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Illinois Hosta Societies
- The Midwest Regional Hosta Society this society promotes research, development, education, and general enjoyment of hostas. Member States include Illinois,Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- The Central Illinois Hosta Society was formed in 1989 in Peoria and currently has over 200 active members. The society holds monthly meetings from March through August that is held at members’ gardens. The activities they participate in include talks by educated guest speakers, plant sales, fundraisers, trips to arboretums, nurseries, or private gardens, potlucks, banquets, newsletters, and others.
- The Northern Illinois Hosta Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1992 by people passionate about hostas. Their main goal is to educate people about hostas and to promote its use in landscaping. The society’s activities include plant shows, plant sales, speakers, conventions, garden visits, auctions, plant swaps, potlucks and donating to research. They work closely with the American Hosta Society and the Midwest Regional Hosta Society.
- The Illinois Prairie Hosta Society was founded in 2004 by eighteen members, but has since blossomed to over 120. Their goal is to bring together hosta hobbyists and to promote the use, development, and appreciate of hostas. This society holds monthly meetings from the months of March through October. Activities in the society include plant sales, expert guest speakers, garden tours, and maintaining a hosta garden in Allerton Park, a 1500-acre wildlife refuge owned by the University of Illinois. They are a member of the Midwest Regional Hosta society and also encourage their members to join the American Hosta Society (though it is not required).
- The Midwest Regional Hosta Society represents Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It publishes a biannual newsletter, sponsors a Winter Scientific Meeting and puts on an Annual Regional Convention in the summer.
Illinois Public Hosta Gardens
- Allerton Park and Retreat Centeris 1,500 acres of gardens, wildlife preserves, and historic structures. The park includes formal gardens, hiking trails, over 100 sculptures, floodplains, forests, a mansion, and more. The hosta garden is one of the premiere hosta gardens in Illinois.
Other Illinois Plant Societies
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