A horticulturist, nurseryman and plant explorer from
Pennsylvania, Barry discovered two new species of hostas while
on an expedition to
remote areas of
Korea in 1985. One of them
discovered on Taehuksan Island was subsequently
named for him,
yingeri and the other was named for
Dr Samuel Jones, Jr., a
scientist who identified it upon Yinger's return from Korea.
That one is Hosta jonesii.
Hosta yingerii is believed to ba a valuable plant for
breeding due to its thick, glossy foliage and the fact that its
flowers are arranged symmetrically around the stem.
Barry Yinger started with an undergraduate degree in
interdisciplinary Plant Science and Asian Languages from the
University of Maryland. He has a graduate degree from the
University of Delaware.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he now runs the Asiatica
Nursery in York Haven, Pennsylvania. In addition to the hosta species, he has
introduced many other plants from
Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight',
'Ogon' (dwarf sweet flag),
Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'.
A fire in 2003 destroyed a significant part of his private
library. He lost about 30 years worth of accumulated documents
including rare books, Japanese catalogs and field notes from his