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The mystery of hostas: Book by area native inspired by shady plant
Marietta Times-Jul 4, 2017
And the property around his house in Delaware features a couple hundred varieties of hostas, a shade-tolerant foliage plant. The book, from …

Hosta lovers united at a Topeka botanical garden Friday
WIBW-Jun 23, 2017
Members of the Midwest Regional Hosta Society toured the Ward-Meade Botanical Garden in Topeka, as part of their annual convention being …

Hostas in pots
Wisconsin State Farmer-Jun 22, 2017
Hostas are the number one selling perennial in the United States, with good reason. Their versatility in the garden, easy to grow habit and …

Jayn Bielecki: Happy hostas
Chippewa Herald-Jun 20, 2017
Hostas are known for their beautiful foliage. The come in many leaf shapes, sizes and colors. They even sport some delicate flowers later in the …

Gardening: Try growing hostas in pots
Charlotte Observer-Jun 19, 2017
Gardening always surprises, and that is part of its charm. One of the big surprises of my gardening life has been how well hostas grow in pots.

Hostas thrive in shade
Youngstown Vindicator-Jun 14, 2017
A. Oh, hostas! Everyone loves these elegant plants when they see them growing somewhere else. From the large blue-leafed variety to the …

Master Gardeners to present program “Designing with Hostas”
The Independent News-Jun 12, 2017
America’s love of hostas dates all the way back to the 1800’s when the first hostas were brought over from Asia. These lovely perennials are …

Wimbiscus: Can you ever have too many hostas?
The Herald-News-Jun 10, 2017
I know this because during our Memorial Day cookout someone complained “you have too many hostas.” So I went and counted them.

Photo Gallery: The annual Western Pa. Hosta Show
Tribune-Review-Jun 7, 2017
The juried show offered hosta enthusiasts in the region an opportunity to showcase their best hostas, including cut leaf as well as potted …

What are hostas? How to cook and eat those delicious plants in your …
Syracuse.com-May 9, 2017
That’s right — you can cook and eat hostas, an ornamental perennial plant that grows throughout Upstate New York. Hostas are easy to grow.

Hosta sale is a ‘family event’ that outgrew expectations
Madison.com-Apr 30, 2017
Tom and Mary Riddle have been married for 43 years. They started growing hostas to keep Tom from mowing over Mary’s wildflowers.

Hosta Slugs
Peoria Journal Star (blog)-Apr 30, 2017
A rainy spring like this one sometimes results in numerous slugs that cause heavy damage, especially on hosta. Phil Nixon, Extension …

Spring is good time to divide hostas
Quad City Times-Apr 2, 2017
Hostas are a popular landscaping plant and easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing must be followed to ensure optimal …

Brother Stefan tapped as 2017 Hosta of the Year
Wisconsin State Farmer-Jan 2, 2017
Hosta lovers will rejoice in 2017 as one of the classics receives top honors as award-winning Hosta of the Year. Each year, the American Hosta …

Allsup: Hostas ‘fabulous foliage’
Bloomington Pantagraph-Nov 26, 2016
Hostas are among some of the most cherished perennials of all time, creating a lush pallet of bright greens, muted greens, chartreuse greens, …

Green Thumb: Hosta enthusiasts offer tips for newbies
Memphis Commercial Appeal-Aug 26, 2016
Judith Hammond/Special to The Commercial Appeal Dawn’s Early Light, a hosta in Judith Hammond’s garden, is just beginning to show its …

THE DIRT ON GARDENING: Hostas are the perfect plant to fill bare …
Goshen News-Aug 24, 2016
Easily overlooked are some of the simplest inclusions of vegetation (hostas) that make a modest landscape into an admired landscape.

