Regional Meetings

 

 THE REGION 7 FALL MEETING WAS HELD IN THE BEAUTIFUL RICHWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST ON OCTOBER 25.    OUR HOSTESS CLUBS,  GROWING FRIENDS, HARLEM TOWNSHIP AND PRESIDENTIAL GARDENERS, HAD PREPARED A BEAUTIFUL WELCOME FOR US.

ENTRANCE - FALL '17  REGIONAL MEETING

ENTRANCE – FALL ’17 REGIONAL MEETING

FALL REGION 7 REGISTRATION

FALL REGION 7 REGISTRATION

 

THE MEETING WAS OPENED BY OUTGOING REGIONAL DIRECTOR, MARY ELLEN HEACOCK, WHO CONDUCTED BUSINESS REMAINING FROM THE PRECEDING MEETING.   SHE THEN CALLED FORWARD OUR NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR THE 2017 – 2019 AND OUR OAGC STATE PRESIDENT, GERI REA.    GERI THEN INSTALLED  NEW SECRETARY, ALICE SANZ AND NEW TREASURER, JANE McNAMARA.  KRISTY APT WAS THEN INSTALLED AS OUR NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR.

KRISTY APT - NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR INSTALLED

KRISTY PRESENTED THE OUTGOING RD, MARY ELLEN WITH A LOVELY GIFT OF PLANTER AND UNIQUE YARD DECORATION IN APPRECIATION OF HER WORK FOR THE REGION FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.

REPORTS WERE HEARD FROM THE REGIONAL CHAIRPERSONS AND COUNTY CONTACT PERSONS.   THEN AN INTERMISSION WAS CALLED SO WE CAN VISIT ALL THE GOODIES AVAILABLE AT THE VAIROUS SALES TABLES AND PUT IN OUR TICKETS ON THE RAFFLE BASKETS OF OUR CHOICE.   I, AGAIN, PUT IN MY $10 OF TICKETS AND KEPT UP MY RECORD OF NEVER WINNING A RAFFLE BASKET IN ALL THE YEARS I HAVE ATTENDED.

OUR MORNING PROGRAM, AFTER THE BREAK WAS A DELIGHT.   WE WERE TREATED TO A TALK BY MARJOLEIN DZMURA FROM THE LEO BURBEE BULB COMPANY OF MARYSVILLE, OH.   SHE TALKED OF HER FAMILY’S MOVE FROM HOLLARD TO MARYSVILLE AND HOW THEY BUILT THE BUSINESS OF SUPPLYING DUTCH BULBS TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN THE WORLD.

SHE EXPLAINED HOW TO PLANT AND TAKE CARE OF BULBS AND THEN HELD AN QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD ALLOWING AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO HAVE THEIR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY AN EXPERT.

THEY ALSO HAD A SALES TABLE WHERE THEY HAD PRODUCTS FOR SALE.   I BOUGHT A NEW ‘APPLE BLOSSOM’ AMARYLLIS, WHICH I HAVE HAD BEFORE.   THE HUGE BULB WAS PLANTED A WEEK AGO AND HAS SPROUTS ABOUT 3 INCHES HIGH ALREADY.   MANY OTHERS HAD THE SAME IDEA AND THEY SOLD OUT ALL THE THINGS THEY HAD BROUGHT BEFORE BREAK WAS OVER.

THEN WE HAD LUNCH.   MMMMM GOOD.   GOT A CHANCE TO VIEW THE FLOWER SHOW.    WHAT A GREAT TURNOUT WITH MANY BEAUTIFUL ARTISTIC DESIGNS.   I SHOULD HAVE INFO ABOUT THIS SOON.

AFTER LUNCH FLOWER SHOW CHAIRMAN JOANN GRAHAM ANNOUNCED FLOWER SHOW WINNERS.   I HAVE BEEN PROMISED SOME PICS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS SO CHECK BACK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

OUR AFTERNOON SPEAKER WAS A VERY WELL KNOWN ARRANGER, MYRNA CORDRAY.   SHE ENTERTAINED AND INSTRUCTED US BY DESIGNING SEVERAL ARRANGES IN VARIOUS STYLES.   AS SHE WORKED, SHE EXPLAINED HOW SHE WAS DOING THINGS AND SHOWED THE RESELT.   SHE WAS ABLY ASSISTED BY HER HUSBAND, TOM, WHO ALSO HAD A FEW WITTY ASIDES AS HE MOVED ARRANGEMENTS AND PLACED THEM OR ‘HELPED’ HER BY TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF TOOLS.   BELOW ARE PICS OF SOME OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.

