Yes, among other #AASWinners is the stand-out winner from 2018, Marigold Super Hero Spry. Here’s what All-American Selections has to say about this Marigold:
“When one of the discerning AAS judges says, “I’d love to have this in my yard!”, you know you have a winner! Super Hero™ Spry is a lovely compact (10-12 inches) French marigold with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals perched on top of the dark green foliage. The list of winning attributes continues: a more uniform and stable color pattern, earlier to bloom and no deadheading required. These stunning blooms make any garden fit for a Super Hero!”
Playing on the All-American Selections (AAS) 2018 theme of “Get Social in the Garden”, this garden bed features logos and icons from a variety of social media. Who wouldn’t want to phone a friend when the weeding needs to be done?
This bed includes a dozen past AAS winners to form the boxes of each media type along with a logo. One that stands out and mingles well with others is Petunia Tidal Wave, an AAS Winner from 2015. All American Selections describes this petunia as one that doesn’t “fade even in the heat of the summer. Large flowers literally cover the vigorously spreading plants that rarely need deadheading because new blooms continuously pop up and cover the old, spent blooms. A perfect solution for the time-crunched gardener or anyone looking for petunias that are carefree. Tidal Wave petunias are the tallest of the Wave family and bloom over and over all season long and recover quickly, even after hard rains. Tidal Wave is an excellent landscape performer, covering a large area quickly and beautifully.”
This is part of a series of blog posts featuring the All-American Selections Display Gardens.
What is All-American Selections? As written on their website: “All-America Selections is an independent non-profit organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties for the home gardener. After a full season of anonymous trialing by volunteer horticulture professionals, only the top garden performers are given the AAS Winner award designation for their superior performance.” The Spooner Teaching and Display Garden is one of eight AAS display gardens in Wisconsin.
Come to the Spooner Teaching and Display Garden to see over 600 plants that have been planted in the display beds. The planting of both the display and vegetable beds is now complete and each day there is more to see as the season progresses.
The Teaching and Display Garden can be found on Orchard Lane and is located 1.5 miles east of Spooner on State Highway 70 or 1/2 mile west of Highways 70/53 interchange. It is open to the public daily in the growing season during daylight hours.
Fun fact: According to Wikipedia ten of the most common cruciferous vegetables eaten by people are in the Brassica species. These vegetables are one of the dominant food crops worldwide. Commonly called cole crops in North America these foods are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber – in other words—very good for you.
This family includes cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bok choy, and similar leaf vegetables. This post will focus on one that is especially suited to the north: Bok Choy. A cultivar of Brassica rapa chinensis (Pak Choi BOPAK F1) is now featured in the Teaching and Display Garden in an All-American Selection (#AASWinners) bed of Welcome to the Farmers Market Garden.
This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring the All American Selections Display Gardens.
Master Gardener Volunteers, MOMS Club , Spooner High School horticulture class , Spooner Girl Scout Troop 27-35, and UW Interns have been busy in the last week getting the All American Selection Winners (#AASWinners) planted. This year's theme is "Get Social in the Garden". Pictures are the planting days and under "Read more..." the eight garden beds are shown after first planted.
Now showing in the Teaching & Display Garden are the most perfect peonies. The peonies were some of the few non-native plants retained when the Garden was converted to a Monarch Way Station. In bloom now along with the peonies are Baptisia (False Indigo), Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine), Prairie Pholx, Azaleas, and Nepeta Walker’s Low (Catmint). The Baptisia, Aquilegia, and Pholx are all native plants. Bees and several Monarch butterflies were busy at the blooms. It’s an excellent time to make a visit, check out the blooming plants and see the All American Selection displays as they are being planted (#AASWinners). The common expression when people stop by is “Wow”.
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