Made for shade, hostas flourish in a pot
Tallahassee.com-Aug 18, 2016
Leon County is at the far southern range where hostas will perform, so they will need a little extra care in our area to thrive. One of the best …

3000 hosta plants surround historic home
Dayton Daily News-Aug 12, 2016
Mike Utz in the yard of his historic home in Centerville, where you can see thousands of hosta plants bordering his property. PAMELA DILLON/ …

Humble Hosta
The Hoosier Topics-Aug 2, 2016
Also known as plantain lily, hosta performs best in partial to full shade, although some have been able to survive full sun conditions if given a …

Hardy, low-maintenance hostas allow gardeners to get creative
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Jul 31, 2016
What is it about hostas that make gardeners love them so much? … It’s more of a medium-size hosta, and I’ve been growing that one 8 to 10 …

Northern Illinois Hosta Society Hosts Auction and Plant Sale Sunday …
Chicago Tribune-Jul 22, 2016
Tom and Sue Heintz leaving the 2015 Hosta Auction with their purchases. This year the auction and sale will be held again at the Hinsdale …

Oshkosh hosta and garden walk Saturday
The Oshkosh Northwestern-Jul 20, 2016
Tour-goers may think they have gone to hosta haven at the woodland garden of Betty and Jim Humphrey, 2950 Manor Drive. The second …

Hardy, low-maintenance hostas allow gardeners to get creative
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Jul 17, 2016
Jack Barta, owner of Jack’s Hostas in Cedarburg, complements his “well over 2,000 varieties” of hostas with Japanese maples, lilies, hellebores …

Hosta – A Low Maintenance Favorite
WHAV News-Jul 13, 2016
You don’t have to sacrifice beauty for low maintenance. Instead include hosta varieties available in a myriad of leaf shapes, sizes and color …

Hosta auction set for July 9 at Augusta’s Viles Arboretum
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel-Jul 5, 2016
AUGUST A— The Maine Hosta Society will host a Hosta auction Saturday, July 9, at Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St. A silent auction will …

Hosta for the shade portions of your garden
Texas Examiner-Jun 18, 2016
Hostas are a secret weapon for those of us with shady gardens. They come in crazy combination of shapes, textures and colors. You can look …

Central Illinois Hosta Society’s gardon tour will be June 21
Peoria Journal Star-Jun 12, 2016
PEKIN — The Central Illinois Hosta Society will meet at 6 p.m. June 21 at the garden of Dan and Cheryl Taylor, 19 Cypress Point.

Hosting hosta tour draws topics worth pondering
Daily Journal-Jun 10, 2016
We also had a special delivery of a toilet in the middle of my driveway, which was thoughtfully planted with Hosta “Vulcan” and some other Star …

Why do my hostas look stunted?
News & Observer-Jun 10, 2016
I have three hosta plants on the north side of my house. I planted them in a raised bed four to five years ago. The first two years or so the plants …

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Holes in Hosta Leaves
NTV-Jun 8, 2016
Sink a can of stale beer in the ground near your hostas or check under rocks and birdbaths in the morning. If slugs are the culprit, you’ll find …

Hosta plants judged, shown, sold at event
Tribune-Review-Jun 7, 2016
The Daffodil and Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania held its 24th annual hosta show on June 4 at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park.

A host of hostas: Tour highlights gardens filled with versatile plant
The Republic-Jun 4, 2016
In pocketed garden plots dotting five hilly acres, leafy clumps of decorative plants poke through new mulch. Deep green Pacific Sunrise hostas, …

Easy-to-grow hostas create excitement season after season
OregonLive.com-May 31, 2016
The cool blue to green tones of Hosta ‘Parasol’–which are blue in spring and turn dark green in summer–brings a sense of balance to the …

Greendale Avenue was host to hosta haven
The Sheboygan Press-May 27, 2016
As gardeners everywhere – sharp spade in hand – struggle to split those medusa-like roots of the hosta, rarely do they think of the history behind …

Mississippi Valley Hosta Society Annual Plant Sale – June 5
KWQC-TV6-May 25, 2016
MVHS logo (1) DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Mississippi Valley Hosta Society Annual Plant Sale will be held Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the …

Hosta show at Soergel farm market
Observer-Reporter-May 24, 2016
The annual Pittsburgh Hosta Show, presented by the Daffodil & Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4 at …

