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 Seattle, Washington, he collected rare plants from around the world in the 1960s. He gave a number to each plant in his collection and, according to Zilis 2009 (p.227) the hostas included:

H. "Davidson 42" = H. sieboldii
H. "Davidson 50" = H. numor hakujima
H. "Davidson 57" = H. 'Craig's Temptation'
H. "Davidson 75" = H. sieboldii f. okamii
H. "Davidson 87" = H. 'Blythe Spirit'
H. "Davidson 90" = H. 'Saishu Jima'
H. "Davidson 101" = H. Bacchanal'
H. "Davidson 135" = H. 'Hirao Grande'
H. "Davidson 137" = H. 'Hirao Imperial'

Don Dean is a hosta hybridizer from Minnesota. Don started hybridizing about 1991 with the guidance of one of the early hosta hybridizers, fellow Minnesotan, Ken Anderson. He has been very active in The American Hosta Society especially with the various plant auctions held by the organization. In 2008, he was given the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. Don served as President of the American Hosta Society beginning in 2013.

Don has introduced many hosta cultivars including H. 'Bedazzled', H. 'October Sky' and H. 'Silver Bay'.

Emile was curator of azaleas at Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is best known for introducing the classic miniature cultivar, H. 'Blue Mouse Ears' the 2008 "Hosta of the Year".

Jim Dishon worked as an engineer in the auto industry in Michigan and hybridized hostas as a hobby. He introduced several cultivars including H. 'Golden Fountain', H. 'Emeralds and Rubies' and H. 'Mount Everest'.

Hybridizer from Hopkinton, Massachusetts who, in the 1960s, introduced cultivars including H. 'Sharmon', H. 'Donahue Piecrust' and H. sieboldiana 'Squash Edge'.

Later, Peter Ruh registered several cultivars on Donahue's behalf.

The founder (but no longer owner) of Robyn's Nest Nursery in Snohomish, Washington, Robyn was also a hybridizer of hostas including H. 'Bigfoot', H. 'Magic Carpet' and H. 'Skookumchuck'.

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