The Shades of Green Hosta Society of
Southeast MN, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to educate
members about hosta selection, cultivation and nomenclature, new and
improved varieties, uses in the home landscape, and to promote interest
in the genus Hosta.
The Mission shall be supported through the
publication of a Society Newsletter, educational programs and garden
tours, a web page and other group activities throughout the year.
- Hosta Display Garden
SOGHS sponsors a hosta display garden at RCTC by providing
plants and care for the hosta and companion plants in the garden.
The main purpose of the display garden is for the education and enjoyment of area residents.
The first plantings are in at the RCTC S.M.A.R.T. Garden near the large new pond area!
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Sustainable, Medicinal, Artistic, Resourceful, and Thematic.
Click here to see the current list of hostas planted in the
SOGHS is working to get the S.M.A.R.T. Garden designated as an American Hosta Society (AHS) National Display Garden.
(Click here to see the Official AHS National Display Garden Requirements).
There are currently fifteen designated Display Gardens in the United States, the first such designated Display Garden
was the UMN Landscape Arboretum Hosta Glade in Chanhassen, MN. 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.
- Hosta Resources for local libraries
SOGHS purchased the "Hostapedia" by Mark Zilis for three local libraries:
Rochester Public Library, SELCO, and University Center Rochester Goddard Library.
And the "The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas"
(2nd edition) by D. Grenfell and M. Shadrack for the Goddard Library.
- RCTC Scholarships
Each year, SOGHS provides $6000 in scholarships to
RCTC students majoring in horticulture.
- Hope Lodge
SOGHS has planted hostas and companion plants
as part of the Rochester Hope Lodge landscaping and provides
continuing maintenance for those hostas.
- Hosta Sale
Every spring SOGHS holds a plant sale which
provides area residents with easy access to a large number of both
common and unique hosta cultivars, as well as hosta companion
- Horticulture Plaques for the Olmsted County Fair
three 4-H horticulture plaques and three open class hosta-related horticulture plaques including:
Best of Show and Best of Show in Outdoor
Planters Using Hostas.