Cantigny Park National Hosta Display Garden
This garden is an American Hosta Society (AHS) National Hosta Display Garden we maintain. NIHS continues to add to this display garden through plant donations from our NIHS members as well as commercial growers and hybridizers. NIHS has also purchased a number of desired cultivars.
Today when you come to our garden, you will find over 250+ different cultivars and companion plants to please your garden palette and have you leave desiring more HOSTAS and companion plants for your garden.
Come sit with us in this beautiful garden that brings tranquility and rest during busy days.
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
location to be determined
12-1:00 p.m. Jan Smith will be selling cement garden stepping stones with detailed leaf impressions in her designs prior to the meeting in the Medill Room. These are truly stepping stones lovely and will be a talking point in your gardens, as well as a focal point.
1:00 -2:00 p.m. Speaker, Sean B. Menke, Ph.D. HIs topic: The Overlooked Splendor of Ants and Their Roles in Our Lives
Professor of Biology at Lake Forest COllege. His research integrates the study of ecology, behavior and evolutionn into the fields of biogeography, community ecology and invasivve species.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Time to mingle and socialize with NIHS members. We will be following all CDC guidelines to continue to keep all members and presenters safe.
Below is the link to the Hosta College website. In past years, 20 or more classes were offered and attendees chose several one or two hour sessions. Members of the Great Lakes Regional Hosta Society (GLRHS) sponsor's this annual learning event, so their members are given the first opportunity to register and choose classes and then registration is opened to the general public.
Registration form is not linked to their website yet.
Registration opens for GLR Hosta Society Members: February 2024-date to be determined
Registration opens for Non-GLR Hosta Society Members: February 2024-date to be determined
Registration Closes: midnight, February 2024-date to be determined
Be sure to check it out
2024 Hosta College
The website also includes information about the 2024 GLRHS Tailgate to be held in: TBD
This information is not listed yet ontheir website
Last Day to Register for Hosta College 2024:
February date to be determined
Spring Symposium Presentation
May 19, 2024
12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.
location to be determined
11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Sponsor Plant Pick-up
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. garden art vendor -Jaye Hilton
1:00 -2:00 p.m. Presenter, Dayle Saar. Her topic: "What's Really Going on When Botanical Spring Has Sprung"
2:00-3:00 p.m. Time to mingle and socialize with NIHS members
Our Spring Symposium will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL The guest speakers selected for each symposium are horticultural experts in their field. This presentation will be presented in-person and we will be following all CDC guidelines to continue to keep all members and presenters safe.
These images are plants offered in 2023
Sponsor Plant Pick-Up-on May 19, 2024
Pick up from 11:45-12:45 p.m.
location to be determined
As Lou Horton, NIHS Past President, 2003-2011, has always said, “the Sponsor Plant Program is designed for the benefit of our members”. Every year we select 4 high quality cultivars from two NIHS vendors. You will receive field grown divisions that are ready to be placed in your garden after the threat of frost. The offerings are beautiful cultivars that everyone should have in their collection. For more information, look in your email in the March NIHS newsletter. If you have further questions, please contact Mike Kraus, Past President.
Hosta plants have not been decided on yet for this year. The hosta plants will be decided on by March 2024 and posted on our Members Only tab on our website to purchase.
Annual Leaf Display at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Reagan Science Center
Room: Bernstein Hall
June 1-2, 2024
The NIHS's mission & purpose is to share knowledge of hostas and to promote the use of hostas in the landscape. How better to do this than to display the most stunning hosta leaves from our gardens. Members donate their prized hosta leaves. Hundreds of visitors will enjoy this hosta experience. Some buy hostas and ferns from our vendors. Attendees also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite hosta leaf.
If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Susan Ward.
American Hosta Society National Convention
June 18-22, 2024
American Hosta Society website
Register to attend convention
Here you will find out about this year’s American Hosta Society (AHS) National Convention, to be held June 18-22, 2024. You may also register on-line with credit or debit card or download a registration form you can print out and mail in with your check, or register completely on-line via credit or debit card.
Hostas continue to be America’s number one perennial due to their versatility in the landscape. GIft plant images below.
