Would you like to help pick this year's American Garden Award (AGA) winner and learn about some exciting new plants at the same time? The AGA, administered by the All-America Selections®Display Garden program, offers the gardening public the opportunity to vote for their favorite from among six new flower varieties chosen by flower breeders as the best for this competition. This year's selections include 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', and Sunflower 'Goldie' F1 (pictured).
Voting is open until August 31, and the winner will be announced in September. Votes can be cast online, by texting a code on your phone, or by mailing a postage-paid card available at the 28 participating public gardens where the "contestants" are planted on display. So far, over 5300 votes have been cast. A list of AGA Display Gardens is available on the AGA website.
To learn more about the American Garden Award, see information and pictures of this year's entries, as well as past winners from 2009-2011, go to: AGA. Follow the contest on Facebook or Twitter (@AmerGardenAward).