Hosta expert instructs area growers
Bradford Era-May 21, 2016
SMETHPORT — John J. Smead of Quest Creek, East Otto, N.Y., presented slides, videos and growing instructions to an audience of area hosta …

Hostas are popular but avoid full sun
New Bern Sun Journal-May 20, 2016
Local garden centers will be selling a lot of hostas over the next several weeks, and for good reason. Hostas are attractive and useful options …

In The Garden: Paul James shows us why the hosta is such a great …
kjrh.com-May 10, 2016
Paul James says that the hosta loves the shade and is perfect for those areas under a tree. He says that the diversity of shapes and colors will …

Hostas: Plant in shade or plant in sun
Progress Index-May 7, 2016
Hosta plants are a perennial favorite among gardeners. Their lush foliage and easy care make them ideal for a low maintenance garden.

Invest in these stately cultivars to keep your garden healthy
The Globe and Mail-May 4, 2016
Hostas are the grandes dames of the garden, but even these stately ladies occasionally need to be organized. Now is the perfect time to take …

Gardening Etcetera: Hosta!
Arizona Daily Sun-Apr 30, 2016
Hostas, named in honor of Austrian botanist Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834), are herbaceous perennial plants native to Korea, Japan and …

Plant sale Sunday features hostas
WBIR.com-Apr 29, 2016
Live at Five at 4April 29, 2016The East Tennessee Hosta Society will hold its annual plant sale at the entrance to the UT Gardens on Sunday, …

Bacon-wrapped hosta? Surprise, the perennial plant is edible
Minneapolis Star Tribune-Apr 8, 2016
“The deer are onto something,” said Pam McCurdy, who ate her first hosta dish in Beijing about 15 years ago. “It tastes kind of like a green bean …

Growing Concerns: Add taste to your garden with ‘Curly Fries’ hosta
Post-Bulletin-Feb 18, 2016
The American Hosta Growers Association (AHGA) established the AHGA Hosta of the Year program in 1996. Award winners are selected by a …

Minnesota woman inspires garden artistry
Indiana Gazette-Feb 13, 2016
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Kathy Pedersen was in awe of the hosta gardens cultivated by Hideko Gowen, a hybridizer and grower in Excelsior, Minn …

Mini hostas like ‘Curly Fries’ look mighty pretty
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier (blog)-Feb 7, 2016
Hosta lovers are placing their orders for “Curly Fries.” The delicious little plant was named the American Hosta Growers Association hosta of the …

Artistry and a big crop of hostas amid Minnesota cornfields
Hamilton Spectator-Feb 2, 2016
Kathy Pedersen was in awe of the hosta gardens cultivated by … Pedersen and her husband, Mike, have carved out an oasis of hosta and other …

Hosta growing tips
Minneapolis Star Tribune-Jan 23, 2016
Japanese painted ferns, coral bells and astilbe are some favorite hosta companion plants. “Add impatiens and begonias for splashes of color,” …

Bakker Spalding launches first hosta to flower yellow
Spalding Guardian-Jan 19, 2016
Adrian Nind, managing director, expects the new hosta to be very popular: “This gorgeous variety is the very first to flower yellow – such an …

Hosta of the Year has narrow leaves
GoErie.com-Jan 16, 2016
You are going to like these fries, even though you cant eat them. Every year the American Hosta Growers Associations awards a Hosta of the ..

Meet the 2016 Hosta of the Year
Appleton Post Crescent-Jan 14, 2016
This hosta features thin, narrow leaves that are heavily rippled or serrated, giving the plant a lively, twisted look. The leaves cascade in all …

The beauty of hostas
Casper Journal-Jan 1, 2016
It takes hostas two to three years to exhibit mature characteristics, but once established, they are relatively carefree, requiring nothing more …

Bowden Hostas secures key site
Horticulture Week-Nov 27, 2015
Next year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature Bowden Hostas on the central monument site in the pavilion. The Devon grower will exhibit …

Garden Tips: Hostas are a great shade plant
Tri-City Herald-Nov 22, 2015
Shade-challenged gardeners should consider planting hostas. Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, are perennial plants prized for their …

Margaret Lauterbach: Go natural when battling hosta pests
Idaho Statesman-Oct 29, 2015
Hostas spread and fill in nicely in garden beds, but it may seem like you’re growing a lot of slug candy at times. Slugs find food and shelter in ..

