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.

Dr. Steve Chamberlain is a hosta hybridizer from New York who introduced the "Academy" series of hostas. The name comes from the fact that he lives on Academy Street. To date he has registered around 40 cultivars including one called H. 'Bill Dresses Blue'.

NOTE: That last cultivar was named after Dr. Bill Dress who retired as a professor of botany at Cornell University in 1982. The Adirondack Chapter North American Rock Garden Society notified us of his passing on December 15, 2011 at the age of 93.

Mary Chastain and her husband, Roy, developed the "Lakeside" series of hostas from their Lakeside Acres Nursery in Ooltewah, Tennessee. The lake in question is Lake Chickamauga which was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Like many long time, serious gardeners, she and Roy started in the 1950s with bearded iris before moving into daylilies and ultimately...hostas.

In 2007, Mary was awarded the Eunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award.

Mary introduced over 200 hosta cultivars including H. 'Lakeside Black Satin', H. 'Lakeside Blue Sophistication', H. 'Lakeside Coal Miner', H. 'Lakeside Dragonlfy', H. 'Lakeside Kaleidescope', H. 'Lakeside Lollipop', H. 'Lakeside Reflecting Glass' and H. 'Lakeside Zing Zang'.

We have over 180 of her Lakeside cultivars included in The HostaHelper. A large collection of Mary's plants is included at the Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Bellville, Ohio.

Note: On the retirement of the Chastains in the spring of 2009, the entire Lakeside Acres hosta breeding program, plant stock and rights to the Lakeside Acres name were sold to Robert Canning of Fenton, Michigan.

She was an early hybridizer from Arkansas and her cultivars H. 'Golden Nugget' and H. 'Midwest Gold' were two of the first three hostas to be registered with The American Hosta Society. The other one was H. 'Rough Waters' registered by Maxine Armstrong of Nebraska.

A hybridizer in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jim was the third president of The American Hosta Society (1982-1985). He was the winner of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1990. Jim was active in many different plant organizations and was president of the American Hemerocallis Society (1983-1985) and president of the Men's Garden Club of America.

Cultivars named in his honor include H. 'Jim Cooper' from Paul Aden which is a seedling of H. 'Sum and Substance'.

He introduced the classic cultivar H. 'Ginko Craig' in the mid-1970s. He purchased the plant in Japan and named it after his wife, Ginko.

The name is commonly misspelled by people thinking that it is named after the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba .

A hybridizer from Indiana, Clyde was given the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1997. He has introduced cultivars such as H. 'Biting Rosebud', H. 'Broad Ripple' and H. 'Flat Tire'.

Cultivars name for him include H. 'Clyde Crockett' from Patsy Stygall.

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