All-America
Selections
Past, Present & Future
W. Ray
Hastings
AAS
founder
1932
National network of two types of
trials: Flowers and Vegetables
Standardized evaluations and scoring
Incentives for breede...
Announcement of the 1934
AAS Annuals Winners
1934 AAS Winner
‘Detroit Dark Red’ beet
Marigold
‘Crown of
Gold’
AAS Gold
Medal
Winner
1937
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951...
1950
AAS Gold
Medal
Petunia
‘Firechief’
1950 AAS Winner
Petunia ‘Firechief’
AAS 1952
Gold Medal
Winner
Snap Bean
‘Wade’
AAS 1952 Winner
Snap Bean ‘Wade’
1981
Better Homes & Gardens
1986
Began our Third Trial:
Bedding Plant
2 scores – greenhouse & garden
Recreates a commercial
bedding plant environment
1988 First AAS
Bedding Plant
Winner
Petunia
‘Ultra Crimson
Star’
2003
Fourth Trial:
Cool Season Bedding Plant
Conducted from May through the
following April.
Judges evaluate entries in th...
2006 First Cool Season
Bedding Plant Awards
Viola
‘Skippy XL Red-
Gold’
Diascia
Diamonte ‘Coral
Rose’
Present:
All-America Selections
continues as the oldest, most
established international
independent testing
organization i...
All-America Selections
2013 Board of Directors:
All-America Selections
Executive Directors:
1932-1971 – W. Ray Hastings
1971-1972 – Donald Scheer
1972-1975 – Derek Fell
1...
The Process, part 1
Breeder:
new, never-
before-sold
variety
Compariso
n
Committee To Trial
Judges
Seed
from
other
breeder...
AAS Trial Sites
1932
•10 Flower Trials
•10 Vegetable Trials
2013
•39 Flower Trials
•30 Bedding Plant Trials
•25 Cool Seaso...
AAS Trial Ground
Growing…
AAS Trial Ground
AAS Trial Ground
AAS Trial Ground
AAS Trial Ground
AAS Trial 2011
2011 AAS Watermelon Trial
‘Sweet
Beauty’
22 fruit
‘Shiny Boy’
14 fruit
‘Country
Favorite’
14 fruit
‘Pink Oblong’
23 fruit
...
AAS Trial Judges
The Process, part 2
Garden
Trials
Scoring
and
Evaluatio
ns
Accountan
t
AAS
Office
AAS Winner
announceme
nt
AAS
Board of
Di...
AAS Winner Announcements
AAS Winner Announcements
AAS’ Marketing and
Promotion
AAS’
Marketing
and
Promotion
AAS’ Marketing and
Promotion
AAS’ Marketing and
Promotion
AAS Display Gardens
185 AAS display gardens in 2013
65 gardens have displayed AAS
winners more than 30 years
AAS Display Gardens
AAS Display Gardens
AAS Display Gardens
Discovery Garden
ISU-Polk Country
Noelridge
Park
Gardens
Kishwaukee College
Cantigny Gardens
IL Central College
U of I Ext. –
Midwest Golf House
Signage:
Signage
AAS Display Garden
Landscape Design Contest
80th Anniversary
Let’s Talk
AAS Winners!!!
Tested Nationally & Proven Locally™
707 AAS Winners since 1933
410 Flowers
297 Vegetables
Bean ‘Mascotte’ F1
2014 Vegetable Winner
• Bean perfect for container
gardens but does well in-
ground also
• Straight, sl...
Gaura ‘Sparkle White’
2014 Bedding Plant Winner
• Earlier flowering
• Better branching
• More uniform flowering
time.
• Pe...
Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ F1
2013 Flower Winner
• First F1 seed canna
• More vigorous and sturdy
than other seed
propa...
Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
2013 Flower Winner
• Vivid color range in a
first year flowering
perennial from seed
• Shades ...
Geranium ‘Pinto Premium
White to Rose’ F1
2013 Bedding Plant Winner
•Unique flower
coloration
•Starts out white
then deepe...
Melon ‘Melemon’ F1
2013 Vegetable Winner
• White flesh with
unique sweet-tart taste
• Fruits hold one month
after harvest
...
Tomato, cherry ‘Jasper’ F1
2013 Vegetable Winner
• Superior taste
• Uniform red fruits
• Vigorous indeterminate
plants
• L...
Watermelon ‘Harvest Moon’ F1
2013 Vegetable Winner
•First hybrid triploid
watermelon bred
specifically for the
Home Garden...
Zinnia ‘Profusion
Double Deep Salmon’
2013 Bedding Plant Winner
•Unique color that holds
well through the growing
season
•...
Zinnia ‘Profusion
Double Hot Cherry’
2013 Bedding Plant Winner
•Beautiful deep, rich
color that holds well
through the gro...
Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Olive’
2012 AAS Flower Winner
•Attractive purple
foliage
•Fiery hot but edible
fruit,
•Works well...
Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry’
2012 AAS Flower Winner
•Extremely unique
flower color
•Striking in the
landscape
Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Pink’
2012 AAS Bedding Plant Winner
•More compact plant
full of flowers
•Hummingbird
magnet
Pepper ‘Cayennetta’
2012 AAS Vegetable Winner
•Compact plant
•Perfect for
containers and
hanging baskets
•Full of
deliciou...
Watermelon ‘Faerie’
2012 AAS Vegetable Winner
•Unique color
•Early fruit
setting (60/72
days)
•Crisp pink-red
flesh, high ...
American Garden Award
2013 Winner, Grand Prize:
Verbena ‘Lanai Candy Cane’
American Garden Award
2013 Winner, Second Prize:
Zinnia ‘Zahara Cherry’
American Garden Award
2013 Winner, Third Prize:
‘SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange’
Regional awards
Vegetative Trials
Adaptive trials for Cool Crop Vegetables
Partnerships
FUTURE
Trial expansion:
* More perennials?
* Plants from other propagation methods?
* Bulbs/corms/tubers?
* Shrubs?
Why not? Mayb...
Thank you for
attending!
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
2013 AAS: Past Present and Future
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  • In 1932, the idea of All-America Selections for testing and evaluating new varieties of flowers and vegetables was started by Ray Hastings, a prominent seedsman who was ending his term as president of the Southern Seedsmen’s Association.
  • Ten trial grounds for vegetables and ten for flowers were established underseedsmen in whom the seed industry had the greatest confidence. These judges already had trials for their own firms and had most cultivated varieties in commerce for comparison ratings.
  • Pictured: Harry A. Joy, an All-America Selections flower judge, and W. Ray Hastings, chairman, inspecting the AAS trials at the “Oakview” station of Ferry-Morse Seed Co., Rochester, Michigan. July 1941
  • 1934 AAS Winners announced by Ray Hastings32 Flower Winners including 6 Gold12 Vegetable Winners including 3 GoldOriginally there were 3 types of AAS Awards – Bronze, Silver, and Gold. In 1984 the AAS Board of Directors, deciding the award types were too confusing, eliminated the bronze and silver awards. There are now two awards, an AAS Award and a Gold Medal AAS Award which is reserved for a breeding breakthrough.
  • 1934 AAS Winner Beet ‘Perfected Detroit’ bred by Lupton – still available in 20131934 - 12 Vegetable Winners included 3 Gold Medal WinnersThe 3 Gold Medal Vegetable Winners were:Beet ‘Asgrow Wonder’ bred by Associated Seed GrowersCarrot ‘Morse’s Bunching’ bred by Ferry-Morse SeedRadish ‘Glowing Ball’ bred by Zwaan
  • Marigold ‘Crown of Gold’ 1937 All-America Selections Gold Medal Winner was the first Marigold ever grown with odorless foliage. Advertised by Burpee as “so popular more packets of seed were planted last season than any other new flower ever introduced!”
  • During World War II, Ray Hastings was one of those called to Washington when the Victory Garden Campaign got underway. The campaign promoted the cultivation of available private and public lands, resulting in over five million gardens and foodstuff production exceeding $1.2 billion by the end of the war. Talk about the project I did last year about number of flower vs. vegetable winners.
  • Talk about the project I did last year about number of flower vs. vegetable winners.
  • 1950 AAS Gold Medal Winner ‘Petunia Firechief’ bred by Bodger Seed Company set the standard for red petunias, being rich red and fading to asoft red color; unlike modern petunias, these are fragrant and is still available from a few sources in 2013.1950 AAS Vegetable Winners – all are still available in 2013Snap Bean ‘Top Crop’ – Gold Medal WinnerSquash ‘Uconn’ – Gold Medal WinnerWatermelon ‘Congo’
  • 1950 AAS Gold Medal Winner ‘Petunia Firechief’ bred by Bodger Seed Company set the standard for red petunias, being rich red and fading to asoft red color; unlike modern petunias, these are fragrant and is still available from a few sources in 2013.1950 AAS Vegetable Winners – all are still available in 2013Snap Bean ‘Top Crop’ – Gold Medal WinnerSquash ‘Uconn’ – Gold Medal WinnerWatermelon ‘Congo’
  • 1952 AAS Gold Medal Winner Snap bean ‘Wade’ bred by Dr. J. H. Wade, USDAThe 1952 AAS Gold Medal Vegetable Winners Snap Bean ‘Wade’ and Lettuce ‘Salad Bowl’ are still available in 2013.
