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1 Banyai, Bruce9DelawareBruce Banyai (1952-2017) from Delaware was the son of hosta pioneer Pauline Banyai. He was very active in both The American Hosta Society and the Delaware Valley Hosta Society.
2 Geissler, Julia9NebraskaJulia Geissler (1901-1991) was a hosta hybridizer from Omaha, Nebraska who introduced several cultivars in the early 1970s.
3 Harshbarger, Gretchen9IllinoisGretchen Harshbarger (1906-1989) had a degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University and practiced in Iowa City, Iowa. She authored the McCall's Garden Book in 1967. The Harshbarger Hosta Society is named in her honor.
4 Hirsbrunner, Liselotte9SwitzerlandLisolette Hirsbrunner has gardened in the states of New York and Illinois but now resides in Chesieres, Switzerland. She introduced the "Chesieres" series of hostas.
5 Kedl, Phyllis9MinnesotaPhyllis Kedl (1938-2015) was a retired English teacher from Minnesota.
6 Lewis, Alan9EnglandAlan Lewis was a nursery owner located at Forde Abbey near Chard in Somerset, England.
7 Machen, John9VirginiaJohn Machen, Jr is the owner of Mobjack Nurseries in Viriginia. Three of his hosta introductions have been included in The American Hosta Society Popularity Polls out of only 151 plants that have appeared at least once in the polls. Two of the 28 Hosta of the Year winners through 2023 have been from this originator.
8 Maroushek, Lillian9MinnesotaLillian (1923-2020) was awarded the Minnesota Horticultural Society Distinguished Service Award in 1979. She was the owner of Maroushek Gardens, a small nursery specializing in lilies, hostas, clematis, and rock garden plants she ran from her home garden for 27 years.
9 Nesmith, Elizabeth9MassachusettsElizabeth Noble Nesmith (? - 1972) was a member of the New England Hosta Society and owned Fairmount Gardens in Lowell, Massachusetts.
10 Orlando, John9New York 
11 Overhiser, Martin9MichiganMartin Overhiser is a retired city planner who now runs My Brother’s Fruit in Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Hosta Society. He introduced the "Marlu" series.
12 Postlewaite, Peter9IllinoisPeter Postlewaite from Illinois is active in the Midwest Regional Hosta Society and the Northern Illinois Hosta Society.
13 Rank, Stefan9AustriaStefan Rank owns the hosta speciality nursery, Dämmergrün in Austria.
14 Rosenberg, Marlene9WisconsinFrom Uniquely Hostas Nursery in Wisconsin and introducer of the "Uniquely" series of hostas along with Jonathon Goodrich
15 Schembs, Michael9KansasMichael Schembs (1952-2013) was owner of Michael Schembs Hostas in Kansas City, Kansas. He introduced the "Faux" series of hostas.
16 Tanaka, Katsuyoshi9Japan 
17 Thaubald, Ed9GeorgiaEd Thaubald owns Bentley Gardens in Georgia. He introduced the "Streakin in" series of hostas.
18 Vaughn, William9IllinoisHe introduced the "Maui" series of hostas.
19 Warmerdam, Piet9Netherlands 
20 Williams, Connie9MassachusettsDr Constance “Connie” Williams (1908-1998) who had a PhD in economics was the daughter of hosta pioneer, Frances Williams. She was a past president of The New England Hosta Society.
21 Williams, Glenn9Vermont 
22 Woods, Doyle9Iowa 
23 Ahlburg, Marlene8GermanyMarlene Ahlburg is a well known plant hybridizer from Röttgesbüttel, Germany.
24 Barta, Jack8WisconsinJack Barta (1947-2021) was owner of Jack’s Hostas in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. His garden was on display as part of the 2013 Convention of The American Hosta Society in Milwaukee.
25 Bemis, Royall8MassachusettsRoyall Wilson Bemis (1911-1993) owned Blackthorne Gardens in Massachussetts.
26 Bennerup, Pierre8ConnecticutPierre Bennerup is co-owner of Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut.
27 Bowden, Ann8EnglandRoger (1935-2015) and Ann (1934-2015) Bowden owned Bowden Hostas in England. They were key figures in the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and are often credited with helping popularize hostas in the U.K. Many of their hostas belong to the "Devon" series.
28 Brincka, Wm8IndianaWilliam “Bill” Brincka (1927-2001) was a retired professor of Sculpture and Design who lived in Michigan City, Indiana. The home and gardens developed by Bill and Basil Cross are now part of the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department and are called the Brincka Cross Gardens.
