In the 1960s, hostas began to draw significant
interest from an increasing segment of home gardeners and
collectors. By the end of the decade, it was time for an
organization to be formed that would promote the genus to a wider
public. On July 7, 1968, a group of hosta enthusiasts met at
Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania to form
The American Hosta Society.
Alex J. Summers was elected the first president
of the group and soon became the editor of the first newsletter.
Eunice V. Fisher was the first secretary-treasurer. The organization
grew in membership through the early 2,000s and currently has
members in 46 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 14 other countries.
In the late 1980s,
AHS decided to make a determined effort to
register as many of the named cultivars as possible. The
registration process is intended to be sure that there is a
central, public record that describes the unique traits of each
different hosta cultivar.
Click here for
a list of some of the cultivars that were registered by AHS.
Many early cultivars were created before the
registration system was put
into place and some hostas came from foreign lands. So, the AHS
took it upon themselves to register many of these older
cultivars on behalf of the often deceased hybridizer or
Other major activities of the AHS include publication of The
Hosta Journal, the annual national convention, official display
gardens and various awards. More detail on each of these may be
found by clicking on the header bar below.
Note: The "The" at the beginning is
officially part of the name, The American Hosta Society.
However, the abbreviation "AHS" is commonly used and not TAHS...go
Here for the website of The American Hosta Society.