COMPLETED DESIGN BY MYRNA CORDRAY  - OCT. 25, 2017

COMPLETED DESIGN BY MYRNA CORDRAY – OCT. 25, 2017

ANOTHER DESIGN BY MYRNA CORDRAY   OCTOBER 25, 2017

ANOTHER DESIGN BY MYRNA CORDRAY
OCTOBER 25, 2017

MYRNA CORDRAY WITH EXAMPLE OF BUILDING A MASS EXHIBIT.  FALL 2017 REG. MEETING

MYRNA CORDRAY WITH EXAMPLE OF BUILDING A MASS EXHIBIT. FALL 2017 REG. MEETING

THE AFTERNOON CONCLUDED WITH REVEALING THE WINNERS OF THE WONDERFUL GIFT BASKETS THAT WERE BEING RAFFLED OFF AND AWARDING OF DOOR PRIZES.

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!   JOIN US AT THE SPRING MEETING IN KNOX COUNTY APRIL 25, 2018.

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REGION 7 FALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017

JOIN US FOR THIS EXCITING MEETING.   SEE GARDENING FRIENDS.  HAVE A NICE LUNCH.

SEE A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER SHOW.   ENJOY!!!!!!

 CLICK BELOW FOR INVITATION AND DIRECTIONS TO MEETING:

 Fall into Spring Regional mtg Invitation 102517 FINAL

 CLICK BELOW FOR  FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE

2017 RG 7 FALL FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE

 

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REGION 7 SPRING MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

                                Below are some notes and pictures from the Spring, Regional Meeting.   It was a great meeting, you should plan on attending in the fall to enjoy the fellowship and see all the beautiful arrangements.

Diana Daly shows beautiful slides from her garden.

Diana Daly shows beautiful slides from her garden.

(photo 1) On a sunny and windy day, garden club members from the 7 county area of region 7 came to Apply Valley’s Floral Community Hall for a spring meeting.

Our morning speaker Diana Daly presented a power point titled ‘Art From Our Gardens” in which she had captured her garden art features; metal sculptures, repurposed implements, bricks, stones, stones, stumps, posts, hypertufa items  all displaying interest and humor.
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(photo 2)  Our director Mary Ellen Heacock (right) stands with Patti Rice Groth, secretary,   who  has presented the minutes of the last meeting.
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  (photo 3)   Michael Hoepf, flower show chair, announces flower show results.
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  (photo 4)  Diane Daniels has just purchased a pair of gardening gloves from our sales person, Pat Wells
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(photo 5)  June Gebhardt was chosen regikon 7′s Outstanding Garden Club member  and Mary Lee Minor earned 4 firsts and the ‘best of show’ for a blue design.
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 (photo 6) and please notice the unusual educational shared
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(photo 7) The Presidential Gardeners held their own sales table;
     in the front row, center, is Kristy Apt our newly elected regional director.    
Flower Show was great!
Junior Best of Show.   Arrangement to back of pic.  A Design in a Soup Can with Label  -  A.   Kendall Taylor.

Junior Best of Show. Arrangement to back of pic. A Design in a Soup Can with Label – A. Kendall Taylor.

BEST OF SHOW  -  SPECIMEN FLOWERING BRANCH < 24"   --  SANDRA LANUM

BEST OF SHOW – SPECIMEN
FLOWERING BRANCH < 24″ — SANDRA LANUM

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REGION 7 SPRING MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

FLORAL VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

850 CRESTROSE DRIVE   -  HOWARD, OHIO

 REGIONAL DIRECTOR’S LETTER

FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE:   SPRING 17001

BE SURE TO READ ALL ABOUT THE UPCOMING MEETING AND BE THERE FOR ALL THE FUN.

SEE YOU IN APRIL!

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REGION 7 FALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016

THE LIEDERKRANZ

1212 SILVER LANE, MANSFIELD 

419-529-3064

The theme for the fall meeting is “It’s A Small World” 

Follow Link for Director’s Letter with Program:  Director’s Letter

Follow this Link for  Registration Form:  Registration Form

Follow this Link for Flower Show Schedule:  Flower Show Schedule

Registration is due to Marcia Lawyer by October 17.   It will be a great day with lots of information and good conversation with friends.   We look forward to seeing you there.

Liederkranz Club is located off W. 4th Avenue.

From West on W 4th Ave  Go East to Buckeye Ave.     From East on W. 4th Ave go West to Buckeye Ave.

Turn South on Buckeye Ave.  Go to Silver Lane (only street off Buckeye).     It is like a driveway instead of a street.

The Leiderkrantz is behind the houses along the street.  You can’t see it from Buckeye till you turn on the driveway/road.

It is a red brick building.

