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    • Sunday, May 21, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Friday, May 26, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Canter's Cave, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640
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    2023 Nature Study Retreat

    The 2023 Nature Study retreat will return to Canter’s Cave in Jackson County, for continued study of the geology of the area, along with bird walks and nature hikes, visits to Lake Alma and the Serpent Mound, an astronomy program, crafts and much more.

    The area is known for its beautiful geological formations, where rock has been carved by wind and water. Last year, we hiked to the sandstone cave area, and we will again this year. For those who felt that the trail was a bit treacherous, never fear: we’ll take the easier way in AND out this time! What’s more, we’ll be prepped for that hike by an evening program on sandstone outcroppings, conducted by two members of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Geology Department.

    Another highlight will be a trip to the private property of one of last year’s presenters. An expert on trees, he will share with us information on the tree and plant species that surround his home.

    Proposed crafts include a tee-shirt project (bring a white or pastel shirt), and a wine-glass etching project. Materials also will be provided to make name tags. Three of the evenings will include programs, but one is being left open as free time, for a night hike, games, etc. 

    Nature Study Retreat will be held May 21-26, beginning with check in and dinner on Sunday and ending after breakfast on Friday. We have two buildings at our disposal for lodging this year: The Harrison Leadership Center is a year-round facility which includes a catering kitchen with refrigerator, sinks and an ice machine. It also has a meeting space with a fireplace. The Foundation Lodge is a dorm-style facility with modern bathrooms. The two buildings offer us 40 lower bunks.

    When you register for the retreat (deadline, April 19), you will receive confirmation and additional information. You can bring snacks and drinks without restriction.

    Here is a summary of the daily highlights, with a 7 a.m. bird walk Monday-Thursday.

    Monday, May 22: After a 10 a.m. craft and lunch, we’ll travel to Lake Alma, a heavily forested area with a wide variety of flora and fauna. We’ll follow this outing with orientation and dinner. Afterward will be the annual plant auction; please bring annual or perennial plants, bulbs, seeds, garden ornaments, books, design containers and so on.

    Tuesday, May 23: We’ll follow breakfast with a tour of naturalist David Apsley’s property. Last year, David led a program on the “Changing Ohio Forest,” and this year will welcome us on a visit to his own treed land. Following a craft/service project and dinner, we’ll learn about sandstone outcroppings from ODNR geologists Molly Hunt and Frank Fugitt. 

    Wednesday, May 24: A boxed-lunch outing to Serpent Mound will be followed by a program on mosses by OSU adjunct professor Barbara Andreas. After dinner, we’ll have some free time. 

    Thursday, May 25: The morning will include a Nature Study Retreat meeting. After lunch, we’ll hike to the sandstone cave along our easier route. Dinner will be followed by an astronomy program led by Tom O’Grady, assistant astronomer at OSU. We’ll gather around the campfire, weather permitting. 

    Attendees, new and old, tout Nature Study Retreat as a way to connect to our beautiful land and create lasting bonds with fellow nature lovers. This outdoor adventure is whatever you want it to be: attend hikes and other programs that interest you and relax in the outdoors — at your own pace. 

    • Wednesday, June 07, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Western Reserve Herb Society & Cleveland Botanical Gardens
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    • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • Saturday, June 24, 2023
    • Crowne Plaza Columbus North - Doubletree
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    Join us for good food, wonderful friends and unending education at Exhibitors andJudges School #5, Friday & Saturday, June 23-24, at the Crowne Plaza ColumbusNorth-Worthington, 6500 Doubletree Lane, Columbus.

    Back by popular demand is the simulated flower show! The artistic design portion will consist of four classes, including classes for novice, traditional, creative and choice. You can participate but only if you register for the school.

    An exciting innovation to Plant Identification will actively involve you in hands-on demonstrations. Learn to develop your observation skills to describe the horticulture specimens. This will replace the horticulture part of the simulated flower show. The plant identification list and PowerPoint will be emailed to registrants prior to the school.

    Creative Designs II will be demonstrated and discussed at School #5. Our talented designers will be presenting exhibits that are partially completed or include a “fault.” They will finish the designs or correct the faults while addressing the elements and principles of design and answering your questions.

