What is AAS and how did it begin?

Wed. Dec. 9, 2020

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: What is AAS and how did it begin?

With the huge increase in new gardeners this past year, I wanted to explain AAS. Their selections are a great resource for new gardeners!

All America Selections was started in 1932 by a man named Ray Hastings.  He 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.  Today, home gardeners can feel confident when selecting these varieties knowing that they’ve been thoroughly tested.

Squash ‘Goldilocks’ 2021 AAS

AAS does not advertise and relies solely on a public relations program through garden clubs, university extensions, newspapers, magazines and RADIO!  All America Selections is the oldest, most established international testing organization in North America.

Celosia – Kelo – ‘Candela Pink’ 2021 AAS winner

Non-stop bloomer late spring to fall and can be dried!