 Follow link for map:   MAP

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REGION 7 SPRING MEETING

The spring meeting for Region 7 took place at the Trillium Event Center in Bucyrus, OH.   Regional Director Mary Ellen Heacock presided over a meeting themed ” To Your Health”     Folowing reports from Regional Chairpersons and County Contact Chairpersons, Chris Libby from Alta’s Greenhouse in Ontario, Oh, spoke on the benefits of growing houseplants and which varieties were best for specific needs.   The presentation was both entertaining and informative and was enjoyed by the audience very much. During lunch the attendees had the chance to look over sales tables and visit the flower show.   Because of the late cold weather there were fewer entries that we might have had, however, there were some spectacular specimens for exhibitors who had a sheltered spot to allow the blooms to open out.   Chris Davis was gracious to take pictures of the meeting and you can view the collection from the following link.   They are stored on Shutterfly and it automatically brings up the advertising but just select slideshow from the menu bar at the top of the screen and it will just start pictures only. Click on this link for pics from the Spring 2016 meeting. Spring Meeting Pictures

The afternoon meeting was interesting with many facts about how to keep from hurting yourself while gardening. The speakers were Dr. Colleen Denton who is a chiropractor (and MD) with a special interest in natural healing herbs. Her husband, who is a physical trainer, also demonstrated how to best bend and lift without hurting yourself. Good information. The ladies of Crawford and Morrow counties certainly outdid themselves in hostessing this meeting. There were door prizes galore. The setting was nice and the decorations were pleasing. What a wonderful group and what a wonderful day it was. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Fall meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

OAGC SPRING REGIONAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016

The Trillium Event Center

1630 E. Southern Avenue,  Bucyrus, OH 44820

 

Get ready for another fun filled day.  “To Your Health” is the theme for the day.   With this in mind, Mary Ellen has lined up some interesting programs for us.   The morning program features Chris Libby from Alta Greenhouse.   She will speak on ‘Health Benefits from House Plants”.   I took that to mean, what benefits I would personally get from having house plants in my house.

The afternoon program will feature Dr. Colleen Denton who is a chiropractor and will talk to us about  “Saving Your Back in the Garden”.    We should all benefits from her tips.

Michael Hoepf has put together a wonderful Flower Show schedule also titled “To Your Health”.   Look it over and try to bring something to show to make it outstanding!  

Joy Sprang will be holding a Design Study Session in Mount Vernon May 18.   I can’t wait.   Registration forms are below as well.

Alta’s have promised to have a sales table there with lots of their wonderful plants.   I can’t wait to see what’s blooming!   Price for the day has been increased to $18.  For copies of the documents Mary Ellen sent to your presidents click on the links below.

Director’s Letter: Director’s Letter Spring ’16

Registration Form:  R7 Spring Registration Form

Flower Show Schedule:  2016 Spring FLOWER SHOW R7

Regional Design Study Registration:  R7 DESIGN STUDY001

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OAGC REGION 7  FALL MEETING

 OCTOBER 28, 2015

FLORAL VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

What Fun!

If you missed the Fall Regional Meeting in Knox County you missed a wonderful meeting,   The attractions were many, Awards from this summer’s convention were announced and passed on.   New Officers were installed and took over and there were two great programs to enjoy and participate in plus a wonderful flower show!

Region 7 2015-2017 Officers at Fall 2015 Regional Meeting. 1st VP (State) Geri Rea, State President Peggy Case, New RD Mary Ellen Heacock, Reg 7 Secretary Patty Rice-Groth and Reg 7 Treasurer Marcia Lawyer.

Region 7 2015-2017 Officers at Fall 2015 Regional Meeting. 1st VP (State) Geri Rea, State President Peggy Case, New RD Mary Ellen Heacock, Reg 7 Secretary Patty Rice-Groth and Reg 7 Treasurer Marcia Lawyer.

Above you see the officers at the beautifully decorated head table.   Look behind the officers at the stage for the clever centerpieces/doorprizes created by the ladies of Knox County.   Unfortunately, I have not received pics and flower show winner announcements yet.   I will try to add these as soon as I can.   I am putting some pictures I took on the website where I store all the Regional Pics I have been given and will add the link here soon. The morning speaker, Chris Nolen, Arranger for the Possum Run Greenhouse, showed how to make beautiful holiday centerpieces that can be quickly taken apart, stored in a small container and then quickly assembled at the Christmas Season. Below are a couple of photos of arrangements she did.   Her secret was a greenery base, that can be added to with additional piks to make bigger or fuller, than decorate with more decorative piks and a beautiful bow.   She added that the bows can be purchased at their business and they will custom make them for you.   Then when done, pull the piks apart, store in a box and put away til next year.   I’m inspired.    Maybe I’ll do one this year.

Chris Nolen, Possum Run Greenhouse Designer with an arrangement for autumn festivities.

Chris Nolen, Possum Run Greenhouse Designer with an arrangement for autumn festivities.

Designer Chris Nolen from Possum Run Greenhouse with one of her Holiday Arrangements at Region 7 Fall 2015 Meeting.

Designer Chris Nolen from Possum Run Greenhouse with one of her Holiday Arrangements at Region 7 Fall 2015 Meeting.

