Nature and Conservation Contest

The OAGC Nature and Conservation Department is offering “The Best Pollinator Garden” Facebook photo contest. The rules are simple: create a post about your pollinator garden that includes a small description of the garden and up to 5 pictures with the images of your garden scene. The first sentence of your post must say “Pollinator garden contest”. The post with the most “likes” will win the contest and be featured in the spring issue of OAGC garden path. The contest starts Oct 15 and ends Oct 31st at midnight. Invite your family and friends to visit OAGC Facebook page and cast their vote! Lets have some fun while we show off our efforts to help pollinators! Good luck to all!
Please pass this message to your clubs and encourage participation. 
Marina LeJeune, OAGC Nature and Conservation Chair. “

Looking for answers on how to enter your photo for our virtual contest?


TIPS• It’s ok to send more than one entry per email, even if you are entering more than one category. • However, if you have multiple photos in the same category please send that category all by itself in one email. • Rename the actual image itself before sending.  For example, ‘IMG_3839.jpg’ should be renamed to ‘Geranium’ before attaching it to the email.  Doing so is a tremendous help to ease the registration process.   


Q.  Do we need to only submit photos of our own plants and critters or can we send photos of other gardeners’ plants and critters?

A. The plants and critters do not need to be owned byyou, they can be from anywhere!  Be sure to give credit in regards to the plants and gardens, could just be as simple as “Buttonbush in my neighborhood”.

Q.  Are people putting titles with the pictures?

A. Good question.  We don’t really need a title for the photo, just some identification.  For example, if an exhibitor submits two different photos of two different kinds of butterflies, then it’s helpful to distinguish those entries as separate from one another by identifying them as Black Swallowtail or Monarch.

Q.  I have never entered the State Flower Show. Could you please direct me to a website that tells me how to display a succulent? Would I take a photo of my plant in its container?  I also have a houseplant I would like to enter. Would I just enter a photo of it also in its container?

A.  You could enter your succulent in the houseplant category if it’s grown indoors.  Or if it’s grown outside as an annual, then submit it in that category. Taking the photo amongst its surroundings of where it grows (indoors or otherwise) is fine. Plants in containers are perfectly fine. (That’s what would happen in a real horticulture show)!  

If you don’t like that idea, you could ‘stage it’ in front of a background like a science fair tri-fold poster.  It’s entirely up to you.  If you need inspiration, Google search your question under ‘images’ and you’ll get a boatload of ideas! (I’m not familiar with a particular website to specifically display succulents).  This contest is not about the ‘proper’ display, but about sharing what you grew!  

Q. I have a Jr. Garden club that is a high school club. Would they be able to enter the photo contest?  

A. So long as they are OAGC members, absolutely!  

Q.  For the annual and perennial categoriesare they to be in a bud vase like horticulture exhibits in a show or are they outdoor pictures

A. The photos are intended to be outdoor shots vs. exhibited in a vase like at a horticulture show. 

Q. What size pictures should the entries for the Virtual Photo Contest be?  Also, what format do you want them in?  I assume .jpg but wanted to be sure

A.  640 x 480 pixels are sufficient.  And yes, .jpg would be the best format choice.

Q. Are the horticultural chairmen qualified to judge?

A. The contest is not a horticulture show schedule contest that would require accredited OAGC judges to judge specimens.

Q.  Is this a contest more about the photography, quality of photo, than the subject (quality of plants, etc.)?

A. This is about the opportunity to share what you want to share!  Not so much about the technical end of the photography, but of course, we want it to be in focus!  It is not a horticulture show, judging specimens, as they would be in a live horticulture show.  Nothing has to be ‘staged’, just submitting candid photos from throughout the past year.  This is a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and share with others. 

Q.  I have nice cultivars but am not a photographer.  Do some hire a professional to take pictures? 

A.  The guidelines state that the photo must be taken by the OAGC member and not taken by a professional, so we are using the honor system, trusting the entrant’s honest submission.

