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. Sincerely, Marina LeJeune, OAGC Nature and Conservation Chair. “
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 categories, are 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 I 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.
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! Sincerely, Julie Divelbiss, 2020-2022 State Horticulture Chair @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to all OAGC members. Photographs must be taken by the member in 2020.
Email entries to: email@example.com
Enter OAGC PHOTO CONTEST in the subject line.
Identify your name, address, phone number, garden club and region.
Identify the category or categories you are entering. Submit as many entries as you wish.
Identify plants where possible and the name of any garden.
Judging will be conducted online by a panel of OAGC regional horticulture chairs. Decisions of the judges are final. Awards 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 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!
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!
Deborah Graham – OAGC Flower Shows Chair 2020-2022