OAGC REGION 7 FALL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Don’t miss the Fall Regional Meeting being held in Knox County at Apple Valley October 28. You will see the Installation of New Officers, enjoy wonderful programs and an afternoon of hands on fun. Below are links to the Incoming Director’s Letter with Registration sheet, and the Flower Show Schedule. Documents : Director’s Letter and Registration 2015 Fall Flower Show ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

OAGC REGION 7

SPRING MEETING

 

OAGC_Region 7 Spring Meeting  CompHead Table and Audrey Spearman Giving Jr Gardeners Report

 

Spring 2015 Regional Meeting “Back To The Prairies”

was held April 22 at the Sunbury United Methodist Church.     Hostesses for the meeting were the Delaware and Marion County Clubs.   Delaware County Contact Chairman Nancy Singer coordinated the event.   She was helped by Marion County Contact Shelley Ehret and Club Presidents; Growing Friends, Mary Ellen Kelly, Harlem Township, Beverly Saksa and Presidential Gardeners, Robin Rick.  Attendance was slightly over 100 and all seemed to have a good time.   I was approached several times that day and after about how much the members liked the location and how lovely it was that day.   Many Thanks go to the club members who put this together. Business sessions went along in good time.   We were visited by our Region Advisor and Third Vice President Susy Spence.   This is Susy’s last few months as a State Officer, as she took this position with the knowledge it would be short term until the office was phased out this year.   When new state officers are sworn in, there will be no Third Vice President.   She was accompanied by Naomi Ormes, our State E&J Chairman.   We are happy to have them visit our meetings.   We were also visited by the Regional Director from Region 8, Newark, Jean Jankowski and another member of her garden club.   They came especially to hear Gale Martin speak about Native Prarie Plants.   We were happy to have them as well. The main business of the day was the announcement of a new Regional Director.   If you haven’t heard as yet, Mary Ellen Heacock as agreed to be our new regional director.   Thank You, Mary Ellen!!!   I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I have and know all you great garden club members will support her as she goes forward. The speakers for the day were very gifted and many had questions and comments on both the morning program on the reemergence of America’s National Symbol, the Bald Eagle presented by Jon Minard of Knox County (Apple Valley Garden Club) and the afternoon program presented by Gale Martin, who grows and sells native prarie plants in her nursery.   The name of the business and the program for the afternoon is, “Natives in Nature”.    Her nursery would be a great place for an afternoon trip. As you will see by the pictures, the Flower Show was spectacular!   Many exhibits with classes having to be split and flowers overflowing the room and into the hallway.   That many beautiful blossoms on that day must be compensation for the awful weather we have had leading up to it.

Click on this link for pics from the Spring 2015 meeting. Shutterfly Gallery    Click on View Album then on Slideshow for best viewing.

REG 7 2015 SPRING WINNERS If you didn’t get a chance to come to the meeting plan on attending the Fall Meeting in Knox County.   Come out and support your new Regional Director!

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Spring 2015 Regional Meeting “Back To The Prairies”

Below is the letter sent to all the region officers, club presidents and members at-large.

  Dear OAGC Region 7 Members, The Spring 2015 Regional Meeting “Back to The Prairies” will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, Lower Level, 100 W. Cherry Street, Sunbury, OH 43074.  Easy access to this level is through the parking lot in the back.  Our Hostesses are the Delaware and Marion County Garden Clubs.  Come Celebrate with us with a wonderful meeting, good fellowship and interesting Speakers!   Truly something to “Crow About” as Peggy would say   Registration will begin at 8:00 AM.   A very brief Presidents Meeting will be held at 9:00. Our Flower show Chairman, Joy Sprang has put together another interesting schedule, with classes for all members to enter.   I am including a copy of the schedule with this letter or it is posted on our website: www.ohioregion7gardeners.org.   The title for the Show “Back to the Prairies” echoes our theme.    The morning program is a treat that will inform and delight us.   Presented by Jon Minard and titled “An American Success Story”  it tells the story of the reestablishment of the  Bald Eagle in this area.   Our afternoon program “Natives in Harmony” will be presented by Gale Martin.  Gale, with her partner Dan Grau, operate the nursery “Natives in Harmony” selling native prairie plants.   Be sure to visit this website to see some beautiful pictures of the prairie in bloom and also specimen shots of plants that are available at select times during the year.   She will also bring some things for a sales table of native plants at the meeting. The cost per person remains at $15.  A Registration Form is included to be filled out and returned to Joy Lauthers by April 15.    Reservations can also be turned in at the board meeting April 11 as well. We do want to have a sales table so plan on bringing items with prices to help with finances.    Remember, bring something you would like to take home.     The Region 7 Fall Board meeting will be held on April 11 at 10:00 at the Colonial Woods Condominiums Clubhouse,  201 S. Abigail Lane, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050.  A map and directions for this location is enclosed.  All clubs are voting members of the board so please send a representative from your club.    We will be talking about news from the recent State Board Meeting and any other business outstanding.  I am sorry I was not able to get access to the Ontario Library room we have used in the past.  I believe this location will be just a convenient for most everyone.  I look forward to seeing a great turnout for another wonderful Regional Meeting!!  Sincerely, Reba Borchers ,Region 7 Director  2013-2015

