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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. Our new series of schools will begin in 2017 with School #1 on May 22-23, 2017.

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 #1 will be May 22-23, 2017 at Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

School #1 starts studying floral designs with Period Designs. Myrna Cordray, Juanita Wilkins, Mary Lee Minor and Naomi Ormes will never be able to replace Dr. Gary Anderson, but hopefully it will be interesting and fun. Other subjects include Growing, Showing and Judging Iris with Anita Roller; Growing, Showing and Judging Peonies; Planning and Staging Flower Shows with Michele Bishop; Schedule Writing with JoAnn Graham; and Educational Exhibits. Whether you want to learn to become an accredited judge, be a better judge, be a better exhibitor or how to present an effective flower show, School #1 is the place to be.
School #1 is a good place to start if interested in becoming a judge. Here is a short version of requirements for applicants:
1. Must hold a membership in an OAGC club.
2. Should be an experienced exhibitor and be familiar with flower show procedures.
3. Must have exhibited in 3 shows that were judged by an OAGC Accredited Judge and earned at least five(5) ribbons in horticulture and five(5) ribbons in artistic.
4. Must have served on at least three different flower show committees of shows that were judged by an OAGC judge.
5. The application must be submitted to Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Chair with proof of required information and qualifications. When all requirements are met, application will then be sent to the Executive Board for approval. Contact normes@oagc.org or your Regional Director or judges in your area for information on flower shows so that you might be able to fulfill some of the requirements in the time frame prior to School #1.

Since this is the beginning of the series, the accredited judges need to remember that the updated OAGC Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges includes a major change to the attendance requirement for judges. To preserve a judge’s accreditation and stay up-to-date on new designs and current judging issues, at least two of the required 6 days required attendance will need to be at School #4, #5 or #6. The Creative, Abstract and Line Design classes have been restructured, so this will give you more opportunity to fulfill that required attendance. The new Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges is available at Exhibitors’ and Judges’ Schools and Convention.

School #1 Agenda

May 22 – Monday  

8-9 am:  Registration

9-10:30 am: Period Designs: Myrna Cordray, Juanita Wilkins, Naomi Ormes, Mary Lee Minor

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12 noon: Period Designs: Myrna Cordray, Juanita Wilkins, Naomi Ormes, Mary Lee Minor

12-1 pm:  Lunch

1-2:15 pm: Growing, Showing & Judging Iris – Anita Roller

2:15-2:30 pm: Break

2:30-3:30 pm: Planning and Staging Flower Shows  —  Michele Bishop

Evening Sessions  

6:30-7 pm: Iris  – Anita Roller  – Student Judges

7-8 pm: Period Designs –  Panel of Period Designers — Student Judges

7-9 pm: Design Study Workshop – Traditional Horizontal and/or Creative Horizontal   Sue Hamlet – Marlene Purdy


May 23 – Tuesday     

8-9 am:  Registration

9-10:15 am: Educational Exhibits – Beverly Norman

10:15-10:30 am: Break

10:30-12 noon: Peonies

12-1 pm:  Lunch

1-2 pm: Plant ID – Charlene Margetiak

2-2:15 pm: Break

2:15-3 pm: Schedule Writing – JoAnn Graham

3:30 pm: Student Judge Testing


Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School # 2 is September 18-19, 2017. The subjects to be covered include Oriental Designs; Color Theory; Growing, Showing and Judging Roses; Growing, Showing and Judging Dahlias; African Violets and Gesneriads; and Small Gardens.

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!

Lodging reservations are made directly with Deer Creek State Park Lodge (800-282-7275) to guarantee the $82/night room rate.



Upcoming Events

  1. OAGC 2017Convention

    July 13 - July 15
  2. Deadline for submissions to The Garden Path (Oct-Nov-Dec) issue

    July 15
  3. 2017 Gardeners’ Day Out

    August 25 @ 12:00 pm - August 26 @ 4:00 pm