Welcome to the Midwest Regional Hosta Society (MRHS) website. It provides information pertaining to MRHS programs and membership information. The mission of the society is to promote education, research, development, and enjoyment of America’s favorite perennial, the Hosta. But most of all, the MRHS is a society of people that have developed a camaraderie around this wonderful “friendship plant”.

Membership in the society is $20.00 for two years, and includes two issues per year of the society's newsletter, The Hosta Leaves. This publication reports on society events, and provides information pertaining to Hostas in general. Back issues of The Hosta Leaves may be viewed at our newsletter repository. Payment may be sent to the Membership chair, listed on the Society Contacts" link. A membership application is available for download.

In addition there are two meetings held annually. The Winter Scientific Meeting is held in January, in the Chicago area, and is a one-day event with an assortment of speakers that present the latest information pertaining to Hostas and gardening with them. All of this is offered in an enjoyable and down-to-earth format with something for everyone interested in gardening and learning more about Hostas. More information can be obtained by selecting the “Winter Scientific Meeting” link.

In the summer, an annual convention, hosted by a local society, is held in different locations throughout the region. This three-day extravaganza features garden tours, a show of Hosta leaves, vendors selling the newest in Hosta plants, an auction of plants, a banquet, and an informational speaker. Foremost, however, is the fellowship of seeing old Hosta friends as well as making new ones. More information about these meetings can be obtained by selecting the “Convention” link.  A convention planning guide is available for the use of those societies scheduled to host a convention.  Click here to view or download the guide.

The MRHS is considered Region 5 of the American Hosta Society and encompasses the nine Midwestern states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Within the Midwest Region are 16 local societies. Contacting a member of a local society to learn more about their activities can be found by following the “Society Contacts” link. Information regarding the American Hosta Society can be found on its website, www.hosta.org.

If you have an interest in growing this wonderful, diverse group of plants, Hostas, we hope you will find this information helpful and would consider joining the MRHS or one of the local societies.