All-America Selections (AAS) announced Gloucester, Massachusetts as the 2021 winning community in their America in Bloom/All-America Selections (AIB/AAS) Showcase Garden contest.
In early 2021, twenty AIB participating communities were offered the opportunity to plant an AAS Showcase Garden. The number of 20 gardens was chosen to celebrate America in Bloom’s 20th Anniversary in 2021. Each community received a minimum of twelve zone-appropriate AAS Winner varieties at no cost to their communities.
The community’s gardens must be on public display with all plants labeled with variety names. Once the gardens were planted, pictures and a verification/application form was provided to AAS to verify compliance. Community’s were judged based on their pictures and application and the 2021 winning community was announced during the America in Bloom Symposium September 29-October 1, 2021.
The Generous Gardeners Club of Gloucester chose two waterfront locations to plant their AIB/AAS Showcase Gardens. Surrounding Gloucester’s Inner Harbor are popular parks for residents and visitors to enjoy the unique views that Gloucester’s location provides. One Showcase Garden was in the Keith Trefry Memorial Park where the yellow, orange and white AAS Winners were planted. The second garden was planted around the tennis courts at Stage Fort Park and this garden featured pink and purple AAS Winners.
“The AAS Board and our supporting breeders are so happy that we can continue to support and be involved with the America in Bloom program,” states AAS President Scott Rusch of BloomStudios. “This promotional effort is yet another way that AAS can continue to reach new audiences with our marketing and public relations activities.”