Saturday, May 4, 2024: Garden Tours & Pot Luck Lunch.
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The Greater Ozarks Hosta Society is dedicated to the promotion of the genus HOSTA. We serve hosta enthusiasts in the Southwest Missouri-Northwest Arkansas Region but accept memberships from gardeners anywhere. We offer Hosta lovers a chance to be included in a wide variety of club functions, newfound friendships, as well as the opportunity to share your hosta knowledge with like minded people. Several of our members are also Master Gardeners and members of Friends of the Garden, an organization dedicated to establish and facilitate a botanical center, surrounding gardens, and arboretum at Springfield Botanical Center to inspire the discovery, understanding, and appreciation of nature.

GOHS has constructed and maintained a hosta garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, at 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, Missouri.  The garden contains several hundred hostas and companion plants. It is open to the public during daylight hours year round.  We encourage you to visit and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

Hostas are the number one selling shade perennial because they are easy to grow and offer a wide variety of texture and color to the shade garden. Please wander through our website and see what we do as a group and in our individual gardens.

Introducing Tony Ahart, GOHS  President

Hello! I am a lifelong gardener.  I grew up in a large family on a farm.  We always planted a large garden and picked many wild berries every year.  Some of my earliest childhood memories were watching my grandfather and great grandfather tending their gardens.

I didn’t take a real interest in hostas until I attended the Master Gardener classes. There I met several members of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society (GOHS). I joined them for a workday in the Hosta Garden and decided to become a member that day.  My wife Carolyn and I now have many hostas in our landscape.  Our yard is small with more shade than sunshine but still allows us to enjoy many flowering plants, as well as our hostas and other shade plants.

As mentioned above, I graduated from the Master Gardener program in 2014 and I am now an Advanced Master Gardener. I’ve had the privilege of being elected to and serving two terms on the Greene County Extension Council. I have volunteered in many of the gardens at the Botanical Gardens and the Master Gardener WaterWise Garden. I am the garden adopter for the Peter Longley English Garden. I have maintained the garden for five years, since Peter Longley returned to England.

I am following in the footsteps of several former GOHS presidents all of whom are most knowledgeable of hostas. I will always be looking to them to share that knowledge with the group and me. I will do my best to lead this group, and I will not ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself. I am looking forward to working with you all. I know from experience that the group of volunteers working in the Hosta Garden are unmatched for the work and support given to GOHS and the garden.

Tony Ahart

Introducing Tony Ahart, GOHS  President

Hello! I am a lifelong gardener.  I grew up in a large family on a farm.  We always planted a large garden and picked many wild berries every year.  Some of my earliest childhood memories were watching my grandfather and great grandfather tending their gardens.

I didn’t take a real interest in hostas until I attended the Master Gardener classes. There I met several members of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society (GOHS). I joined them for a workday in the Hosta Garden and decided to become a member that day.  My wife Carolyn and I now have many hostas in our landscape.  Our yard is small with more shade than sunshine but still allows us to enjoy many flowering plants, as well as our hostas and other shade plants.

As mentioned above, I graduated from the Master Gardener program in 2014 and I am now an Advanced Master Gardener. I’ve had the privilege of being elected to and serving two terms on the Greene County Extension Council. I have volunteered in many of the gardens at the Botanical Gardens and the Master Gardener WaterWise Garden. I am the garden adopter for the Peter Longley English Garden. I have maintained the garden for five years, since Peter Longley returned to England.

I am following in the footsteps of several former GOHS presidents all of whom are most knowledgeable of hostas. I will always be looking to them to share that knowledge with the group and me. I will do my best to lead this group, and I will not ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself. I am looking forward to working with you all. I know from experience that the group of volunteers working in the Hosta Garden are unmatched for the work and support given to GOHS and the garden.

Tony Ahart

GOHS  Hosta Garden

“One of the Springfield Botanical Gardens showpieces, the GOHS Hosta Garden is nationally recognized as a premier example of its variety.”

The Hosta Garden is a National Display Garden with the American Hosta Society. The Greater Ozarks Hosta Society creates and maintains the different types of hostas that exemplify the diversity of this popular perennial. The Hosta Garden also provides a quiet, shady respite to stroll or park on a bench anytime.

GOHS Water Fountain Project

A visit to the Springfield Botanical Gardens this week revealed another project in the works in the GOHS Hosta Garden. The water feature in the garden is being upgraded to a pondless waterfall. This will allow us to preserve the appeal of the waterfall without compromising safety. It will also require minimal maintenance while still providing a beautiful water feature to enjoy. Tony Ahart and Bob Simpson have put in a lot of hard work on this project so far.  More updates to follow.

GOHS Hosta Garden Fence Project

The Greater Ozarks Hosta Society is pleased to announce the drive to fund the $40,000 garden fence project is COMPLETE! THANK YOU to the wonderful group of generous donors who helped us reach this important community objective. We also want to thank Friends of the Garden, along with many others, for assisting with the promotion of this community driven project. Plus, our thanks to Michele Skalicky for her timely and informative article, ‘Hosta Garden in Springfield is the result of a labor of love by local volunteers’ broadcast on KSMU Radio Oct 13, 2023*.

A reminder of the project: Replacement of the Hosta Garden’s wood fencing and broken gates, most of it in place for over 20 years. Because of wood rot and worn gates, it has become a danger to the public. The fencing surrounding the garden is approximately 550 feet including the 3 gates.

The construction of the Montage Majestic Plus Classic steel replacement fencing and gates is now nearly complete. If all goes as planned, we are hopeful this can be accomplished during this February, while the surrounding hosta plants are in their dormant period.

This important community investment will assist securing the future of the Hosta Garden. Benefits also include, increased visual aesthetic appeal; defines the garden; won’t rot equals lower maintenance; manufacturer guaranteed 20 years; keeps wildlife out (geese and deer); and helps control access to the garden.

Thank you again for investing in the future of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

Robert (Bob) Childress

*P.S. If you missed Michele Skalicky’s article and broadcast, ‘Hosta Garden in Springfield is the result of a labor of love by local volunteers’ on KSMU Radio Oct 13, 2023: Read on with audio here: Hosta Garden in Springfield is the result of a labor of love by local volunteers