Mr PGC has traveled around the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Europe gathering information and taking pictures of hostas in private and public gardens. He visits many retail nurseries each spring and summer to gather images of the best cultivars of hosta.

Although our major goal is to provide good, detailed information on hostas, we would love to share our images with others. Therefore, we ask that you observe the following guidelines for use of the images:

1. If you are a not for profit organization, please give us credit and a link to our website.

2. If you are using the images in a profit making enterprise, please get our permission and pay us for our efforts.

3. Some photos have a graphic beneath them giving credit to the person who donated the image to The Hosta Helper. These photos are NOT available to others and are not part of this Image Use Policy.

Please read our image use policy below for the details. Contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you,


Electronic text and image files, audio and video clips, and other materials are protected by copyright laws and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The Hosta Helper retains all rights, including copyright, in data, images, text, and any other information contained on this website. The Hosta Helper expressly prohibits the copying of any protected materials on this website, except for the purposes of fair use as defined in the copyright laws as described below.

We have over 6,000 hosta images on The Hosta Helper. Around 2,000 have been donated by other people and are not available for sale or use by others. That leaves about 4,000 images which are owned by us. These have all been quality graded and the best have been designated as 5-Star photos. Alphabetical lists of these photos are available from our Database.


This category includes garden clubs, plant groups, Master Gardener organizations, individual's gardening websites and other web resources meant to educate the public about gardening and horticulture. Of course, profit is not the motive of these groups and they do not charge for their services.


Fair use of copyrighted material includes the use of protected materials for noncommercial educational purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Unless otherwise noted, users who wish to download or print text and image files from the The Hosta Helper  website for such uses are welcome to do so without our express permission. However, users must cite The Hosta Helper as the source of this material as they would material from any other creative works.

We allow royalty-free use of our low-resolution images in webpages or blogs that meet the following criteria:

1. The online work is free and open for public use without a fee.

2. Each image is credited in a caption as “Image Courtesy of The Hosta Helper”.

3. A direct hyperlink is provided to The Hosta Helper homepage. This should be done by creating a hyperlink on the “Image Courtesy of The Hosta Helper” caption to the URL of

4. Send us an email to let us know that you have used our image.

5. Please DO NOT link directly to the image posted on The Hosta Helper website. Download the image and post (upload) it directly to your website.


Low-resolution images from The Hosta Helper may be used in a single non-commercial work such as a newsletter as long as the credit “Image Courtesy of The Hosta Helper” appears with each image.

Send us an email to let us know that you have used our image.

This category includes anyone who charges for their work or services. It would include nurseries, garden supply businesses, professional plant organizations, professional book, magazine or blog writers, arboreta and horticultural gardens who charge an entrance fee.

Anyone wishing to use any text or images for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than fair use as defined by law, must request and receive prior written or email permission from The Hosta Helper.

Permission for such use is granted on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of The Hosta Helper. Usage and reproduction fees will be applied depending on the type, size and nature of the usage request.

Note: The Hosta Helper watermark will be removed from purchased images.

The images posted on the website are small (640 to 670 pixels wide), low quality jpg files suitable for web display or small size printing only. Commercial websites who would like to use these images may do so for a fee of $20.00 per image.

Please DO NOT link to the image posted on The Hosta Helper website. Once you have paid the fee and received permission, we will send you the watermark free image so you can post it on your website..

For most of the hosta and other images, we have high quality jpeg originals in 4288 x 2848 or 6000 x 4000 pixels format and file size of 4.5 to 6.0 megabytes or more. These were taken with Nikon D90 and Nikon D7100 cameras.

You may crop and otherwise manipulate these images for your own purposes once you have paid the fee and received proper permission. The watermarks will be removed by us.

These high resolution images may be made available for print or other uses under the following terms.

Book Illustration $75 each $60 each
Magazine, Ezene or eBook $50 each $40 each
Name Tags, Catalog Illustrations $35 each $30 each
Website, Blog or Other Online Use $20 each $15 each
For other uses, contact us.    


Email us at MRPGC@PlantsGalore.Com


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