All-America Selections Approves New Judges, New Display Gardens & New Treasurer
by All-America Selections
Posted: 2018-02-01 16:03:35 EST

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – All-America Selections, the only non-profit organization for trialing and testing new ornamental and vegetable varieties for the home consumer, met recently during the American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in San Diego, CA. During that meeting the following new officer, judges and Display Gardens were approved.

New Treasurer is Alex Augustyniak, General Manager of West Coast Seeds in Delta, British Columbia. Alex 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 jduge 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

Newly approved Display Gardens that are officially showcasing AAS Winners for the first time in 2018 are:

  • Davidson Academy in Nashville, TN
  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, MA
  • Hendricks County MG Demo Garden in Danville, IN
  • Kansas State Univ. Horticulture Research and Ext. Center in Olathe, KS
  • Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, OH
  • Pierce College Horticulture in Woodland Hills, CA
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale, PA
  • The DIG in Ellijay, GA
  • Washington Park Botanical Garden in Springfield, IL
  • West Coast Seeds in Delta, BC
  • Willow Oaks in Richmond, VA

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.


All-America Selections is a non-profit organization founded in 1932 to anonymously test new plants for home gardening. We utilize a network of 80+ volunteer judges in more than 40 trials grounds across North America to rate entries against comparisons. We then use an active publicity program to promote the best performers that are declared AAS Winners. 

Source: All-America Selections