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The 2017 GCA Summer Tour is headed to Virginia, June 25-28, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at garden centers' operations from Virginia Beach to Newport News to Richmond. Be sure to pack your notebook and camera to capture all the merchandising and indie retailing inspirations!

Sunday, June 25
Registration 3pm-5pm

Welcome and Opening Reception
 5pm-7pm
Discussion 5:30pm-6:30pm 
Based on the topics submitted upon registration, you will share ideas and solutions with your fellow GCA members. Last year's discussion time was a big hit!

Dinner on your own
This is a wonderful time to gather with friends, make new ones, catch up and share insights.


Monday, June 26

American Revolution Museum At Yorktown

Yorktown was the last major battle of the Revolutionary War where General George  Washington besieged British General Charles Cornwallis' Army, effectively ending the war and ensuring independence. What better place to begin our tour than a visit to this historic birthplace of our country. The American Revolution Museum tells the story through films, timeline displays, immersive exhibits and outdoor living history in a recreated encampment and farm.

The self-guided tour takes you from the British Empire In America, through the Revolution to a look at The New Nation.
American Revolution Museum

Ken Matthews Garden Center   
Located along busy Rt. 17, a newly expanded six-lane retail haven, Ken Matthews Garden Center stands out as an escape from the ordinary. With a parklike setting showcasing over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs and 1000 varieties of annuals and perennials, shoppers gather ideas and plants from inspiration gardens with themes focused on Butterfly Gardens, Coastal Living and Entrance Ways.

The water garden is front and center as shoppers begin their journey through the nursery yard as a visual reminder that the company provides both landscape design and installation services.
http://kenmatthewsgardencenter.com

Norfolk Botanical Garden & Lunch
Spring and summer colors will be blooming throughout many of the Norfolk Botanical Garden's 52 themed gardens spread over 175 acres. Through a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant, the creation of the gardens began in 1938 with the transition of a tree-filled swamp into the Azalea Gardens. Now, the Japanese, Butterfly and Perennial Gardens are must-see stops. The World of Wonders Children's Garden covers three acres with themes like Frog Bog, Plant Safari and Dirt Factory - a great place for ideas to bring back the kid in all of us.

Following lunch in the Rose Garden Hall overlooking the 3-acre All-America Rose Selections Bicentennial Garden, a tram ride will tour the gardens highlighting what makes this the perfect stop for discovering plants and garden ideas to excite both retailers and garden center shoppers.
http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

Anderson's Newport News
Our first of two Anderson's locations on the tour began as a wholesale grower in 1954. Owner Clark Anderson shifted the focus to retail in 1977 with a major expansion to the entire site in 2009. With the confidence that the public wants more from their shopping experience than the traditional garden center offers, renovation included a 15,000-square-foot showroom for gifts, apparel and home decor; new greenhouse; full-service cafe and fudge shop; an expansive plant selection; landscape services and space for over 250 cars.

Anderson believes, "Our goal is to create a shopping experience that equals or exceeds that of other types of retail locations. We want people to come to Anderson's to browse, eat, shop and enjoy the whole experience and stay for hours if they desire."

Signage, merchandising and their new "rolling walls" will provide a long list of ideas and examples.
http://loveandersons.com

Tuesday, June 27
McDonald Garden Market
Now operating 10 seasonal plant markets throughout the area, with intentions of expanding, McDonald Garden Center was a front-runner of the industry's interest in seasonal, high-volume outlets focused on plants. Located throughout the region, the markets offer shoppers with a wide array of options and tour attendees with a proven example of how to make both shopping and facilitation function smoothly in small space locations. 

Ideas on how to make plants and plant-related products the focus of impulse shopping cultivated here can be transitioned to any size garden center retailer.
https://www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com

Sneed's Nursery and Garden Center
Don't let the small road frontage fool you - this is an in-town gem that's been inspiring plant geeks and garden bauble shoppers since 1975. This center provides customers with a boutique shopping experience, a full service landscape division and a custom-design florist - all set within the charm of a cottage village. With a focus on organic offerings, shoppers mingle with free-range chickens to search for the next gardening surprise found under the trees throughout the property.

