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Re: 2004 Hosta registrations

  • Subject: Re: 2004 Hosta registrations
  • From: "Bobby Baxter - Wake Forest, NC" irismoose@daylily.net
  • Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 16:11:58 -0400

Hence my looking for the easy life where hosta names are of one word and that is unique. This bucks the trend of course where names get longer and longer and longer.<<<
Thank you Tim.

I agree coming up with those one word (and unique) names is definitely tricky. I took the easy way out and when the ICNCP started allowing for those long names, I took advantage of it. I submitted the name A MOOSE FISHING ON A POND ON MONDAY for a daylily. The daylily Registrar (my wife) rejected the name, but fortunately, the registrations committee said she had to allow it. Now I have started a series where the moose is doing something different on each day of the week.

Wow!! I had no idea that there could be so many unregistered "garden names" out there for hostas. It is definitely a problem that needs to be dealt with for the benefit of all.

Good luck downsizing your garden. I removed 300 daylily cultivars completely from the garden last year, but only added about 150 new ones this year. It seems to be a losing battle for me.

Glorious Gardening!


----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Saville" <timsaville@breathe.com>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2005 3:12 PM
Subject: Re: 2004 Hosta registrations

Hi Bobby
Firstly I did not intend to suggest that certain folk had "stolen" a name.
Just used one already out there, perhaps in total ignorance of that fact. I
did suggest tho' that folk naming hosta might be wise to register or they
might need to rename.
My reference to 6000 hosta does suggest that there are as many unregistered
as registered hosta. I would love to be able to have all of them in my
garden BUT presently I am downsizing my small collection aiming at the 500
figure eventually. The problem is that as some get older they look better!
My Embroidery and Kaliban are pure magic this year for example.
So, the 6000 figure refers to the number in my data base and I believe in a
few others. Hence my looking for the easy life where hosta names are of one
word and that is unique. This bucks the trend of course where names get
longer and longer and longer.
And emails get longer ............
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bobby Baxter - Wake Forest, NC" <irismoose@daylily.net>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2005 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: 2004 Hosta registrations

Tim, the new 2004 checklist indicates that there is a total of 3,227
registered hostas.  You mention the number of "over 6,000". Are these
other hostas that you refer to only in commerce under "garden names"?

It is hard for me to imagine that nearly an equal number registered and
unregistered (though supposedly named) hostas are in commerce. If this is
the case then why would hybridizers be so irresponsible to reject the
registration process that would only benefit them and their business.
what I have also read, the registration fee is only $5, but the AHosS
pay this fee if no money were sent with the registration.

I would love to hear from different people why they feel hybridizers have
chosen in the past not to comply with the registration process, and also
some continue to reject the registration process.

Tim, you also mentioned over 6,000 names to juggle.  Is this a reference
it becoming difficult to come up with new names, or do you have over 6,000
named (registered and unregistered) hostas in your garden? The daylily
society has 57,655 named cultivars that are either registered.or the name
reserved. I can not even imagine that coming up with new names for
daylilies is difficult since the ICNCP allows for up to 30 characters
(spaces excluded) and no limit to the number of syllables used in a name.

It is a shame that people are registering new hostas using names of other
people's unregistered plants. This appears to be taking advantage of
someone else's effort to popularize their own hosta by using their name.
Just because something can be done within the guidelines, it does not make
it right to do so ( I am not a lawyer, and I do not play one on TV so I
choose not to debate the ethics vs legality of this issue). I would say
however, that the originator of hosta that does not register their plant
chosen to operate outside of the accepted practices of the hobby and
But the person that selects one of these popular and unregistered names to
use on their hosta can also been seen in several ways as acting

If the hybridizer of popular unregistered hostas is not deceased, then I
would favor the AHosS to take it upon themselves to officially register
these plants. However, if the hybridizer of these popular unregistered
plants is still alive, then they should submit the appropriate paperwork
bring their plants into compliance with the accepted practices of naming
hostas under the guidelines of ICNCP.  The AHosS would be doing a great
service if they notified these people that they have one year to bring
plants into compliance.  Perhaps the AHosS could even consider these
unregistered plants to be under "reserved" status for a period of year,
protecting those names from being used by others.  If at the end of that
year, the plants are not in compliance, then shame on the hybridizer for
choosing not to register.  If this were the case, then I would not feel
about other people using these names for new registrations.

Glorious Gardening,


Bobby Baxter
Happy Moose Gardens
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