AAS Medallion of Honor
The AAS Medallion of Honor is presented to an individual who has given a lifelong dedication to the advancement of horticulture. All-America Selections is pleased to announce that the 2016 Medallion of Honor recipient is Jim Nau of the Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Illinois. Jim started his career in June 1982 right out of college where he earned his degree from Iowa State University. The Gardens of Ball have evolved and thrived under Jim’s thirty-four years of managing those showplace gardens. Jim’s work in The Gardens of Ball has earned him a stellar reputation as a knowledgeable plantsman, an author of multiple books and countless articles, and a friend to many.
AAS Medallion of Honor recipient Jim Nau
Jan Patranella, Ball Seed, who has also served as an All-America Selections judge, presented a heartfelt summary of Jim’s career with the Ball companies. As a long time judge, Jim has given many hours to the organization even before taking on the additional roles of Director, Vice President, President and then Past-President.
AAS Breeders Cup
The All-America Selections Breeders Cup was established in 2004 to recognize a plant breeder who dramatically influenced horticulture by breeding new cultivars that brought significant improvements to those classes. All-America Selections is very proud to announce that the 2016 Breeder’s Cup Award recipient is Janika Eckert of Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Albion, Maine.
Janika Eckert, recipient of the AAS Breeder’s Cup
Christopher Saladi, Canadian Sales Manager at Johnny’s presented Janika with her award while chronicling her interesting and varied career leading to her becoming a vegetable breeder. Janika’s first AAS Winner was Diva cucumber in 2002. That was followed quickly by Carmen pepper in 2006 then Escamillo and Cornito Giallo peppers earlier this year. Originally from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Janika was especially pleased to return to her home state in 2016 to accept her award.