Don't miss the florist/gift shop that the staff says, "is held together by vines growing through the roof," or the landscape design center tucked away in a relaxed garden setting. This is a stop with a lot of character that's sure to get your merchandising ideas flowing.
http://www.sneedsnursery.com

Cross Creek Nursery and Landscaping
The deeper you move through the pine-covered entrance, the more you'll discover, including a greenhouse filled with annuals and perennials from their farm, a full-service florist, landscape and stone yard divisions, ponds, streams and a farm, which is home to goats and turkeys. Relax in the natural shade house under a 1,200-square-foot wisteria. This stop serves up one surprise after another.  

Beginning as a tropical plant retail and service company in 1974, Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping is a family affair with a father and his three sons guiding the ever expanding list of products and services. Be sure to check out their water reclamation process that provides 100 percent of the water needed for the entire property.
http://www.crosscreeknursery.com

The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nurseries & Lunch
A family business in Richmond since 1977, The Great Big Greenhouse was purchased by the well-known industry family, Meadows Farms Nurseries in 2010. 
The retailer promises the best of both companies: "The plants you expect. The prices you'll love. The people you know. The experience you'll remember.” The store is located in a busy shopping center with more than 15 other retailers, providing a constant flow of shoppers throughout the year. A year-round weekly farmer's market, now in its eighth season, adds to the attraction. 

Shoppers find a full array of plants, gifts, home decor, indoor foliage, statuary and landscape products. This stop is all about garden retailing, and you'll want to ask about the store's weekly TV news call-in segment.
http://www.greatbiggreenhouse.com

Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square
With its conception dating back to 1927, Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square is recognized as one of the first planned shopping districts in the country. And who was at the forefront of this "new" shopping concept? Why John D. Rockefeller, of course. Local retailers in the area of the original colonial town were relocated to this customer-oriented shopping district to make room for restoration of the town. Buildings were set back on the property to offer easy pedestrian access, and the streets were later closed to traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping environment.

The shopping district, envisioned by the early "developers" well ahead of their time, creates the quaint, personal experience that is frequently copied by so many shopping districts today, replacing the ubiquitous indoor mall.

Shop, eat, drink, relax, learn in "theme-retailing" surroundings - there's even a little garden center to discover - and be on the lookout for residents and performers from the adjacent Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area, where separate admission tickets are required.
http://www.merchantssquare.org


Wednesday, June 28
White's Nursery & Garden Center
For more than 50 years, White's Nursery & Garden Center has strived to perfect the art of grower, wholesaler and retailer. With more than 20 acres in production, the company has become known as one of the country's premier growers of florist-quality seasonal color. Owner Norman White has set a record for being the cover story for various trade magazines. In one article, Vic Ball says, "You've got to see it! Near-perfect uniformity and quality, spic-and-span cleanliness of it all - the epitome of growing."

This attention to detail spills over to the garden center division of the company, located in a quiet neighborhood of Chesapeake, VA. The stop will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the production area for those interested in the grower's side of business. Retail time will focus on how garden centers can use seasonal color and exclusive color combos to set them apart from the competition.
http://www.whitesnursery.com

McDonald Garden Center Virginia Beach
Our second McDonald Garden Center stop of the tour takes us to the Virginia Beach site opened in 1980. This year-round location was converted from a horse farm to a multi-division garden center. Shoppers are guided from the entrance courtyard through a series of plant departments and free-standing buildings with ties to the area's historical connection. The stroll under mature trees past display gardens adds to the village atmosphere.

Famous for their "Myrtle Money" promotion adapted by many garden centers around the country, McDonald Garden Center also hosts a number of other events throughout the year, including their own 4-H Club. Our visit will focus on using unique site-design to create shopping environments that become part of a garden center's feel and character.
https://www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com

The Vibe Creative District & Lunch On Your Own
The Vibe Creative District was established to serve as a vibrant center for the arts, culture, technology and creative industries. This is where life is art in a setting like no other. Unique retailers, galleries, locally grown farm-to-fork dining, farmers and craft markets reside in this economically vibrant neighborhood where artists live and work. Their goal to be "a little off the main drag and a lot off kilter" creates a 10-block learning (and shopping) haven with so much to learn for any type of retailer. Take it all in, grab lunch, then head home with ideas to jumpstart your company's sense of discovery for your customers.
http://vibecreativedistrict.org

Atlantic Garden Center
Talk about diversification! How about adding a full-service post office to your mix? After a redesign of the shopping center property where they're located, including the arrival of CVS Pharmacy on the lot, Atlantic Garden Center found itself with enough room and opportunity to add a post office to their product mix. With two and a half years in operation, the company sees the blending of stamps and plants as a perfect fit.

