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 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, Hosta 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 owned and operated the Asiatica Nursery in York Haven, Pennsylvania until its closing in 2010. In addition to the hosta species, he has introduced many other plants from Asia including Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight', Acorus gramincus '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 explorations.

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