All-America Selections honours Elisabeth Sahin

Dr. Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou - photo: All-America Selections

Dr. Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou – photo: All-America Selections

All-America Selections (AAS) honoured Dr. Elisabeth Sahin-Georgiadou with the AAS Medallion of Honor. This award is designed to recognize someone with a lifelong dedication to advancement in the field of horticulture. As the co-founder and Managing Director, Elisabeth created a company that was known around the world for quality products (what she terms “Plants with a twist”) and exceptional personnel.
Ron Cramer, of Xiant Technologies and AAS Past President, presented the history of Elisabeth’s vast contributions and innovations during her impressive career as co-owner of Dutch based K. Sahin Zaden with her husband Kees Sahin. “Elisabeth began her love of flowers early on when collecting wild flowers while visiting her grandparents in Pophos, Cyprus and continued that love through her Ph.D at Reading in the UK. Elisabeth and her husband Kees established their breeding company in 1983 to continue to upgrade the garden flowers and their breeding was instrumental in introducing new genera and further work with established garden favorites. Their work brought many AAS Winners throughout the years including Sanvitalia Mandarin Orange, Achillea Summer Pastel, Salvia Lady in Red, Verbena Peaches and Crème, Geranium Black Velvet Rose F1 and Agastache Golden Jubilee.”
AAS awarded tomato breeder Dr. Randy Gardner with this years’ Breeders Cup.