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1 Zilis, Mark476IllinoisAuthor of The Hostapedia (2009) and early implementer of tissue culture at his nursery. He was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2001.
2 Ruh, Peter438OhioOwner of Sunnybrook Farms, Peter (1921-2016) registered many hostas on behalf of himself and other originators. He was awarded the 1984 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award
3 Benedict, Dr Ralph (Herb)339MichiganA veterinarian and renowned hybridizer, Herb (1913-2004) was awarded the 1984 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. The AHS Display Garden in Tipton, MI is named for him and his wife.
4 Wade, Van337OhioVan (1930-2017) was owner of Wade and Gatton Nursery and winner of the 2002 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
5 Malloy, Alex323New YorkAn antiquarian and Hosta Master Judge, Alex (1938-2019) had a personal collection of over 3,000 hostas.
6 Elslager, Ed254MichiganDr Elslager (1924-2005) had a PhD in Organic Chemistry and was a renowned hosta hybridizer. The Ed Elslager Hybridizer Society is named for him.
7 Goodwin, Randy234IndianaRetired teacher who is active in the Indianapolis Hosta Society. His garden has been included on 3 National Conventions of The American Hosta Society.
8 Linneman, Jeroen223NetherlandsEunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award winner in 2019, Jeroen is a past president of the Dutch Hosta Society.
9 Aden, Paul222New YorkEditor of The Hosta Book, Paul (1925-2010) was noted for introducing many new hostas developed by himself or by others from his nursery, Garden of Aden.
10 Chastain, Mary210TennesseeFormer owner of Lakeside Nursery and winner of Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2007.
11 Walek, Kevin210VirginiaFormer Hosta Registrar and former AHS President. He was awarded the 2005 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. Registered many hostas on behalf of others.
12 Ward, Dr Dick208OhioDick (1933-2021) was a Medical Doctor and winner of Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2010.
13 Ward, Jane208OhioCo-Registrant of many new hostas with her husband, Dick.
14 Kuenster, Rod184IowaOriginator of the "Cosmic" series and registrant of many hostas on behalf of Herb Benedict.
15 Livingston, Ron182MichiganRetired science teacher and co-creater of the Fraternal Order of Seedy Fellows hybridizing group.
16 Van Eechaute, Danny166BelgiumOriginator of the "Flemish" series and many other new cultivars. Top non-U.S. hosta hybridizer by the numbers.
17 King, Herb152WisconsinHybridizer whose garden was on the tour of the 2019 National Convention of The American Hosta Society.
18 Hadrava, Jerry146IowaOwner of Bloom Hill Nursery, Jerry (1931-2007) created the large "Rosedale" series.
19 Schwarz, Jim146IowaFormer owner of Jim's Hostas and active in the Dubuque Arboretum Society.
20 Solberg, Robert137North CarolinaOwner of Green Hill Farm nursery and co-founder of The American Hosta Growers Association. Awarded Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award and Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award.
21 Beilstein, Doug128OhioDentist who is a former AHS President. He was the Eunice Fisher Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award winner in 2017.
22 Fransen, Marco124NetherlandsOwner with his wife, Joyce, of the Fransen Hosta Nursery. Creator of the "Paradise" series of cultivars.
23 Lydell, Ransom122New YorkOwner of Eagle Bay Gardens and has been on the Board of the American Hosta Growers Association.
24 Kwick, Charles116WisconsinRetired physical education teacher.
25 Seaver, Mildred116MassachusettsA pioneer in the world of hostas, Mildred (1913-2011) was known as the "Queen of Hostas". She was awarded Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1988 and Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2006.
26 Van den Top, Jan116NetherlandsOwner of Hostaworld Nursery.
27 Walters Gardens116MichiganOne of the world's largest producers of herbaceous perennials. Mark Zilis started their tissue culture lab in 1976. Renowned hybridizer Hans Hansen now works for Walters.
28 Avent, Tony112North CarolinaOwner of Plant Delights Nursery and a well known plant explorer for his Juniper Level Botanical Gardens. Winner of Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2015.
29 Hansen, Hans109MichiganHybridizer of several plant species, he has worked at Shady Oaks Nurser and currently works at Walters Gardens.
30 The American Hosta Society102UnknownThe American Hosta Society has periodically registered "significant" cultivars on behalf of others. The AHS has not actually originated any hostas.
31 Dean, Don100MinnesotaRetired teacher, past president of The AHS and recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 2008.

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