|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
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.