    No matter how you pronounce Bonsai, you will learn about the history, cultivation and maintenance practices of this unique living art.

    Bring horticulture specimens from your garden including those on the plant identification list and enter your name in the drawing for a free day at E&J School #6.

    Other topics include growing and showing roses, hostas, bromeliads, and African violets. Learn what makes a good educational display and how to include it in your flower show schedule.

    Vendors will provide an amazing selection of plants and supplies for gardeners.

    Encourage your friends to come with you! Consider becoming a student judge or suggest this to others.

    Special note to Judges: This is the third year of the three-year recertification period. Recertification requires you to attend 6 out of 12 days of Exhibitors and Judges Schools, including 2 days on creative design sessions. Be sure to register!

    Mail in registration is available in the current issue of The Garden Path.

    Late registrations may be made by mail with a $20 late fee applied.

    Please make hotel reservations directly with Crowne Plaza Doubletree

    Room reservations may be made by calling the Crowne Plaza North Columbus Worthington 614-885-1885

    Rooms are $115 per night before taxes and include morning breakfast.

    The code is "OAG"

    The deadline to register for this price is June 1.

    • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
    • Thursday, July 13, 2023
    • Hancock Hotel, Findlay, Ohio

    2023 OAGC Convention

    Flower Show ~ Horticulture Schedule

    The 2023 OAGC Convention Flower Show ~ Horticulture Schedule indicates that the Horticulture Show will occur during the first two days of the convention, concluding at the end of the second day.  The third convention day will be designated for garden tours.  Therefore, the dates are accurate and are not typographical errors!

    This year, new variety classes 23 and 56, adult and junior divisions respectively, focus on Calendula officinalis (kuh-LEN-doo-lah  oo-fiss-ih-NAH-lis), Calendula ‘Ivory/Snow Princess’. Ivory or Snow Princess features almost pure white petals with a dark center, a sharp contrast from the traditional deep orange petals of other Calendula cultivars.  Two sources for seed acquisition include and

    In spring, propagate by seed sown in place at a depth of ¼”, 6 – 12” apart.  Seeds will sprout in one to two weeks with 50 – 55 days to maturity.  Plants prefer full sun, rich soil and are frost hardy.  They have a bushy habit whose flowers close at night.  C. officinalis self-seeds readily; remove dead flower heads to prolong flowering and prevent excessive self-seeding.

    Besides use as an annual cut flower, C. officinalis is a bittersweet, salty herb with culinary and medicinal properties.  Only the flower petals are used, not the center disk or calyx.  Petals are used as a substitute for saffron in rice and soup, and infused to give color to cheese, butter, milk desserts and cakes; also added fresh to salads.  Consider using Ivory or Snow Princess as an herb cultivar in the Special Container Foodscape Window Box class; check out the 2023 winter edition of The Garden Path for more details.

    Contact Julie Divelbiss for questions

    • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
    • Thursday, July 13, 2023
    • Hancock Hotel, Findlay, Ohio

    The 2023 OAGC Convention Flower Show Artistic Division will take place on Wednesday July 12th at the Hancock Hotel in Findlay Ohio and conclude Thursday evening July 13th. Interested exhibitors must pre-register with Deborah Graham, OAGC Flower Shows Chairman. The full artistic schedule is listed below. Classes only will be listed in the 2023 spring issue of the Garden Path.

    Artistic Flower Show Schedule/ Rules

    “Grow With The Flow In Your Backyard”

    (See the ‘OAGC Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges’ for page number references.)

    Adult Division
    1. “Metamorphosis” – A miniature design, not to exceed 5” in any direction. (Page 24)
    2. “Climate Change” – A small design, more than 5” but less than 12” in any direction. (Page 24)
    3. “Algae” – A miniature design, not to exceed 5” in any direction, using predominantly foliage. (Page 24)
    4. “In Your Own Backyard” – Incorporating native plants in the design.
    5. “Stream Bank” – A panel design. (Page 109)
    6. “Hop to It” – A satellitic design. (Page 111)
    7. “Below the Surface” – A transparency design. (Page 113) (Class for exhibitors who are not judges.)
    8. “Grow with the Flow” – A creative floor design of own interpretation. (Page 107) See Rule # 11 for details.
    Junior Division
    1. Creature in the Garden” – A creature made from any type of natural material. Not to exceed 12” in any direction.

