Archive | January 26, 2015

All-America Selections’ January 2015 Winner Announcement

Reprinted with permission of the All-American Selections:

All-America Selections
Announces Additional

January 26, 2015 – All-America Selections is very proud to announce still more 2015 AAS Winners bringing the grand total of introductions for the 2015 gardening year to twenty-five. The seven Winners detailed below join the twelve announced last November and six announced last July. This is a 75 year high for AAS since 1939 was the last time there were as many winners.

Many of the Winners announced for 2015 are the first in a class to be granted an AAS award, such as Brussels Sprouts, garlic chives, oregano and pak choi.

This is great news for growers, retailers and consumers because now, with such an assortment of plant classes, an entire garden can be designed using AAS winning varieties that have proven, superior garden performance.

This group of 2015 Winners are:
Basil Persian Regional Winner (Heartland, Mountain/Southwest and West/Northwest)
Beet Avalanche – National Winner
Broccoli Artwork F1 – National Winner
Chives, Garlic Geisha – National Winner
Dianthus Jolt™ Pink F1 – National Winner
Oregano Cleopatra – Regional Winner (Northeast and West/Northwest)
Petunia Tidal Wave® Red Velour F1 – National Winner

With this announcement, these varieties become available for immediate sale. Brokers and growers can purchase these varieties immediately from their respective breeders. Consumers will find these Winners for sale in the coming months as supply becomes available throughout the chain of distribution.

A complete list of trial grounds and judges can be found here.

Many AAS Winners are classics and are great selling items when properly designated as an award winner. MultiPackaging Solutions Horticulturist/Project manager Julie Finucane says this about AAS Winners: “I am impressed by how many of the older AAS Winners are still popular tags in our inventory. It’s a testament to the program’s value.”

A complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932 can be found here. Note that the AAS Winners are now sortable by Flowers from Seed, Flowers from Cuttings and Vegetables.

Basil Persian
AAS 2015 Edible Winner
Regional Winner (Heartland, Mountain/Southwest and West/Northwest)

The first of three organic herbs we are introducing as AAS Winners—another first for this organization! Persian Basil is a large, vigorous plant that is a prolific producer of pleasant tasting leaves for your culinary adventures. Not only is the taste excellent, but the green foliage, sturdy branches and large leaves make for a great ornamental plant. An additional bonus is that this Winner is late to produce flowers, which often make basil develop a bitter taste. Need one more reason to try Persian Basil? The bees were very active around this entry in the trials so you’ll also do your pollinator friends a favor having this basil in your garden. Bred by Terra Organics

Beet Avalanche
AAS 2015 Edible Winner
National Winner

For any non beet-lovers, this might just be the variety to change your mind! At least that’s what happened with one AAS Judge who previously, pretty much despised beets. Now he states, “This beet has made me a believer!” Avalanche exhibits a mild, sweet taste with a uniform root shape and no reddish tinge, making for more attractive produce. Judges raved about the raw eating quality when they discovered there was no earthy beety taste, nor any bitter aftertaste. As for garden performance, there’s hardly any vegetable easier or quicker to grow and in just 50 days, you too can have delicious white beets. Bred by Bejo Seeds

Broccoli Artwork F1
AAS 2015 Edible Winner
National Winner

Artwork is a unique and beautiful dark green stem broccoli that has only recently become available to home gardeners. Previously, stem or baby broccoli was exclusively available in gourmet markets and up-scale restaurants. Now home gardeners can make the art of gardening come alive with this delicious, long-yielding variety.  Artwork starts out similar to a regular crown broccoli but after harvesting that first crown, easy-to-harvest tender and tasty side shoots continue to appear long into the season, resisting warm temperature bolting better than other stem broccoli currently on the market. Bred by: Seminis Vegetable Seeds