Virtual flower show information

September 2020
Dear OAGC Members,
65 years ago in 1955, OAGC President Daisy Sticksel gave the motto “Knowing, Growing, Showing and Sharing”. Today, the “Sharing” part seems all too relevant, given our current inability to convene, as we are so accustomed to doing. Intent on helping to fill this void, the Horticulture Department is promoting an OAGC 2020 Virtual Photo Contest just for you!
To participate begin by reviewing the accompanying flyer guidelines. Then scan your phone or digital album for 2020 photos that you’d like to share via email. Or take a new photo! There’s still time, the deadline to enter is October 31st. Exceptional entries will earn ribbon placement. First place awardees will be published in the spring issue of The Garden Path, after which an online link will be shared to view all entries.

Go ahead! Make Daisy proud!
Julie Divelbiss,
2020-2022 State Horticulture Chair @

Virtual Photo Contest
● Annuals
● Perennials
● Houseplants
● Vegetables/Fruits
● Garden Scene
● Critters

  1. Open to all OAGC members. Photographs must be taken by the member in 2020.
  2. Email entries to:
  3. Enter OAGC PHOTO CONTEST in the
    subject line.
  4. Identify your name, address, phone
    number, garden club and region.
  5. Identify the category or categories you are entering. Submit as many entries as you wish.
  6. Identify plants where possible and the name of any garden.
  7. Judging will be conducted online by a panel of OAGC regional horticulture chairs. Decisions of the judges are final.
    Each category will be awarded first, second, third and fourth place ribbons, to be mailed to each recipient. First place photos will be published in the spring issue of The Garden Path, afterwhich, an online link will be shared to view all entries.

Entry Deadline: October 31, 2020
Questions? Contact: Julie Divelbiss, 2020-2022 State Horticulture Chair

Region 16 is going Virtual!

Region 16 will be hosting a virtual regional meeting for all state OAGC members on Thursday, October 8. From 1pm-2pm, Laura Akgerman, OSU Extension Educator, will be presenting, “Adapting Gardening to fit your Abilities”. Laura believes you do not stop gardening just because you have a disability. She will address issues such as limited mobility, movement, strength, range-of-motion and energy/fatigue. Learn good habits, techniques, and tools so you can continue to garden. Work smarter, not harder and modify your gardens and the way you work to fit your ability, now and in the future. Instructions on how to logon sent through the Regional Directors closer to the webinar date. Hope you can join us!

2020-2022 OAGC State Officers, plus Advisors

President:​Jean Jankowski​25 Keswick Commons, New Albany, OH 43054​614-656-8421​

1st VP:​June Gebhardt​2435 Mt. Zion Road, Bucyrus, OH 44820​419-569-7177​

2nd VP:​Debbie Downes​219 West Xenia Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324​937-409-2215​

Secretary:​Kimberly Long​P.O. Box 635 Goshen, OH 45122​513-720-2386​

Sales Sec.:​Naomi Ormes​5064 Princeton Road, Liberty Twp., OH 45011​513-907-2774​

Treasurer:​Vicky Puster​2398 County Road 37, Lakeville, OH 44638​419-827-2039​


Region 1:​Ellen Stoudinger​1508 West Millgrove Road, Rising Sun, OH 43457​419-457-3481​

Region 2:​Charlene Guingrich​316 North Ash Street, Celina, OH 45822​419-586-4900​

Region 3:​Carol Hosbrook-Cole​616 Edgewood Drive, Monroe, OH 45050​513-539-5100​

Region 4:​Rosemary McClendon​4201 Victory Parkway,#811, Cincinnati, OH 45229​513-253-4130​

Region 5:​Penny Adams​704 Broadway Avenue, Piqua, OH 45356​937-773-1285​

Region 6:​Peggy Case​400 US Highway 250 South, New London, OH 44851​419-929-6117​

Region 7:​Kristy Apt​ 4670 Prospect-Upper Sandusky Rd.,Prospect, OH 43342​740-360-5227​

Region 8:​Carol McGirr​122 Waters Edge Drive, Hebron, OH 43025​740-928-4187​

Region 9:​Debbie Molisee​137 Purvis Avenue, Bremen, OH 43107​740-569-4200​

Region 10:​Shelby Powell​1802 Timmonds Avenue, Portsmouth, OH 45662​740-250-9929​

Region 11:​Susan Jenning​31 West Second Street, The Plains, OH 45780​740-797-0372​

