Hosta By Kelley

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Wish List: Project NAHA

The concept

Project NAHA is one of those pie-in-the-sky projects that would be my/an ultimate Hosta garden.  The dream for me began about 9 years ago (~2008).  NAHA stands for North American Hosta Arboratum.  Hosta do grow in Canada, Mexico (upper elevations), and the United States.

The 'simple' goal would be to create space for a display collection for 12,012 hosta varieties (oringally planned for about 11,000); but like all my dreams ... the more I think ... the more it grew.  What makes a display gardens different from landscape gardens is that each plant is presented on its own to show its unique characteristics as a variety.  The broader goal would be to design and create space for:

Admittedly this is not a backyard project as the on paper estimates say this would be a 13 year start-up project with a price tag between twenty to forty (20 - 40) million dollars [US Funds] situated on a estimated 300 acres of land.  No blueprints at this time.  Any diagrams offered are approximate concepts.

Costs after the initial 13 years start-up would approximately be two (2) million dollars a year.  Presuming this could be 'worked out' to this point plant sales might be enough to pay for the project at this stage; while still respecting US and International Plant Patents, and Plant Trademarks, AND respecting other industry retailers across the continent.

Even as a well written pie-in-the-sky idea there are many details and logistics that are incomplete.

Plant Name Menu Codes:

In Gardner's collection:  green.

In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.

Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.

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