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.

William Lachman ( -1998) had a graduate degree in horticulture from Penn State University and worked as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts. Eleanor ( - 2004) was a horticulture graduate from the U of Mass. They lived in Amherst, Massachusetts.

In 2009, they were awarded the Eunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award.

The Lachmans started hybridizing hostas in the late 1970s and produced dozens and dozens of outstanding hosta cultivars. One of their lines crossed blue hostas from Eric Smith with H. 'Beatrice' and H. 'Flamboyant' to produce hostas with cream to white variegations.

Together, they  introduced many cultivars including H. 'Carnival', H. 'Cherry Berry', H. 'Crepe Suzette', H. 'El Capitan', H. 'Emily Dickenson', H. 'Robert Frost' and H. 'Torchlight'.

Cultivars named in their honor include H. 'Eleanor Lachman' by Wm Lachman and H. 'William Lachman' from Kevin Vaughn.

From Alabama, Olive Bailey Langdon was the fourth president of The American Hosta Society, serving between 1985 and 1989. She was the recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1991. She was also active in daylilies and iris.

The cultivar H. 'Olive Bailey Langdon' is named in her honor by the Russ O'Harra Hosta Society.

She was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2014.

Hybridizer from Kernersville, North Carolina who has introduced cultivars including H. 'Dragon Wings' and H. 'Lime Smoothie'.

Hybridizer from the Netherlands who has introduced cultivars including H. 'Kalamazoo' and H. 'Valley's Glacier'.

Hybridizer from Clawson, Michigan who has introduced cultivars including H. 'Alakazaam', H. 'Mirage' and H. 'Rare Breed'.

Dr Lockhart is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. Through grants from The American Hosta Society and others, he has extensively studied the impact of viral infections on hostas.

Owner of the Eagle Bay Nursery in Dunkirk, New York, Ran has hybridized over 34 cultivars including H. 'Aqua Duchess', H. 'Green Hills on the Lake', H. 'Lake Superior' and H. 'Lunar Orbit'.

A collection of his plants is included at the Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Bellville, Ohio.

Hybridizer from Northern Grown Perennials nursery in Ferryville, Wisconsin. He has introduced cultivars including H. 'Glad Rags' and H. 'Jurassic Park'.

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