The property redesign also provided a new receiving area, bulk bin location, two new office areas and, best of all, more parking in the now shared lot. This is your chance to discuss property redesign and greenhouse upgrades with an owner who has been through the process.

Anderson's Virginia Beach
Is it a garden center with a restaurant or a restaurant located in a garden center? You decide. Either way, Anderson's second location on the tour has created what is probably one of newest, uniquely designed garden and lifestyle retailers the industry has seen. Opened just one year ago, the site is home to Sage Kitchen, a breakfast to dinner experience they call "from greenhouse-to-table dining."  A ladies boutique presents clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories alongside gifts and home decor departments.
Add a greenhouse of plants, outdoor seating, a kid's play area, live music every Wednesday evening to the mix and their slogan, "This is where you'll find your friends," - it all makes perfect sense.

This is the perfect spot to end our tour with a chance to kick back, enjoy new friends, compare notes and plans for the future, eat, drink and listen to live music, while savoring the hospitality the area has been known for since the inception of our country.
http://loveandersons.com

Arrive Back at Hotel:    7:30

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2016 GCA Summer Tour Social Media Recap

In case you missed all of the coverage of this year's GCA Summer Tour in Portland, OR, here are some of the highlights from social media:

"Opening night festivities were in high gear as the 2016 GCA Summer Tour in Portland kicked off Sunday with a lively discussion on hot IGC retailing topics, including the importance of IGCs receiving early market rights to new plant introductions from growers. Owner of Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery, Thomas Birt, known for his ever-present white cowboy hat and a regular GCA Tour attendee, was among those taking place in the multi-topic discussion led by Tour Director Robert Hendrickson. The room traded insights on Internet sales, and those garden centers on the tour who are having great success with them shared their strategies. The three-day tour of Portland-area garden centers starts early Monday."




"Yesterday [Monday], GCA Summer Tour buses hit the Portland area under glorious, bright, sunny blue skies for a robust first day that took them to five leading garden centers. An amazing lunch was featured on the grounds of grower Sester Farms in Gresham, OR, who - along with the delicious mid-day meal - gave a tour of its growing grounds, a hands-on session on how to refresh tired plant material that's still in your sales area and a raffle with a grand prize of $3500 of delivered wholesale-valued plants from the grower, won by Sandi Hillermann of Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington, MO. Sester Farms generously provided all retailers on the GCA Tour with a $1000 certificate for free plants on any Fall 2016 orders. Two more busy days lie ahead, and weather reports call for a bright day, and spirits are sky high. For those who are missing this great networking experience among 120+ IGC retailers, make plans now to attend the 2017 GCA Summer Tour, just announced to take place in Norfolk/Virginia Beach!"




"First stop for Tuesday on the GCA Summer Tour Portland was Gardener’s Choice in Tigard, OR. One of the intriguing highlights from this stop includes these display units that are actually built on repurposed pallets. The overall concept for these is that when store management wants to rearrange display units, a forklift can easily be brought in to pick up and relocate the entire unit. It’s an experiment in progress for the store, but certainly an interesting concept - just another example of the insights you get by attending the GCA Summer Tour."


"On Tuesday night, the GCA Summer Tour Portland dined in the historic setting of McMenamins Edgefield - a renovated turn-of-the-century "poor house" that is now a restaurant, bar and entertainment center on the outskirts of the Portland metro area. Our special guest after dinner was Jeff Stone, Executive Director and CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, (pictured with GCA Executive Director Jeff Morey). Stone spoke on the unique implications of the recent laws in the state of Oregon that legislated minimum wage on both growers and what the end effects will impose on finished plant prices from Oregon to retailers across the country, as well as the forced wage minimums on local Oregon garden center retailers. A lively discussion ensued for nearly an hour between the 120+ attending IGC retailers on the tour and Stone. This dinner and discussion followed a day of garden center stops that earned rave reviews from all. By every measure, there seems little doubt that this is the best GCA Summer Tour in many, many years!"




