AAS stands for All American Selections® and their Mission Statement is “To promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.” AAS is a non-profit organization that takes new varieties and tests them all over the North American continent. Once these seeds are tested AAS judges score each seed based on bloom/harvest, disease/pest tolerance, colors/flavors, total yield, length of flowering/harvest, and overall performance. After finding out which seeds had the highest average score the judges weigh in to decide which seeds are AAS Winners. Gardeners can trust that these AAS Winners will perform well all across North America. We participate in the trialing of these seeds along with many other schools like Colorado State University, Miami University, University of Wisconsin, and Washington State University. Students plant these seeds in mid to late winter, depending on the culture of the species, using a germination chamber. After germination the continue to grow in greenhouse 2 & 3. In the spring the plants are planted in our dedicated AAS Display Garden between the South side of the Thomas E. Ricks Building and the North side of the Apple Orchard Museum. Our garden can also be read about here on the AAS Website.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.