Hosta of the Year
Many people when first seeing a ‘Brother Stefan” Hosta remark that it is one of the most spectacular Hosta’s they have ever seen. It is a large Hosta (20” H x 3ft W) with a moderate growth rate. The leaves are green with a gold center and are heavy corrugated and puckered.
Sometimes in spring the green looks more blue and the gold looks more chartreuse. It blooms whitish flowers that sit just above the foliage in late spring or early summer. It was named by legendary hybridizer Olga Petryszyn for her brother on his birthday.
Gather Friends like Flowers
Welcome to the website of the East Tennessee Hosta Society. Loosely based around Knoxville, we also have members from towns all around, from Sweetwater, Harriman, Maynardville, Dandridge and Maryville among others. Our membership is made up of people of all types with a common love of gardening in general and hostas in particular. This includes all the shade loving companion plants.
Many of our members have lovely gardens, and we like to visit them during the summer. We have an annual tailgate plant sale the first Sunday afternoon in May where we sell hostas as a money-maker for our support for the UT Gardens and other projects. Several vendors are also there with many and varied plants for sale. Our monthly newsletter keeps members up-to-date about our activities and the wonderful world of hostas.
We have some great activities planned for this year as you can check out on the events page.
We would like to have you join us. Just click on this membership form and complete and send in with your dues and we will welcome you to all our events this year.
A little history:
ETHS was started in 1998 with current members Brian White, Nancy Basford and Elin Johnson as charter members. It was originated by Ruth Pardue from Oak Ridge. She had been a member of the American Hosta Society for many years and had become a Master Judge in that organization. Another of the original members was Howard Luttrell and he was also a Master Judge in the AHS.
At first we were just a handful of people. Two of the original members were Don Williams and his wife, Sue. Don was a professor at UT and had a major hand in the development of the UT Gardens. They lived off Alcoa Highway on a bluff overlooking the river, and their garden was maybe the most beautiful you will ever see.
From these humble beginnings the club has grown to over 60 members.