We have searched our copies of The Hosta Journal for anything that might relate to any of the over 13,300 hosta names in our database. We extracted parts of articles that dealt with historical matters, opinions of well-known hostaphiles, recommendations (positive or negative), lookalike cultivars and the seemingly never ending problem with confusing names.

Where appropriate, we placed a copy of the material on the individual cultivar or species page. We also put the information and quotations on a group of topic pages listed below:

  1. Blue Hostas
  2. 'Blue Mouse Ears'
  3. Early Hosta Cultivars
  4. Fall Bloomers
  5. Flowers
  6. Green Hostas
  7. Halcyon Group
  8. Hosta History
  9. Hybridizing
  1. Japanese Words
  2. Large Hostas
  3. Look-a-Like Hostas
  4. Hosta Names
  5. Non-US Hostas
  6. Photo Essays
  7. Plant Traits
  8. Hosta Series
  9. Small Hostas
  1. Hosta Species
  2. Top Rated Hostas
  3. Unstable Variegation
  4. White Margin Hostas
  5. White Medial Hostas
  6. Yellow Hostas
  7. Yellow Margin Hostas
  8. Yellow Medial Hostas

1) An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No.2) says, "If you've examined the 2003 hosta registrations...you noticed that Steven Chamberlain...registered a handful of cultivars with "odd" names. Well, not odd o Steve and other fanciers of J.R.R. Tolkein's classic epic trilogy of novels, The Lord of the Rings...All of Steve's Academy Middle-Earth Series are second generation (F2) open-pollinated seedlings of 'Ginko Craig'." Hostas in this series include:

1. H. 'Academy Celeborn' - Celeborn is an elven lord who was husband of Lady Galadriel.
2. H. 'Academy Galadriel' - Galadriel was the elven queen of Lórien who was the holder of one of the rings.
3. H. 'Academy Isengard' - Isengard is a circular fortress with a tall dark tower, Orrhanc, in the center.
4. H. 'Academy Palantir' - Plantirs are spheres that permitted instantaneous communications over long distances.
5. H. 'Academy Fanghorn Forest' - This is an ancient forest in Middle-earth.
6. H. 'Academy Nazgul' - The nine Nazgul were the chief servants of the dark lord, Sauron.
7. H. 'Academy Mallorn' - These are the largest trees found in Middle-earth

2) An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No.2) says, "If you're wondering about "Academy" in the cultivar's name, the Chamberlains live on Academy Street and call their gardens, yes, Academy Gardens. Steve uses Academy as the moniker to identify his introductions."

3) An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal  (2014 Vol. 45 No. 1) states that, “Roberta and Dave Chopko have a residence in Ocean Isle, North Carolina…"Ocean Isle” is Dave’s identifying prefix…His popular H. ‘Ocean Isle’ was registered in 2006…Other Chopko introductions are ‘Ocean Isle Gold Dust’ (NR) and ‘Ocean Isle Twist’…"

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