What is All-America Selections?<br />
“A non-profit organization that promotes new garden seed varieties judged to have superior garden performance in impartial...
AAS continues as the oldest, most established international testing organization in North America.<br />
Entries	<br />Breeders enter new, never-before-sold cultivars to be judged in one of four categories:<br />Flower<br />Bed...
AAS Trials Sites<br />Flower – 37 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />Bedding Plant – 26 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />Vegetable...
AAS Trial Judges<br /><ul><li> Horticulture professionals
 Seasoned trialing experts
 Unpaid – they volunteer their time
 Unbiased - cannot judge entries from their own company
 The basis of our trialing program</li></li></ul><li>AAS Scoring<br />Judges score each entry from 0 to 5<br />All entries...
Introduction Criteria	<br />Breeder gives the variety a marketing name<br />Breeder submits publicity photos<br />Has seed...
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What is AAS

  1. 1. What is All-America Selections?<br />
  2. 2. “A non-profit organization that promotes new garden seed varieties judged to have superior garden performance in impartial trials throughout North America.”<br />
  3. 3. AAS continues as the oldest, most established international testing organization in North America.<br />
  4. 4. Entries <br />Breeders enter new, never-before-sold cultivars to be judged in one of four categories:<br />Flower<br />Bedding Plant<br />Vegetable<br />Cool Season Bedding Plant<br />
  5. 5. AAS Trials Sites<br />Flower – 37 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />Bedding Plant – 26 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />Vegetable – 27 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />Cool Season Bedding Plant – 22 sites in U.S. and Canada<br />
  6. 6. AAS Trial Judges<br /><ul><li> Horticulture professionals
  7. 7. Seasoned trialing experts
  8. 8. Unpaid – they volunteer their time
  9. 9. Unbiased - cannot judge entries from their own company
  10. 10. The basis of our trialing program</li></li></ul><li>AAS Scoring<br />Judges score each entry from 0 to 5<br />All entries have 2-4 comparisons <br />0 to 1 = same or inferior to comparison<br />2 = better than comparison<br />3 to 4 = superior to comparison<br />5 = breakthrough breeding, Gold Medal Winner<br />Final scores based on averages and percent of judges who score it a 2 or higher. <br />
  11. 11. Introduction Criteria <br />Breeder gives the variety a marketing name<br />Breeder submits publicity photos<br />Has seed-in-the-bag<br />Gone through germination testing<br />Product is priced and ready to ship<br />
  12. 12. Publicity Program<br />Information distributed to:<br /><ul><li> Seed Companies
  13. 13. Distribution chain
  14. 14. Growers
  15. 15. Retailers
  16. 16. Garden Writers
  17. 17. Consumers</li></li></ul><li>Publicity Program<br />Display Gardens<br />Over 186 public gardens grow and display the past five years of AAS Winners.<br />
  18. 18. Publicity Program<br />Preview Gardens<br />Select garden writers/bloggers grow and evaluate the past five years of AAS Winners in their own gardens then are able to write about garden performance first hand.<br />

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