2015 Spring Flower Show OAGC Region 7            “Back to the Prairie”

       Rules: General 1.  This flower show will be judged according to the OAGC Exhibitors and Judges Handbook by an OAGC accredited judge. 2.  Entries are open to anyone attending the meeting, juniors need not attend to enter. 3.  Entries must be in place by 9:30 am April 22,2015.  Judging will be at 10:00am same day.  Decision of the judge is final.  Entries may not be removed until the end of the meeting. 4.  The staging committee has the right to move any exhibit, remove because of disease, combine or sub-divide entries if the number of entries warrant. 5.  The flower show committee will exercise due caution,  but exhibitors are responsible for their own property. 6.  Awards will be given to the first three places in each class of artistic and horticulture, and junior design and horticulture.  “Best of Show and Judge’s Choice” will be given in artistic adult classes  “Best of Show to be given in Div. I and Div. II”.”Best of Show” will be given in horticulture adult classes and Junior design. Rules: Horticulture 7.  Horticulture entries must have been grown by the exhibitor whose name appears on the entry tag.  Potted plants need to be in exhibitor’s  possession for 3 months. 8. Entry tags should be labeled with the correct variety names.  An exhibitor may submit multiple horticulture entries per class as long as each entry is a different named variety. 9. Clear glass containers are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Rules: Artistic 10.  Artistic designs must be the work of the exhibitor.  Use of Ohio grown material is encouraged, but not necessary.  Each exhibitor is limited to one entry per design class. 11.  Designs should be no larger than 30w x 24d unless stated otherwise. 12.  Treated, dried, or dried-painted materials may be used , but no painted fresh material or artificial plant material to be used.  Accessories are allowed. 13.  For each design, the exhibitor must state the entry title and list all  materials used on a 3×5 card to be placed beside the design.  An interpretation of the design may be written at the bottom of the card. Div. I.  Adult Artistic –Open to adult amateurs 1.  “ Wild Prairie Grasses”- a design incorporating some grasses 2.   “The Swimming Hole”- a design using a mason (canning) jar as the container 3.  “School Days- a design using your own interpretation ( include a card with your interpretation) 4.  “Wearing Your Sunday Best”- a design incorporating “gingham” as an accessory Div.II.  Adult Artistic- Open to adult amateurs, professionals, judges, or student judges 5.  “Ma’s Making Straw Hats”- a decorated hat using fresh and/or dried materials- to be displayed on committees wooden stands 6.  “Little Town on the Prairie”- a small design between 5” and 12”- traditional or creative 7.  “Wind Blowing on the Prairie”- a creative design showing motion 8. “Banks of Plum Creek”- a design featuring water- traditional or creative Div.III..  Junior Artistic-include age on entry tag   9.  “Little House on the Prairie”- a small design between 5”and 12” to include some grasses 10.  “Half-Pint”-a design in a jelly jar using fresh and/or dried materials Div.IV.   Junior Regional Contest- a succulent garden- details in Garden Path or see Junior Club Advisor          Div.V. Adult Horticulture 11.Daffodil                                                                                         16. Any other spray form a. Large cupped, one bloom                                                          17. Any other spike form b.Small cupped, one bloom                                                          18. Single species plant( pot under 14” diameter) c. Trumpet, one bloom d. Double, one bloom                                                     Div.VI Junior  Horticulture              e. Mini, three blooms                                                                   19. A spring flower f. Other, one or multiple blooms 12. Tulip a. Single, one bloom, foliage attatched b. Double, one bloom, foliage attatched                                          INVITATIONAL –“Back to the Prairie”-Molly Drayer- c. Other, one bloom , foliage attatched                                            Molly”s Flowers and More, 14 E. Cherry St., Sunbury,OH 13. Any other spring bulb flower , one stem 14. Any flowering branch , not over 24”                                               EDUCATIONAL-  “Waterways”  – 15. Any other round form                                                                      by Nancy Singer, OAGC member of Harlem Township GC, Delaware Co. Contact Joy Sprang with any questions at 419-994-3523 or email at sprangjoy@gmail.com   I hope to see you at the meeting -  Until then, Think Spring!   ____________________________________________________________________________________

FALL REGIONAL MEETING  October 22.