29 Desmedt, Rik8Georgia 
30 Diesen, Bernie8Nebraska 
31 Diesen, Jane8Nebraska 
32 Donsky, George8New YorkGeorge Donsky (1945-2010) was very active in the Western New York Hosta Society and was an AHS Judge.
33 England, Tim8Illinois 
34 Keller, Robert8IllinoisBob Keller was owner of White Oak Nursery in Illinois until 2013.
35 Kruer, George8DelawareGeorge Kruer has served as President of the Delmava Hosta Society in Delaware.
36 Laviana, Marc8ConnecticutMarc Laviana (1955-2017) was President of Sunny Borders Nursies in Connecticut and was also President of the Connecticut Nurserymen’s Association.
37 Scolnik, Patricia8North CarolinaPatricia Scolnik is owner of Breeze Hill Plant Lab in North Carolina. One of the 28 Hosta of the Year winners through 2023 has been from this originator.
38 Smith, Roger8PennsylvaniaRoger Smith is retired from the U.S. Air Force and lives in Maryland. He is Educational Outreach Chair for The American Hosta Society and is a member of the Potomac Hosta Society.
39 Tower, Alan8WashingtonDr Alan Tower founded the Spokane Hosta Society. A clinical psychologist by training, Alan changed careers to become owner of Tower Perennial Gardens near Spokane, Washington.
40 Wayside Gardens8OhioThe hostas listed were originated when Wayside Gardens was located in Mentor, Ohio before being purchased by Park's Seed Co.
41 White, Brian8TennesseeBrian White's Nursery in Tennessee
42 Whitmore, Bob8IndianaBob Whitmore (1938-2017) was a retired art teacher from Indiana.
43 Wilkins, Sandy8MichiganSandy (Straka) Wilkins has been very active in the Indianapolis Hosta Society and the Michigan Hosta Society. She was the founder of the annual Hosta College.
44 Zonneveld, Ben8Netherlands Dr. Ben J.M. Zonneveld is a retired professor and researcher in genetics at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands.
45 Brown, Sandy7Michigan 
46 Frederking, Ann7Canada 
47 Goodrich, Jonathon7WisconsinFrom Uniquely Hostas Nursery in Wisconsin and introducer of the "Uniquely" series of hostas along with Marlene Rosenberg.
48 Hirose, Yoshimichi7JapanYoshimichi Hirose has been called the “Japanese variegated plant guru” by fellow guru Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery.
49 Kerr, Jeff7IowaJeff Kerr is a hosta hybridizer from Iowa and a member of the Mississippi Valley Hosta Society.
50 King, Gladys7Wisconsin 
51 Klotz, B.7Ohio 
52 Leuckx, Bart7Belgium 
53 Liu, Donghuan7China 
54 Lohman, Doug7OhioOwner of Lohman's Feed Store & Garden Center in Ohio.
55 Nash, Bill7CanadaBill Nash (1941-2014) was the owner of Bill Nash Hostas in Cambridge, Ontario.
56 Ontario Hosta Society7CanadaOntario Hosta Society in Canada has established a group of what they call “Club Plants”.
57 Port, Linda7Illinois 
58 Reath, David7MichiganDr David Reath (1927-1995) was a veterinarian from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He was a founding member of The American Hosta Society.
59 Sanford, Matt7ConnecticutMatt Sanford is a soil scientist from Connecticut who is a member of the Tri-State Hosta Society.
60 Simon, Dr Hans7GermanyDr Hans Simon (1926-2016) was owner/operator of Gärtnerei Simon in Marktheidenfeld, Germany.
61 Smith, Fred7Illinois 
62 Smith, S.D.7MichiganIntroduced the "Artisan" series.
63 Soucek, Rachel7OhioJon Soucek (1949-2013) and his daughter, Rachel, started hybridizing hostas in the early 1990s in Ohio. Jon was a founding member and President of the North Coast Hosta Society of Ohio. He was a certified judge at hosta shows and a past President of the Great Lakes Region of The American Hosta Society.
64 Soules, Clarence7IndianaMarjorie (1926-2006) and Clarence (1918-2005) Soules were the owners of Soules Gardens in Indiana.
65 Squires, Keith7CanadaKeith Squires is a fourth generation owner of The Country Squires Garden in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada.
66 Veenstra, Gerrie7NetherlandsIntroducer of the "Botters" series of hostas.
67 Vincun, Rachel7Canada 
68 Westberg, Jim7Minnesota 
69 Whitmer, Milt7Ohio 
70 Bailey, Liberty Hyde6New YorkLiberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) was born in South Haven, Michigan and started his career at Michigan Agriculture College (now Michigan State University) and later became a noted professor at Cornell University in New York.
