Feb 22, 2024
All-America Selections welcomes new judges for 2024 trials

All-America Selections (AAS), has announced 23 new AAS judges. AAS now has seven different trial types and with a need for at least 24 judges for each trial, the number of trialing professionals has recently grown. In addition, as industry icons earn their well-deserved retirement, the next generation of trial experts are willingly stepping into their roles as an AAS trial judge.  

The seven AAS trials are:

  1. Seed ornamentals, in-ground
  2. Seed ornamentals, container
  3. Non-seed ornamentals, in-ground
  4. Non-seed ornamentals, container
  5. Edibles, in-ground
  6. Edibles, container
  7. Perennials, in-ground

The following judges have joined the AAS program as a volunteer judge in the past year:

  • Abby Makowski, MSU Horticulture Gardens, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Adam Thompson, Moss Greenhouses, Jerome, Idaho
  • Amy Gonzalez, Syngenta Flowers, Gilroy, California
  • Chad Miller, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Daniel Livingston, Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Lake City, South Carolina
  • Dana Freeman, Nebraska Extension, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Ella Van Kampen, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, Minnesota
  • Emily Rakela, Costa Farms, Miami, Florida
  • Farren Johns Mathis, Territorial Seeds, Cottage Grove, OR
  • James Langley, Lee College, Huntsville, Texas
  • Jana Uy, Costa Layman, Trenton, South Carolina
  • Jenna Monnin Bonnoront, Growfully, Fort Loramie, Ohio
  • Jennifer Moro, Bayer, Woodland, California
  • Jennifer Northam, Univ. of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, Tennessee 
  • Jesus Benitez, Ball Horticultural, West Chicago, Illinois
  • Karen Daubman, Massachusetts Horticulture Society, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Melissa Winchester, Mast Young Plants, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Miya Sohoza, Harris Seeds, Rochester, New York
  • Nadine Dam, William Dam Seeds, Dundas, Ontario
  • Patrick Hogan, Ball Horticultural, West Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Stratton, City of Tulsa Parks & Rec, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Rhonda Helsley, Moss Greenhouses, Jerome, Idaho
  • Stephanie Buchwitz, PanAmerican Seed, Santa Paula, California


To find out more about All-America Selections, visit their website or contact Diane Blazek