Hosta expert to speak to Master Gardener Group
Gaston Gazette-Oct 9, 2015
The Master Gardener Group of Gaston County invites the public to attend their Thursday program at the Gaston County Citizens Resource …

Hostas reign in Brantford and area gardens
Brantford Expositor-Oct 8, 2015
Hostas, also known as plantain lilies, can be seen growing everywhere today. When choosing plants to landscape their properties, a majority of …

County commission recognizes Ward-Meade Botanical Garden for …
Topeka Capital Journal-Sep 14, 2015
Being chosen by American Hosta as a national display garden is an “amazing achievement due to the strict requirements,” county parks and …

Naperville Gardener – If You Love Hostas…
Positively Naperville-Sep 11, 2015
Hostas are one of the easiest perennials to grow. Notable for their distinctive foliage, their blooms are delightful and can be an unexpected …

Experience your garden in a new light
Appleton Post Crescent-Aug 15, 2015
I have many different hosta varieties sprawling throughout my garden beds, and seeing hostas at night brings a new light to these stunning …

Margaret Lauterbach: Go natural when battling hosta pests
The Idaho Statesman-Aug 14, 2015
Hostas spread and fill in nicely in garden beds, but it may seem like you’re growing a lot of slug candy at times. Slugs find food and shelter in ..

The secret to growing hostas in Dallas
Dallas Morning News-Aug 12, 2015
Diane McGee stands among hosta plants in her shade garden Monday, July 27, 2015 in Flower Mound, Texas.

A little trimming refreshes hosta border
Niagara Falls Review-Aug 12, 2015
In the back border, a semicircular bed is edged with a mass planting of the blue-leafed hosta, Halcyon. Other than a fresh layer of shredded …

As the Worm Turns: Humble hostas
Zumbrota News-Record-Jul 29, 2015
Known as the “friendship plant” because of its ease in being divided and then shared with others, the humble hosta is a real treasure.

In My Garden: Meet Empress Wu
Wichita Eagle-Jul 28,  2015
I bought a start of the hosta Empress Wu a few years ago after I’d heard about it at the American Hosta Association convention in 2008, the year .

Hostas will bring a burst of energy to your garden
Irish Examiner-Jul 25, 2015
Hostas with their lush broady leaves simply won’t do well in drier soils, and they are absolutely revelling in the damp soils after all the rain.

Tom Loewy: Cameron man tends to beloved hostas after losing trees
Galesburg Register-Mail-Jul 22, 2015
Tom Loewy: Cameron man tends to beloved hostas after losing trees … One of the many hosta plants in Sam Fox’s yard still had it’s label …

What’s in Bloom: Hosta
Juneau Empire (subscription)-Jul 17, 2015
One of the most popular perennials in the garden, Hosta fills a wide range of … All Hosta grow best here in Juneau with moist, well-drained, …

2015 Traveling Rack Pack Hosta Tour
The Cambridge News-Jul 11, 2015
The Traveling Rack Pack offered a Hosta Garden tour fundraiser June 28 in Carroll and Bonnie Ehrke’s hosta garden on Rude Road, …

What can be attacking this reader’s hostas?
Allentown Morning Call-Jul 10, 2015
Q: Can you please tell me why my hostas look so sickly? The leaves get brown and rotted looking and there are some with holes in them.

