About Us


  • To test new, unsold cultivars
  • To inform gardeners about the AAS Winners
  • To earn gardeners' trust in the AAS Winners

Mission Statement

"To promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America."

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What is All-America Selections®?

All-America Selections is an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties then introduces only the best garden performers as AAS Winners.


Who determines an AAS Winner?

Independent AAS Judges determine the AAS Winners by judging and scoring the entries. The Judges score each entry from 0 to 5 points, with 5 being the highest. Judges report their scores after the growing season for that variety. Judges are located in geographically diverse areas all over the U.S. and Canada. AAS uses an independent accounting firm to calculate the average score of each entry. Only the entry with the highest average score is considered for a possible AAS Award. The AAS Judges determine which, if any, new, never-before-sold entries have proven superior qualities to be introduced as AAS Winners.


What qualities do the Judges score?

Judges look for significantly improved qualities such as earliness to bloom or harvest, disease or pest tolerance, novel colors or flavors, novel flower forms, total yield, length of flowering or harvest and overall performance. In the last ten years an entry needs to have at least two significantly improved qualities to be considered by Judges for an AAS Award.


Why is an AAS Winner important to the home gardener?

The AAS Winners offer gardeners reliable new varieties that have proven their superior garden performance in Trial Grounds across North America, thus, our tagline of "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally®". When you purchase an AAS Winner, you know that it has been put through its paces by an independent, neutral trialing organization and has been judged by experts in their field. The AAS Winner label is like a stamp of approval. 

Where can I find the AAS Annual Report?

Every July, an updated Annual Report is posted and can be found here.




Board of Directors

AAS is governed by a Board consisting of four officers and six directors.

Angus Mellish
Vesey's Seeds Ltd.
Vice President
Connie Dam-Byl
William Dam Seeds Ltd..
Patty Buskirk
Seeds by Design, Inc.

Past President
Ron Cramer
Xiant Technologies

John Burrows
Pro-Veg Seeds
Mark Gross
PanAmerican Seed Co.
Justin Hancock
Costa Farms

Jenny Kuhn
C. Raker & Sons Ltd.

Tony Nederhand
Express Seed

Jenny Wegley
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Executive Director
Diane M. Blazek
All-America Selections