The fall regional meeting will be held on October 22, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Ohio at the First Church of the Nazarene at 807 Coshocton Ave.   The theme of the fall meeting will be ’40 Shades of Green’ and will be geared toward the trip to Ireland and the World Flower Show.   The morning program, ‘Touring the Gardens of Ireland’ will feature some of the gardens toured by members of Region 7 and also pictures from the World Flower Show.   This program will be presented by Audrey Spearman and Jo Ann Graham, two of the several people from our region who did go on this wonderful trip. The afternoon program will be ‘Less Than 40 Shades of Green’ and will be presented by our retiring Past President Mary Lee Minor.    She will be presenting arrangements blending and featuring shades of green with materials to make highlight and/or enhance the blends.    This will be interspersed with her entertaining teaching style while she is doing her arranging.   I know I am looking forward to both programs eagerly and hope you will as well. Joy Sprang has put together a great flower show schedule with classes for all levels of arranger.   Please make the effort to enter the show and make it a great success as this represents much effort on by Joy and several others.   Evidence of the effort put into this is the Superior Awards awarded to Region 7 for the last several regional flower shows! Lunch will be a box lunch with a selection of sandwiches.   The church is easy to find.   From the Mount Vernon Public Square go East on Route 36.   It is also Coshocton Ave in the city limits.   The church is on the left and we will be in the building to the back from where you enter. We are looking forward to a wonderful day again so be sure and join us! Flower Show Schedule:  Flower Show Program REG 7 FALL 2014

SPRING REGIONAL MEETING

  Richland and Ashland County Garden Clubs hosted a wonderful Regional Meeting on  April 23, 2014 at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Youth Hall in Mansfield, OH 44906.    Let’s Welcome Spring! was the theme of the meeting and Spring was in evidence with the many beautiful flowers.   Joy Sprang created a great schedule for the flower show.   Jan Harmon was the judge and I hope to have pics to add to the site soon. Our morning speaker was Michael Hoepf, a judge from Region 7 who gave an entertaining program on Creative design. After the luncheon we were treated to a wonderful program presented by Chuck Gleaves from Kingwood Center.   His program is titled ‘Right Plant, Right Place’ and he spoke and illustrated his comments with beautiful pictures.   His main point was ‘know your medium’  and indicates that you need to know the conditions of the area you are planting so your plant will thrive by being in a bed where it’s needs are accommodated.   Everyone did enjoy the program. Mary Lee spoke to us as her last official visit to the meeting as President of OAGC.   As usual she was both entertaining and also provided much information from the state level.   We were also fortunate to have Peggy Case, who will be installed as new OAGC President at the convention in August.   This convention promises to be very interesting featuring Native Americans of Ohio and their culture.   We were also joined by our Regional Advisor, Geri Rea.   Thanks to all for joining us. We all enjoyed the beautiful plants brought to us by Alta Greenhouse.   They had a sales table there that kept getting mysteriously resupplied with spectacular plants for sale.   I went back too many times.   The addition provided interest and color and everyone enjoyed seeing the plants even if they didn’t buy any.   Alta did announce they are having a program at their greenhouse on Spring Blooming Bulbs.   Featured speaker will be Pieter Van Derlans a Holland Bulb Expert.  The program is free but reservations are needed.   Call 419-529-2792 to reserve your seat. It was a wonderful day with friends.   Do encourage your members to come and enjoy this meeting. Diane Daniels spoke about the exciting Gardeners Day Out she and Jo Ann Graham have put together for the region on July 11. Click here for details:  Gardeners Day Out For reference I am leaving the communications and Flower Show schedule available here. Documents :        Spring Meeting Letter         2014 Spring Flower Show  Registration Form

Fall Meeting – Oct. 23, 2013

New Officers installed at the Region 7 Fall Meeting.    The ladies of Crawford and Morrow hosted a beautiful, informative and entertaining meeting when we met at the Gospel. Baptist Church in Galion on October 23.   The day was packed with good fellowship and wonderful programs in addition to the installation of the new regional officers.   After outgoing director June Gebhardt opened the meeting and handed out award certificates that were not picked up at Convention, she introduced our Regional Advisor Geri Rea, who then installed the new officers, Director Reba Borchers, Secretary Diane Daniels, and Treasurer, Joy Lauthers. At that point, new director Reba Borchers, presented June with a gift of appreciation from the group.  The gift was a basket of snacks, wine from the winery of member and Judge Michael Hoepf and a gift certificate to Alta’s Greenhouse.   We certainly do appreciate and Thank June for all she has done to keep the meetings entertaining and informational in her time as director. Reba completed the business meeting with reports from the regional Chairpersons.   Special attention was given to the Nature and Conservation Chairman, Cheryl Feasel, who explained about the raffle that was to be held that day to benefit the Mohican Outdoors School through the OAGC Foundation.  She showed the audience some of the beautiful gifts that had been donated to be raffled that day.  The raffle was a huge success producing $180 for the fund. We were most fortunate to have Naomi Ormes as out morning speaker.   Her topic was ‘Thymely Designing, Quick Shortcuts’.  She demonstrated many shortcuts and ways to more easily handle flowers and mechanics as you are arranging.      She produced some lovely arrangements.   I expect to soon have pictures of the events to add to the web site but have not received them yet  so look again in the near future for the pics.  I will attach the minutes to the meeting to this post. Diane, our new secretary, did a wonderful job in capturing a lot of the tips and included them in the minutes. 2013 Fall Meeting Minutes After a lovely lunch was served, we had a few minutes to look at the results of the flower show.   Many thanks go to the ladies who take the time and energy to bring in these beautiful horticulture exhibits and the lovely arrangements.   Click on this link for a list of the flower show results:Fall 2013 Flower Show Results Our afternoon program was a change from the normal presentation.   It was a hands on, everyone participate in making your own pressed flower cards.   Pre sorted pieces of card stock and decorations were distributed as well as glue and packets of dried flowers.   While the speaker discussed process and technique, we each made one or two cards.   All seemed very pleased with the opportunity to participate in the action. I have heard many comments about how everyone enjoyed themselves doing this.  After this program was completed, Reba finished the meeting with a few more announcements then the raffle prizes were drawn, table centerpieces were awarded and the meeting was adjourned until next Spring.   All members should try to make it a point to get to these meetings if possible.   They are always a highlight to look forward to.

