Heartland Hosta and Shade Plant Society
September 14, 2019
First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Road, Mission Hills, Kansas 66208
Check in and Hospitality at 9:30 AM, Meeting at 10:00 AM
A potluck lunch will be served at noon the club will provide grilled and baked chicken, please bring your favorite side dish to share. Come for great information, food, door prizes, and great raffle options. Everyone is welcome.
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Our speaker Don Rawson will present:
RARE AND UNUSUAL PLANTS FOR THE GARDEN, AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Don's presentation covers a wide range of plants (particularly many woodlanders) that are uncommon and hard-to-find. In addition, handouts are offered which include a brief description of the plants covered and a list of nurseries from which the plants can be ordered.
Don has a vast knowledge of hostas and would be excited to answer questions from the simplest "how to plant a hosta" to the highly technical questions about hybridizing. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best.
Don and his wife Pam live on four country acres near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since childhood, Don has always enjoyed gardening - first, vegetable gardening when his children were young, and now with perennials and wildflowers. Together, Don and Pam grow over 400 hosta cultivars, a wonderful display of tall be
arded irises, many lilies and daylilies, and an assortment of other companion plants. Don does a little hybridizing on the side, growing a few thousand hosta seedlings each year. His best-known introduction is ‘Rhino Hide’, which has the distinction of being the thickest-leaved cultivar available.
In spring, the Rawson driveway has an 8 ft. wide row of daffodils on both sides for a distance of several hundred feet. “I planted 5,000 daffodil bulbs each year for five years in a row,” Don says, “for a grand total of 25,000 daffodils.” After the daffodils finish blooming, the 50 varieties of bearded iris in Pam’s garden begin to bloom. Then in June, the hostas and ferns take the show. Eventually, the lilies are the focus of attention, along with all the other beautiful flowers.
Don has a liking for rocks…big rocks! One area of the Rawson landscape is covered extensively by large boulders - some weigh 15,000 lbs. and measure over 9 ft. across. Don estimates that the total mass of the rocks hauled in is over 1,000 tons. Most of the stones are from local fencerows and construction sites, but some come from quarries and sites as far away as Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, and locations throughout Canada. It is no surprise that visitors to the Rawson garden often find themselves peering at rock specimens rather than looking at flowers. A sidewalk that winds between the boulders provides access to some of the flowerbeds and eventually leads to a woodchip trail along the lake that the property overlooks. Don and Pam generally host a couple garden tours each year and visitors are always welcome.
Don served as a founding member and first president of the West Michigan Hosta Society, and speaks occasionally to local gardening clubs. In addition, he is active in the American Hosta Society, of which he has been a member for nearly 20 years. Don serves as chairman of the Nomenclature Committee, and compiles the list of miniature hostas for the AHS website.
Nation’s Largest Event of Its Kind Coming to Minnesota, June 10-13, 2020 — Hundreds of garden enthusiasts from around the country and the world are expected to attend the annual American Hosta Society (AHS) National Convention, being held at the Minneapolis Marriott NW, Brooklyn Park, MN. Founded in 1968, the AHS is a non-profit organization that has grown from a handful of members in its early days to about 3,000 active members today. As the world’s leading association promoting the hosta plant, their purpose is to foster the development of the genus and its public interest and, of course, share with others the enjoyment that hostas and gardening in general offer.
In 2018 the AHS celebrated its 50th anniversary at the annual convention held in Philadelphia, PA. In 2020 the Minnesota Hosta Society is hosting the annual convention for the third time. Convention organizer Amy Peterson says “The MHS is proud to once again host the convention. Our membership is excited to join in fellowship with other hosta gardening enthusiast, often termed “hostaholics”. Our theme “Hosta Vision 2020” reflects the ever expanding use of the genius Hosta in the garden as one of the top perennials of choice due to their versatility in use and form in the landscape. Plus they are very hardy in Minnesota’s Zone 4 climate! A major part of the convention is participating in area garden tours by motor coach bus or a self-driving tour over the span of two days, with many gardens displaying over 500 hosta varieties. The accredited Hosta Leaf Show creates an opportunity for membership and the general public to see the plethora of variety in form and color the genius Hosta provides as a landscape plant. Also as part of the 2020 convention a philanthropic element is included and in alignment with our theme, attendees and community attendees are requested to bring used eyeglasses for donation to LIONS INTERNATIONAL.”