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Featured Garden of the Week: All-America Selections (AAS) Garden
By Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture on Aug 13, 2009
Though seasonal displays can be seen throughout the Gardens, the only significant display of annuals at Denver Botanic Gardens is found in the AAS Garden. Featuring premier annuals from the All-America Selections program, this garden is in spectacular form at this time and was artistically designed by Senior Horticulturist Maria Bumgarner. Through trials throughout the country, the AAS program each year introduces superior varieties proven to be excellent garden performers throughout North America. The AAS Garden features latest and past years’ plant introductions, which includes bedding plants and vegetables.
This year, Denver Botanic Gardens is one of seventeen prestigious gardens participating in a novel program introduced by AAS called the American Garden Award Competition, which I equate as the ‘American Idol’ of plants. Through a voting process, the American Garden Award Competition allows visitors, patrons and gardeners to cast vote for one of six of their favorite flower by text message or dialing an 800 number. Signage at the garden coaches people through the voting process. This is the first time people have been able to use mobile marketing to vote for their favorite flower. The southeast bed in the AAS Garden is dedicated to this competition. Please stop by and vote for your favorite flower today! The competition ends September 8th.