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2024 Annual Convention

  • Monday, August 26, 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2024
  • 9:00 PM
  • Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, Oregon, Ohio
  • 290


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Register before June 15, 2024. Full Convention Registration for 3 days, includes all meals.
  • This registration is for OAGC State Board Members, Department Chairs, Liaisons, and Past Presidents.
    Using this registration requires a registration code given to you by the current president. This registration will include the deduction of the Wednesday Board Breakfast of $19.

    Full Convention Registration for 3 days, includes all meals.
  • Price is Variable based on the options that you choose.


2024 OAGC Convention

Maumee Bay State Park Lodge

1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon, Ohio

Our location for our annual celebration is Maumee Bay State Park Lodge. It is almost 2000 acres of water, wetlands, and wildlife. Sitting on the Northwest basin of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay boasts views of both the Michigan and Ohio coastline. The newly remodeled Nature Center sits beside a 2-mile ADA accessible boardwalk that traverses through the marsh. A beach (lake and inland), marina, golf course and pool are just some of the many things to do! There are many activities to enjoy at the Lodge so come early or stay late! Check out

Our convention will have many educational break out sessions. Each 45 minute time slot will have 3-5 choices with a limit of about 30 attendees for each. Tickets for the sessions will be available first come first serve at the beginning of each day. See the mini schedule below for topics. Schedule is subject to change so check here for the latest information. Some hands-on sessions will be offered with an additional cost of $5 each. These are also limited to 25 participants. Please sign up for these on your registration form.

Monday - Basic Floral design classes at 10:30am, improve your understanding of the essentials and Potting around - Clay pot painting at 4:30pm.

Tuesday - Relieve your “Tension” tray weaving at 9:30am. Create an 8” trivet with only reeds. High Magnification, Low Cost: Macro Garden Photography on a Budget with Danae Wolfe at 3:30pm. She will show you how to use your Smartphone to take great photos. Wine and Design with Joy Strine-Sprang at 7:30pm. This design study session, “How to incorporate the little things”, including some leaf manipulation.

Tuesday - Lighthouse Boat tours - $40. The Toledo Harbor Preservation Society will offer about one hour tours around the Toledo Harbor lighthouse for $40. Tours will be available 9:30am, 10:30am, 3&4pm. Other times added if needed. Limited availability. About 6 people per boat. (weather permitting. If canceled, you will be reimbursed). Please sign up and pay for this on your registration so we may plan for enough boats. Sign up for a time upon arrival at the OAGC registration desk.

Keynote Sessions are in the Ballroom are each day. Monday at 1:30PM will be OAGC Artistic design oral judging. Tuesday’s presentation at 2PM is about the little things we take for granted. Danae Wolfe, author, photographer will enlighten us with “Backyard Stewardship for Beginners: Protecting our Littlest Neighbors”. Did you know that Northwest Ohio is the Capital of Warblers?! Rob Swindell, president of Black River Audubon Society will present “Wonders of Warblers” on Wednesday at 1:30PM. We will be honoring award and contest winners throughout the 3 days. Wednesday breakfast will honor our past and present leaders.

We have up to 23 vendor tables to offer so plan on spending! If you know someone who would like to be a vendor, please contact Carol Lemle .

Join in with some optional activities during the evenings and have some fun!

OAGC believes “It’s the Little Things” that make membership such a gratifying experience!

2024 OAGC Convention Mini Schedule

*subject to change as sessions are added. Registration and session tickets available at 8am each morning

 Monday August 26, 2024
 Time Event 
 9 am-1 pm Flower Show Entries 
10:30 am 

 Sessions-shrub roses, attract/discourage wildlife,

basic design hands-on, preregister $5

 11:30 am-12:30 pm         

 Brunch - assorted breakfast items

with chicken & waffles, pot roast, ham,

& blueberry French toast

1 pm  Opening & Welcome 
1:30 pm 

Ballroom - Artist open oral judging

closed Horticulture judging 

3:30 pm 

Sessions - Q&A with judges,

Life on the lake and more 

4:30 pm 

Sessions - Life on the Lake,

Q&A with Horticulture judges,

Herb growing & preserving, 

Attract/discourage wildlife,

Wander & Walk Tree ID

5:30 pm  Free Time 
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  Banquet - Pork Tenderloin 
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm 

Awards - Faye Collins, Gladys Thomas,

Artistic BOS, judges recognized,

announce raffle winners 

8 pm 

Optional activities: 

Succulent terrarium hands-on

preregister - $5 

Tuesday  August 27, 2024 
9 am  Horticulture Show Awards 
9:30 am - 5:00 pm 

Pre-register $40 Lighthouse Boat Tour

one hour, small boat(s) of 6 

9:30 am 

Sessions - Zoological horticulture,

judging forms, plant disease and more

Pressed flower plaque hands-on

Preregister - $5 

10:30 am 

Sessions - Zoological horticulture,

wellness gardening, plant disease, &

Relieve your 'Tension'

Tray Weaving hands-on, preregister $5 

 noon - 1 pm

Brunch - assorted breakfast items,

glazed ham, lemon chicken,

blueberry French toast 

1 pm - 2 pm Liaison Updates 
2 pm 

Ballroom - Danae Wolfe: Backyard

Stewardship for Beginners: Protecting

Our Littlest Neighbors 

 3 pm

Sessions - evergreens, wellness 

gardening, mushrooms 

3 pm - 5:15 pm 

Sessions - Kayaking & invertebrates,

limit 15 attendees per 45 minutes 

3:30 pm 

Hands-on Session - Danae Wolfe - 

High Magnification, Low Cost: Macro

Garden Photography on a Budget -

preregister $5 

 4 pm

Sessions - evergreens, prairie growing,


 5 pm Meet & Greet 
6 pm - 7 pm 

Tony Packo's restaurant buffet with

8+ of their specialty items

Honor veterans, dress as your favorite

M*A*S*H* character 

 7 pm

Awards & More: Daisy Sticksel,

Beautification, Citation,

Service, Membership, life members,

announce raffle winners

 7:30 pm

Wine & Design: Make & Take

preregister $5

Optional evening activities 

 Wednesday August 28, 2024 
 8 am - 9 am

Honor Breakfast - recognize past

presidents, counselors, board

members, & state chairs 

 9:30 am

Sessions - climate change,

microgreens, native seeds 

10:30 am 

Sessions - commercial cover crops &

composting, microgreens, native

seeds, hydroponics 

 Noon - 1 pm Lunch - Potato Bar 
1 pm 

Foundation - recognize scholarship

winners, patrons, quilt raffle winner,

People's Choice award winner 

 1:30 pm

Ballroom - Rob Swindell, Black River

Audubon Society, "Wonders of


2:30 pm  Installation of 2024-2026 Officers 
3 pm 

Announce 50/50 winner,

2025 Convention



No refunds after August 10, 2024. 

Registration fees are not refundable.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-282-7275. 

Our Block Code is #1094RU for reduced rates available until July 10, 2024 or until rooms are filled.

One king bed or two queen beds rooms are $159+taxes per night. There are only 2- four bedroom cottages held for $375 per night.  One night deposit holds your reservation.

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