Region 12:​​​​

Region 14:​Linda Irwin​P.O. Box 141, Seville, OH44273​330-769-3578​

Region 16:​Barbara Myers​603 Circle Drive, London, OH 43140​614-570-2776​


Design Study:​Joy Strine-Sprang​661 Spink Street, Wooster, OH 44691​740-399-4955​

Design Study Committee Organizer:

​Brian Moody​19151 State Route 739, Richwood, OH 43344​740-506-0611​

Exhibitors and Judges School:

​Christine Michael​1709 East Cole Road, Freemont, OH 43420​419-334-3230​

Flower Show: Deborah Graham​10764 State Route 559, North Lewisburg, OH 43060​937-747-2474​

Horticulture:​Julie Divelbiss​1444 Wagner Road, Butler, OH 44822​419-566-3126​

Junior Gardener:

​Robin Rick​792 Christopher Drive, Marion, OH 43302​740-389-2707​

Membership:​Jan Moody​19151 State Route 739, Richwood, OH 43344​740-361-3293​

Nature and Conservation:

​Marina LeJeune​1920 Carolina Court, Celina, OH 45822​419-733-6256​

Beautification Contest Secretary:

​Audrey Palumbo​28765 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551​419-874-7751​


Archival Managers:

​Diane Daniels​3278 Apple Valley Road, Howard, OH 43028​740-397-4505​

​Mary Lee Minor​607 West Southern Avenue, Bucyrus, OH 44820​419-562-6377​

Garden Path Editor:

​Sally Ruth​5539 Marion Melmore Road, Sycamore, OH 44882​419-561-0390​

Network Solutions Administrator:

​Geri Rea​3380 Shad Drive East, Mansfield, OH 44903​419-709-8184​

Webmaster:​Linda Irwin​P.O. Box 141, Seville, OH 44273​330-769-3578​

Social Media:

​Abbie Riley​18448 Five Points Pike, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143​740-497-2165​

State Fair:​Jim Chakeres​402 Reinhard Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206​614-787-5611​

Wahkeena:​Tom Shisler​2200 Pump Station Road, Sugar Grove, OH 43155​800-297-1883​


Immediate Past President, Suzy Parker​P.O. Box 802, Syracuse, OH 45779​740-992-5555​

Past President, Babs Sabick​1128 Darling Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45434​937-429-0987​

OAGC Foundation Officers and Appointments

Board Chair: Charlene Thornhill​427 Stonebrook Drive, Greenville, OH 45332​937-548-3417​

President: Babs Sabick​1128 Darling Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45434​937-429-0987​

Treasurer: Carol Hosbrook-Cole​616 Edgewood Drive, Monroe, OH 45050​513-539-5100​

Secretary:  Vicki Ferguson​2853 Circlewood Lane, Dayton, OH 45434​937-885-6163​

OAGC STATE BOARD EVENTS FOR 2020-2021  (We would appreciate it if you would include these dates in your program book.)

 Date Event Location
 3/23-24/2021Tuesday-Wednesday Spring Board Meeting*Crowne Plaza North600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43017(under contract)
 4/09-10/2021FridaySaturday Exhibitors & JudgesSchoolCrowne Plaza North600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43017(under contract)
 5/23-28/2021Sunday-Friday Nature Study Retreat Pleasant Hill Outdoor Center4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH  44864
 6/14-16/2021Monday-Wednesday ConventionCherry Valley Hotel2299 Cherry Valley Road, SE, Newark, OH  430555(under contract)
 7/28-8/08/2021Wednesday-Sunday Ohio State Fair State Fair Grounds
 8/20-21, 2021Friday-Saturday Gardeners’ Day Out Lakeside, Chautauqua, OH
 8/27-28/2021FridaySaturday Exhibitors & Judges                  SchoolCrowne Plaza North600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43017(under contract)
 9/22-23/2021WednesdayThursday Fall Board Meeting* TBA
*Executive Officers meet the day before.


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

Vickie Ferguson, a special person. A great award.

Vicki Ferguson is stepping down from her recent years as Garden Path Editor and Webmaster for our OAGC Website.  In these positions, Vicki has given countless hours of her life preparing the copy and photos for both publications, as well as for our official OAGC Facebook site.  She  is an excellent designer and grower, and makes beautiful photographs, often selling cards featuring these photos.  She enjoys learning and attends conferences to increase her knowledge and share with our OAGC members. She also serves on the OAGC Foundation as Secretary..  

