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.

Hybridizer from Omaha, Nebraska who introduced cultivars in the early 1970s including

One of the first cultivars to be registered with The American Hosta Society was her H. 'Ahamo' which is Omaha spelled backward. Others included H. 'Aksarben' (Nebraska spelled backward) and H. 'Green Acres'.

Mr PGC Note: Remember the old tv adds for the magic potion "Serutan" which was nature spelled backwards...you need to be near retirement age to remember that, I think.

Hybridizer from Marshfield, Massachusetts who has introduced many cultivars including H. 'Nippers', H. 'Tea Party' and H. 'Blarney Stone'.

Hybridizer from Indiana who has introduced many hostas including H. 'Avalanche', H. 'Indiana Knight', H. 'Indy Finish Line' and H. 'Small Sum'.

Born on a farm near Tokyo in 1936, Hideko moved to Minnesota with her husband in the 1970s. Mervin Eisel, a horticulture professor at the University of Minnesota and later, Hosta Registrar, gave her the first hosta for her garden.

Subseqently, she began to hybridize hostas and introduced several new cultivars. In addition, several plants were named in her honor including H. 'Hideko Gowen' and H.   'Hideko Tajima' from Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict and others.

Hybridizer who introduced cultivars in the 1970s including H. 'Aspen Gold', H. 'Golden Chimes' and H. 'Vivian'.

Each year, Steve puts together a handy reference which lists the nursery or retail sources for nearly 4,000 hosta cultivars. The booklet is called The Hosta Finder.

Note: Thanks to Mark Schmidt for requesting that we add Steve to this listing.
Mr PGC

In addition to being a hosta hybridizer in Gloucestershire, England, Diane Grenfell is the co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society (BHHS). Her home garden includes the National Plant Collection of miniature hostas.

She has written several books including: The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas (1996), The Flowering Foliage Plants (1990), Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas (2007 with Michael Shadrack) and The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas (2004) with co-author, Michael Shadrack.

In 1987, she was presented with the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award from The American Hosta Society.

Diana has introduced several hostas included H. 'Lady Isobel Barnett', H. 'Prince of Wales' and H. 'Silvery Slugproof'.

Mr PGC Note: Isobel Barnett commonly known as Lady Isobel Barnett, was a British radio and television personality, popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Fuchsia 'Lady Isobel Barnett' is also named for her.

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