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An Overview of All-America Selections

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An Overview of All-America Selections

  1. 1. All-America Selections A Brief overview
  2. 2. What is All-America Selections (AAS)? • Founded in 1932, AAS is the only national, non-profit plant trialing organization in North America. • Our mission statement is: “To promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.” • AAS does not breed, or sell, any plants.
  3. 3. AAS conducts four types of plant trials each year to determine if there are new varieties worthy of the AAS Winner award designation: EDIBLES (FRUITS AND VEGETABLES) GROWN FROM SEED IN-GROUND AND IN CONTAINERS PERENNIALS SEED ORNAMENTALS GROWN IN-GROUND AND IN CONTAINERS NON-SEED ORNAMENTALS GROWN IN-GROUND AND IN CONTAINERS
  4. 4. AAS Trial Grounds These trials are conducted at trial grounds across North America by volunteer independent, unbiased, horticulture professionals – our AAS Judges!
  5. 5. Entering the Trials Breeders enter their new, never-before sold cultivars to see if they have created a variety that is superior to what is currently on the home garden market.
  6. 6. Judging •AAS Judges grow and evaluate these entries alongside well- known, successful varieties used as comparisons. •If the entry variety out- performs the comparison varieties and is deemed superior to what is currently available to home gardeners, it is awarded the AAS Winner designation.
  7. 7. Judging •AAS Judges look for some of the following traits: •More flowers •Better branching •Disease resistance •Better taste (veggies) •Higher yield •Unique/new colors
  8. 8. •Proudly display the AAS Winner logo •Are listed on the AAS website •Are promoted by AAS on social media •Are written about by garden writers •Are provided to public gardens participating in the AAS Display Garden program. AAS Winners:
  9. 9. Ask for them by name! AAS Winners:

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