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American Garden Award winners announced


September 17, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Sept. 17, 2012, Downer's Grove, IL — The American Garden Award program recognized three new flower varieties for their ability to wow consumers.

Now in its fourth year, the awards program featured six new flower varieties chosen by their breeders for their excellent garden performance. The new varieties were planted at 28 gardens across the United States, and the public was invited to cast a vote for their favourite via several voting methods. Now the votes have been tallied and the winners announced.

Begonia boliviensis "Santa Cruz Sunset" by Ernst Benary of America
Begonia Santa Cruz took the grand prize, winning the largest share of the votes. The plant's scarlet and orange blooms softly cascade, making them perfect for hanging baskets, urns or mass plantings in the garden. This heat, drought and rain tolerant variety is bred to thrive in any location from full sun to shade.

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Gazania "Big Kiss White Flame" F1 by Syngenta Flowers took second place in this year's contest. White Flame has huge white and rose striped flowers that cover full, bushy plants. This heat loving and drought tolerant annual loves the sun and thrives in tough conditions. Extra large flowers and plants make high impact displays in garden beds or containers.

Petunia "Surfinia Deep Red" by Suntory Flowers captured third place with its deep red shades. This plant can be enjoyed in container gardens or in the landscape from spring through fall.

The American Garden Award program is administered by the All-America Selections (AAS) Display Garden program. Winners have not been trialed, nor have they been awarded a winner status by the AAS trial judges.


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