WINNERS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL
LANDSCAPE DESIGN CONTEST
ANNOUNCED BY ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 27, 2015 – In 2012, All-America Selections (AAS) launched a contest for its nearly 200 Display Gardens to encourage new and exciting landscaping ideas using AAS Winners. Five years in, enthusiasm for the contest has continued to grow, helping bring more inspiration and excitement for gardening to the general public.
This contest is a landscape design contest using AAS Winners announced in the last five years with the option to incorporate more than 80 years worth of past AAS Winners. AAS Winners offer gardeners reliable new varieties of flowers and vegetables that have proved their superior garden performance in Trial Grounds across North America. Each display garden is responsible for creating and executing the design and generating publicity surrounding the contest. The gardens must then submit proof of publicity for the designed garden and AAS Winners, as well as an overall description of their design. All-America Selections is pleased that such a broad range of garden types have participated in the contest for 2015: large and small public gardens, seed companies, community gardens, master gardener programs and university gardens. All-America Selections sends kudos to all the participating gardens and their creative efforts to produce an attractive display of AAS Winners.
The rules for the 2015 Landscape Design Contest were the following:
- The 2015 contest theme was: “Geometry in the Garden.”
- The entry form must list the AAS Winners incorporated into the design.
- A minimum of 50% of the total landscaped area must be AAS Winners and labeled with the variety name, AAS Winner designation and if possible, use the AAS logo.
- The entry form must include a written description of the design in 200 words or less.
- Eight photographs of each garden must be submitted in digital form.
- Local publicity is expected and will be part of the criteria for judging.
- The contest is open to current year plantings only, not previous year displays.
The criteria and final score weighting were:
- 20% on the overall attractiveness of garden design
- 20% on the creative use of AAS Winners
- 20% on the promotion of AAS and this contest
- 20% on the photos and descriptions
- 20% on the total number of AAS Winners used in the garden 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
Category III: Over 100,000 visitors per year
Honorable Mention, “Best First-Time Entry” Garden: Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, Idaho. Proving that a big budget isn’t required to build raised beds, this garden employed straw bales as its method to contain soil and grow gardens. They did a fabulous job at it, too! If the mission of a botanical garden is to inspire creativity in its visitors, this garden certainly hit the mark.