Your garden in July: Sean Murray’s tips for North East gardeners
ChronicleLive-Jul 8, 2015
Hostas are one of my favourite plants to use in design, they originate from Northeast Asia, Japan, China and Korea and they prefer shade and …

Beilstein grows thousands of hostas in his backyard
Richland Source-Jul 5, 2015
MANSFIELD, Ohio — When Doug Beilstein fed his curiosity about hosta plants around 25 years ago, his appetite only grew. And so did his …

Franklin gardener shares hosta heaven with UT
The Tennessean-Jul 4, 2015
Franklin’s Cornelia Holland has nurtured the half-acre garden she calls Tranquility — home to hundreds of hostas and other shade-loving …

Growing Hybrid Hostas: Fox family turns hobby into a business
nwitimes.com-Jun 27, 2015
Astilbe ‘Visions’ is in the foreground flanked by three variegated Hosta ‘Gold Standard.’ Chartreuse large-leaf Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ (top …

Cool off by enjoying hostas
News & Observer-Jun 19, 2015
The hosta is in the lily family and has the common name of Plantain Lily. Though mainly green, they bring a wealth of other colors and textures …

Sculptural hostas thrive in shade
Tallahassee.com-Jun 18, 2015
Do you have a favorite plant? I think as we become gardeners, we pick a plant that we fall in love with and nothing had better mess with it.

Hostas are the Avengers of the garden!
Minneapolis Star Tribune-Jun 4, 2015
Walking around the garden enjoying rain drops on hosta leaves made me realize that aside from my vegetables, hosta splay a core part of my….

Looking for hosta greatness?
Kankakee Daily Journal-Jun 2, 2015
I have seldom seen an effective arrangement of hosta in a garden. People love these ubiquitous plants, and with good reason, but they tend to…..

Sue Hamilton’s favorite plants: Popular offers many variations …
Knoxville News Sentinel-May 21, 2015
Hostas are often touted as the best shade-loving perennial for the garden, and rightfully so. They are easy to grow, fairly pest free, and offer a …

Barry Fugatt: Bad luck with hostas? Pick a variety with substance
Tulsa World-May 16, 2015
Dancing Queen hosta shines like golden shafts of brilliant sunlight in a shady garden, and it grows 18 inches tall and 36 inches wide. BARRY …

Mouse ears: Gardening with mini hostas
Appleton Post Crescent-May 16, 2015
One of the most popular plant series ever introduced, the mighty “mouse ears” series of miniature hostas continues to grow each season, …

Hosta la Vista, Baby
Volume One-May 16, 2015
Witt said their garden has many unique and beautiful plants, but he is especially fond of hostas, and he and his wife attend national …

Hosta is UT Gardens Plant of Month: Perhaps best shade-loving …
Paris Post Intelligencer-May 13, 2015
Hostas are shade-loving perennials that come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. A new garden at the UT Gardens in Knoxville will display …

UT Gardens To Dedicate New Hosta Garden On June 7
The Chattanoogan-May 8, 2015
Hostas are the number one shade perennial sold in the United States and now the University of Tennessee Gardens is among the top sites in …

UT Gardens May Plant of the Month: Hosta
Lebanon Democrat-May 7, 2015
The Hosta genus has around 45 different species and an estimated 5,000 different cultivars. Hostas vary from tiny plants just a few inches in …

Mid-South Hosta Society shares new varieties, old favorites in …
Memphis Commercial Appeal-May 1, 2015
New hosta hotties for purchase include Outhouse Delight, Wheee! … 23 National Display Gardens certified by the American Hosta Society in …

City recruiting gardeners to divide, donate hostas for Stolley Park
Grand Island Independent-Apr 26, 2015
City horticulturist Brad Foster replants donated hosta plants in the Grand Island city greenhouse. Foster is trying to replace all the hosta plants ..

GROW!: Hostas great addition to shady garden beds
Stillwater News Press-Apr 5, 2015
Your garden plants are no different, and one of the most popular shade perennials is the hosta. Gardeners may favor planting hostas in the …

PLANT LEGENDS: A brief history of the hosta and its many shapes …
Anniston Star-Mar 29, 2015
All the hostas pictured were grown in containers. Keeping hostas out of the ground helps protect them from hungry voles, which love to gnaw …

Hostas can be right for any garden — whether sunny, shady or sluggy
Columbus Dispatch-Mar 22, 2015
With thousands of varieties available, hostas can meet virtually any … The striking plant has been named the 2015 “hosta of the year’ by the ..

