Two New Varieties Earn Valued AAS Winner Award

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and most well-known non-profit plant trialing organization, is pleased to announce two new AAS Winners for the 2021 garden season.

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 superior garden performance better than the comparisons are granted the AAS award designation.

This set of AAS Winners are:

Celosia Kelos® Candela Pink (Regional)

Squash Goldilocks F1 (National)

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. Garden communicators are free to begin writing about these varieties now to build demand.

NEW for 2020! Each of the newer AAS Winners are now featured in custom videos that can be found 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 190 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 can be downloaded here.
  • AAS Display Gardens can be found here.
  • NEW! AAS Introductions Gardens (for industry only) can be found here.
  • Wholesale Sources are listed here.
  • Retailers can request an All-America Selections Point-of-Purchase package from the AAS office.
  • PowerPoint presentations are available on SlideShare or on the AAS website.
  • Bench cards and variety markers can be downloaded from the AAS website.

Squash Goldilocks F1

AAS Edible Winner

National Winner

Once upon a time, there was an acorn squash named Goldilocks. In summer trials all across North America, the vigorous plant, high yield, disease tolerance, and rich nutty flavor of this variety had our judges saying, “Ahhh, this squash is just right!” like in the fairy tale. The bright orange fruits with uniform shape and color double as an ornamental decoration. Makes a great compliment to AAS Winner Honey Bear acorn squash.

Bred by EarthWork Seeds, distributed by Osborne Quality Seeds.

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AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Cucurbita pepo
  • Common name: Squash Acorn
  • Fruit size: 4 inches x 4 inches
  • Fruit shape: Round to oval
  • Color: Orange
  • Plant height: 30 inch vines
  • Plant spread: 4-5 feet
  • Plant habit: Bushy, Compact
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 2 feet x 6 feet
  • Length of time to harvest: 85 days from seeding, 70 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Table Gold, Cream of the Crop

Celosia Kelos® Candela Pink

AAS Ornamental from Vegetative Cutting Winner

Regional Winner – Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes and Mountain/Southwest

You know it’s good when an AAS Judge calls an entry the “Energizer Bunny” that just kept blooming! Across the board, the judges loved the bright pink blooms that rose above the foliage, almost like a tall, tapered candle! Unique, showy plumes of pink flowers kept their color all season long and the judges  agree that this is a perfect filler plant to add height and interest to a combination container planting. But it is also useful in mass plantings, borders and general garden use. Another added bonus: it works as a dried flower.

Bred by Beekenkamp Plants

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AAS® Winner Data

Genus species: Celosia spicata

Common name: Celosia

Flower color: Pink

Foliage color: Green

Flower size: 10-15 inches long flower spikes

Plant height: 25-30 inches

Plant habit: Upright

Plant type: Annual

Garden location: Full sun or partial shade

Garden spacing: 15-20 inches

Closest comparisons on market: Celosia Kelos® Fire Pink