The creation of All America Selections

Wed. Dec. 26, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min Garden Bite radio show:  The creations of All America Selections

The All America Selections for 2019 have been released. 

 The A-A-S designation means those flowers and veggies have been vetted and come out on top!  All America Selections.  

In 1932 a man named Ray Hastings (who owned a seed company) encouraged all seed companies to set up trial grounds, cooperatively test new varieties and agree to develop marketing efforts for new vegetables and flowers.  He recommended a national network of trial grounds throughout North American climates where flower and vegetable varieties would be grown and assessed by skilled impartial judges. The seed trials would accept only new, previously unsold varieties.  Through his effort AAS was born and is a way for home gardeners to learn which new varieties are truly improved.

Tested nationally, proven locally. Ray Hastings

Today, when you see the AAS designation, you can be certain that the plant you bought has been put through tests that passed those impartial judges. 

There are over 200 AAS Display gardens throughout North America

AAS does not advertise and relies solely on a public relations program through garden clubs, university extensions, newspapers and magazines.  

I’ll be sharing the 2019 AAS winners over the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, here’s a 2018 Winner I grew in my own garden from seed.  It was spectacular!

Marigold ‘Super Hero Spry’ 2018