All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau complete merger

Feb 14, 2024
All-America Selections, National Garden Bureau merge

National Garden Bureau (NGB) and All-America Selections (AAS) have announced the completion of an organizational merger of the two nonprofit organizations into one.

National Garden Bureau is now the parent organization, with AAS being the plant trialing program under National Garden Bureau.

Previously the ‘sister’ organizations worked closely to vet and promote great growing material, support the green industry, and connect with the gardening public. By bringing AAS under the NGB umbrella, the existing synergies can further root and bloom into an even more dynamic, efficient, and bountiful representation of the industry.

All committees that were part of the two organizations are now programs run by vice president board members.

The new Board of Directors for National Garden Bureau is:

  • President​: Alicain Carlson, Syngenta Flowers
  • Past Presidents: Jeannine Bogard, Syngenta Vegetables and Scott Rusch, Express Seed
  • Treasurer​: Marissa Verdi, Harris Seeds​
  • Secretary​: Pat Racey, National Garden Bureau
  • ​AAS Trials​ Program vice president: Chelsey Lenczyk, Bejo Seeds​
  • AAS Display Gardens Program vice president: Penny Merritt-Price, Youngs Plant Farm​
  • AAS Combined Judges​ Program vice president: Denise Mullins, Smith Gardens​
  • Non-Plant Promotions Program vice president: Paula Douer, Crescent Garden​
  • Special Projects Program vice president: Josh Kirschenbaum​, PanAmerican Seed
  • Surveys and Membership Program vice president: Lisa Heredia, Danziger
  • Year of the Program vice president: Alec Charais, Bailey Nurseries
  • AAS Winners and New Plant Promotions Program vice presidents: Joe Cimino, Sakata & Alisha Burns, Johnny’s Seeds​

Externally, the general public will not see much of a change after the merger as the two separate websites ( and will remain, with NGB doing even more promotion of the AAS Winners. 

The three key benefits of this merger are:

  • Operational efficiencies and overhead cost savings
  • Minimize duplicate efforts in similar activities and more easily identify synergies
  • Create more opportunities for leadership by professionals in our industry

The organizations welcome questions, comments and inquiries as to how you can become more engaged in this new organization that is taking huge strides forward to promote the horticulture industry and all gardening products. Email Diane Blazek