AAS Medallion of Honor to Jim Alston

Jim Alston - Photo: AAS

Recently retired Dr. Jim Alston, (“Doc” Alston ) of Park Seed Company is the 2012 recipient of the Medallion of Honor of All-America Selections (AAS). Earlier this month , former co-worker Stephanie Turner of Park Seed presented the award to her mentor as she explained his life’s work and many achievements. An impressive highlight of Dr. Alston’s career is his involvement in the Seeds in Space program with NASA in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Flower breeding was the mainstay of Dr. Alston’s work and he created numerous new varieties of Begonia, Salvia, Coleus, Capsicum, Rosa, X Pardancanda, Lantana, Mandevilla, and Brugmansia, including noteworthy Brugmansia ‘Cherub’. AAS had Dr. Alston as an AAS Trial Judge for many years where his contributions were greatly appreciated.