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.

A German doctor/botanist with the Dutch East India Company, is credited with being the first Westerner to see, draw, and describe a hosta while working in Japan.

Introduced hosta cultivars such as H. 'Centerfold', H. 'Crescendo', H. First Class', H. 'Limited Edition' and H. 'People's Choice'.


Bob Keller from White Oak Nursery in Metamora, Illinois, introduced cultivars including H. 'Janet's Joy' and H. 'Valerie's Vanity'.


Introduced cultivars including H. 'Irish Ribbons' and H. 'Minnesota Weather'.

Roy is a third generation nurseryman who is the owner of the Beaver Creek Nursery in northern Illinois as well as Klehmís Song Sparrow Farm in southern Wisconsin. The nurseries specialize in peonies, daylilies and, of course, hostas. He was awarded the 2008 Perennial Plant Association's Award of Merit.

His hybridizing activities resulted in the introduction of several cultivars including H. 'Bright Lights', H. 'Nutty Professor' and H. 'Summer Music'.

Cultivars named in his honor include H. 'Roy Klehm' from Hans Hansen.

Introduced cultivars including H. 'Francee' and H. 'Minnie Klopping'.

Cultivars named in her honor include H. 'Minnie Klopping' which she originated but was later registered on her behalf by Anne Arrett.

Gus Krossa lived in Livonia, Michigan. He was very active in importing new plants from Japan in the early days of hostadom in the 1960s. In 1974, he was awarded the Eunice Fisher Award for the introduction of the cultivar H. 'Krossa Regal'.

He introduced many cultivars of hosta including H. 'Gloriosa', H. 'King Michael' and H. 'White Christmas'.

Nancy Krul of Belle Gardens nursery in Centerline, Michigan introduced cultivars including H. 'Drawn Butter' and H. 'Love of Life'.

The cultivars were registered in the name of the nursery.

Bob was a hybridizer from Ohio who introduced many of his cultivars through his nursery, Kuk's Forest. In 2011, he was given the Eunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award by the AHS.

He introduced many cultivars including H. 'Emerald Necklace', H. 'Queen Josephine' and H. 'Van Wade'.

John is a school teacher from  Warren, Michigan who was initially a hosta hybridizer. He has introduced several cultivars including H. 'Ann Kulpa', H. 'Diana Remembered' and H. 'Whirlwind'.

In 1999, he turned his efforts to hybridizing daylilies (Hemerocallis) and has subsequently introduced several cultivars of that genus.

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