The American Garden Award has just closed voting for the 2011 voting season and it was an exciting race! The weather in almost all areas of the country was challenging, but our AGA Display Gardens did a wonderful job of making the seven entries look their best all season long. All gardens planted the entries between April and June then voting began on May 13th. Because most of the gardens looked great at the end of August, we extended voting through the end of September. The votes have been tallied for the final time and the three winners are:
Most Popular! Grand Prize Winner
‘SunPatiens® Variegated Spreading White’ from Sakata Seed
Finally, an Impatiens for the sun: ‘SunPatiens® Variegated Spreading White’! Surprisingly, it also performs well in shade and cool climates, surviving until the first hard frost, making it a three-season favorite. The large white flowers and striking variegated foliage make it an ideal plant for the “night garden.”
Second Place Winner
Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Hypnotica® Lavender’ from Fides North America
‘Dahlinova Hypnotica® Lavender’ is a beautifully strong plant with an amazing and striking flower color. This plant flowers over and over again. In a partly sun environment, the ‘Dahlinova Hypnotica® Lavender’ will offer you its amazing beauty all summer long!
Third Place Winner
Petunia ‘Easy Wave™ Neon Rose’ from Pan American Seed
‘Easy Wave™ Neon Rose’ petunia can be grown in sunny containers, landscape beds, or just about anyplace you want to make a bold impression! These fast-growing and spreading petunias bloom continuously all season without cutting or dead-heading, and tolerate both hot and cool conditions extremely well. ‘Easy Wave™ Neon Rose’ offers vivid, eye-catching color!
Look for these exciting winners as seeds or plants at your favorite online or local retailer.
A HUGE end-of-season “Thank you” to the twenty-four participating gardens:
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Denver Botanic Gardens
Garfield Park Arts Center
Kentucky Exposition Center
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Missouri Botanical Garden
MSU Horticulture Gardens
NCSUJC Raulston Arboretum
Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
Park Seed Company
Pier 39, Inc.
Rotary Botanical Gardens
San Francisco Botanical Garden
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Rudbeckia ‘Denver Daisy’ Rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye Gold’
Echinacea ‘Prairie Splendor’ Petunia ‘Baby Duck Yellow’
Ornamental Pepper ‘Purple Flash’ Pentas ‘Northern Lights Lavender’
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