UPCOMING EVENTS

June 25, 2017 5:00 PM • Newport News, VA
August 15, 2017 • Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
August 15, 2017 10:00 AM • Room 324, Navy, Pier, Chicago, IL
August 16, 2017 11:30 AM • Room 324, IGC Show, Chicago, IL

GCA MEMBER PROFILE:

Sandi Hillermann McDonald, President
Hillermann Nursery & Florist, Washington, MO

Heavy Focus on Community Relationships Drives Hillermann Nursery Toward Success

More than six decades ago, Hillermann Nursery & Florist blossomed out of Don Hillermann's interest in selling plants. Now, the community-oriented retailer has diversified it's offerings over the years to include a retail garden center, nursery, florist and gift shop, landscape and lawn maintenance services, lighting and irrigation design/installation, snow removal, lawn and garden equipment sales and service and more - all while remaining a major presence in the Washington, MO area.

"We are very community-oriented," President Sandi Hillermann McDonald says. "We're involved with a lot of community events, such as school dinner auctions, county fairs, church events and everything in between. We try to have a presence at all these events, setting up a booth or children's activities there."

Establishing relationships with business leaders and members of the Washington community, Sandi served on several of the area's councils and boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, which has committees that she is still actively involved with.

Sandi has been the president of numerous state and national nursery industry associations, including Garden Centers of America. Her father, Bernie Hillermann, even served as GCA president in the mid 90s.


"We purposely go on the GCA Summer Tours and attend industry trade shows to stay connected and on top of trends, regulations and education," Sandi says. "I love the webinar format available online today, where you can jump on the Internet and catch webinars from different associations and trade magazines, keeping us all on our toes."

Hillermann Nursery has been a member of GCA for a very long time, Sandi says, and they've attended almost a decade worth of GCA Summer Tours.

"The GCA Summer Tours are so motivational to me," Sandi says. "I took a lot of photos and got a lot of ideas from the Portland tour."

Presenting another benefit of the GCA Summer Tour, networking opportunities allowed her to connect with fellow IGC retailers on the bus, and she picked up a new lead on insurance. Sandi says the tours are not only great for seeing fun, pretty displays, but also finding new business tips.

"It's a very well-rounded opportunity," she says, "and actually I've been transferring photos and information with several places and people whom I met on the bus. We've been e-mailing back and forth asking questions. Networking is very, very beneficial."

Sandi notes the camaraderie is a huge part of GCA. "It's all about the relationships," she says. "This industry feels more like family when you get together and see each other."

Master of Diversification

Hillermann Nursery - which is open year-round every day, except for Sundays in January, February and the first part of March - has something for everyone.

For the artists, the separately-leased Pot Shop gets their hands dirty throwing a bowl, a coffee cup or a fixture for their home. Sandi says the potter who owns the Pot Shop hosts classes, parties and more inside the garden center in 600 to 700 square feet of space. "She makes all of our miniature fairy houses and some of the little accessories for our fairy gardens."

For the sustainable-minded homeowners, beekeeping accessories set them up for success in maintaining a habitat for these pollinators. The store also increased the native and pollinator-feeding plant selections to bring awareness to the importance of birds, bees and butterflies.

For the cocktail enthusiast, locally-made beers and wines give them a taste of what the area has to offer. And for those who want to try their hand at crafting their own brews and wines, Hillermann has supplies in a special section of the store just for that.

"We've become very, very diversified because of the size of our community," Sandi says.

Hillermann entertains customers with its outdoor seasonal eatery, the Monarch Cafe, which is open on weekends, and an outdoor kitchen that gives the customer an "outdoor living experience."

"Our store is known for experiences and relationships," Sandi says. But the experiences don’t stop there.

Hillermann Nursery's ensemble of animal residents includes chickens, dogs, birds, turtles and in the fall, miniature goats. For children, especially, there's an outdoor playground and a potting bench in the greenhouse for them to pot a plant in a container - free of charge. Kids have a special club devoted to them, bringing them into the store every first Saturday of the month for an activity.

"Every month, we host a 'make-and-take' type of activity for the kids," Sandi says. "The majority of the time the activities are free, or sometimes we'll charge $5."

Groups of elementary school students tour the store regularly, and the retailer is actively involved in the community youth scene through YMCA projects and events.

Last year, Hillermann Nursery hosted the first Taste of Franklin County, bringing in more than a dozen food vendors, wineries and brewmasters to benefit the Foundation of Franklin County. "We host a lot of these types of events," Sandi says. "We organize a ladies night out event, customer appreciation holiday party and more. We try to stay very eventful, and very busy within the community."


