American Hosta Growers Association
2009 Hosta of the Year

With the increasing number of hosta cultivars being introduced each year it is increasingly difficult for nursery owners and gardeners to choose just the right hostas for their sales areas and gardens. To this end the American Hosta Growers Association established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. It is selected by a vote of AHGA members. Award winners are hostas that are good garden plants in all a regions of the country, are widely available and in sufficient supply and retail for about $15.00 in the year of selection. 

2009 Hosta of the Year 
'Earth Angel'
(Hansen/Shady Oaks Nursery 2002)

Color - Variegated
Size - Giant (30"ht x 40"w)
Habit - Mounding
Bloom - Lavender

Parent - sport of ‘Blue Angel’
A wonderfully variegated form of the beloved classic ‘Blue Angel’. Large heart-shaped blue-green leaves have a wide creamy-white border. Pale lavender flowers top the clump in early summer. 
Photo courtesy of AHGA member Shady Oaks Nursery, LLC