  • AAS 1980 AAS Bronze Medal Winner Marigold ‘Janie’ and 1979 AAS Silver Medal Winner Kohlrabi ‘Grand Duke’ featured in the March, 1981 Better Homes and Gardens
  • First Bedding Plant Winner was petunia ‘Ultra Crimson Star’
  • First Bedding Plant Winner was petunia ‘Ultra Crimson Star’
  • Mention similar programs abroad
  • Mention similar programs abroad
  • Mention similar programs abroad—40 years and 20 trial grounds
  • Mention similar programs abroad
  • Current, 2013: talk about board makeup: Four Officers and Six Directors
  • Jim Wilson, ten years as host of the PBS series Victory Garden, and graduated from MU in 1948 then lived in Columbia, MO from 2002 until his death in 2010.
  • Sunflower entry, Solar Flash, Ring of Fire—Iowa State University—poor germ or was the same as the comparisons.
  • Michigan Bedding Plant trial
  • McCrory Gardens, South Dakota
  • Syngenta Flowers in CA-bedding plant trials of marigolds
  • Colorado State University—bedding plant trial
  • K-State– Cary Rivard
  • Kansas State Olathe—Judge Cary Rivard
  • List some names and qualifications here.
  • Magazines: trade and consumer
  • Magazines: trade and consumer
  • Magazines: trade and consumer
  • San Diego Home
  • Bloggers are important
  • Website articles
  • Website—show tab for trial grounds and signs and brochures
  • Website—lower portion of the home page
  • Website—show tab for trial grounds and signs and brochures
  • Website—show tab for display gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens- Noelridge Park Gardens in Cedar Rapids
  • Website—shows Display Gardens- Kishwaukee College in IL
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Website—shows Display Gardens – E Peoria
  • Website—shows Display Gardens – Lemont, IL
  • Website—shows Display Gardens
  • Explain the details of the contest and the results.
  • Explain flower popularity contest
  • 2013 AAS: Past Present and Future

    1. 1. All-America Selections Past, Present & Future
    2. 2. W. Ray Hastings AAS founder 1932
    3. 3. National network of two types of trials: Flowers and Vegetables Standardized evaluations and scoring Incentives for breeders Independent, unbiased testing AAS CREATED
    4. 4. Announcement of the 1934 AAS Annuals Winners
    5. 5. 1934 AAS Winner ‘Detroit Dark Red’ beet
    6. 6. Marigold ‘Crown of Gold’ AAS Gold Medal Winner 1937
    7. 7. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 F V
    8. 8. 1950 AAS Gold Medal Petunia ‘Firechief’
    9. 9. 1950 AAS Winner Petunia ‘Firechief’
    10. 10. AAS 1952 Gold Medal Winner Snap Bean ‘Wade’
    11. 11. AAS 1952 Winner Snap Bean ‘Wade’
    12. 12. 1981 Better Homes & Gardens
    13. 13. 1986 Began our Third Trial: Bedding Plant 2 scores – greenhouse & garden Recreates a commercial bedding plant environment
    14. 14. 1988 First AAS Bedding Plant Winner Petunia ‘Ultra Crimson Star’
    15. 15. 2003 Fourth Trial: Cool Season Bedding Plant Conducted from May through the following April. Judges evaluate entries in the fall, winter, and/or spring.
    16. 16. 2006 First Cool Season Bedding Plant Awards Viola ‘Skippy XL Red- Gold’ Diascia Diamonte ‘Coral Rose’
    17. 17. Present: All-America Selections continues as the oldest, most established international independent testing organization in North America.
