Welcome to the Midwest Regional Hosta Society (MRHS) website. 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. Payment may be sent to the Membership chair, listed on the Society Contacts link. A membership application
is available for download. Members receive 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 link
In addition there are two meetings held annually. The recently renamed MRHS Winter Conference is held in January, in the Chicago area. It 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.
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.
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.