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
We are always looking to expand these listings
and to keep them up to date. So, if you have new information
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.
C.H. , an
ornamental horticulture graduate of the
University of Illinois,
is an avid gardener and long term employee of
Gardens, Inc. in Zeeland, Michigan. Walters is one
of the world's largest producers and wholesalers of
perennials and a leader in
production of hostas.
He has been very
The American Hosta Society and served
as president from 2001 to 2003. In 2006, C.H. was given the
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award by the AHS. He has
also served as the AHS Scientific Chair.
C.H. has registered
over 50 hosta cultivars on behalf of himself and
Walters Gardens including H. 'Regal Splendor'
the 2003 "Hosta
of the Year"
and H. 'Northern Exposure'.
Eunice, who lived in Oshkosh,
Wisconsin, was one of the earliest and most
dedicated hosta enthusiasts in the
United States. She was
the first Secretary-Treasurer of
The American Hosta Society
when it was formed in 1968.
Zilis (2000) in the
1970s, she authored and self-published three
editions of the first book on hostas titled Hosta: The
Aristocratic Plant for Shady Gardens.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens in
Madison, Wisconsin has developed the
Eunice V. Fisher Hosta Garden in her honor.
AHS Eunice Fisher Award is named in her honor.
She introduced over 40 cultivars of hosta including H.
'Candy Hearts', H.
'Green Platter' and H.
Cultivars named in her honor include H. 'Fisher's
Cream Edge' and H. 'Eunice
Fisher' from Peter Ruh.
After studying at the
Edinburgh Botanic Garden, and at the
Chiswick, Fortune was sent to
to find new plants by the RHS in 1843. He was the first collector in China to have relative
freedom and he introduced many essential garden plants to the Western
world. Fortune was also
briefly the curator of the
Chelsea Physic Garden in London.
His trees included the false larch
(Pseudolarix), the Chinese plum yew
the umbrella pine (Sciadopitys
verticillata) and the
Cryptomeria. In 1848 he returned
to China and sent seeds and plants of the tea tree to India,
thereby becoming the foundation for the India Tea industry.
credited with introducing certain hostas into England and
George Schmid's book in 1991, those plants were thought to
be a species and were named Hosta fortunei. Schmid determined
that the plants were not from a naturally occurring species and
were actually cultivars created in either Asia or after
introduction to Europe. So, they have been "demoted" to cultivar
status and are now know by the name
Other garden plants introduced by him include:
viridissima, Jasminium nudiflorum,
japonica, Dielytra spectabilis, Kerria japonica,
Trachycarpus fortunei, Cephalotaxus
from Kings Park, New York who introduced cultivars including H.
'Emma Foster' and H.
Cultivars named for him include H. 'Gene Foster' from Eugene
father was a nurseryman who grew cut flowers for sale at the
Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The family nursery is located in Ter Aar, the
In the early 1990's, Marco began hybridizing and selecting
hostas. Many of his plants are part
of the "Paradise" series named after Paradise Road which is the
address of the nursery.
He has introduced several
hostas including H.
'Forbidden Fruit', H.
'Paradise Island' and
'Stand By Me'.
In 1817, a man
named the recently identified genus of foliage plants, Funkia.
This was to honor H. C. Funck who was a German
(Prussian) botanist of some renown.
along the line, it was determined that the plant had earlier
for a man named
and that name, fortunately in my opinion, has taken precedence.
Note: Just think, instead of
Hostaphiles, these people could be called Funkiadelics...remember
them from the 1970s?