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.

Elizabeth (Betty) Nesmith owned Fairmount Gardens nursery in Massachusetts starting in the 1920s. Her specialty was hybridizing iris and she was nationally known for her introductions. Later in life, she also hybridized daylilies and hostas and in the 1960s' began to introduce cultivars including H. 'Blue Frost' and H. 'Sunlight Sister'.

The hostas originated by Frances Williams, a friend of Nesmith's, were often introduced through Fairmount Gardens.

Frank is owner of Walnut Grove Nursery in Unionville, Indiana. He has introduced cultivars including H. 'Powderpuff', H. 'Teaspoon' and H. 'Uncle John'.

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