Throughout history, many people have made lasting contributions to the world of hostas. In these pages, we hope to pay tribute to some of them. Our concentration will be primarily on those who have introduced or registered new cultivars, found new species, promoted the genus or added to our knowledge about this, the Number One selling herbaceous perennial plant in the U.S.

We are always looking to expand these listings and to keep them up to date. So, if you would like to recommend someone for inclusion or have a new or improved picture of someone already included please EMAIL US with their name and a brief description of his or her contributions  the World of Hostas. Thanks.

Unfortunately, in March, 2019, the family decided to close Wade and Gatton Nursery.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), Frances was "...the most influential person in the modern history of hostas. Her correspondence with other collectors, hybridizers, and botanists from the 1930s until her death in 1969 fanned the flames of interest in hostas and let to the formation of The American Hosta Society."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), she authored an article entitled, "Plantainlilies - Bold, Profuse Flowering and They Do Thrive in the Shade" that appeared in the March, 1933 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

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