Goldsmith earns AAS Medallion of Honor

August 28, 2013
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Aug. 28, 2013, Burlington, Ont. — Delegates attending the Summer Summit of All-America Selections (AAS) enjoyed some genuine southern (Ontario) hospitality.

The Summer Summit is an opportunity for breeders, brokers/distributors, mail order seed companies, seed packet companies, growers, retailers and AAS trial judges to network and learn more about recent AAS winners as well as varieties currently undergoing trialing.

Attendees visited JVK, Stokes Seeds, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Niagara College Winery & Brewery, University of Guelph trial gardens, Dam Seeds and the AAS Display Garden and other installations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

A pair of awards were presented.

• The AAS Medallion of Honor was presented to Joel Goldsmith, of Goldsmith Seeds, The award recognizes his lifelong dedication to advancement in the field of horticulture.

Greg Gabrels presents the AAS Medallion of Honor award to Joel Goldsmith.

Goldsmith Seeds was founded in 1962 and Joel took over as president in 1989. Goldsmith Seeds has won an impressive 22 AAS winner awards for their innovative flower breeding. Joel began working with the AAS board of directors in 1989, including serving as president in 1993 when he established the stand alone event now known as the Summer Summit.

• Established in 2004, the AAS Breeders Cup Award was designed to recognize a person who dramatically influenced horticulture by breeding new cultivars that brought significant improvement to those classes.

Angus Mellish presents the AAS Breeder's Cup award to Rob Johnston, Jr.

This year's recipient is Robert L. Johnston, Jr., founder and chairman of Johnny's Selected Seeds where he has bred award winning vegetables for an impressive 40 years. He also served on the AAS Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010, the last four years as president and past president.

The 2014 AAS Summer Summit and awards banquet will be held in the Carolinas.


All-America Selections was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent plant testing organization in North America. Every year, never-before-sold varieties are trialed in its Trial Grounds where professional horticulturists determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their garden performance.

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