An AAS® Display Garden is a public or privately funded garden open to the public that grows AAS® Winner plants (from seed) in an attractive outdoor landscaped setting using horticulturally sound practices which beautify the environment.
The following criteria must be met for a garden to receive an application to become an AAS® Display Garden:
- The location must have prepared and amended garden beds for the AAS® Winners.
- AAS® Winners are to be displayed in specific AAS® Winner beds with appropriate signage, ideally in a high-traffic area of the garden.
- A greenhouse or access to one is necessary to start seeds and grow on to transplant size. AAS® only provides seeds.
- The applicant must be responsible for the Display Garden and the maintenance of the garden. The applicant must be employed by or supervise the gardens that will feature the AAS® Winners. Master Gardener applicants must have an extension agent or garden employee complete the application and accept responsibility for seed shipments.
- Irrigation must be readily available.
- Garden space must be allocated to grow and maintain from 25 to 55 varieties.
- The garden must be open to the public. The garden may not be located at a private residence.
- The gardens are encouraged to promote their AAS® affiliation by conducting “Open House” or “Field Day” events, educate garden visitors about the AAS® trialing process and promoting those events to local media.
- There should not be another AAS® Display Garden in close proximity to the applicant garden.
- The garden must be located in North America.
- To remain in the AAS® Display Garden program, each year the garden will be required to complete a record verification form and submit one digital image of the AAS® Winner Display in the garden.