2014 American Garden Award Gardens are in Full Bloom!

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has planted all of the entries in the 2014 American Garden Award program and they are ready for viewing and voting. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is one of thirty-two prestigious public gardens participating in the nation’s only flower popularity contest, the American Garden Award. This is a unique opportunity for the public to view, choose and vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Each of the four “contestants” listed below is now planted in our garden and vying for your vote.

Contestants for this year’s award can be found in front of the Visitor Center.

As of this month, fewer than 100 votes separate the top three contenders so your vote can make an impact.

Join in the fun by voting in one of three ways:

1)      By visiting our garden, viewing the flowers, then texting the code found on garden signage to a given polling number

2)      By using postage-paid voting ballots located at the garden.

3)      By going to www.americangardenaward.com and clicking on the voting button

The four entries are:

Celosia Arrabona Red

Cuphea Sirracha Violet F1

Foxglove Digiplexis™ Illumination® Flame

Petunia Sanguna® Radiant Blue

Voting will remain open until September 30 and winners will be announced in October. In the meantime, these flowers, as well as some of the past American Garden Award winners are available at your garden center. Ask for them by name! The 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 winners can be viewed at www.americangardenaward.com

Follow American Garden Award on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the voting results!

The American Garden Award program is administered by the All-America Selections®  Display Garden program. AGA entries have not been trialed nor awarded a winner status by the AAS® Trial Judges.