Learn to Grow: All America Selections

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By: Jim Janke, Master Gardener Volunteer

All gardeners have favorite plant varieties. Whether it’s a new hybrid, or heirloom seed saved by great Aunt Matilda and passed down through the generations, mention your favorite plants in gardening circles and you can expect a vigorous discussion.

All-America Selections is a non-profit organization founded in 1932 that conducts nationwide trials of newly introduced ornamental and vegetable plants, all bred or produced without using genetic engineering (i.e., without “GMO”). AAS winners are selected by an independent panel of expert judges, and offer gardeners varieties with superior performance.

Below are pictures of AAS 2022 winners. For plant descriptions and more information go to https://all-americaselections.org/product-category/year/2022/.

I’ve grown many AAS winners over the years and had exceptional luck with them. The varieties above should be available from seed catalogs or as transplants from local vendors this spring. Give them a trial of your own!

Petunia ‘Bees Knees’. Photo credit: All America Selections

Begonia ‘Viking’ Explorer Rose. Photo Credit: All America Selections

Torenia Vertigo Deep Blue. Photo credit: All America Selections.

Watermelon ‘Century Star’ Photo Credit: All America Selections.

Tomato ‘Sunset Torch’. Photo Credit: All America Selections

Tomato ‘Pink Delicious’. Photo Credit: All America Selections.

Eggplant ‘Icicle’. Photo Credit: All America Selections.