Garden Walks- 2024
Each Summer, at least two to four members open their home gardens to our members. This summer we have two exciting garden walks that we believe you will enjoy. Each garden is a reflection of the homeowners that have lovingly created their tranquil environment. You will always find our Summer Garden Walks in our spring and summer newsletters and in individual emails sent out to all of our NIHS members with details about the gardens and directions. Our contact person for the sumer Garden Walks is: Susan Ward . You will also find the information in our Member's Only section on our website navigation bar by the end of May 2024 when we get closer to garden walk visits.
Open Gardens - date and information to be determined
NIHS Summer Symposium Presentation/Ice Cream Social
July 21, 2024
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
location to be determined
Mark your calendars for a special afternoon for members and their guests.
12-1 p.m. Ice Cream Social variation and vendor: TBD
Sign in for your FREE ice cream chit, FREE raffle ticket and shopping opportunity with Skylar's Hosta. Be sure to bring cash or check to pay for your plants.
1-2 p.m. Presenter: Mark Zilis
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Raffle drawing and time to mingle with old and new hosta members and continue hosta shopping.
Don't forget to check out the hosta garden maintained by Northern Illinois Hosta Society. We are one of 26 AHS recognized gardens in the United States.
Midwest Regional Hosta Society Convention-
Fond du Lac, WI
July 11-13, 2024
Regristation will open around December 15, 2023 ...check back often
Please follow the details on the MRHS website and we hope to see you all attend this great leaning opportunity and participate in all the wonderful site seeing in the Fon duLac, Wisconsin area. The convention is hosted by the Midwest Regional Hosta Society. During the convention you will be able to:
Auction & Summer Picnic - Cantigny Park-
August 6, 2023-Mark your Calendars
Information to follow
Thank you to each and everyone of our donors and bidders for making our auction a great success last year and in previous years. Each Summer, members and member vendors contribute plants (hostas & companion plants) from their own gardens or nurseries to the annual NIHS Auction.
This is our only fundraiser of the year. The Northern Illinois Hosta Society (NIHS) was founded in October 1992 by a group of people that shared a passion for hostas. The society is dedicated to educating the public and promoting the use of hostas in the landscape. NIHS works closely with the American Hosta Society and the Midwest Regional Hosta Society planning and hosting hosta events and donating to hosta research. NIHS is a not-for-profit organization that serves the people of Northern Illinois and surrounding areas. The funds raised from this event will support our numerous programs and social events including Hosta Garden Walks, symposiums, and meetings.
Annual Membership Meeting-Members Only
September 2024-date and location to be determined
The purpose of this annual meeting is to discuss and approve the NIHS annual Budget and the election of new officers to fill vacant positions. Our meeting is usually scheduled on a Sunday in September. The Nominating Committee Report and the Budget proposal is always emailed to our members for their review before this meeting.
After the meeting we can walk the beautiful gardens at Cantigny and observe the changing seasonal colors among the vegetation while gathering ideas for our own gardens.
Don't forget to bring your favorite fall dessert to share with your fellow members.
Fall Symposium - date to be determined
Speaker to be determined
Our Fall Symposium will be held on Sunday, October at begins at 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hopefully the weather will be favorable and many of you will be able to find some time to stroll through our American Hosta Society National Display Garden just south of the Visitor’s Center. We hope you will enjoy the sights of so many wonderful hostas and their companion plants.
Cantigny Park is located at 1s151 Winfield Road, in Wheaton. Members, please wear your NIHS name tags. We look forward to seeing many or all of you there in October 2023. Be sure to check out the future newsletters about this event.
NIHS Member Vendors & Advertisers
Please patronize our Member Vendors & Advertisers. Our advertisers have special Sale and/or Open House dates that would be a perfect time to shop for some great hostas and companions. Click here to see these special businesses that support NIHS.
We feel you will find helpful information and videos to watch as our seasons change. There is much to learn as we hone our gardening skills.
During the winter time we begin to dream, visualize, plan, read, rearrange, and read some more gardening resources while we reflect on what our gardens might look like in the spring. In the spring, we can't wait to clean up our gardens and begin to dig in the dirt. Summer lends itself to more work as we reap the visual sensations of our delightful gardens. In the fall, we must prepare our gardens for their long awaited sleep.
You will find a page of virtual gardens under the Resources tab to look at for additional ideas in your gardens too.
Become a Member Today
An affordable NIHS membership gives you access to informative programs, Garden Walks and botanical gardens, annual gardening bus or car caravan trip, our spring plant sale and more. Become a NIHS member today!
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