Classic All-America Selections for Your Garden
When I was the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens (Janesville, WI), we enjoyed our relationship with All-America Selections (AAS), and we were always proud to display a wide range of award-winning plants with a heavy focus on the annuals. The beauty and performance of these winners was matched by the enthusiasm of our visitors who enjoyed seeing such wonderful color and texture in the garden. We created displays of historic AAS Winners three separate times, always to rave reviews! It was amazing to see how AAS Winners from 50-80 years ago have stood the test of time and continue to delight today.
Varieties of all sorts of plants come and go every year due to breeding improvements, new introductions, crop failures, and changes in consumer preferences. The fact that many AAS winners are still available is a testament not only to their breeding but also to their popularity with gardeners for so many years.
“Imagine growing a zinnia that your great grandmother may have grown in her garden!“
AAS winners are destined for broad promotion and enjoyment and the history of this well-managed organization and program (founded in 1932) is filled with wonderful plants for growers and home gardeners alike! Being designated an AAS Winner not only means proven performance but also an impressive longevity in regards to future availability.
Why not consider trying some of these historic winners in your own garden in the future?
Knowing these selections have a proven track record of decades of success makes them a slam dunk for performance in the garden. Imagine showing your neighbors a nasturtium variety from the 1930s, a petunia variety from 1950, and marigold varieties that are over 50 years old! These varieties and more are listed below as just some of the winners still available. Growing these varieties also helps ensure their future availability.