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2016 Convention Coverage

The 2016 OAGC Convention was held June 6-8 at the Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center near Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Below are just some of the photos taken at convention by Vicki Ferguson.

To see all the photos taken by convention photographer Jan Harmon, CLICK HEREYou will be directed off-site to a Google photo album.

Convention garden tour spotlight

Derby Junior Garden Club Impresses OAGC Members

contributed by Ken Jungeberg

Like other destinations on the 2016 OAGC Convention Garden Tour, Stop #2 had some beautiful, unique and interesting gardens to view.  But this stop boasted something none of the others could – it was all created and presented by junior gardeners, members of the Derby Junior Garden Club in Region 9.

OAGC visitors at the Derby Junior Garden Club gardens. Note that the signs on each garden box indicate the private/corporate sponsor for that box.
OAGC visitors at the Derby Junior Garden Club gardens. Note that the signs on each garden box indicate the private/corporate sponsor for that box.

These young gardeners, ages 4 to 18, under the adult supervision of Derby Garden Club (Region 9) members and other community volunteers plant and maintain their own vegetable and flower gardens at the local township hall in Derby, Ohio.

Advisor Mary Ann Core with a group of Junior Gardeners.
Advisor Mary Ann Core with a group of Junior Gardeners.

They meet once a week during the growing season to tend the gardens and get practical experience in preparing the vegetables and presenting the flowers.  Garden tour visitors not only got to inspect the gardens but were also treated to kale chips, spinach pizza and strawberry punch made from the garden bounty.

Bette Jungeberg from Liberty Garden Club receives a tour from two junior gardeners. In addition to the group garden boxes each gardener has their own colorful “tire garden”.
Bette Jungeberg from Liberty Garden Club (Reg. 4) receives a tour from two junior gardeners. In addition to the group garden boxes each gardener has their own colorful “tire garden”.

And even more impressive than the gardens were the junior gardeners themselves.  These kids were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and in full ownership of the process.  It was not unusual to see the junior gardeners leading adults on tours through the gardens.

Entranceway to the garden is lined with repurposed boot and shoe planters made by the junior gardeners.
Entranceway to the garden is lined with repurposed boot and shoe planters made by the junior gardeners.

Hats off to the Derby Garden Club and the Derby Junior Garden Club for their great work!  Their example would make a good template for other OAGC members interested in starting a junior garden club in their region.  For additional information, contact Wilma Beerman at (614) 565-5698.

Derby Junior Garden Club with advisors pose for a group photo. Special thanks to Wilma Beerman (front row, center) for her enthusiastic promotion of this organization.
Derby Junior Garden Club with advisors pose for a group photo. Special thanks to Wilma Beerman (front row, center) for her enthusiastic promotion of this organization.

OAGC 2016 Convention

Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center. Keynote speakers include: Monday banquet – “Garden Art and More” by Rob and Jan Young, 2014 OAGC Gardeners of the Year; Tuesday banquet – “Creative Designing ” by Naomi Ormes; Wednesday luncheon – “Tickled by Feathers” by Steve and Marian Moeckel. Convention Reg Form

2015 Convention Flower Show – Artistic Winners

Photos from the 2015 OAGC Convention Artistic Flower Show

Theme: “Eating Your Landscape” (Photos by Vicki Ferguson)

2014 Convention Flower Show – Artistic Designs

Photos of Artistic Designs in from the 2014 OAGC Convention Flower Show

Theme: “Gathering the Treasures of the 12 Moons”

Photos by Vicki Ferguson

2013 Convention Flower Show – Artistic Division

Photos from the 2013 OAGC Convention Artistic Flower Show

Theme: “All Things Blue and Beautiful” (Photos by Chris Davis)