71 Bisschop, Lynn6CanadaLynn Bisschop is the owner of Shades of Green nusery in Ontario, Canada.
72 Brandt-Sorheim, Peter6New YorkB.Peter Brandt-Sørheim was one of the originators of the Western New York Hosta Society in 1996. He is the creator of the "Genesee" series.
73 Braun-Nauerz, Gaby6GermanyGaby Braun-Nauerz is the owner of Blattgrün Gärtnerei in Germany.
74 Cullerton, Walter6PennsylvaniaWalter Cullerton is a Penn State Master Gardener and a past President of the American Conifer Society.
75 Eisel, Mervin6MinnesotaMervin Eisel was the first International Registrar of the Genus Hosta from 1974 to 1992. He was the recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2000.
76 Gamradt, John6Minnesota 
77 Gonokami, Ken-ichi6JapanIntroduced the "Gonokami" series of hostas.
78 Groothuis, Mike6Michigan 
79 Hatt, Robert6Massachusetts 
80 Johnson, Irwin6Wisconsin 
81 Jones, Samuel, Jr.6GeorgiaDr Samuel B. Jones Jr. (1933-2016) was a botany professor at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Carleen opened Picadilly Farm Nursery and Gardens in the early 1980s. A new species discovered in the 1980s, H. jonesii is named for him.
82 Liu, Zhiyang6China 
83 Lokies, Martin6Germany 
84 Milhorn, Hank6OhioHank and Jane Milhorn are the owners of Hoot Owl Hollow Nature Preserve and Botanical Garden in Ohio.
85 Milhorn, Jane6OhioHank and Jane Milhorn are the owners of Hoot Owl Hollow Nature Preserve and Botanical Garden in Ohio.
86 Olson, Dr Robert6MinnesotaDr. Bob Olson (? -2022) was a retired medical doctor and past President (1992-1998) of The American Hosta Society and the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis. Bowas the Editor of The Hosta Journal for many years. In 2019, Bob received the Lifetime Acheivement Award of The American Hosta Society.
87 Payne, Henry6ConnecticutHenry Payne and his brother, Philip owned Piedmont Gardens in Waterbury, Connecticut.
88 Riehl, Frank6Iowa 
89 Rogers, Floyd6IllinoisFloyd Rogers owned Butterfield Gardens in Illinois. He taught at the College of DuPage and North Central University.
90 Ross, Henry6OhioHenry Ross (1926-2014) created the Gardenview Horticultural Park in Strongsville, Ohio in 1949 and opened it to the public in 1961.
91 Russ O'Harra Hosta Society6Iowa 
92 Russo, Dave6New Jersey 
93 Sauve, Criste6MichiganIntroduced the "Sunfish" series of hostas.
94 Sebright Gardens6Oregon 
95 Shadrack, Mike6New YorkMike Shadrack is a retired member of the London Metropolitan Police who now resides in Buffalo, New York. He has co-authored the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas (2007) with Diana Grenfell and The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small and Mini Varieties (2010) with his wife, Kathy Guest Shadrak.
96 Spence, Jim6Canada 
97 Struhar, Bill6Michigan 
98 Suggs, Natalee6AlabamaNatalee Suggs (1915-2001) is one of only two hosta hybridizers from Alabama who we have listed in our database. Olive Bailey Langdon is the other.
99 Treichel, Bernie6Wisconsin 
100 Vandekinderen, Gino6Belgium 
101 Vasey, Mike6Ohio 
102 Viette, Andre6VirginiaAndre Viette is a second generation nurseryman whose father, Martin, started Viette Nurseries in 1929 on Long Island, NY. Andre later moved it to Virginia where it is known as Andre Viette Farm and Nursery and is run by his son, Mark.
103 Vissers, Louis6Belgium 
104 Woodroffe, Fleeta Brownell6IowaFleeta Brownell Woodruffe (1894-1990) was garden editor at Better Homes and Gardens from 1942 to 1959 and also worked for the Des Moines Register newspaper from 1940 to 1984.
105 Xavier-Sakr, Suzzane6Massachusetts 
106 Ankney, Barry5IllinoisBarry, a retired school phsycologist, is co-owner of White Oak Nursery in Illinois. He has served as the President of the Central Illinois Hosta Society (CIHS) and Vice-President of the Midwest Regional Hosta Society (MRHSBarry is the Editor of the Online Hosta Journal for The American Hosta Society.
107 Arends, Georg5GermanyAhrends (1863-1952) was a German nursery owner and horticulturist trained at the Botanical Garden of Breslau. In about 1905, he is credited with the development of one of the most famous hostas, H. ‘Elegans.
