Master Gardeners to present program “Designing with Hostas”

America's love of hostas dates all the way back to the 1800's when the first hostas were brought over from Asia. These lovely perennials are grown mainly for their beautiful foliage and have come a long way since the 1800's. They are available in an astounding variety of colors, shapes, sizes and even textures. 

Today, there are hundreds of species and thousands of cultivars available to the home gardener.

While this explosion of choices is amazing, it also creates more questions for gardeners looking to add these versatile plants to their garden. Which ones are fragrant? How much sun can they take? What is the best way to display miniature hostas? Can fertilizer and sun affect variegation? Questions like these can make it difficult for home gardeners to pick the best cultivars for their landscape.

The Vermilion County Master Gardeners have invited Danville native Richard Schroeder to demystify hostas at the Danville Public Library on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 pm. 

Rick Schroeder is a Champaign County Master Gardener and member of the Illinois Prairie Hosta Society. He will answer some of the most common questions regarding growing hostas and show pictures of how he has created beautiful landscapes at his own home using hostas with other plants. Learn how to transform your empty, shady garden to a bright, lively place with hostas. Rick will also address Hosta diseases and problems with wildlife.

They ask that attendees please register so they have adequate handouts. For more information or to register, contact the University of Illinois Extension office in Vermilion County at 217.442.8615 or visit the office at 3164 N. Vermilion in Danville. You can also register online at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office.


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