Fall 2013 Regional Meeting

October  23, 2013

Gospel Baptist Church,  5670 State Route 19,  Galion, OH

  What a busy summer for Region 7 and what a wonderful and talented group of ladies we have in the region.  We are going from being hostesses for the OAGC State Convention directly into preparations for our upcoming Fall Regional Meeting.    All the ladies who participated in the State Convention did a magnificent job.   I am looking forward to what they have in store for us at this meeting.   Again, Kudos to all who participated. Now, for news about the upcoming meeting.   June has put together a program that promises to be a little different with some hands on activities. The theme for the day is: “PRESSED FOR THYME“. Morning program is “Thymely Designing, Quick Shortcuts”, by Naomi Ormes, OAGC design Study Chairperson.   I can’t wait. The afternoon program will be “Pressed for Thyme”,  where we will create pressed flower cards under the direction of Dana Blankenship.  Please press and bring some of your own flowers if  possible. Click here for the schedule for the flower show, “It’s Fall Thyme” written by our talented Flower Show Chairman, Joy String-Sprang.    Fall 2013 Schedule Location will be GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH west of Galion on Rt 19. I will post the map and directions when I get the President’s Letter. Business for the day will consist of:  Recognition of past officers, Installation of New Officers, Award Presentations from 2012, and future plans for OAGC from State President Mary Lee Minor.  Wow!  A great day in store for you.   Please plan on attending and enjoy the fellowship of other gardeners in the region and help support the OAGC organization.  See You there!! The Regional Board Meeting will be on October 12th at the Ontario Branch Library at 10:00. This is where it has been for the past couple of years. Hope to see you there.

State Convention News.

What a busy time for Region 7!!!!  Convention is just around the corner, starting Aug 25 to Aug 28 at the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park.   I hope you are planning to attend for at least one day.  It will be well worth the effort.   Shelly ehert has lead a group of dedicated ladies in the plans and preparation for this event and it promises to be an outstanding affair.  State president and Region 7 Garden Club member Mary Lee Minor has come up with some wonderful ideas for the convention.  (As she always does.)

This link will take you to a collection of pics of the planning group working and also celebrating Mary Lee’s birthday. Click on link below, then choose View Album then play slideshow for best viewing.

Planning Meeting

GARDENERS DAY OUT – REGION 7

On June 28 Anne Balogh of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center welcomed sixteen members of OAGC Region 7 to the educational facility in downtown Columbus Ohio.  She began by giving the group a history of the Whittier Penninsula.  The piece of land was once used as a riverfront industrial area and the city’s impound lot. These activities caused adverse environmental impact on the natural spaces. A partnership of the city, Recreation and Parks Department and the Metro Parks along with the National Audubon Society has developed the first downtown park of its kind. Today this area serves as a haven for wildlife and human life alike.  The center is also part of the nation’s Important Bird Areas.  It is in the main migrating path for birds to Central and South America.  More than 200 birds have been sited here.  Invasive plant species eradication is ongoing.  Wetlands offer safe haven for aquatic birds and insects.  In the construction of the building and grounds, many uses of sustainable design were incorporated.  Geothermal climate control, recycled materials, open areas, rain gardens and growing roofs all show firsthand the benefits of “going green”.   The center offers many education programs, out of school programs, and family/adult programs. Special events such as Mother’s Day Songbird Spectacular, 4th Fireworks, Bluegrass, Beer & Birds, and weddings bring joy and adversity to the center.  The center is always needing support by donating and servitude and membership.  Look them up at grangeinsuranceauduboncenter.org.   Better yet, make a visit at 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, Ohio

Everyone was ready for recharging with a lunch in nearby German Village.  Some ate at nearby “Schmidtt’s Sausage Haus” while other visited “Lindey’s”.  After a quick shopping stop at Helen Winemore’s (native craftsmanship), the group went on to the “Topiary Garden” just a few miles north on Town Street.  This is the only depiction of a painting in the world.  Topiary figures represent Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte”.  Fifty-four yew topiarys create the scene.   As a bonus, there are many examples of unusual trees to view around the Seven-acre park.  The weather cooperated with us for the day with only a short shower while we ate our lunch. Beautiful billowing clouds and sunshine guided us through our adventure.   Thanks be to God.