    18. 18. All-America Selections 2013 Board of Directors:
    19. 19. All-America Selections Executive Directors: 1932-1971 – W. Ray Hastings 1971-1972 – Donald Scheer 1972-1975 – Derek Fell 1975-1982 – Jim Wilson 1982-1984 – Kathy Zar-Peppler 1984-2009 – Nona Wolfram-Koivula 2009-present – Diane Blazek
    20. 20. The Process, part 1 Breeder: new, never- before-sold variety Compariso n Committee To Trial Judges Seed from other breeder s Germination & transplant or direct-sow AAS office for processing TO BE CONTINUED…
    21. 21. AAS Trial Sites 1932 •10 Flower Trials •10 Vegetable Trials 2013 •39 Flower Trials •30 Bedding Plant Trials •25 Cool Season BP Trials •25 Vegetable Trials
    22. 22. AAS Trial Ground
    23. 23. Growing…
    24. 24. AAS Trial Ground
    25. 25. AAS Trial Ground
    26. 26. AAS Trial Ground
    27. 27. AAS Trial Ground
    28. 28. AAS Trial 2011
    29. 29. 2011 AAS Watermelon Trial ‘Sweet Beauty’ 22 fruit ‘Shiny Boy’ 14 fruit ‘Country Favorite’ 14 fruit ‘Pink Oblong’ 23 fruit Entry C1 C2 C3
    30. 30. AAS Trial Judges
    31. 31. The Process, part 2 Garden Trials Scoring and Evaluatio ns Accountan t AAS Office AAS Winner announceme nt AAS Board of Directors
    32. 32. AAS Winner Announcements
    33. 33. AAS Winner Announcements
    34. 34. AAS’ Marketing and Promotion
    35. 35. AAS’ Marketing and Promotion
    36. 36. AAS’ Marketing and Promotion
    37. 37. AAS’ Marketing and Promotion
    38. 38. AAS Display Gardens 185 AAS display gardens in 2013 65 gardens have displayed AAS winners more than 30 years
    39. 39. AAS Display Gardens
    40. 40. AAS Display Gardens
    41. 41. AAS Display Gardens
    42. 42. Discovery Garden ISU-Polk Country
    43. 43. Noelridge Park Gardens
    44. 44. Kishwaukee College
    45. 45. Cantigny Gardens
    46. 46. IL Central College
    47. 47. U of I Ext. – Midwest Golf House
    48. 48. Signage:
    49. 49. Signage
    50. 50. AAS Display Garden Landscape Design Contest 80th Anniversary
    51. 51. Let’s Talk AAS Winners!!! Tested Nationally & Proven Locally™ 707 AAS Winners since 1933 410 Flowers 297 Vegetables
    52. 52. Bean ‘Mascotte’ F1 2014 Vegetable Winner • Bean perfect for container gardens but does well in- ground also • Straight, slender round pods • White flowers lend ornamental interest
    53. 53. Gaura ‘Sparkle White’ 2014 Bedding Plant Winner • Earlier flowering • Better branching • More uniform flowering time. • Perennial in zones 6-9
    54. 54. Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ F1 2013 Flower Winner • First F1 seed canna • More vigorous and sturdy than other seed propagated cannas • Non-stop flowering all season long.
    55. 55. Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ 2013 Flower Winner • Vivid color range in a first year flowering perennial from seed • Shades of purple, pink, red, orang e, yellow, cream & white
    56. 56. Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ F1 2013 Bedding Plant Winner •Unique flower coloration •Starts out white then deepens to deep rose-pink as the flowers mature
    57. 57. Melon ‘Melemon’ F1 2013 Vegetable Winner • White flesh with unique sweet-tart taste • Fruits hold one month after harvest • Green rind turns to chartreuse at maturity
    58. 58. Tomato, cherry ‘Jasper’ F1 2013 Vegetable Winner • Superior taste • Uniform red fruits • Vigorous indeterminate plants • Late Blight, Early Blight and Fusarium resistant
    59. 59. Watermelon ‘Harvest Moon’ F1 2013 Vegetable Winner •First hybrid triploid watermelon bred specifically for the Home Garden market • High yielding plants with crisp sweet flesh • Compact, 3-5 ft. vines
    60. 60. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’ 2013 Bedding Plant Winner •Unique color that holds well through the growing season •Very floriferous and blooms lasted longer than comparisons •Good disease tolerance
    61. 61. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ 2013 Bedding Plant Winner •Beautiful deep, rich color that holds well through the growing season •Continuous bloomer that grows well in a wide range of climates •Good disease tolerance
    62. 62. Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Olive’ 2012 AAS Flower Winner •Attractive purple foliage •Fiery hot but edible fruit, •Works well as a cut flower
    63. 63. Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry’ 2012 AAS Flower Winner •Extremely unique flower color •Striking in the landscape
    64. 64. Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Pink’ 2012 AAS Bedding Plant Winner •More compact plant full of flowers •Hummingbird magnet
    65. 65. Pepper ‘Cayennetta’ 2012 AAS Vegetable Winner •Compact plant •Perfect for containers and hanging baskets •Full of delicious, mildly spicy fruits • Easy to grow and easy-to-pick
    66. 66. Watermelon ‘Faerie’ 2012 AAS Vegetable Winner •Unique color •Early fruit setting (60/72 days) •Crisp pink-red flesh, high sugar content
    67. 67. American Garden Award 2013 Winner, Grand Prize: Verbena ‘Lanai Candy Cane’
    68. 68. American Garden Award 2013 Winner, Second Prize: Zinnia ‘Zahara Cherry’
    69. 69. American Garden Award 2013 Winner, Third Prize: ‘SunPatiens Compact Electric Orange’
    70. 70. Regional awards Vegetative Trials Adaptive trials for Cool Crop Vegetables Partnerships FUTURE
    71. 71. Trial expansion: * More perennials? * Plants from other propagation methods? * Bulbs/corms/tubers? * Shrubs? Why not? Maybe? Let’s Explore! FUTURE
    72. 72. Thank you for attending!
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