Summer is in full swing, and flowering annuals are at their peak in many gardens. Now's the perfect time to take a minute and vote for your favorite flower in the American Garden Award flower competition. Think of it as the American Idol for flowers!
Twenty-four participating public gardens are displaying seven stunning new varieties for the gardening public to choose as their favorite. All the display gardens are listed below, and they also can be found listed on the AGA website.
You have three ways to participate in the voting: By texting a given code to a polling number found on signage in the gardens; by going to the AGA website tovote; or by using postage-paid voting postcards located at most gardens.
The seven entries are: Dahlia ‘Dahlinova Hypnotica Lavender’; Dianthus ‘Kahori’; Ornamental Pepper ‘Uchu’; Petunia ‘Easy Wave Neon Rose’; Petunia milliflora ‘Picobella Rose Star’; Scaevola ‘Surdiva Light Blue’; and ‘SunPatiens Variegated Spreading White’.
Any or all of these flowers are available at your local garden retailer.
Voting is open through August 31, and winners will be announced in September. Visit the American Garden Award website to vote and to view the 2009 and 2010 winners.
The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Some of the world's most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their best varieties to enter in this competition. Then, in cooperation with public gardens throughout the United States, we present the entries so consumers can view the plants in person, then vote on their favorite. For those consumers and home gardeners who are unable to make it to view these flowers in person, voting can be done on this website.
The American Garden Award program is administered by the All-America Selections Display Garden program. AGA entries have not been trialed nor awarded a winner status by the AAS Trial Judges.
Many thanks to the 2011 American Garden Award Display Gardens: