All-America Selections (AAS) announced the 2018 Landscape Design Challenge winners and Denver Botanic Gardens’ Annuals Garden and Pavilion received first place for a public garden with more than 100,000 annual visitors. The 2018 theme was “Get Social in the Garden” and AAS encouraged public gardens to design their garden with social media in mind.
Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulturist Bridget Blomquist designed the 12 beds in the Annuals Garden around 1980s pop songs such as White Wedding by Billy Idol, Just Like Heaven by The Cure, Every Breath You Take by The Police, Purple Rain by Prince and Should I Stay or Should I Go by the Clash. The gardens created a Spotify playlist so visitors could listen to the songs while strolling the garden, blogged about the inspiration and plant selection, and shared photos and songs throughout the summer on social media. AAS says, “Denver Botanic Gardens clearly had a strong social media presence before this competition and is highly competent in engaging the online public. We applaud their ideas, engagement and execution of this year’s challenge theme.”
All-America Selections is a nonprofit organization founded in 1932 to anonymously test new plants for home gardening. They utilize a network of 80+ volunteer judges in over 40 trials grounds across North America to rate entries against comparisons.
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