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I live in the Cleveland Ohio area with 2 teenaged kids at times.

I am a physician trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. I had a family practice until 2002 when I closed it, and now do urgent care full time. One of my regular patients for many years gave me a tour of her garden one spring and offered to give me pieces of several of her fantastic hostas, and that got me started in caring what the names were. As of 2008 I have over 600 named varieties in my yard.

I have been collecting hostas for about 5-7 years, and in summer of 2003 started hybridizing after I met Mark Zilis at Peter Ruh’s Hosta weekend in Chesterland, OH. My first contact with him he was standing in Peter’s garden measuring the dimensions of a plant. At the lecture later, he autographd his book for me and told me the basics of cross pollinating.

In January of 2004 I started learning pottery and have a hobby now where I can use hosta designs in another form.


I live in: United States

My zone is: z5 OH

My favorite forum 1 is Hosta.

First registered on January 10, 2004 .