Rotary Botanical Gardens Wins Second Year of Landscape Design Contest

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JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- Rotary Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Janesville, Wisconsin is thrilled to be named first place in category III of the All America Selections (AAS) Landscape Design Contest for the second straight year.

The All America Landscape Design Contestasks participants to incorporate AAS Winners, past and present into an attractive display. Each garden is responsible for creating and executing their own design and generating publicity surrounding the contest. Display photos and marketing materials are then submitted to a panel of judges who select the winners.

This year’s winning design at RBG featured a historical theme that included thirteen parallel beds organized in chronological order. The beds were filled with over 150 bright and beautiful AAS winners arranged by their year of introduction. Garden signage led visitors through the display and AAS history of winners from the 1930s sequentially to 2013.

“We’re honored to receive this accolade for the second year in a row and have always enjoyed our partnership with All-America Selections,” said Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture. “Plants promoted by All-America Selections continue to do wonderfully in the Gardens and always comprise a large portion of our display varieties. We look forward to continuing as a Display Garden for All-America Selections and already have plans in place to participate in this fun competition in 2014.”

Rotary Botanical Gardens also participated and won first placein the same category in 2012.

Included below is additional contest information, including scoring criteria from AAS.


The criteria and final score weighting were:
25% of the score was based on the quantity of AAS Winner varieties used
20% of the score was based on the overall attractiveness of landscape design
20% of the score was based on the creative use of AAS Winners in the design
25% of the score was based on any promotion of the display to local media and garden visitors/members
10% of the score was based on photo quality and design description/explanation

There were three categories, based on number of visitors to that garden in one year:
Category I: fewer than 10,000 visitors per year
Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year
Category III: Over 100,000 visitors per year


Category I: fewer than 10,000 visitors per year

First Place Winner: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Second Place Winner: University of Wisconsin Spooner Ag Research Station, Teaching and Display Garden, Spooner, Wisconsin.
Third Place Winner: Meredith Public Library Garden, Meredith, New Hampshire.
Honorable Mention, Most Educational Garden: ISU Polk County Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, Urbandale, Iowa.

Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year

First Place Winner: Agriculture Canada Ornamental Gardens, Ottawa, Ontario.
Second Place Winner: The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
Third Place Winner: Jardin Daniel A Séguin, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Category III: Over 100,000 visitors per year

First Place Winner: Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, Wisconsin.
Second Place Winner: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado.
Third Place Winner: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

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