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.

Olive was one of the founding members of The American Hosta Society. Her garden was in Michigan City, Indiana. In 1996, plants from her garden were transplanted into the collections at Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Bellville, Ohio.

Olive is credited with originating the cultivar Hosta 'Olive's Freckles'.

Henry and Philip Payne owned Piedmont Gardens in Waterbury, Connecticut and introduced cultivars including H. 'Piedmont Gold'.

Hybridizer from Indiana who has introduced many cultivars including H. 'All That Jazz', H. 'Brother Stefan', H. 'Golden Gate', H. 'Niagra Falls' and H. 'Old Faithful'.

She was awarded the Eunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2013.

This engineering Ph.D. from Delaware is the author of several regularly appearing series of articles in The Hosta Journal including Potpourri, Hosta People News, Reflections:, This and That, and What's In a Hosta Name?

Over the decades, he has served as editor of The Hosta Journal (1982-1987) and is a featured speaker at many hosta events. In 1985, he received the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. The British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society honored him with their Eric Smith Award in 1996. He is also a founder of the Delaware Valley Hosta Society.

Hybridizer from Princeton, North Carolina and owner of Powell's Gardens nursery who introduced about 15 cultivars of hostas including 'Christmas Tree Gala'. Loleta originally worked on iris and developed around 40 new cultivars before moving into hostas around 1975.

Owner of the Walden West nursery in Oregon, he has introduced many new hostas including the Abiqua Series. Cultivars in this group include H. 'Abiqua Blue Crinkles', H. 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd', H. 'Abiqua Ground Cover' and H. 'Abiqua Parasol'.

Another of his introductions, H. 'Paradigm' was the 2007 "Hosta of the Year".

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