Nov 22, 2021
AAS Announces Seven New Award Winners for ’22

All-America Selections recently announced the following new AAS Winners for the 2022 garden season. In a record-setting comeback, after a 17-year drought, the organization is now proud to have three breeding breakthrough Gold Medal Winners in just the past 12 months, demonstrating the top-quality genetics that are being submitted to the AAS Trials:

The Gold Medal winners are:

Begonia ‘Viking Explorer Rose on Green’

Petunia ‘Bee’s Knees’ 

Zinnia ‘Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor’

All AAS Winners are trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grow new, never-before-sold entries next to comparisons that are considered best-in-class. Only those entries that had garden performance superior to the comparisons are granted the AAS award designation. Comparison varieties can be found on each AAS Winner webpage. 

The newest AAS Winners are:

Begonia ‘Viking Explorer Rose on Green’ (National Gold Medal)

Bred by Sakata Seed Corp.

Pepper ‘Dragonfly’ (National)

Bred by Bejo Seeds Inc.

Sunflower ‘Concert Bell’ (National)


Distributed in North America by Seed Science Inc.

Distributed outside of North America by Fukukaen Nursery & Bulb Co. Ltd


Tomato ‘Pink Delicious’ (Regional)

Bred by Bayer Seminis 

Vegetables by Bayer

Tomato ‘Purple Zebra’ (National)

Bred by Frogsleap Farm 

Distributed by A. P. Whaley Seed Co. 

Tomato ‘Sunset Torch’ (Regional)

Bred by Frogsleap Farm 

Distributed by A. P. Whaley Seed Co. 

Torenia ‘Vertigo Deep Blue’ (Regional)

Bred by AmeriSeed International Co. Ltd. 

Growers, retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale as supply becomes available through the distribution chain. Click on the breeding company link below to email the breeder about ordering seed or cuttings. Garden communicators are free to begin writing about these varieties now to build demand.

NEW marketing! Newer AAS Winners are featured in custom videos in social media posts and on the AAS YouTube channel

All AAS Winners are marketed through social media, public relations and trade shows and are proudly grown in 200+ AAS Display Gardens across North America.

In addition, the AAS office creates and maintains a wide variety of marketing pieces and resources such as Printable brochures and bench cards and variety markers.

AAS launched the new Introduction Gardens program in 2021 as a way for industry to view the AAS Winners at their favorite Field Day, Grower Open House, Customer Day, etc. 

The AAS website also now includes a page of Wholesale Sources to make it easier to source and purchase AAS Winners.