Twice each year, the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs holds the 2-day educational opportunity Exhibitors’ and Judges’ School. As the name suggests, the schools are packed with knowledgable speakers on a myriad of subjects – all in the interest in becoming a better grower, floral designer and flower show exhibitor. In addition, the school is the training arena for those wishing to be an OAGC accredited flower show judge. OAGC flower show judges must maintain certain amount of attendance of these schools in order to maintain their active judge status.
The full series runs 6 schools over a span of 3 years. Student judges must pass tests and undergo a student judge period before becoming accredited.
This year’s School #5 was held June 20-21, 2016. The following gallery highlights photos of the Creative Design portion of the school. The date for School #6 will be held September 19-20, 2016 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center near Mt. Sterling, Ohio.
One side of a Duo Design by Myrna Cordray
The other side of a Duo Design by Myrna Cordray
Reverse Diagonal Design by Naomi Ormes
Reflective Design by Naomi Ormes
Paralell Design by Susy Spence
Panel Design by Naomi Ormes
Angular Design by Naomi Ormes
Armature Design. Also is an Eclectic Design by Myrna Cordray
Creative Botanic Design by Naomi Ormes
Fantasy Flow Design by Naomi Ormes
Hanging Design by Naomi Ormes
Multi-Rhythmic Design by Naomi Ormes
Illuminary Design by Naomi Ormes
Framed Spacial Design by Naomi Ormes
Attendees enjoy design program by Naomi Ormes
Naomi Ormes teaching elements of Creative Designs
Louise Bennett, the Faye Collins Designer of the Year Award recipient was surprised with a cake on her birthday!
Waiting for the ‘green light’ to hit the buffet line for lunch.
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Started in 1829, the show featured new plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices.
In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show covered 10 acres of the Philadelphia Convention Center with world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events and a mammoth indoor Marketplace. In a word: HEAVEN!!
The 2016 theme, “Explore America,” had visitors start their adventure in the “Big Timber Lodge,” a modern interpretation of classic park architecture, where they were welcomed by National Park Service Rangers in a nod to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The structure of wood and stone was enhanced by Native American-inspired art, floral totems, a dazzling 12-foot waterfall, emulated giant redwoods and a life-size American buffalo and bear sculptures by artist Emily White.
The 2016 President’s Bus Trip (March 11-13) saw nearly 100 OAGC members and friends board 2 buses and make their way to hotels in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The trip also included two fantastic Amish style meals and a day at the flower show. OAGC bus trips are an easy way to ‘hit the road’ so be sure to join us on future trips. You won’t be sorry.
Amish farm sunset
Morning breakfast at the hotel
Yep! We are here!
Heading up to the show floor.
RDs Barb Miller and Joyce Sullivan enjoy the terrariums
Interpreting Redwood National and State Parks
Interpreting Arches National Park
Interpreting Ansel Adams and the National Parks
Landscape interpretingMuir Woods National Monument
Big Timber Lodge
Landscape interpreting Yellowstone National Park
Landscape interpretation for Independance National Historical Park
Interpretation Cape Cod National Seashore
Small Niche staging
Best of Show Jewelry
Plant list for previous bracelet
Decorated keepsake box
Plant list for decorated keepsake box
Love the Subaru! Can I take it home?
Bonsai Society exhibition
Rock Garden Society display
Pressed flower picture
If you get the chance, head to the Reading Market for lunch
Termani Brothers Bakery stand
What’s for lunch? Jambalya and a chocolate chip cannoli!
Landscape interpretation of Valley Forge National Historic Park
Miniature Setting winner
Miniature Setting display
Pressed flower entries
Pressed flower entry
Pressed flower entry
Everyone enjoyed shopping at the 100’s of vendors!
Lined up and ready for the bus, Joyce Thomas hops on her broom.
Debarking for our last Amish meal at Miller’s Plain and Fancy
The OAGC Foundation was recognized as one of the major financial supporters at the Dedication Ceremony of the Lewis B. Gunckel Grotto Memorial Fountain at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center (Dayton) in June 2015. The Grotto, a Montgomery County OSU Extension Master Gardener project, was also one of the highlights for the 2015 OAGC Gardeners’ Day Out in August!
The OAGC Foundation expresses its gratitude for the continued financial support from its members that allows for fulfilling grant requests such as this.
Nan Whaley, the Dayton Mayor, speaks at the dedication
Dedication of the Lewis B. Gunckel Grotto memorial Fountain
Lewis B. Gunckel Grotto memorial Fountain at Dayton VA