All-America Selections at 7200 Feet

June 13, 2012 at 2:54 am (All-America Selections Gardens)

Wyoming’s first All-America Selections Demonstration Garden is green and growing! We received word last summer that the University of Wyoming had been accepted as the site of the new, and so far only, AAS demo garden in the state. Since then we’ve been busy preparing the site, sowing the seeds, and finally last week, putting all the young plants in the ground.

North bed of annuals five days after planting.

The garden beds had been planted with annuals for a number of years, so the switch to AAS plant material was fairly seamless. Seeds for the 2012 AAS gardens arrived in early 2012 and the first were sown on March 7. We cooperated with Andy Smith and Cody Barry and their UW Landscaping crews to get the plants ready. All the seeds were sown and germinated at the UW Laramie Research and Extension Center greenhouses. After the seedlings were big enough to transplant, they were moved to the Landscape department greenhouses where crews there transplanted them all and grew them on. Finally, on June 6 and with Sarah’s help, all the plants were set out in the beds. The two long beds house all the annual flowering plants, plus tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. A separate triangular bed is where the watermelons, squash, and pumpkins are growing. Lastly, perennials surround the stone memorial at the west end of the long beds.

We’ll publish garden updates periodically throughout the growing season!


The south bed of annuals five days after planting.

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