Jennings Park, WSU Master Gardener Demo Garden
Marysville , WA USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Meredith Public Library Garden
Meredith , NH USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Jardin Daniel A Seguin
Saint-Hyacinthe , QC CANADA
3rd place contest winner, II (10,000-100,000 visitors)
Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens
Oriskany , NY USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Noelridge Park Gardens
Cedar Rapids , IA USA
1st place contest winner, II (10,000-100,000 visitors)
Norseco at Montreal Botanical Garden
Montreal, QC CANADA
1st place contest winner, III (over 100,000 visitors)
Kenosha County Center AAS Display & Demonstration Garden
Bristol, WI USA
3rd place contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens , GA USA
3rd place contest winner, III (over 100,000 visitors)
Pima County Cooperative Extension
Tucson , AZ USA
2nd place contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
MSU-Truck Crops Exp. Station
Crystal Springs , MS USA
2nd place contest winner, II (10,000-100,000 visitors)
Boone County Arboretum
Union, KY USA
Participant contest winner, II (10,000-100,000 visitors)
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Hales Corners , WI USA
2nd place contest winner, III (over 100,000 visitors)
Univ of Wisconsin Spooner Ag Research Station Teaching and Display Garden
Spooner , WI USA
2nd place contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Breckenridge Endowment Farm and Display Garden
Twin Falls, ID USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Kishwaukee College
Malta , IL USA
1st place contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
William Dam Seeds Limited
Hamilton , ON CANADA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Cutler Botanic Gardens
Binghamton , NY USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
STLCC Meramec Horticulture Display Garden
Kirkwood, MO USA
Participant contest winner, I (0-10,000 visitors)
Idaho Botanical Garden
Boise, ID USA
Participant contest winner, II (10,000-100,000 visitors)

In 2012, All-America Selections (AAS) launched a contest for its nearly 200 Display Gardens to encourage new and exciting landscaping ideas using AAS Winners. Five years in, enthusiasm for the contest has continued to grow, helping bring more inspiration and excitement for gardening to the general public. 

 This contest is a landscape design contest using AAS Winners announced in the last five years with the option to incorporate more than 80 years worth of past AAS Winners. AAS Winners offer gardeners reliable new varieties of flowers and vegetables that have proved their superior garden performance in Trial Grounds across North America. Each display garden is responsible for creating and executing the design and generating publicity surrounding the contest. The gardens must then submit proof of publicity for the designed garden and AAS Winners, as well as an overall description of their design. All-America Selections is pleased that such a broad range of garden types have participated in the contest for 2015: large and small public gardens, seed companies, community gardens, master gardener programs and university gardens. All-America Selections sends kudos to all the participating gardens and their creative efforts to produce an attractive display of AAS Winners.

All-America Selections recognizes and thanks the contest judges who are industry experts in the field of horticulture and landscapeing:  
  • Jeff Gibson, Landscape Business Manger, Ball Horticultural Company
  • Bruce Hellerick, Senior Horticulture Specialist, The Brickman Group
  • Susan Schmitz, Trials and Education Manager, Ball Horticultural Company
  • Barbara Wise, author and Director of Floriculture, Landscape Services, Inc.

We are pleased to present the 2015 winners in each category, based on number of garden visitors per year.

To see additional photos from the winners, please click through the slide show above. To see photos from all the participants, please see our Facebook page or Flickr account.

Category I (0-10,000 visitors)

1st place: Kishwaukee College

Malta , IL USA

The Kishwaukee College Horticulture Department used the Landscape Design Contest as an opportunity to collaborate with the Mathmatics Department to create a display around the theme, “What’s Your Angle?” The beds themselves are a range of geometric shapes. Within each bed they created a geometric theme including circumference, diameter, octagon, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, radius, perimeter, right triangles and trapezoid. The judges felt this multi-discipline effort and excellent use of the theme produced a fantastic visual effect. But the gardens were not just pretty! They were used during the growing season by various student clubs and and departments for projects in horticulture, math, photography, creative writing, biology and early childhood education. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhRX6

2nd place: Univ of Wisconsin Spooner Ag Research Station Teaching and Display Garden

Spooner , WI USA

*TIE* winner: A multi-year entrant and last year’s first-place winner in this category, Spooner’s gardens are recognized for their reliability and creativity. As the AAS Winners matured, they grew into the shapes of objects such as a kite, star, hot air balloon and a tic-tac-toe board. The judges found Spooner to be an avid and enthusiastic promoter of the AAS Display Garden. In addition to promoting through state and local newspapers and radio, social media and via the UW Extension program, the garden partnered with the Washburn County Tourism to promote the gardens through their websites and on an LED visitor information sign. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhRA1

2nd place: Pima County Cooperative Extension

Tucson , AZ USA

*TIE* Winner: Also using plants to create geometric shapes, Pima’s AAS Display Garden was praised by the judges for being educational, creative and beautiful. The garden used an impressive total of 77 AAS Winning varieties including vegetables, herbs and flowers. The judges were also impressed by the garden’s informative signage and their promotion of the garden, including a plan of the Pima garden on MotherEarthNews.com. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhS7W

3rd place: Kenosha County Center AAS Display & Demonstration Garden

Bristol, WI USA

Noting a good use of the geometry theme, the judges awarded third place to this garden that they called very creative and clever. The theme was based on Geometry in the Kitchen Garden, and the garden displays incorporated kitchen items such as a rectangular bread box, circular plates and triangular hangers. They made the geometry theme clear to garden visitors with fun and informational signage. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhVgg

