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Re: Korean trip

Bruce, I find that very interesting. I bet if a Korean hosta collector came to
the U.S. looking for 'unusual' hosta, he wouldn't have to look far or climb any


bbanyai@herc.com wrote:

> Two weeks ago I had a business trip that took me the length of South Korea.
> Of course scouted the local landscape as best I could for those nefarious
> plants known as hosta.
> In Taejon, in central S. Korea, saw several large city park plantings of
> plantaginea and what looked like 'SeeSaw'.
>      Several huge beds, 100'by 30', planted close.
>      Then on to Kimcheon, where climbed some mountains to a Buddha temple
>      ( had no choice , was Buddha's birthday and the thing to do!!)
>      Saw many green seedlings used as ground cover, some huge areas of
>      clausa. They obviously have been there a long time since they had
>      spread underground.
>      South to Chinju and more of the same.
>      Back to Seoul - checked into several nurseries and parks - more of the
>      same, plantaginea and und. albo marginata. One large landscaping of
>      what looked like 'Francee' though could have been mature und. albo
>      marg.
>      Finally to the Korean Folk Festival, similar to Greenfield Village in
>      Dearborn, Michigan. More of the clausa and all green forms, not
>      hyacynthina but probably fortunei type.
>      While I did not hook up with any Korean gardeners, did see plenty of
>      hosta in natural hilly habitat. Alas, all green forms. No blues, no
>      golds, no variegation.
>      bruce
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