This award was established in 1982 to honor one the
founding members of The American Hosta Society,
J. Summers of Bridgeville, Delaware.
The award is
divided into two parts. The first honors a member of the
AHS who has given outstanding service to the Society,
the furtherance of the genus, Hosta or both.
The second aspect is that
during the recipient's acceptance speech, he or
she is to select a hosta and discuss its merits as an
outstanding or significant plant in hostadom. This is
the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta.