AAS Adds Vegetative Ornamentals to 2013 Trialing Program
After 80 years of exclusively trialing new seed varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) has announced it will include vegetative ornamentals in its 2013 trialing program. As the industry continues to shift to producing and consuming more vegetative varieties, All-America Selections will parallel its efforts to coincide with those of the industry.
Adding vegetative entries broadens the scope of AAS on a very practical level and ensures the organization’s continued growth.
“The All-America Selections Board of Directors has given a lot of time and energy to making this important step for the organization. We felt that after eighty years of trialing experience and granting over 700 awards, we have the history and experience to successfully expand into vegetative ornamentals and do it correctly. It’s a very exciting time to be involved with AAS,” says AAS executive director Diane Blazek.
The pilot program of trialing vegetative entries will begin in 2013. A select number of trial judges from across the U.S. and Canada have been invited to participate. Breeders can begin submitting a limited number of entry applications this August with a deadline of Nov. 1, 2012. Vegetative entries will be trialed in containers next to comparisons of similar vegetative varieties already on the market. All other aspects of the AAS vegetative ornamental trials will closely resemble those of the flower seed trials.
Future AAS Winners from the vegetative trials will be announced at one of the three times, just as seed winners are: late January, early July or early November.
For additional information, please contact Diane Blazek at [email protected].