American Garden Award

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DOWNERS GROVE, IL - June 1, 2012

The International Peace Garden is proud to participate in the American Garden Award Program

The International Peace Garden is one of twenty-eight prestigious public gardens participating in the nation's only flower popularity contest. The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the public to vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Each of the six "contestants" listed below will be planted this month in time to strut their stuff for the voting, which begins on June 1.

Our participation in conducting trials is to evaluate the performance of different annual plant cultivars under our unique Prairie environmental conditions. Our growing conditions are characterized by higher altitude, intense solar radiation, drying winds, severe early summer rain and hailstorms, with large fluctuations between day and night temperatures.

There are three ways to vote:
1) By texting a given code to a polling number
2) By going to www.americangardenaward.com and clicking on the voting button
3) By using postage-paid voting postcards located at the garden.

The six entries are:

Angelonia angustifolia ‘Serena® Blue' Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz™ Sunset'
Gazania ‘Big Kiss™ White Flame' F1 Petchoa x hybrida ‘SuperCal® Pink Ice'
Petunia ‘Surfinia® Deep Red' Sunflower ‘Goldie' F1

Voting is open June 1 - August 31 and winners are announced in September. In the meantime, these flowers, as well as some of the past American Garden Award winners are available at your garden center. Ask for them by name! The 2009, 2010 and 2011 winners can be viewed at www.americangardenaward.com

Follow American Garden Award on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the voting results!
www.facebook.com/americangardenaward or @AmerGardenAward

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.

For further information contact:
Diane Blazek
American Garden Award
dblazek@aas-ngb.org