All-America Selections Names Latest Variety Winner, Announces New Display Gardens and Judges


Pepper ‘Mexican Sunset’

All-America Selections (AAS), the 85-year-young non-profit plant trialing organization, had a very busy month of January. It started with the announcement of one more AAS Winner, approved at the recent Board of Directors meeting held in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association’s Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. The latest winner, Pepper ‘Mexican Sunset,’ was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grew them next to comparisons that are considered best in class.


Fourteen varieties were previously announced as 2018 AAS Winners and are readily available for purchase. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale as supply becomes available through the distribution chain. Each AAS Winner will be marketed through an extensive Social Media and public relations campaign.

AAS Approves New Judges, New Display Gardens, and New Treasurer

During the ASTA Annual Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in San Diego, CA, AAS also approved a new officer, judges, and display gardens.

The new Treasurer is Alex Augustyniak, General Manager of West Coast Seeds in Delta, British Columbia. Augustyniak takes over as Patty Buskirk of Seeds By Design completes her term serving the AAS Board as Treasurer since 2013.

Recently approved judges, who are judging the 2018 AAS trials as their first trial are:
• Adam Flint, PanAmerican Seed, Ornamental Seed judge in Santa Paula, CA
• Alex Augustyniak, West Coast Seeds, Ornamental Seed judge in Delta, B.C.
• Aubrey Cooper, LSU Ag Center, Ornamental Seed judge in Baton Rouge, LA
• Brian Minter, Minter Gardens, added the Ornamental Seed trial in Chilliwack, B.C.
• Chris Krabbenhoeft, Denver Botanic Garden, Edible judge in Littleton, CO
• Jeff Mills, Monsanto, Edible judge in Woodland, CA
• Jeff Werner, Harris Seeds, Edible trial in Rochester, NY
• Leigh Geschwill, F&B Farm and Nursery, Ornamental Vegetative judge in Woodburn, OR
• Mark Konlock, Green Bay Botanical Garden, added the Ornamental Vegetative trial in Green Bay, WI
• Noah Schwartz, Neal Mast Greenhouse, Ornamental Seed and Ornamental Vegetative judge in Grand Rapids, MI
• Robert Durgy, CT Ag Experiment Station, added the Ornamental Seed trial in Griswold, CT
• Scott Evans, Nebraska Extension, Ornamental Seed judge in Omaha, NE
• Sharon Rosen, Pure Line Seeds, Edible trial in Munich, MN
• Solange Blais, Norseco, Ornamental Seed judge in Laval, QC
• Stephanie Makela, Pure Line Seeds, Edible judge in Warden, WA

A searchable list of all AAS Display Gardens is located on the AAS website under the Display Gardens tab where consumers can locate gardens to visit in their local area.

For more information about All-America Selections trials, entries, AAS Winners, Display Gardens, or anything related, contact Diane Blazek, All-America Selections.