American Hosta Society detours to southeast Minnesota to tour local hosta gardens for annual convention – Post Bulletin – Low Calorie Diets Tips

MINNEAPOLIS — Hosta enthusiasts, or “hostaholics,” from across the country came to Minnesota this year to “appreciate all the hosta,” according to an event advertisement.

The American Hosta Society’s annual convention, Hosta Vision 2022, will be held in Minneapolis and offered an optional tour of the gardens of Southeast Minnesota on June 8 before the Minneapolis conference begins on June 9. The Minnesota Hosta Society is hosting this year’s convention, while the Southeast’s Shades of Green Hosta Society sponsored the optional garden tour.

Three Rochester gardens were featured on the tour along with two other gardens in Faribault and Oronoco.

“Two years ago it was supposed to be in Minneapolis. met COVID. Everything has been cancelled,” said Andrea Sanders, one of the garden owners along the tour.

According to Julie Deppe, who came to the convention from Grand Rapids, Michigan, last year’s convention was held in Grand Rapids and moved online. Deppe said Congress must use drones and videographers to include garden tours in the virtual Congress.

This year the event could take place in person.

Two tour buses drove about 100 hostaholics from Minneapolis to Southeast Minnesota for the June 8 garden tour. One of the buses arrived at Andrea and Curt Sanders’ Rochester garden around midday, where half the tour group filled the garden to look at the 600 varieties of Hosta spread over three quarters of an acre.

Hosta cultivars Funky Monkey, Taurus, and Sherbet lined the path at the entrance to the garden, while a little way into the garden, where what Curt Sanders said was “his wife’s little naughty garden,” was the more scandalous names Illicit Affairs , centerfold, hanky panky and ecstasy strains.

The Sanders started their garden in 1993 when they were looking for a plant that could grow in the shade of a pasture, making hostas a good choice.

“They love shadows. They are easy to breed,” said Andrea Sanders.

As the trees in their backyard grew, so did the Sanders’ need to purchase plants that thrive in the shade. From there, the two began researching different strains, eventually creating a chart to keep track of which variants they had already purchased, according to Curt Sanders.

One hosta variety is only seen in the Sanders’ garden. Its name: Twisted Justice.

The “cheeky garden” is pictured during a Shades of Green Hosta Society garden tour on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the Sanders’ Rochester residence.

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According to Andrea, they first saw Twisted Justice about two years ago at Uniquely Hosta in Elroy, Wisconsin. Her mother plant was the Justice variety.

Andrea said she suggested it be called Twisted Justice because of the corruption in the justice system.

The two visited Unique a few years later and when the two arrived Andrea questioned why Twisted Justice was in a pot when a clerk at the store said: “It’s yours. you named it You have it.”

One of the visitors to the Sanders Garden is Vancouver-based photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, who came to the convention with his daughter. Waterhouse-Hayward’s interest in hostas came from his wife, who always wanted a large garden.

According to Waterhouse-Hayward, they wanted to find plants that could grow in the shade, so their garden started with a hosta.

Shades of Green Hosta Society garden tour

The ‘Uniquely Twisted Justice’ hosta is pictured during a Shades of Green Hosta Society garden tour on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the Sanders’ Rochester residence.

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“The plant could grow in Alaska,” Waterhouse-Hayward said. “They grow them in Florida and have to put them in the fridge.”

As the group prepared to leave, Waterhouse-Hayward advised some fellow hostaholics that 15% ammonia mixed with water can both kill snails and fertilize the soil.

“Snails are your worst enemy,” Waterhouse-Hayward said.

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