New Officers Announced

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Associations

All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau Elects New Officers and Directors during Annual Meeting

National Garden Bureau (NGB) and All-America Selections recently held their annual membership update meeting to elect new officers and Directors, and to give news about the organization’s activities. 

The new officers for All-America Selections are:

  • President: Scott Rusch, BloomStudios
  • Vice-President: Alicain Carlson, Syngenta Flowers 
  • Past President: Jim Devereux, Green Fuse Botanicals

The new Director for All-America Selections is:

  • Denise Mullins, Smith Gardens 

A complete list of AAS Officers and Directors can be found here

The two new Directors for National Garden Bureau are:

  • Chris Berg, Dummen Orange
  • Scott Mozingo, Griffin 

A complete list of NGB Officers and Directors can be found here

In other news, the following announcements and updates were given during the virtual meeting:

  • AAS proudly announced the first gold medal winner in 17 years—Zinnia Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor from Sakata. 
  • In 2020, AAS rolled out a trial reporting app for AAS judges. Based on the success of 2020, all judges and all trials will use the app in 2021.
  • AAS is a sponsor of Jonathan Bardzik’s new Amazon Prime cooking show called “Jonathan’s Kitchen: Seasons to Taste,” scheduled to launch February 2021.
  • NGB added a Flowering Shrub to the “Year of the” program with a hydrangea in 2020. Starting in 2022, the organization is adding a houseplant to the program. The first one to be highlighted will be Peperomia. 
  • NGB’s social media reach grew during the pandemic: Instagram traffic grew by a whopping 317%, emails grew by 75%, Pinterest by 22% and 15% from Facebook. 
  • NGB’s launch of the Victory Garden 2.0 program in spring 2020 garnered a lot of interest and helped contribute to the above growth. 
  • 2020 saw the launch of individual videos for each new AAS Winner that are posted on YouTube, social media and the AAS website.
  • NGB recently launched a “Seed Facts” campaign (consisting of blogs, social media and a webinar) to help educate consumers in response to current questions. 
  • The previously announced partnership with www.kidsgardening.org is ongoing. 
  • AAS added 3 new trials for 2021: Edible Container, Ornamental Seed Container and Ornamental Non-Seed In-ground. 
  • AAS trial entries may now be sold while in trial.
  • The AAS and NGB Summer Summit that was postponed from 2020 to 2021 has again been postponed until September 2022 in Vancouver. There will be virtual trial visits and a virtual meeting to replace the in-person event. 

For more information about All-America Selections or National Garden Bureau please contact Diane Blazek.

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