AAS contest bed
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AAS Display Garden

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Cutler Botanic Garden Receives Honorable Mention

Cutler Botanic Garden wins Honorable Mention in national landscape design contest


October 28, 2015

In 2012, All-America Selections (AAS) launched a contest to encourage new and exciting landscaping ideas. AAS is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1932 to test new flower and vegetable varieties for home gardening. Recently, All-America Selections (AAS) announced the winners of a national Landscape Design Contest. Cutler Botanic Garden received the 2015 Honorable Mention Award in Category I. Cutler Botanic Garden is one of approximately 360 gardens in the United States designated as a display garden of All-America Selections.

There are three categories of AAS gardens, based on the number of annual visitors: Category I, gardens with fewer than 10,000 visitors per year; Category II, gardens with 10,001 – 100,000 visitors per year; and Category III, gardens with over 100,000 visitors per year.

The landscape design contest focuses on how AAS plants are used and incorporated into landscape designs. The 2015 contest theme was “Geometry in the Garden.” The national panel of contest judges are leading industry experts in the field of horticulture and landscaping.

The Cutler Botanic Garden is a center for teaching horticulture and environmental issues. The garden encourages an appreciation of the environment and helps teach the value of natural resources through educational activities. The purpose is to help participants teach themselves to grow plants with minimal negative effect on the environment.

The community uses the garden for a variety of activities. It provides an outdoor classroom where local students are introduced to the plant kingdom. Adult classes in subjects such as annuals, perennials, roses, Integrated Pest Management, and composting include hands-on workshops in the garden.

The Cutler Botanic Garden is open daily from 9am until sunset. Display gardens are herbs, perennials, shrubs, roses and ornamental grasses. Volunteer Master Gardeners, Friends of the Garden, and the staff of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County collaborate to design, plant and maintain a variety of Demonstration Gardens. Cutler Botanic Garden is located on Upper Front St. in Binghamton at Interstate 81 Exit 5. Cutler Botanic Garden is built on land deeded by Francis Cutler to the Cornell Cooperative Extension in 1954.

Visitors are always welcome. Garden tours, conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County staff and volunteer Master Gardeners, are scheduled by request. Contact the Cooperative Extension Information Center for information at 607-772-8953.


Linda Svoboda
Horticulture Program Educator
(607) 584-5016

Last updated November 8, 2016