Growing Concerns: ‘Victory’ is yours in the garden this year
Post-Bulletin-Mar 6, 2015
Hosta is a great plant for the shade garden, but with the increasing number of cultivars available, it has become difficult for gardeners to choose …

Hosta Virus X has no cure
Cherry Hill Courier Post-Feb 16, 2015
The original Hosta “Sum and Substance” was introduced in the 1980s. It quickly became popular among American gardeners, and was the …

3 Central Ohio Gardeners Show Off Their Greens
Columbus Monthly-Feb 4, 2015
For Dick and Jeanne Barbee, gardening means growing hundreds of hostas. The pair grows big ones with striped green leaves, diminutive ones with wavy …

And the winner is… Hosta of the year – Victory
The Battlefords News-Optimist-Feb 2, 2015
If you have a shady spot in your garden, you probably have a typically well-behaved, long-lived hosta or two to fill the space. And because …

Dream small: Tiny hostas provide garden whimsy
Timesonline.com-Jan 18, 2015
Living where I have lots of open shade, fertile, well-drained soil, and, of course, extended cold weather, I have become a lover of hostas in all …

Life is a Garden and “The Hosta Lady” Digs it
ValpoLife.com-Jan 10, 2015
At the time there were only about 20 cultivars, or hostas that were cultivated to display certain characteristics, in existence. Her passion was …

Here’s a look at some more new plants
Fergus Falls Daily Journal-Jan 5, 2015
Another green accent plant is the new hosta, Ambrosia. It is a medium-sized hosta, two feet tall and three feet wide. The leaves are lemon …

Yard MD: Selecting 2015’s top plants
Appleton Post Crescent-Dec 18, 2014
This week I’ll introduce you to the winning hosta, herb, annual and edible, as well as the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association …

Yard MD: New hostas will draw attention in ’15
Appleton Post Crescent-Dec 11, 2014
Kicking off the series is my look at the must-have new hostas for 2015. I checked in with several of the top area hosta growers to see what’s on ..

Hosta expert talks with Q-C crowd
Quad City Times-Sep 14, 2014
Rob Mortko, known as the “The Hosta Guy,” brought about 100 hosta plants from his suburban Kansas City business, Made in the Shade …

Belfast Open Garden focuses on hostas July 25
PenBayPilot.com-Jul 15, 2014Share
Dow knows not only the names of his hostas, but their origins, habits, bloom time, height and color variations. He points out whether a leaf is …

Hosta convention thrills for gardeners
Fond du Lac Reporter-Jul 8, 2014
These were the names of just some of the thousands of hosta varieties on display during the just-concluded Midwest Regional Hosta Society …

Yard MD: Garden tours delight hosta convention attendees
Appleton Post Crescent (blog)-Jun 27, 2014
This weekend, attendees of the Hostas by the Bay Midwest Regional Hosta Society convention, held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference …

Hosta la vista: Alan Titchmarsh tips on planting hostas in containers
Express.co.uk-Jun 8, 2014
When you don’t want the bother of replacing bedding plants every season, hostas are an excellent choice for all-year-round tubs. They look …

How to divide hosta
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)-May 27, 2014
I spent the weekend digging up plants to get ready for the Green Girls plant swap May 31, and it reaffirmed my affection for hosta. They spread …

Ozarks hosta society garden earns national acclaim
Springfield News-Leader-May 24, 2014
It’s not unusual for members of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society to get … It is hosta society president Tom Lakowske’s philosophy that every …

Hosta La Vista
Albany Times Union-May 22, 2014
Meg and Jim Dalton have owned their Middle Grove home for almost 15 years. They started their garden — which specializes in gorgeous, …

Shade-loving hostas among best plants for beginners
Springfield News-Leader-Mar 29, 2014
The Master Gardener and president of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society is an avid fan of shade gardening in general — he and wife Cathy …

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