Vicki’s contributions to OAGC are not limited to recent years.  She has served in various capacities, including the offices up through President of OAGC.  Because of Ferguson’s history of exemplary service to OAGC, President Suzy Parker requested that the OAGC Executive Board create a new and special honor of Presidential Citation, to be given to Ferguson.  We extend our appreciation to Vicki Ferguson in response for her countless efforts on behalf of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.

August 18, 2020

Hello OAGC Garden Club Members,

I hope that your summer has been a good one. My garden has benefitted from the extra time that I have had to devote to it. We are so fortunate to have a little plot of land to beautify. Gardening has been a comfort and a blessing for all of us at this time.

With all the cancelations of our flower shows this year doing a “virtual” flower show has been on my mind. How fun would it be to do an artistic arrangement in the comfort of your home, enter it for competition, and not have to transport everything to a show! That sounds pretty intriguing to me!

So with that in mind Doris Hager and I collaborated on writing OAGC’s first “virtual” flower show. For this competition you will do your design at home, take a picture of it and then send it to me via email along with your entry form. 

For our first attempt at this type of show we decided to keep things simple and not complicated hoping that many of you will want to enter this show. There are no size restrictions on the designs except for the small and miniature designs and we trust that you will measure those yourself and be within the guidelines for those two designs. Also there are no class entry limits. Each exhibitor may enter as many classes as you choose but you may only enter each class once. We also included a novice class for those of you that have maybe never entered a state flower show competition.

Please read over the schedule carefully. If there are any questions please contact me. Entries will be received until September 30, 2020.

So here is your chance to have some fun entering a flower show from the comforts of your own home. Doris and I are looking forward to seeing your creations. We hope that you take the challenge!

Happy designing,

Deborah Graham – OAGC Flower Shows Chair 2020-2022


2020 OAGC Virtual Artistic Flower Show

August 18 – September 30, 2020


1. This is a virtual artistic flower show. Designs will be judged from your emailed picture. 

2. The flower show is open to all OAGC members. The design of any class must be the work of  

    the exhibitor.

3. An exhibitor may enter as many classes as you choose but only one entry per class. 

4. Use a background to enhance the designs and photo. 

5. Designs should have been done in the 2020 year. 

6. The novice class is for anyone who has not received a blue ribbon at an OAGC State Flower 


7. Judging will be done in accordance with the OAGC Handbooks. 

8. Judging will be done virtually by OAGC accredited judges. Awards will be given  

    at the discretion of the judges, whose decision is final.

9. No artificial plant or silk material permitted in any class. Dried material may be 

    painted or altered in any fashion. However, the coloring or painting of fresh material

  is not permitted. Accessories may be used. Plant material may be obtained from 

    any source.

10. Ribbons of first, second, third and fourth place will be given in each class.

11. A rosette will be given for the Best of Show, the Judge’s Award of Distinction and 

    the Artistic Creativity Design Award.

12. The show entry form should be copied, filled out and emailed along with the photo of the 

     design. Each class entry should be a separate email. Entries must be emailed to 

     Deborah Graham at by September 30, 2020.

13. Awards will be announced in the Winter issue of the Garden Path. Ribbons will 

     be given out at the next OAGC event.

“Melodies in the Garden”

 1“Garden Party” – An exhibitional table picture – Type 2  

 2. “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” – A transparency design

 3. “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” – A design incorporating daisies – Novice class

 4. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree”– Incorporate wood in the design

 5. “Waltz of the Flowers” – A traditional mass design

 6. How Does Your Garden Grow” – A creative design

 7. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – A design using multiple colors of flowers

 8. “Singing in the Rain” – A design of your own interpretation

 9. “Edelweiss” – A miniature design. Measuring 5” or less in any one direction    

10“Build Me up Buttercup” – A small design. Measuring more than 5” but less than 12” in 

                                                  any one direction


2020 OAGC Virtual Artistic Flower Show

August 18  September 30, 2020

Entry Form



Phone Number:


Club:                                                                     Region:

Class Number and Name Entered:

List of Plant Material Used: