The Spooner Ag Research station’s Teaching and Display Garden won second place in its size category in the Annual Design Contest sponsored by All America Selections, an independent, non-profit organization that tests new varieties. CALS Ag Research Stations gardens include AAS display plantings. The Spooner garden competed in a category for smaller gardens—fewer than 10,000 visitors per year.
For this contest, the Master Gardener Volunteers at the Spooner Ag Research station transformed the space into eight individual, slightly bermed, triangular beds to replace the traditional mass plantings that had the AAS Winners in one long row. Well-maintained lawn paths between the beds added to the beauty and function. Each bed included approximately 75% AAS Winners, combined with other flowers and vegetables to carry out a theme in each garden, ranging from “sunset colors” to “drama”. The annual Twilight Tour was held in August to educate the public on the entire Demonstration Garden and was a key factor in the judge’s decision to award second place to this entry.