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New Hosta Event in West Virginia

  • Subject: New Hosta Event in West Virginia
  • From: Giboshiman@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 17:18:28 EST

I am pleased to announce that CH Falstad has been hard at work coming up
with a new event in new, fertile, hosta membership territory.  The  event will
be
held on the campus of West Virginia University in  Morgantown.  Yes, we are
also expecting student attendees.

If you know someone in West Virginia that has been aching for a club,
someone that lives within driving distance of Morgantown in Pennsylvania,
Maryland,
Ohio or Virginia who needs a hosta fix, or you want to join  us in this
inaugural event, please send them a copy of this message,  or make your plans
and
mark your calendars.

We hope to see you there.


Hosta Spring Break  b  bHostas, Hot and Getting Hotter!b
West Virginia  University,  Morgantown,  WV

Date: Saturday,  April 2, 2005
Time:  Registration at  the door from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM but  please notify
C. H. Falstad at the e-mail or phone number below so Lunches can  be arranged.
Educational talks  9:30 AM to 12:00 noon; Lunch noon  to 1:00 PM; Afternoon
session  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Location:  University of West  Virginia b Evansdale campus, NRCCE Room
101-A&B
Cost: $35 includes full day of lectures plus  lunch.
Talk Schedule:
Robert (Bob) Solberg b bWhatbs It Like to Be a  Hosta?b
Kevin P. Walek b bHosta Parentage as a Basis in  Landscapingb
Clarence  (C.H.) Falstad b bWhy Hostas Are the Most Popular Perennial in
the US.  . . and What Will Keep Them There?b
Question and Answer Session with the  Experts
Bob Solberg is owner of Green Hill Farm, Inc., in Chapel  Hill, NC, a
wholesale/retail nursery specializing  Hosta, ferns and other shade plants
since
1981.  Bob graduated with a B.S. in biology  from Davidson College with three
years graduate study of Bryophyte  ecology at UNC.  Bob has introduced
several
new hostas including bGuacamoleb and bGinsu Knifeb.  He founded the
Carolina
Hosta Society  and served as its leader for the first ten years.  He also
co-founded the American Hosta  Growers Association, and has served The
American
Hosta Society as Journal editor  and Vice President Genus Hosta.  Bob  was
also
recently awarded the prestigious Distinguished Merit Award by The  American
Hosta Society for his outstanding work and promotion of hosta.
Bobbs talk will be a unique discussion of the life of a hosta.  Ever
wondered
what it is like to  be a hosta? We will philosophically consider a hosta's
"purpose of life",  examine its anatomy, and study its physiology. We will
even
delve into the  personality and psychological health and welfare of hostas.
The care and feeding  of hostas will be covered as well as a brief battle plan
to protect your hostas  from predators.
Kevin Walek is the current President of The American  Hosta Society also
having served six years as the Journal Editor, and as Vice  President
Publications, and several other positions. Kevin graduated with a  Masters in
Public
Administration from Syracuse Universitybs Maxwell School and a J.D. from
George
Mason University and is a managing attorney with the  Commodity Futures
Trading
Commission.  Kevin is also a hosta hybridizer with bJewel of the Nileb and
b
Dream Weaverb to his credit.
Kevin will discuss hosta lineage or parentage and why that is so  important
in understanding hosta performance in a landscape.  We will see some examples
of stunning  landscapes and learn how the diverse backgrounds can help in
establishing a fine  healthy hosta garden for years to come.  Hostas have such
a
tremendous range of native growing conditions, and  Kevinbs insight of their
cultural preferences will help all of us be better  growers.
C.H. Falstad has worked for nearly 25 years as Laboratory  Director in a
tissue culture facility at Walters Gardens Inc, a wholesale  perennial nursery
in
Zeeland, MI.  He is the immediate past-President of the AHS.  C.H. graduated
with a B.S. in Ornamental  Hort. from the Univ. of Ill.  He has served the
Michigan Hosta Society as President and Vice President,  and has also served
The
American Hosta Society likewise in addition to  Scientific Chair.  C.H. has
introduced over 50 hostas, among them, bRegal Splendorb and bNorthern
Exposureb
.
C.H. will share some of the wide variety of  hosta types that contribute to
their becoming the most popular perennial in the U.S.  He will also give some
insight into what will keep them so hot.
All  of the speakers will entertain questions about their talks or anything
else  pertaining to hostas.  If you have a  question and donbt know the
answer,
these three experts will be happy to make  one up for you.  We will have an
opportunity to write down questions or ask them directly.

*  *  *  *  *

This event is an  educational program supported by The American Hosta Society
with West  Virginia University.  It will be an excellent opportunity of  all
those interested in learning more about hostas, particularly: gardeners,
horticulture students, nursery professionals, landscapers, etc.  Attendees
will
have an opportunity to  buy unique hostas and also purchase other hosta
information at discount  rates.
Directions:  By car WVU is  approx. 70 miles south of Pittsburgh or 200 miles
 northwest of Washington, DC.
From the East: Take I-68 to I-79, then go North to Exit  155:
From the North  (Pittsburgh) or South  (Charleston) follow I-79 to Exit  155:
Proceed towards Morgantown on US 19. After crossing  the bridge, turn left at
third traffic light  (Evansdale  Drive, first light after the  Coliseum).
*Please park at the short-term pay lot next to the WVU Greenhouse or park
free at the Coliseum where a free shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes to this
campus during the semester.
For further information  contact C.H. Falstad at 152 Birchwood, Holland, MI
49423, by phone at  (616)396-1149 or e-mail at _cfalstad@ameritech.net_
(mailto:cfalstad@ameritech.net) .  Please contact Dr. Todd West for a lunch
head
count at: _Todd.West@mail.wvu.edu_ (mailto:Todd.West@mail.wvu.edu) , Phone:
(304)293-6023, or  by mail at: West Virginia University, Division of Plant and
Soil
Sciences, 1090  Agriculture Sciences Building, PO Box 6108, Morgantown, WV
26506-6108

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