To spread the word on promotions and events, the retailer advertises on social media, such as Facebook, on the local radio stations and in the town's local newspaper. A weekly newsletter and direct mail pieces to Hillermann Nursery's garden club reward members also keep customers up-to-date.

A Very Profitable Hobby 

Founded by Sandi's uncle, Don Hillermann, in spring 1951, Hillermann Nursery started out as a hobby. Don sold plants on the side while maintaining a full-time job in a factory.

Two years later, Don's brother, Bernie, joined the business. A year later, both men left their factory positions and became full-time nurserymen.

"They went right into selling trees, shrubs and flowers," Sandi says. "From there grew the floral shop."

Hillermann Nursery still grows some of its nursery stock, though not as much as it used to. Annuals, perennials and plants for the retailer's combination hanging baskets and container gardens are grown in the production greenhouses on-site, mainly for quality assurance.

Growing up, Sandi knew she always wanted to carry on her family's business. "I've never worked outside of the company," Sandi says. "I literally grew up here, so I've worked in every facet of the company. My school was close to home, so I spent many, many hours here."

Through years and years of hands-on training and being entrenched in her family's business, Sandi carries on a culture at Hillermann Nursery that establishes - and celebrates the importance of - relationships with consumers in the Washington community.

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All-America Selections Introduces Nine Exciting AAS Winners for the 2016 Garden Season

Anyone watching the movements of All-America Selections lately will notice an ever-increasing number of exciting and wonderful plants that are being named AAS Winners. This announcement is no different with nine new plants that have been trialed by horticulture experts throughout North America and deemed worthy of the All-America Selections® brand.
All of the following new varieties were trialed during the 2015 growing season and exhibited outstanding garden performance as noted in each of the following descriptions.
 
This grouping of AAS Winners for 2016 includes:
Geranium Brocade Cherry Night (National)
Geranium Brocade Fire (National)
Pepper Cornito Giallo F1 (National)
Pepper Escamillo F1 (National)
Pumpkin Super Moon F1 (Regional: Southeast and Great Lakes)
Salvia Summer Jewel™ Lavender (Regional: Southeast, Heartland, Great Lakes)
Strawberry Delizz® F1 (National)
Tomato Candyland Red (National)
Tomato Chef’s Choice Green F1 (National)
 
With this announcement, these varieties become available for immediate sale to the commercial market. Brokers and growers can purchase these varieties immediately. Retailers and consumers will find these Winners for sale for the 2016 gardening season as supply gradually becomes available throughout the chain of distribution. Garden communicators are free to begin writing about these varieties now, in preparation for next year’s gardens.
 
The first group of AAS Winners for 2016 was announced in July 2015 and are also interesting additions for the consumer’s gardens and table:
Bunching Onion Warrior (Regional Winner: Southeast, Mountain/Southwest)
Mizuna Red Kingdom F1 (National Winner)
Radish Sweet Baby F1 (Regional Winner: Southeast, Great Lakes)
 
A complete list of trial grounds and the judges behind our awards can be found here.
 
A complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932 can be found here. Note that this list of AAS Winners can be sorted by Flowers from Seed, Flowers from Cuttings, and Vegetables.

Geranium Brocade Cherry Night
AAS 2016 Ornamental Vegetative Winner
National Winner

Striking foliage with large double blooms of cherry pink make Geranium Brocade Cherry Night an AAS Winner this year.  Gardeners looking for unique and distinct foliage to accent their containers and gardens will be delighted with Brocade Cherry Night.  The bronze leaves with green margins are a remarkable and unusual addition to any design.  Add the double bright cherry blooms and this heat tolerant geranium is your winner for any planter, container or garden!  More Info...  Bred by Dummen Orange

Geranium Brocade Fire
AAS 2016 Ornamental Vegetative Winner
National Winner

This 2016 AAS Winner, Geranium Brocade Fire, has unique bi-color foliage with a nonstop display of orange flowers that gives it an exceptional look in any garden.  Geranium Brocade Fire is ideal for combination planters, landscapes and garden beds. This robust plant keeps its distinguishing foliage color and brilliant blooms throughout the hot summers then becomes a fantastic transitional flower going into fall.  The orange flowers contrast with the striking foliage making this geranium a much appreciated and talked about new annual winner. More info...  Bred by Dummen Orange

Pepper Cornito Giallo F1
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
National Winner

