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.

Mervin was the first International Registrar of the Genus Hosta (1974-1992) located at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He was winner of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2000.

Also a hybridizer himself, he introduced cultivars including H. 'Goddess Sunburst' and H. 'Starlight'.


Ed lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was a scientist by profession with a PhD in organic chemistry. He was very active in The American Hosta Society and helped organize the Hosta Hybridizers' Group (now known as the Ed Elslager Hybridizer Society).

Ed was an early advocate of the use of BAP-10 in helping hostas produce more buds and, therefore, more divisions than normal.

As part of his hybridizing efforts, he is credited with registering over 240 new hosta cultivars including H. 'A Many-splendored Thing', H. 'Celestial', H. 'Fantabulous', H. 'My Blue Heaven', H. 'Rhinestone Cowboy', H. 'Sum Cup-o-Joe' and H. 'Teeny-weeny Bikini'.

Larry operated a nursery business in Hopkins, Michigan near Grand Rapids. He was also a hybridizer who introduced several hostas including H. 'Blue Horizon', H. 'Butternut Hill' and H. 'Ryan's Big One'.

Cultivars named in his honor include H. 'Larry Englerth' from Dr Ralph (Herb) Benedict.

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