Participant: William Dam Seeds Limited

Hamilton , ON CANADA

HONORABLE MENTION, "BEST WALKABLE DESIGN" Garden. Using a paisley-shaped bed as its base, the gardeners at William Dam Seeds divided this organic shape into quadrants, circles and radiating curves. It was specifically noted by the judges that this garden was roomy for walking and thus a delightful layout. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhW1b

Participant: Cutler Botanic Gardens

Binghamton , NY USA

HONORABLE MENTION PARTICIPANT More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhVDN

Participant: Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens

Oriskany , NY USA

HONORABLE MENTION, "BEST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT" Garden. This garden was another shining light of community involvement, including the participation of local high school agricultural classes and a local state prison, where some of the plants used had been overwintered. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhXlW

Participant: Breckenridge Endowment Farm and Display Garden

Twin Falls, ID USA

HONORABLE MENTION PARTICIPANT More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhXRi

Participant: Jennings Park, WSU Master Gardener Demo Garden

Marysville , WA USA

HONORABLE MENTION PARTICIPANT More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhY7H

Participant: Meredith Public Library Garden

Meredith , NH USA

HONORABLE MENTION, "BEST WALKABLE DESIGN" Garden. Using a paisley-shaped bed as its base, the gardeners at William Dam Seeds divided this organic shape into quadrants, circles and radiating curves. It was specifically noted by the judges that this garden was roomy for walking and thus a delightful layout. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhWiO

Participant: STLCC Meramec Horticulture Display Garden

Kirkwood, MO USA

HONORABLE MENTION, "BEST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT" Garden. The “Best Community Involvement” Garden designation is rightly served on this garden. It played host to four garden club visits, six Gateway Greening visits, and is active in promoting pollinators in Missouri. More photos can be at - http://ow.ly/UhWMl

Category II (10,000-100,000 visitors)

1st place: Noelridge Park Gardens

Cedar Rapids , IA USA

This garden had it all—great garden design, props, publicity and community involvement. This year’s garden display was a collaboration of the local parks department, Goodwill and the Friends of Noelridge. As a result, the garden was host to many groups, including a photography event and garden tour. The participants of the Goodwill Dayhab program assisted in planting and maintaining the creative designs, and those participants were able to take home some great AAS-winning vegetables, too. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhYqs

2nd place: MSU-Truck Crops Exp. Station

Crystal Springs , MS USA

With 75 AAS Winning varieties incorporated into the 30 raised beds and three-tiered hexagonal mound, this AAS Display Garden is the focal point of MSU’s Fall Flower & Garden Fest each October. The judges were taken away with the beauty and tidiness of the garden, as well as the creativity of the fountain bed, which this year flowed with cascading flowers rather than water. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhYLY

3rd place: Jardin Daniel A Seguin

Saint-Hyacinthe , QC CANADA

A consistent submission to the Landscape Design Contest, this “jardin” was designed and planted with yet another elegant display. The layout of the vertical garden was a novel spin on incorporating geometry into the garden’s theme. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhZjr

Participant: Boone County Arboretum

Union, KY USA

HONORABLE MENTION PARTICIPANT More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhZSo

Participant: Idaho Botanical Garden

Boise, ID USA

HONORABLE MENTION, "BEST FIRST-TIME ENTRY" Garden. Proving that a big budget isn’t required to build raised beds, this garden employed straw bales as its method to contain soil and grow gardens. They did a fabulous job at it, too! If the mission of a botanical garden is to inspire creativity in its visitors, this garden certainly hit the mark. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/UhZvf

Category III (over 100,000 visitors)

1st place: Norseco at Montreal Botanical Garden

Montreal, QC CANADA

Winning an Honorable Mention in 2014, Norseco knocked it out of the park for First Place in 2015 with a fantastic interpretation of the geometry theme and stunning displays. The triangular flower bed was entirely separated diagonally with a wide grass path for better viewing from all sides. Inside the triangle visitors could see other planted shapes—circles, squares and triangles. The vegetable beds incorporated both color and textural contrasts. And if it was ever doubted that lettuce could be pretty, the red and green lettuce bed put that question to rest! More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/Ui0gJ

2nd place: Boerner Botanical Gardens

Hales Corners , WI USA

Noting a good execution of the geometry theme, the judges were wowed by the quilt-like patchwork of triangular plantings at Boerner Botanic Gardens. This “Triangulation” theme was anchored by two antique topiary forms planted with AAS Winner Scarlet O’Hara morning glory, giving the beds an even greater degree of geometrical depth. The vegetable trial bed was also planted in a triangular formation. A path for maintenance and harvest turned this bed into a living peace sign. In all, the garden was planted with a total of 39 AAS Winners. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/Ui0x3

3rd place: State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Athens , GA USA

Existing plantings getting in the way of your geometry-themed garden design? This garden shows it’s a problem that is easily solved. Judges were impressed by the design’s use of space. AAS Winners were planted in rectangles, circles and diamonds, with two planted towers. The Botanical Garden’s staff noted that the three-dimensional aspect brought to the plantings by the towers prompted visitors to linger longer to view the mingling of varieties. More photos can be found at - http://ow.ly/Ui0NP