All-America Selections (AAS) are judged to be the best flowers and vegetables chosen each year. There are nearly 200 dedicated AAS gardens, including 55 locations that have served for 25 years or longer. AAS gardens display the new AAS winners in an attractive well-maintained setting and have educational AAS programs during "open house" or "field day" events. Pennsylvania has three AAS gardens: Longwood Gardens, Rodale Institute Demonstration Garden, Meadowbrook Farm. In Delaware, see the University of Delaware Botanic Garden. New Jersey has Deep Cut Gardens in Middleton, Rutgers Garden in New Brunswick, New Jersey Botanic Gardens in Ringwood, and the Garden at Skylands. Ontario, Canada features 10 AAS gardens. The list for United States, Canadian, and Japanese gardens on the website at the URL above.
Favorite or New Plant
Variegated Solomon Seal
One of spring's shade delights starts with plump, fragile, white and green stem tips pushing through the cool, damp, soil. If not accidentally tromped on, they unfurl into strapping leaves. Soon white bells drip from arching stems. Variegated solomon seal (Polygonatum 'Variegatum') tolerates dry soil and shade -- in spots where little else will grow. Be patient. Once variegated solomon seal gets established, you'll be sharing the rhizomes with grateful friends.