The American Hosta Society has developed a whole range of awards and honors to recognize not only outstanding member achievements but also outstanding hosta cultivars. Some awards are for contributions to the AHS, some are for participants in the leaf shows and still others are for individual gardens and hostas included in the National Convention tours.

Occasionally, The American Hosta Society designates an individual to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is for outstanding and long-term involvement in the society at the national level. These are people who have made a great impact on the operation and achievements of the group over many decades. The winners are determined at the discretion of the President of The American Hosta Society.

This award was established in 1982 to honor one the founding members of The American Hosta Society, Mr. Alex 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. As part of the recipient's acceptance address, he or she is to select a hosta and discuss its merits as an outstanding or significant plant.

Mr. PGC Link: HostaHelper list of Summers Award Winners.

This award goes to a hosta species or cultivar with distinguished merit as selected by the recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. The hosta's merit is detailed in the acceptance address of the Summers Award recipient.

This award was established in 2006 in honor of a pioneer hosta hybridizer and founding member of The American Hosta Society, Eunice V. Fisher of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

There are two parts to this award. First, the Hybridizer Merit Award is given to a person who has contributed to the advancement of the genus, Hosta, through his or her hybridizing efforts. The second part, the Distinguished Merit Hosta Award, goes to a cultivar of the hybridizer's choice from his or her breeding program.

Mr. PGC Link: HostaHelper list of Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Winners.

Benedict Garden Performance Medal
.     Benedict Garden Performance Awards of Merit
.     Benedict Garden Performance Honorable Mention Awards


The President of The American Hosta Society annually chooses members of local hosta societies who have provided long-term service to the group. These names are placed on a "wall" located on the AHS website which is divided by year awarded.

The convention attendees vote on various aspects of the private gardens that are part of the tours.
bullet AHS Best Grown Hosta Clump (Single Clump)
bullet AHS Best Grown Hosta Clumps (Multiple Clumps)
bullet AHS Best Use of Companion Plants and Specimens (non hosta)
bullet AHS Best Use of Non-Plant Material
bullet AHS Best Use of Hostas in a Landscape Feature
bullet AHS Best Seedling or Sport (originated by garden owner)
bullet AHS President's Exhibitors Award - Overall champion in the cut-leaf exhibit show at the AHS National Convention.
bullet AHS Best Container Grown Hosta Award
bullet AHS Best Trough/Container Garden Arranged for Effect Award
bullet AHS Sweepstakes Award
bullet AHS Kevin Vaughn Youth Achievement Award
bullet AHS Artistic Design Award
bullet AHS Best Educational Display Award
bullet AHS Best Seedling or Sport Award

Outstanding Auction Contributor - National Convention Auction


Outstanding On-Line Auction Contributor


Top Choice Donation - National Convention Auction


Top Choice Donation - On-Line Auction

bullet AHS Best Local Society Newsletter and Editor Award
bullet AHS Best Local Society Newsletter Article and Author Award
bullet Hosta Close-up
bullet Mature Hosta Clump
bullet Landscape Showing Multiple Clumps
bullet Hostas in the Landscape
bullet Artistic Impression
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