108 Beikmann, Stan5MichiganStan Beikmann is a Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Landscape Design from Andrews University in Michigan.
109 Butler, Dick5IndianaDick Butler and Dr Jamie Street are hosta hybridizers from Indiana. Their hosta introductions have names starting with the phrase, “Jipson Place”.
110 Carpenter, Kate5North Carolina 
111 Clifford, John5MichiganIntroduced the series of hostas that all begin with the word "Cliffords".
112 Cornitensis, Roger5Belgium 
113 Davidson, LeRoy5WashingtonLeRoy Davidson (1918-2000) was a florist and horticulture graduate of Washington State University. He received hostas from sources in Japan in the 1960s and 70s.
114 Doughty, Chuck5MassachusettsOwner of Cochato Nursery in Massachusetts and creator of the "Cochato" series of hostas.
115 Duncan, Mary Jo5Minnesota 
116 Fujita, Dr Noboru5JapanDr Noboru Fujita is a Japanese botanist/ecologist from Kyoto University who is credited with naming several wild species and varieties of Hosta.
117 George, Arthur5EnglandArthur George owned Hydon Nursery in England. All of his hostas start with the word “Hydon”.
118 Grapes, Vivian5NebraskaVivian Grapes (1911-2001) and her sister, Hazel, hybridized hostas and dwarf iris in Big Springs, Nebraska from the 1930s to the 1960s.
119 Grullemans, John J.5OhioJohn J. Grullemans (1891-1965), originally from the Netherlands, along with Elmer Schultz started Wayside Gardens nursery in Mentor, Ohio in 1920.
120 Hanna, Clarence5Ohio 
121 Hanson, Curt5OhioCurt Hanson owns Crintonic Gardens nursery in Ohio which specializes in daylilies.
122 Harrison, Dr Jamison5MassachusettsDr Jamison Harrison (1903-1966) was a friend of hosta pioneers Florence Shaw, Frances Williams and others.
123 Hartmann, Jim5Minnesota 
124 Herrema, Ken5Michigan 
125 Hofer, Paul5OhioPaul Hofer, owner of Antioch Farms, is a hybridizer from Perry, Ohio who is probably best known for introducing the classic cultivar, H. ‘Paul’s Glory’. One of the 28 Hosta of the Year winners through 2023 have been from this originator.
126 Isaacs, Charles5North CarolinaCharles Isaacs owns Moongate Farm in North Carolina.
127 Jennings, Dave5New YorkGlenville Gardens in New York
128 Kósa, Lehel5SwedenLehel Kósa is owner of Bohus Perenner and Plants in Båstad, Sweden.
129 Larsen, Kim5MinnesotaKim Larsen from Minnesota is a Master Judge for The American Hosta Society leaf shows. She has been Treasurer and has held other offices with AHS. Kim was the recipient of the 2014 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award.
130 Lefever, Wyatt5North Carolina 
131 Mack, Carl5IllinoisCarl Mack (Died 1965) owned Mackwoods Gardens in Lotus Woods, Spring Grove, Illinois and was the author of a book, Plants for Gardens in the Shade (1949).
132 Maindok, Hans-Hennig5GermanyHans-Henning Maindock is the owner of Creative Gartenplanung in Germany. 
133 McWilliams, Robb5MinnesotaRobert “Robb” McWilliams (1949-2008) was a hosta hybridizer from Minnesota who was active in the Minnesota Hosta Soety.
134 Meissner, O.5OhioMrs O. Meissner from Garden City, Long Island, New York. The name “Meissner” is associated with several early hostas but we have been unable to find a first name or whether this is one person or several.
135 Nakayama, Toyozo5JapanToyozo Nakayama of Tenjin Yama Bunen Nursery in Japan was a plant explorer . From what we have been able to determine, he was instrumental in introducing several hostas into the U.S. by sending plants or seeds to certain people.
136 Parks, David5Massachusetts 
137 Rassmussen, George5New YorkGeorge Rasmussen is a daylily and hosta hybridizer from Long Island, New York.
138 Rudolph, Thelma5Illinois 
139 Schroeder, Barb5Illinois 
140 Schroeder, Bob5Illinois 
141 Shimizu, Toshirou5Japan 
142 Spece, Josh5IowaIntroduced the "Country" series.
143 Strandberg, Mark5Wisconsin 
144 Stratton, Elizabeth5Iowa 
145 Stratton, John5Iowa 
146 Street, Dr Jamie5IndianaDick Butler and Dr Jamie Street are hosta hybridizers from Indiana. Their hosta introductions have names starting with the phrase, “Jipson Place”.
147 Van Eijk-Bos, Gert5Netherlands 

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