All-America Selections has added several new trial locations and judges for this year. AAS also has appointed Jenny Wegley to its board of directors as a new AAS director.
All-America Selections (AAS) has added several new trial locations this year. The combined judges committee created a list of states and regions to target, and from this list, four have been selected as new trials locations.
New Mexico State University - Fabian Science Center in Las Cruces, N.M., with Danielle Blackburn as the judge for Flower and Bedding Plant Trials
Louisiana State University - Burden Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge, La., with Katie Guitreau as the judge for Bedding Plant and Cool Season Bedding Plant Trials
Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Wis., with Mark Konlock as the judge for Flower, Bedding Plant and Cool Season Bedding Plant Trials.
Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with Dawn Stover as the judge for Vegetable Trials
Some current judges will also take on Bedding Plant Trials to expand to that trial to additional states.
Eugene Blythe at Mississippi State University-South Mississippi
Sherrie Benson Lang at University of Alberta - Devonian Botanic Garden
David Graper at South Dakota State University’s McCrory Gardens
Brian Kanotz at Callaway Gardens
Jessie Liebenguth at Iowa State University - Reiman Gardens
Steven Poppe at University of Minnesota West Central Research Station
Alan Stevens at Kansas State University
AAS also welcomes new judges taking over trials at their respective locations:
Angelica Cretu from Costa Farms, Bedding Plant and Cool Season Trials
Kristi Challender from C. Raker & Sons, Cool Season Trials
Jayson Force from Ball Horticultural, Flower Trials
Katie McCarver from Michigan State University, Vegetable and Flower Trials
Sam Schmitz from Ball Horticultural, Vegetable Trials
With all the new additions for AAS Trials, AAS also has appointed Jenny Wegley to its board of directors as a new AAS director. Wegley is a judge from Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, making her the first director from a non-profit/public garden on the organization’s board.
For more information on AAS, go to www.all-americaselections.org .