Get a sneak peek of All-America Selections winners at botanical garden

Will it grow around here?” and “What’s new this year?” are common questions I hear from new and veteran gardeners alike.

If you’re interested in tried and true and new, consider the All-America Selections winners.

AAS is a nonprofit organization created in 1932 that evaluates new seed-grown flowers and vegetables from around the world for home gardeners. To become an AAS winner requires more than just good looks. The flower or vegetable must be an improvement from other varieties currently on the market, and it’s got to be tough. In more than 70 trial gardens across the United States and Canada, volunteer judges score flowers on the basis of color, disease resistance, insect and weather stress, prolonged flowering, attractiveness of blossoms, uniformity, uniqueness and fragrance. Vegetables are evaluated for flavor, yield, appearance, texture, disease resistance, production and space efficiency, nutrition and novelty value.

In 2015, there were 25 AAS winners, which is a 75-year high for the organization. Many of the 2015 winners are the first in a class to be granted an AAS award, such as Brussels sprouts, garlic chives, oregano and pak choi.

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