AAS announces contest winners

The 2016 contest theme was pollinator education, and could incorporate 80 years worth of plant varieties.

October 13, 2016
Industry News

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The All-America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Contest for Display Gardens is a landscape design contest using AAS winners announced in the last five years with the option to incorporate more than 80 years worth of past AAS winners. AAS winners offer gardeners reliable new varieties of flowers and vegetables that have proved their superior garden performance in trial grounds across North America. Each display garden is responsible for creating and executing a design incorporating the yearly theme, then generating publicity surrounding the contest. All-America Selections is pleased that such a broad range of garden types have participated in the contest for 2016: large and small public gardens, seed companies, community gardens, master gardener programs and university gardens.

The rules for the Landscape Design Contest were the following:
1. The 2016 contest theme was: pollinator education.
2. The entry form must list the AAS winners incorporated into the design.
3. A minimum of 50 percent of the total landscaped area must be AAS winners and labeled with the variety name, AAS winner designation and if possible, use the AAS logo.
4. The entry form must include a written description of the design in 200 words or less.
5. Eight photographs of each garden must be submitted in digital form.
6. Local publicity is expected and will be part of the criteria for judging.
7. The contest is open to current year plantings only, not previous year displays.

The criteria and final score weighting were:
• 20 percent on the overall attractiveness of garden design
• 20 percent on the creativity of design and/or design story
• 20 percent on the promotion of AAS and this contest to local media and garden visitors
• 20 percent on the photo quality and design description/explantion
• 20 percent on the quantity of AAS Winners used and proper signage used

Gardens were divided into three categories based on the number of visitors per year:

All-America Selections recognizes and thanks the contest judges who are industry experts in the field of horticulture and landscaping:
Jeff Gibson, landscape business manager, Ball Horticultural Company
Bruce Hellerick, director of technical services, BrightView Landscape Services
Susan Schmitz, trials and education manager, Ball Horticultural Company
Barbara Wise, author and sales and marketing manager, Crescent Garden

The winning gardens are:

Category I: fewer than 10,000 visitors per year
First place winner:
Master Gardeners Association of Tippecanoe Country (MGATC), Lafayette, Indiana. 
Second place *TIE* winner: Jennings Park Master Gardener Display Garden, Marysville, Washington.
Second place *TIE* winner: Kenosha County Center Display and Demonstration Garden, Bristol, Wisconsin. 
Second place *TIE* winner: University of Wisconsin Spooner Ag Research Station, Teaching and Display Garden, Spooner, Wisconsin. 
Third place winner: William Dam Seeds, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.
Honorable mention, “Best Use of a YouTube Video”: Backyard Farmer Garden, Lincoln, Nebraska. 
Honorable mention, “Best Theme Execution”: Breckenridge Endowment Farm and Display Garden, Twin Falls, Idaho. 
Honorable mention, “Best Combinations of Edibles and Ornamentals”: Garden of the Sun, Fresno, California. 
Honorable mention, “Best Community Involvement”: Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens, Oriskany, New York. 
Honorable mention, “Best Brochure for Pollinator Education”: St. Louis Community College-Meramec Horticulture Department, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year
First place winner:
Noelridge Park Gardens, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
Second place winner: Town of Oakville – Shell Park, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. 
Third place winner: Hidden Lake Gardens – MSU, Tipton, Michigan.
Honorable mention, “Best Garden Focal Points”: Country Heritage Park, Milton, Ontario, Canada. 
Honorable mention “Best Small Space Designs”: Le Jardin des Graminées, Jardin Daniel A. Seguin, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.  
Honorable mention, “Best Use of Color in Design”: McCrory Gardens, Brookings, South Dakota. 
Honorable mention, “Creation of a Pollinator Target Garden”: Oglebay Park, Wheeling, Ohio. 

Category III: Over 100,000 visitors per year
First place winner:
Norseco at the Botanical Garden of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Second place winner: Boerner Botanic Gardens, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. 

Each of these contest winners are profiled on the AAS website, under “Display Gardens”

A complete collection of photos from all contest entrants can be found on the All-America Selections Flickr and Facebook accounts.

For more information about the contest winners or how to participate in 2017, contact Diane Blazek, All-America Selections.