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Toledo Botanical Garden Named Winner

October 11, 2012




DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 11, 2012 – In celebration of All-America Selections’ 80th Anniversary, 2012 was the roll-out year for a brand new contest for our 180+ AAS Display Gardens. This contest is a landscape design contest incorporating AAS Winners, past and present.

The rules were fairly simple:

  1. A list of AAS Winners used in the design must be furnished
  2. A minimum of 50% of the total landscaped area must be AAS Winners and be labeled as such
  3. There must be a written statement that describes the location of the site and the design features
  4. Between five and ten photographs of the design must be submitted
  5. Local publicity is expected and will be part of the judging criteria
  6. Contest is for current year plantings only


The criteria and weight in final score were as follows:

30% of the score was based on the quantity of AAS Winner varieties used

20% of the score was based on the overall attractiveness of landscape design

20% of the score was based on the creative use of AAS Winners in the design

20% of the score was based on any promotion of the display to local media and garden visitors/members

10% of the score was based on photo quality and design description/explanation


There were three categories, based on number of visitors to that garden in one year:

Category I: fewer than 10,000 visitors per year

Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year (Toledo Botanical Garden’s category)

Category III: Over 100,000 visitors per year


Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year


First Place Winner: Horticultural Art Society Demonstration Garden, Colorado Springs, CO.!

Second Place Winner: Agriculture Canada Ornamental Gardens, Ottawa, Ontario.

Third Place Winner: Toledo Botanical Garden, Toledo, OH. The judges loved how Toledo Botanical Garden designed their display with youngsters in mind since their AAS Landscape Design area was situated right next to their Children’s Garden. And they sensibly mixed some of the newer AAS Winners with popular heirlooms to show and explain the advantages of both. With their stated function being “to provide people with inspiration for what they might be able to grow in their yard,” we think they were very successful in fulfilling that mission.

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 2013, contact Diane Blazek, All-America Selections at



All-America Selections is a non-profit organization founded in 1932 to test new flowers and vegetables for home gardening. We utilize a network of 70 judges in over 40 trials grounds across North America to rate entries against comparisons. We then use an active publicity program to promote the best performers that are declared AAS Winners.

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