ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS ANNOUNCES BOTH REGIONAL AND NATIONAL WINNERS FOR 2014
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. For the first time in AAS history, the organization is recognizing regional performance and granting an AAS Regional Winner designation to five new Winners:
The Regional Winners are:
Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1 (Heartland, Mountain/Southwest and West/Northwest)
Sunflower ‘Suntastic Yellow with Black Center’ F1 (Great Lakes)
Cucumber ‘Pick a Bushel’ F1 (Heartland and Great Lakes)
Pumpkin ‘Cinderella’s Carriage’ F1 (Southeast, Great Lakes and Mountain/Southwest)
Tomato ‘Mountain Merit’ F1 (Heartland)
The entries that did well in a majority of regions are designated as traditional National Winners and those are:
Petunia ‘African Sunset’ F1
Pepper ‘Mama Mia Giallo’ F1
Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Orange’ F1
Tomato ‘Fantastico’ F1
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. All nine winners are available for sale immediately.
A map showing the different regions can be found here: http://www.aaswinners.com/images/regional_map_10_11_2013.jpg
A complete list of trial grounds and judges can be found here: http://www.aaswinners.com/trial_grounds/index.cfm
A complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932 can be found here: http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/index.cfm
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.
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