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New wrinkle added to AAS awards program


November 8, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Nov. 8, 2013, Downers Grove, IL — There are many new winners with the All-America Selections (AAS) program this year. In addition to national winners, for the first time in its history, the AAS is granting Regional Winner designations.

Nov. 8, 2013, Downers Grove, IL — There are many new winners with the All-America Selections (AAS) program this year.

In addition to national winners, for the first time in its history, the AAS is granting Regional Winner designations. Included this year are:

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• Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1 (Heartland, Mountain/Southwest and West/Northwest).

• Sunflower ‘Suntastic’ 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).

Entries that did well in a majority of regions are designated as traditional National Winners. Receiving this designation are:

• Petunia ‘African Sunset’ F1.

• Pepper ‘Mama Mia Giallo’ F1.

• Tomato ‘Chef’s Choice Orange’ F1.

• Tomato ‘Fantastico’ F1.

All of these winners were trialled 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.

Click here for a complete list of trial grounds and judges.

Click here for a complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932.

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Penstemon ‘Arabesque Red’ F1
(PHOTO COURTESY ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS)

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Petunia ‘African Sunset’
(PHOTO COURTESY ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS)
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Sunflower ‘Suntastic’ F1
(PHOTO COURTESY ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS)


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