Members who attended:

June Gebhardt,  Jana Stewart,  Sue Devendorf,  Toni Crow,  Shari Harper,  Anne Meldrum,  Shelly and Chuck Ehret,  Jeanette Dial,  Cheryl Corney,  Nancy Singer and granddaughters Maybrie and Mirabel,  Diane Daniels,  Audrey Spearman,  Dottie Denton.

Gardeners Enjoy View

Another Pic – Gardeners Day Ou

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Meeting Was held on April 25, at

Floral Valley Community Center in

Apple Valley.

Garden Club Members who attended the Regional Spring Meeting at Apple Valley were treated to a lovely meeting with a theme of “Bloomin’ Birds”.  

Reports were heard from all Regional Chairpersons and Director June Gebhardt discussed the board meeting which was held on April 14.  At this meeting a final discussion was held about charging each member in the region $1 per year to help defray the necessary expenses.  This was acted upon and clubs will now be assessed this amount each year, payable to the regional treasurer at the beginning of each OAGC year. 

An excellent and very entertaining program ‘Photo techniques through the ‘eye-candy of birds’ was presented by Debbie Hurlbert, OAGC Judge and Photographer.   Her photos were breathtaking and her comments informative.  

Lunch was delicious, chickadee or egg salad sandwiches, Goldfinch pasta salad, chirp chips, Hummingbird or Cardinal cupcakes were enjoyed.    Good!!!

After lunch, Joy Sprang, who wrote the flower show schedule, announced the winners.  These beautiful arrangements are featured on the 2012 Spring Flower Show page.

The afternoon program was Great!  Steve Moeckel spoke and showed slides illustrating how to “Attract Birds to Your Garden” using plants, water, cover, feeders and houses.  Door prizes made from clay pots and saucers were drawn.  If you couldn’t make this one, plan on being with us in October.

  Design Study Announced!!!  Full Documentation contained in document below.

See Upcoming Events Page for pictures of Multi Rhythmic Designs. Link to Design Study Doc.     design_study3

Send me pictures of your club’s outings/events to post on your county page!

Highlights From

OAGC REGION 7

FALL 2011 REGIONAL MEETING

 

“WHO’S WHO” was the  theme for the October 26th  Region 7 2011 Fall meeting and flower show held at the Ontario Free Methodist Church in Mansfield OH. Morning program was  “Who’s in Your Garden”, beneficial and detrimental organisms, by Crawford Park District Representative Josh Dyer. Retiring Director Virginia Sharp concluded business from her term.   She concluded by awarding her annual award to a member who has done something significant to promote Garden Clubs in the past year.  This year the award went to Audrey Spearman of Apple Valley Garden club in Knox County.

Virginia Sharp presents Audrey Spearman with award.

Then June Gebhardt presented Virginia with our appreciation for a job well done and a gift from the organization.  She  and her slate of officers deserve  a big Thank You for a job well done! New Director June Gebhardt presents Outgoing Director Virginia Sharp with Gift and Thanks! Mary Lee Minor then installed the new slate of officers.  New Regional Director is June Gebhardt.  Her Officers are:  Secretary : Diane Daniels ; Treasurer : Joy Lauthers.  See full slate of officers on the Regional Officers Page.

Mary Lee Minor installs new Regional Director June Gebhardt

A wonderful and informative afternoon program was “Who’s in Your Design”.  It was presented by OAGC Design Study Chair, Judge, Naomi Ormes.   She illustrated her tips by using designs from the Flower Show she had just judged.  She was able to show what was done very well and also  what could be done to an arrangement to make it conform to class rules better.

Judge Naomi Ormes Illustrates design features.

A creative ambiance was set by Ganges Garden Club members.  Amanda Lantz and husband Steve welded a variety of scrap metal containers, in which Amanda and club members Judy Hess and Barb Lantz created an array of floral arrangements.

At the conclusion of the meeting these beautiful table centerpieces and assorted arrangements were auctioned with proceeds above cost being donated to the regional treasury.   Many Thanks to all involved for this wonderfully creative project.

The Flower Show was wonderful.  See Fall Flower Show page for results.   Also visit   our Facebook Page for slide show of pictures. Visit us on FACEBOOK!

  Thanks to Mary Lee Minor the Appreciation Certificates are now available on the form page to recognize outstanding efforts in our communities. Print on 8 1/2  by 11 inch card stock.