Like most of our counterparts, we are a not-for-profit educational organization. Our mission is to educate the public about hostas, to encourage the development of new cultivars and to promote their use in the landscape. We strive to achieve our goals through a full schedule of events and learning experiences throughout the year.
NIHS works with other local hosta societies, the Midwest Regional Hosta Society (MRHS) and the American Hosta Society (AHS) on issues of mutual interest.
Our origins go back to 1992 when Tom Micheletti gathered several fellow hostaphiles together and founded the Northern Illinois Hosta Society. Tom was its first president for four years, and also served multiple terms as president of the Midwest Regional Hosta Society and the American Hosta Society. He remains one of the country's most knowledgeable hosta experts.