Chives, Garlic Geisha
AAS 2015 Edible Winner
National Winner

The second of three organic herbs in this grouping of AAS Winners, Geisha is a vigorous grower with a nice ‘just-right’ garlic flavor. Slightly wider, flatter and more refined leaves topped by pretty white flower stalks late in the season mean this is another edible that can serve a dual purpose as an ornamental. Geisha is a great culinary herb for use in stir-fries, soups, compound butters and as a fresh garnish for a variety of dishes. Although late flowering is a good thing in herbs, when Geisha does burst into bloom, the butterfly inhabitants in your garden will be very happy! Bred by Terra Organics

Dianthus Jolt™ Pink F1
AAS 2015 Bedding Plant Winner
National Winner

This is a dianthus with brightly colored and large, showy flower heads on strong stems that perform extremely well all summer long. Jolt is the most heat tolerant dianthus on the market, sporting very showy, bright pink fringed flowers. Judges called this entry the “Best of the trials! We wish all dianthus performed this well.” This is an easy to grow and trouble-free annual for the gardener looking for neat and tidy low-maintenance flower varieties.
Bred by PanAmerican Seed

Greenhouse growers should note that Jolt is shorter on the bench, making it better for shipping and the uniform blooms last up to four weeks longer than the comparison varieties making it an excellent choice for landscapers.
Oregano Cleopatra
AAS 2015 Edible Winner
Regional Winner (Northeast and West/Northwest)

Cleopatra is the third of the organic herbs introduced at this time. Pretty silver gray foliage makes this another herb that will be appreciated for its ornamental value. Unique from Greek and Italian oreganos, Cleopatra has a mildly spicy, pepperminty flavor perfect in Mediterranean dishes, soups and sauces. This compact, trailing plant produces a high yield of leaves that are wonderful as a dried spice when fresh isn’t an option. Bred by Genesis Seeds, offered by Terra Organics.

Petunia Tidal Wave Red Velour F1
AAS 2015 Flower Winner
National Winner

A fabulous and stunning color on a Wave petunia! The first Tidal Wave to win an AAS award was Silver in 2002. Now there is Velour Red with gorgeous deep red velvety blooms that don’t fade even in the heat of summer. Large flowers literally cover the vigorously spreading plants that rarely need deadheading because new blooms continuously pop up and cover the old, spent blooms. A perfect solution for the time-crunched gardener or anyone looking for petunias that are carefree. Tidal Wave petunias are the tallest of the Wave family and bloom over and over all season long and recover quickly, even after hard rains. Tidal Wave is an excellent landscape performer, covering a large area quickly and beautifully. Bred by PanAmerican Seed

Other recently announced AAS Winners:

National Winners:                                                                    Regional Winners:

Angelonia Serenita Pink F1                                                                            Brussels Sprouts Hestia F1
Basil Dolce Fresca
Bean Mascotte                                                                                           Cucumber Parisian Gherkin F1
Gaura Sparkle White                                                                                      Cucumber Pick-A-Bushel F1
Impatiens Bounce Pink Flame PPAF Balboufink
Impatiens New Guinea Florific Sweet Orange F1
                                       Cucumber Saladmore Bush F1
Impatiens SunPatiens Spreading Shell PInk
Lettuce Sandy                                                                                                     Eggplant Patio Baby F1
Tomato Fantastico F1                                                                                              Pak Choi  Bopak F1

Tomato Chef’s Choice Orange F1
Ornamental Pepper NuMex Easter F1                                                       Penstemon Arabesque Red F1
Osteospermum Akila Daisy White F1                                                                     Pepper  Giant Ristra F1
Pepper Emerald Flare F1                                                                                       Pepper Hot Sunset F1
Pepper Flaming Flare F1                                                                               Pepper Sweet Sunset F1
Pepper Mama Mia Gaillo F1
                                                                   Pumpkin Cinderella’s Carriage F1
Pepper Pretty N Sweet F1                                                                                                     Radish Rivoli
Petunia African Sunset F1                                             Sunflower Suntastic Yellow with Black Center F1
Petunia Trilogy Red F1
Radish Roxanne                                                                                           Tomato Chef’s Choice Pink F1
Salvia Summer Jewel White
Squash Bossa Nova                                                                                             Tomato Mountain Merit F1

Squash Butterscotch