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 have new information or know of someone who you think should be included, please send us their name and a brief description of their contributions to the World of Hostas. Thanks.

From Westville, Indiana, he was sometimes called "Indiana Bob" by fellow Hostaphiles. Bob was an active hybridizer who was introduced to the hobby by Bill Brincka who taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. Bob introduced several cultivars including H. 'Celebration of Angels', H. 'Indiana Blue' and H. 'Yankee Blue'.

Pauline introduced one of the all-time classic variegated hostas, H. 'Gold Standard' in the early 1970s. She lived in a suburb of Detroit (Madison Heights) and sold hostas at the local farmer's markets in Royal Oak, Michigan. H. 'Gold Standard' was found in a shipment of H. 'Fortunei Glauca' that she had received from a nursery.

Pauline was the 1993 recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award by The American Hosta Society.

She also introduced many other cultivars including H. 'Banyai's Candy Cane', H. 'Garnet Prince', H. 'Permanent Wave' and H. 'Spartan Gem'.

An Ohio hybridizer, Doug served as president of The American Hosta Society from 2011 to 2013. He jointly registered several plants with his wife, Mardy. He also originated hostas that were registered by Alex Malloy of New York.

Among the cultivars he has introduced include H. 'Bogie and Bacall'.

Known as "Herb" to everyone, he was one of the early leaders in hybridizing hostas. His encyclopedic memory about the heritage and background of thousands of hostas was amazing.

By profession, Herb was a veterinarian who practiced in Jonesville, Michigan and was a federal meat inspector. By avocation, he was a well-known and respected hybridizer of primroses and hostas. Along with his wife, Dorothy, he was a mentor to many of the leading hybridizers in the hosta world.

Herb was the 1992 winner of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award and the AHS Display Garden, the Dr Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside at  Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan, is named in his and his wife's honor. It was created and is maintained by the Michigan Hosta Society as a part of this facility owned by Michigan State University.

Herb's hosta breeding program introduced many, many cultivars including the classic streaked cultivar H. 'Dorothy Benedict' which has been used as mother plant by many other hybridizers.

Other cultivars he originated include: H. 'Amethyst Chip', H. 'Blue Chip', H. 'Blue Jay', H. 'Holly's Child', H. 'Lemon Twist', H. 'My Child Insook', H. 'One Man's Treasure', H. 'September White' and H. 'White Dove'.

A collection of his plants is included at the Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Bellville, Ohio.

Note: The cultivar H. 'Dorothy Benedict' was named for Herb's wife, Dorothy (1913-2002) who was always at his side during hosta functions. She was loved by many in the hosta world for her friendly, upbeat personality.

Pierre's Sunny Border Nurseries of Kensington, Connecticut is one of the largest producers of perennial container plants. He is a past president of the Connecticut Horticultural Society and was a co-founder of the Perennial Plant Association.

He has introduced several hosta cultivars including H. 'Golden Bullion' and H. 'The Hulk'.

Alan Bloom  is often credited with popularizing the concept of the island bed in the home landscape. His nursery, Blooms of Bressingham, is still located near the town of Diss in Norfolk, England.

The Dell Garden surrounding his house at Bressingham Manor still contains some of his original island beds. Next door is his son, Adrian Bloom's famous garden, Foggy Bottom.

In the hosta world, he is known for introducing cultivars including Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata' and H. sieboldiana 'Bressingham Blue'.

Described by at least one source as "one of the greatest plantsmen of the second half of the twentieth century...", John Bond was the Head Gardener at Savill Gardens near London, England. Earlier he worked at Sir Harold Hillier's nursery and at Bodnant Gardens in Wales.

John Bond was heavily involved with rhododendrons, magnolias and other woodland plants. For the hosta world, he is best known for his introduction of the classic cultivar H. 'Great Expectations'.

Owner of Goldbrook Plants in Suffolk, England, Sandra is also the author of the book, Hostas (1992). She is a garden designer and has won many gold medals for her hostas displays at the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Sandra is also a hybridizer who has introduced cultivars including H. 'Goldbrook Galleon', H. 'Green With Envy' and H. 'Little Ceasar'.

Roger and Ann were owners of Bowden Hostas nursery in Devon, England. They developed the "Devon" series of eleven hostas from those that they originated and from others. One of their hybridizing plants was from the legendary Eric Smith, who gave a seedling to collector Julie Morss in the 1960s. Ann and Roger Bowden later obtained it when she moved away from her garden. Several of their cultivars were registered on their behalf by Peter Ruh.

Note: The picture of the nursery sign shown above was taken at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show where Bowden Hostas had a nice display table.

From Germany, this hybridizer has introduced cultivars including H. 'Lemon Sorbet' and H. 'Lime Meringue'.

Hybridizer from Des Moines, Iowa who has introduced such cultivars as H. 'Abba Dew', H. 'Aspen White' and H. 'John Luke Picard'.

Hybridizer from Indiana, Bill introduced several hosta cultivars including H. 'Fire Island', H. 'Golden Gate', H. 'Niagra Falls' and H. 'Old Faithful'. He was a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cultivars named in his honor include H. 'Bill Brincka' which he originated  himself.

Note: Several of the cultivars were co-originated with Olga Petryszyn.

Dr Burto was Chair of the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts.  Cultivars named in his honor include H. 'Doctor Bill-Bob' (for Dr Bob Olson and Dr Bill Burto) from Mildred Seaver.

Busse Gardens nursery owner from Minnesota who introduced H. kikutii 'Finlandia' and H. 'Green Joy'.

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