In 1985, Roy Klehm (of Klehm Nursery) generously donated some new hosta varieties to the newly-established arboretum: Sun Power, Frances Williams, Blue Umbrellas, Shade Fanfare, Gold Standard, to name just a few. This was just the beginning. Today, several decades later, the Hosta Shade Garden is composed entirely of materials given by generous donors and marked with donors’ names. Approximately 1,200 more varieties have been given. And the procurement continues.
Interesting to Note: Some people think hostas flourish in the shade, but they actually prefer filtered light. And it has been said that hostas required only three things: Water. Water. And more water.
WITH APPRECIATION: Care and maintenance of the Hosta Garden is by members of the Dubuque Hosta Society.