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.

The late Bill Jannsen was a hybridizer from Collector's Nursery in Battle Ground, Washington. He had a series of hostas that used the term, "Collector's" in the name. These included H. 'Collector's Banner' and H. 'Collector's Choice'.


Hybridizer from Marshalltown, Iowa, who has introduced several cultivars including H. 'Lullabye', H. 'Moonlight Sonata' and H. 'Sandhill Crane'.

She was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2012.

Hybridizer from Advance, North Carolina who has introduced cultivars including H. 'Cry Baby', H. 'Fat Cheeks' and H. 'Mister Watson'.

Gil was a hybridizer who lived on Warwick Street in Jackson, Michigan prior to retiring from the practice of medicine and moving to his native Georgia.

His Warwick Series included many cultivars such as H. 'Warwick Ballerina', H. 'Warwick Comet' and H. 'Warwick Essence'.

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

Barry Yinger discovered two new species of hostas while on an expedition to Korea in 1985. One of them was subsequently named for him, Hosta yingeri and the other was named for Dr. Jones, a botanical scientist at the University of Georgia who identified it upon Yinger's return from Korea. That one is Hosta jonesii.

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