    Artistic Flower Show Rules

    1. The Artistic Convention Flower Show is open to all Ohio Association of Garden Clubs (OAGC) Members and OAGC Members-At-Large (MAL). To be eligible to enter, adult exhibitors must be registered for convention, while junior exhibitors are not required to register for convention. If a junior is unable to attend convention, an adult who is registered may bring the junior’s entry to the convention.
    2. Adult and junior exhibitors must preregister with Deborah Graham OAGC Flower Shows Chair at (937) 747-2474 or email Classes will be filled in the order in which reservations are received by registering with Deborah Graham, OAGC Flower Shows Chair. Only one entry per person until June 1, 2023. If classes are not filled by June 1st then members may sign up for additional designs.
    3. Each adult class is limited to four entries. Junior classes have unlimited entries.
    4. Designers registering for a class must fulfill their commitment or provide a substitute and notify the flower show chair of the change.
    5. All entries must be the work of the exhibitor and must be placed by the exhibitor between 9 am and 1 pm on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. Closed judging will begin at 1:30 pm that day. Entries must remain in place until 8 pm on Thursday, July 13, 2023.
    6. Entry tags and 3”x 5” cards will be furnished. Exhibitors must list plant material used, type of design that they are doing and their interpretation on the 3”x 5” card provided.
    7. Juniors must fill out their own entry tags and cards. The junior’s age should be put on the card.
    8. Designs must include plant material, fresh or dried. No artificial plant material allowed. Dried/preserved material may be natural color or painted/treated. Feathers on the list of page 23 of the OAGC Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges are not allowed.
    9. Plant material on the conservation list may not be used unless grown by the exhibitor and should be stated on a card accompanying the design.
    10. Neither the show committee nor OAGC can assume responsibility for loss or damage. All possessions should be marked with the exhibitor’s name and address.
    11. Staging Notes: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 will be staged on an elevated white marble table and be viewed from all sides. Classes 4-7 will each be displayed in a space 30” wide x 30” deep x 45” tall within white cardboard backgrounds on white table coverings. Class 8 (floor design) will each be staged within a 6’x 6’ floor space and will be viewed from all sides. Junior Class 9 will be staged on a table with a white table covering.
    12. The white cardboard backgrounds will be provided by the show committee. Exhibitors may and are encouraged to enhance the backgrounds and underlay. (Do not pin, staple, paste, tape or paint, etc. the background provided.) Exhibitors may put their own background within the confines of the background provided. Accessories and or/bases may be used to enhance designs but are not required.
    13. Ribbon awards of first, second, third and fourth place will be given in all classes. More than one fourth place may be given in junior classes. Rosette awards will be given in the Adult Division for the Best of Show, the Victor Ries Creativity Award, the Judges Award of Distinction and the People’s Choice. A rosette will be given in the Junior Division for the Best of Show.
    14. People’s Choice: Each registered convention participant will be allowed to cast one vote for their favorite design from any of the Adult artistic designs starting after the completion of judging on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 until 4 pm Thursday, July 13, 2023. Your choice does not have to be a blue ribbon winner. A ballot will be in each person’s convention name tag. Votes will be counted and the winner will be announced on Thursday evening of the convention.
    15. Accredited judges of The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. will evaluate the show according to the OAGC Handbook for Exhibitors and Judges. The judge’s decision is final.
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, July 14, 2023
    • 9:00 PM
    • Hancock Hotel, 631 South Main Street, Findlay, OH 45840
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    2023 OAGC Convention

    July 12-14, 2023

    Hancock Hotel, 631 S. Main Street, Findlay, OH 45840

    Hotel Reservations can be made at or directly with Hancock Hotel at 419-452-0043

    Mention group code: 202307GARDE for reduced rates available until July 11, 2023 or until rooms are filled.

    The annual celebration of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. Open to all members and non-members for an additional fee.

    Note about registrations: Members and their guest(s) will use the Member registration tickets.  You must be signed in to access the member tickets.  Type of registration ticket is based on the PRIMARY registrant.

    No registrations accepted after July 1, 2023.



    Contact Linda Finsel, Convention Registrar, at 419-788-1969 or

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