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Take a look at some of the winning entries from the All-America Selections 2021 Landscape Design Challenge.

December 9, 2021

All-America Selections’ 2021 Landscape Design Challenge inspired new and unique ways to plant with the theme ‘Diversity in the Garden.’ AAS Display Garden participants were encouraged to create their own diverse gardens using the resources they choose to represent the theme. Gardens were divided into three categories based on the number of visitors per year: Category I: Fewer than 10,000 visitors per year; Category II: 10,001 to 100,000 visitors per year; and Category III: More than 100,000 visitors per year. Take a look at some of the winning entries and visit bit.ly/AASLandscapeWinners to learn more about the winners and see the list of honorable mentions.


1: First place, Category III: Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

Ashton Gardens highlighted the people in their community who had experiences with cultures and plants outside of Utah.

2: Second place, Category III: Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal, Quebec

This Canadian garden was designed using each color in the chromatic circle.

3: Third place, Category III: State Botanical Garden, Athens, Georgia

Using a diverse group of college student interns, this Georgia garden focused on human diversity with a goal of inviting visitors to the AAS planting bed to explore plants up close.

4: First place, Category II: Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden, Indianapolis, Indiana

Extension Master Gardener volunteers worked with the Purdue Extension to focus on a variety of plants and cultivars, and incorporate an array of colors.

5: Second place, Category II: Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Missouri

With raised beds and a range of gardening techniques, Powell Gardens used colors, shapes, sizes and different types of plants to show diversity.

6: Third place, Category II: Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière, Sainte-Croix, Quebec

Plants are used to symbolize recent human rights movements such as Black Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter and All Lives Matter in this Quebecois garden.

7: First place, Category I: Lee College Horticulture Program, Huntsville, Texas

Horticulturalists looked to different structures, textures and colors to represent diversity at the Lee College Horticulture Program garden.

8: Second place, Category I (tie): Mississippi State University, Poplarville, Mississippi

A total of 17 varieties of ornamentals and 16 edibles were included in this garden. A diverse number of planting methods were incorporated which included in-ground, traditional containers, whiskey half-barrels, rail planters, hanging bag planters and elevated tables.

9: Second place, Category I (tie): Pima County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Tucson, Arizona

This 700-square-foot raised garden sparked a larger conversation among planners regarding diversity in the local community and American society.

10: Third place, Category I: Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden, Norfolk, Virginia

This Virginia garden brought together edibles, ornamentals and native pollinator plants to show passersby what they can plant in their own gardens.