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All America Selections has a history of introducing winners from trial gardens all over the U.S. One of my favorites is a Gold Medal Winner from 1979, Sugar Snap Pea. For the first time in AAS history, the organization is recognizing regional performance and granting an AAS Regional Winner designation to five new winners. If you live in an area with unusual growing conditions, this regional designation is very helpful. I hope that in coming years there will be more designations for the Southeast and for the West/Northwest, growing regions that do not fit most general climate conditions. Anne K Moore.


All-America Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties and then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners. Cultivars are tested and judged in impartial trials throughout North America on a score of 0 to 5. The scores are tallied by an independent accounting firm. The entry with the highest average score is considered for a possible AAS Award. To be introduced as an AAS Winner, the entries must never have been sold before and have proven superior qualities to others on the market. 

All-America Selections (AAS) judges have again finished a rigorous year of trialing and now the AAS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the newest AAS Winners.

There are three for the Heartland:
Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1 
Cucumber ‘Pick a Bushel’ F1
Tomato ‘Mountain Merit’ F1

Three for the Great Lakes:
Pumpkin ‘Cinderella’s Carriage’ F1
Sunflower ‘Suntastic’ F1
Cucumber ‘Pick a Bushel’ F1

Two for the Mountain/Southwest:
Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1
Pumpkin ‘Cinderella’s Carriage’ F1

One for the Southeast:
Pumpkin ‘Cinderella’s Carriage’ F1

One for the West/Northwest:
Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1

The entries that did well in a majority of regions are designated as traditional 2014 National Winners and those are:
Petunia ‘African Sunset’ F1; Pepper ‘Mama Mia Giallo’ F1; Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Orange’ F1; and Tomato ‘Fantastico’ F1.

Other recently announced AAS Winners:
July 2013: Gaura ‘Sparkle White; Bean ‘Mascotte’. January 2013: Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’; Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’. November 2012: Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose’ F1; Melon ‘Melemon’ F1; Tomato ‘Jasper’ F1; Watermelon ‘Harvest Moon’ F1. July 2012: Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ F1: Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’.

All of these winners were trialed next to similar varieties that are currently on the market. The AAS Judges do a side-by-side analysis of growth habit, disease resistance and more to determine if these entries were truly better than those already available to home gardeners. Only those flower entries with superior garden performance or the vegetables with superior taste and garden performance are given the AAS stamp of approval.
A complete list of trial grounds and judges can be found here:   

A complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932 can be found here:  

NEW! Website feature: AAS Winners are now sortable by either National or Regional Winners. Prior to 2014, all Winners were National Winners.
All-America Selections® was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent testing organization in North America. Every year, new, never-before-sold varieties are trialed in our Trial Grounds and professional horticulturists determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their garden performance. AAS relies upon a public relations program to inform gardeners about AAS Winners that are announced three times each year. ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS? 1311 Butterfield Road, Suite 310, Downers Grove, IL 60515-5625 P: (630) 963-0770

Posted January 10, 2014

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