Speakers and Breakouts


We have put together a diverse line-up of speakers to enhance your convention experience.

Rick Goodenough — Hybridizer, Keynote 

“Hosta Garden Design"

Rick began hybridizing hostas in the 1990s and has named and introduced over 200 cultivars. His presentation will focus on taking a practical approach to designing a hosta garden; brainstorming ideas; defining proper plant siting; and exploring various hardscaping, layouts, paths, raised beds, terrace walls, tree selection, and key plantings.

Don Dean — Hybridizer & Former AHS President, Scientific Speaker

"Something Old, Something New,

Something Blue for You"

Don is well-known in the hosta community as former president of the AHS, but he is also known for his hosta introductions, especially blue hostas. Hear his talk about reliable old blue standards and the beauty they bring to the shady garden as compared to newer blues that offer “advancements” on color and lasting blue coloration. Explore time-tested varieties that you’ll want to make room for as well as others yet to be introduced and under evaluation.

Kathy Baum — Master Gardener, Opening Session

“Garden Tips, Tricks & Hacks” 

As a hosta enthusiast and Master Gardener, Kathy will delight you with her fun, creative and practical tips to enhance your garden experience, with lots of DIY ways to conquer your toughest challenges! Of course, there will be plenty of great hosta and other horticultural advice as well!

Shane Wagner — Aquatic Service Manager at the Bruce Company,

“Water Feature” 

More Info to come..

Hosta Roundtable

We’ve gathered some of the top hybridizers and hosta growers from around the country to answer your toughest questions about growing and breeding hosta, from starting them from seed to dividing established favorites, and everything in between. Come hear their insights and get answers to those questions you’ve been itching to ask in this facilitated talk-back session.

Experts Panel:

Jeff Miller — Hybridizer & Owner of Land of the Giants Hosta Farm 

Olga Petryszyn – Hybridizer

Doug Beilstein – Hybridizer

Stay tune for more info...

Subject to change without notice.

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