Kenosha County Center Demonstration Garden: An All-America Selections (AAS) Display Garden
The grounds at the Kenosha County Center on Hwy 45 and 50 in Bristol are the site of an All America Selections Display Garden. AAS winning flowers and vegetables are planted and tended by Master Gardener Volunteers in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Master Gardener Program.
AAS (All-America Selections), a non-profit organization, tests new flower and vegetable varieties and then promotes the best performers as AAS Winners. After AAS judges determine the AAS Winners, these plants are grown in AAS Display Gardens to provide local gardeners an opportunity to view them growing in a garden setting.
2018 Garden: With all the activity “growing” on in the garden this season, two social stewards, Sven & Glen have taken it upon themselves to don ice cream shaped hats and promote the AAS Winners. Follow their adventures on the Master Gardeners Kenosha-Racine County Community Activities Facebook page at:
History of the Garden
In January 2014, the Kenosha County Center Demonstration Garden was selected as an AAS Display Garden. Kenosha County is the eighth display garden site in the state and is garden on municipal property in Wisconsin.
In fall of 2014, the Kenosha County Center AAS Display Garden won honorable mention as the “Best Inspiriation” garden in the AAS Landscape Design Contast. Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Consumer Horticulture Educator, and a team of master gardeners designed the beds not just with the plants in mind, but to show what organic matter can do to improve plant performance
Due to the clay soils that dominate Kenosha County, raised beds filled with a topsoil/compost blend are utilized in order to plant the seeds/cuttings sent by AAS to be grown at the site. Several different types of raised beds are displayed. The 2015 theme for the AAS Landscape Design Contest was “Geometry in the Kitchen Garden”, and the garden was designed and planted according to geometric principles and patterns. The creativity and cleverness expressed in the garden was noted by the judges, and the Kenosha County Center Demonstration Garden was awarded Third Place in Category 1 in the 2015 AAS Landscape Design Contest! “Pollinator Education” was the 2016 theme, and the KCC Garden won 2nd place in Category 1! In 2017, with “Foodscaping” as the theme, this garden was awarded third place in Category 1! “Getting Social in the Garden” was the theme for 2018, and the Kenosha County Center AAS Display Garden took 2nd place in Category 1! In the 5 years of this garden’s existence, each year this garden has won a national award!
The Kenosha County Center All-America Selections Display & Demonstration Garden is located at:
Kenosha County Center
19600 75th Street
Bristol, WI 53104
For information, contact 857-1945, the Kenosha County UW-Extension office.