Nearly 200 botanical gardens, arboretums, colleges, universities, cooperative extensions, garden centers, seed companies, city civic centers, and public parks create and proudly host All-America Selections® Display Gardens.
What is All-America Selections?
All-America Selections, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent plant testing organization in North America. Every year, new, never-before-sold varieties are trialed in our Trial Grounds and professional horticulturists (our judges) determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their superior garden performance. AAS relies upon a public relations program and our Display Gardens to inform home gardeners about AAS Winners that are announced three times each year.
How to Become a Display Garden
We look for gardens who are interested in forming a partnership with All-America Selections.
The following is what we look for:
- A garden with a significant amount of visitor traffic
- A garden willing to place the AAS Winner display in a prominent location within the garden.
- Staff willing to learn the AAS Story and be able to teach and educate other garden workers as well as garden visitors. (We supply informational materials)
- A willingness to display the AAS Display Garden sign or an in-house sign designating an area as an AAS Winner Display.
- A garden contact who is engaged and willing to communicate with AAS, including the annual verification process.
- A long-term commitment to the partnership, not in one year and out the next.
- Gardens that do community outreach and education as part of their mission.
- A garden located at least 15-30 minutes away from another AAS Display Garden.
Once a garden determines they would like to be involved, they must decide whether they will grow AAS flowers and edibles, AAS flowers only, or AAS edibles only.
Ideally, the AAS Winners are planted in a highly visible, high-traffic location(s) as possible within the garden. A locally publicized “open house” or “field day” during the growing season adds to the attractiveness of a garden.
The Display Garden is not required to evaluate and report the performance of AAS Winners.