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No.Originator/RegistrantCultivarsState/Country- - - - - - - - - - - - - About the Originator - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1 Miller, Jeff79WisconsinJeff (1960-2021) and his wife, Penny, owned the Land of Giants Hosta Farm. They originated the "Giantland" series.
2 Summers, Alex76DelawareConsidered the "Father" of The American Hosta Society, Alex (1914-2009) was the first president and was awarded the first Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1982
3 Smith, Eric74EnglandNoted for creating the Tardiana group of hostas, Eric (1917-1986) was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the AHS in 1982.
4 Asch, Stuart72MichiganRetired teacher who was introduced to hostas by Pauline Banyai in the early 1980s.
5 Kuk, Bob71OhioOwner o f Kuk's Forest Nursery, Bob (1947-2012) was awarded the Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2011.
6 Minks, Eldren71MinnesotaEldrin (1924-2003) was the second president of The American Hosta Society. He was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1989.
7 Tompkins, Chet68OregonAs owner of Morningside Nurseries in Sioux City, IA and Fleur De Lis Gardens in Oregon, Chet (1912-2001) hybridized hostas and iris.
8 Sligh, Barry67New ZealandBarry (1947-2019) was instrumental in introducing hostas to New Zealand at his Taunton Gardens nursery. He introduced the "Kiwi" series.
9 Savory, Robert65MinnesotaOwner of Savory Gardens nursery, Bob (1917-1997), he was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1994 and Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 1990.
10 Gilligan, Madelon64New ZealandMadelon (1933-2021), originally from Iowa, was owner of Maddren Garden nursery.
11 Schulz, Ed64Iowa 
12 Vaughn, Kevin64Massachusetts MississippiAs a teenager, Dr Vaughn was friends with hosta pioneers Florence Shaw and Mildred Seaver. he was awarded the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award in 1999 and Eunice Fishcer Distinguished Hybridizer Merit Award in 2012.
13 Fransen, Joyce63NetherlandsOwner, with her husband Marco, of the Fransen Hosta Nursery. Creator of the "Paradise" series of cultivars.

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