The AHS National Display Garden Program
At the 1980 AHS Convention, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Chanhassen, Minnesota, marking the establishment of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Hosta Glade as the first official AHS Display Garden. At the time, the Hosta Glade was without equal. It was one of the few public gardens anywhere focusing on the use of hostas in a landscape, and it had one of the largest and best hosta collections in the world. It remained the sole AHS Display Garden for over a decade.
Since then, other dynamic hosta societies have established public hosta gardens that have met the criteria required for designation as an AHS Display Garden: an educational mission, a significantly large and appropriately labeled collection and a commitment to maintain the garden.
The idea behind this program is to encourage local societies to support public gardens. We firmly believe that the more people that see hostas, the more they will like them, potentially increasing membership in The American Hosta Society (which is international in scope) and in local societies. The AHS has established criteria to assure a certain level of quality in its official display gardens. It is our hope that every local society will help sponsor at least one public garden, and perhaps even multiple gardens.
Official AHS National Display Garden” Status Requirements
List of AHS National Display Gardens
For more information, please contact:
AHS Display Garden Chair
The Directory of Member's Tour Gardens is located in the members section of the website.