“DOUBLE YUM” was one judge’s response to our new AAS Winner Cornito Giallo F1 pepper, “The flavor on this one is totally a winner!”  Starting as small green fruits, this AAS Winner develops into bright yellow jewels with a delicious sweet and fruity flavor.  The peppers themselves are plentiful and durable, yet easy to eat fresh. Being an early bloomer, you will be able to enjoy these peppers throughout the growing season and well into the fall.  Plant Cornito Giallo F1 in your garden this year and you can join our judges in exclaiming “YUM!” More info...  Bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Pepper Escamillo F1
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
National Winner

A wonderful sweet taste on a golden yellow pepper makes Pepper Escamillo F1, one of our 2016 AAS Winners.  An early bearing pepper plant with a compact habit makes it an ideal choice for any home garden. Gardeners will be captivated with the high yield of peppers per plant and how the fruit itself is held off the ground for easy picking and less rotting. This plant is a winner with its all around qualities of excellent taste either raw, cooked or fire roasted; its compact size and high yield. More info...  Bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Pumpkin Super Moon F1
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
Regional Winner: Great Lakes and Southeast

Love the look of white pumpkins for your fall holiday decor?  Then you will love our first-ever white pumpkin AAS Regional Winner Super Moon F1.  Our judges loved the nice, eye-appealing ghostly white coloration on the large, blemish-free round pumpkins.  Grown for their size, up to 50 lbs, and their clean white color, these hardy plants are known for their early fruit development and vigorous growth. Their stems are tough, hardy, disease-resistant and unstoppable!  When done decorating with these beauties, consider trying the yellow flesh for roasting or in your fall harvest soups.  More info...  Bred by Seeds By Design Inc.

Salvia Summer Jewel™ Lavender
AAS 2016 Ornamental Seed Winner
Regional Winner: Southeast, Heartland, Great Lakes

The fourth AAS Winner in the Summer Jewel™ series of popular AAS Salvia Winners is the newest in color, Summer Jewel™ Lavender.  The unique flower color of dusty lavender purple is a delight in the garden and flower containers as well as a major attractor of pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. An extra bonus is how much the Goldfinch loves these flower seeds in the fall.  It’s a photo-ready moment when these complementary colors of gold and lavender connect!  The early blooming, stable, compact uniform growth, and continuous flowering of this plant are additional positives to this plant.  More info...  Bred by Takii & Co. Ltd

Strawberry Delizz®  F1
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
National Winner

What’s not to like about our first ever AAS strawberry winner Strawberry Delizz® F1?  These vigorous strawberry plants are easy to grow, from seed or transplant, and produce an abundant harvest throughout the growing season.  The best part though is the wonderful sweet strawberry burst of flavor from every handpicked berry. To enjoy fresh home-grown strawberries throughout the season, even in hot summer heat, look to Strawberry Delizz® F1.  These plants have a nice uniform and compact size making them perfect for containers, hanging baskets or garden plots. The hardest part of Strawberry Delizz® F1 won’t be the growing but having some strawberries left for anyone else to enjoy!  More info... Bred by ABZ Seeds

Tomato Candyland Red
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
National Winner

Tomato Candyland Red is the only AAS award winning currant-type tomato. Currant tomatoes are smaller in size than cherry-type and are ready to “pop” in your mouth straight from the garden.  Gardeners will appreciate the dark red, sweet flavored fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the season.  The tomato plant itself has a nice tidier habit than other currant-type plants with the fruit tending to form on the outside of the plant making them easier to harvest. More info...  Bred by PanAmerican Seed Company
 
Tomato Chef’s Choice Green F1
AAS 2016 Edible Winner
National Winner

Looking for a uniquely colored yet delicious tomato with which to impress your foodie friends?  Then look no further than this AAS Winner, Tomato Chef’s Choice Green F1. The newest addition to the Chef’s Choice series produces beautiful green colored fruits with subtle yellow stripes and a wonderful citrus-like flavor and perfect tomato texture. You’ll enjoy this disease free plant throughout the season with its dark green leaves and well-behaved form. You’ll be the envy of all your tomato loving friends! More info...  Bred by Seeds By Design Inc.
 
All-America Selections® was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent testing organization in North America. Every year, new, never-before-sold varieties are trialed in our Trial Grounds and professional horticulturists determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their garden performance. AAS relies upon a public relations program to inform gardeners about AAS National and Regional Winners that are announced three times each year.

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