reported in this year's British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society Bulletin that
John Bond passed away this year. He was best known here in the U.S. for his
discovery and introduction of Hosta 'Great Expectations', which he found as a
sport on an 'Elegans' at Savill Garden. Savill, which is just outside of London,
is a truly spectacular public garden started (I think) in the 1920's.
It is full of beautiful mature rhododendrons and azaleas and also features
a large number of hostas, which are mostly older varieties. Mr. Bond
was the head gardener there until his retirement a few years
ago. Chris Brickell, in writing his obituary, described him as "One of the
greatest plantsmen of the second half of the Twentieth Century".