Going once… Going twice… Sold!
The American Hosta Society holds two auctions per year that you won’t want to miss. The friendship plant needs to be shared with others, so donate, browse and buy!
Both of these auctions are an exciting interaction of fun hostaholics and truly worth your participation. You’ll have opportunities to bid on some of the choicest, rarest, and most unusual hostas in the world.
You need not be a member of the American Hosta Society to participate.
The American Hosta Society Online Auction offers fast paced bidding, the strategy of outwitting your mystery competition, and an opportunity to help our society continue to flourish.
The Online Auction raises funds for the society’s world premier publication The Hosta Journal. Held each winter in mid to late January, it offers a welcome reprieve from the winter lull with pictures and descriptions of Hosta and related shade gardening items.
Home gardeners offering pieces of their prized hostas, businesses displaying their new offerings, and hybridizers introducing their newest creations all use this vehicle to help raise funds and draw attention to the plants they love. Donors and bidders from all over the country and overseas are represented.
Join the fun of this event by using the link posted on this site (when live) or published in the society’s multiple publications. You can be placed on an email list to be notified when the auction takes place.
See past Online Auction Results and Big Bid Items.
An in-person auction is held each year at the annual AHS convention. Donations from individual members and large commercial growers feature rare and valuable hostas and some other fine plants and other materials. The auctioneers are great, the bidders frenzied, and the audience goes wild!
This is a place where members can obtain plants that are literally “not for sale” anywhere else. The ‘BIG BUCKS’ largest single donor is awarded an engraved plaque at the Convention Awards Banquet. The auction is run by volunteers from the sponsoring local hosta society with national assistance. You don’t want to miss this event!
You do not need to register for the convention to participate in the public hosta auction.
For information on the next American Hosta Society convention, click below.
AHS Auction Award Information
The American Hosta Society and its members show its appreciation through a token of appreciation to the donors to both auctions, convention and on-line. The donor contributing the greatest revenue yielding total of contributions for an auction event is recognized for their generosity.
The donors of individual plants which bring in extraordinary bids (as defined below) are recognized, drawing special attention to the individual plant(s) within each level of bid.
AUCTION AWARDS for both the AHS auctions (online and convention) shall honor donors of the greatest total sum of donations and significant single hostas with the following winning bids.
Outstanding Auction Contributor: to the donor contributing the largest revenue generating total (one annually per year per auction)
Donation of Distinction: Individual hostas with bids of $500 or more but not reaching $1,000 shall be honored with a certificate of gratitude and a plaque (Lexon, acrylic or other material) commemorating the Hosta by name or hybrid identification, the donor, the high bid and the date of the auction. (may be none or multiple per year per auction)
Meritorious Donation: Individual hostas with bids equal to or greater than $1000 shall be honored with a certificate of gratitude and a plaque (Lexon, acrylic or other material) commemorating the Hosta by name or hybrid identification, the donor the high bid and the date of the auction. (may be none or multiple per year per auction)
Top Choice Donation: Individual hosta with the highest bid at each AHS auction shall be honored with a certificate of gratitude and a plaque (Lexon, acrylic or other material) commemorating the Hosta by name or hybrid identification, the donor the high bid and the date of the auction. (one annually per year per auction) (sponsored by the Midwest Regional Hosta Society)
An individual hosta will be awarded one, the highest for which it is eligible, award within each auction event that it qualifies for.