be found on page 15 of the January-February-March issue of The Garden Path.

PLEASE make hotel reservations directly with Crowne Plaza Columbus North by calling 614-885-1885. Use the code ‘ENJ’ for the discounted blocked rooms.  The rate of $112/night that includes two breakfast buffets, single or double occupancy, is guaranteed until May 4, 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 “ENJ” 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!

Upcoming Events

  1. 2020 Nature Study Retreat

    May 30 - June 5
  2. 2020 OAGC Convention

    June 11 - June 13
  3. 2020 Gardeners’ Day Out

    August 21 - August 22