All-America Selections 2014 awards

Allan Armitage, recipient of the AAS Medallion of Honor award - photo: All-America SelectionsAll-America Selections (AAS) awarded Dr. Allan Armitage with the 2014 AAS Medallion of Honor. Ron Cramer from Sakata Ornamentals, AAS President and long-time friend of Allan Armitage, presented the story of his long and illustrious career, adding that he has been an AAS Flower Judge from 1983 until his retirement from the University of Georgia in 2013.

AAS President Ron Cramer presenting the AAS Breeder’s Cup award to Ellen Leue – photo: All-America Selections

AAS President Ron Cramer presenting the AAS Breeder’s Cup award to Ellen Leue – photo: All-America Selections

The AAS Breeders Cup Award, which was established in 2004 to recognize a plant breeder who dramatically influenced horticulture by breeding new cultivars that brought significant improvements to those classes, went to Ellen Leue of PanAmerican Seed. She began her breeding work in 1982 breeding seed potatoes then moved on to ornamentals with significant introductions in petunias, impatiens and other crops including AAS Winners Petunia Orchid Daddy, Impatiens Swirl Monet Mix, Diascia Diamonte Coral Rose and most recently Angelonia Serenita Pink. And now her work is coming full circle with a renewed emphasis on edible crops, including recent AAS Regional Winner eggplant Patio Baby.