Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award and
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta

These awards were established in 1982 in honor of one of the founding members and first president of The American Hosta Society, Alex J. Summers of Bridgeville, Delaware.

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award

This award is the highest award offered by The American Hosta Society. It is awarded to a member of the Society in recognition of having given outstanding service to The American Hosta Society, the development of the genus Hosta or both. The recipient receives a large wooden plaque. The sponsor of this award is The American Hosta Society.

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta

This award is for a hosta of distinguished merit and is selected by the recipient of the Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award. The selected hosta’s merit is detailed in the acceptance address of the AJS Distinguished Merit Award recipient and the name of the hosta appears on the recipient’s plaque. The sponsor of this award is The American Hosta Society.


Winners

2016

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Larry Tucker
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Elvis Lives'

2015

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Claudia Walker
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'One Man’s Treasure'

2014

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Kim Larsen
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Minnesota Mafia'

2013

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Tom Micheletti
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Thank You'

2012

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Barbara Jones
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Liberty'

2011

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Harold McDonell
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Split Milk'

2010

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Bob Axmear

2009

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Mary Schwartzbauer
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Her Eyes Were Blue'

2008

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Don Dean
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Silver Bay'

2007

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Dr. James Wilkins
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Dorothy Benedict'

2006

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
C.H. Falstad, III
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. plantaginea 'Venus'

2005

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Kevin Walek
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Guardian Angel'

2004

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Dr. Robert C. Olson
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Bridegroom'

2003

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Robert M. Solberg
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Corkscrew'

2002

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Van R. Wade
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'American Halo'

2001

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Mark R. Zilis
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Krossa Regal'

2000

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Mervin C. Eisel
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'June'

1999

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Kevin Vaughn
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Breeder's Choice'

1998

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Nancy Minks
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. 'Alvantine Taylor'

1997

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Clyde Crockett 
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. nigrescens

1996

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
W. George Schmid
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award

H. laevigata

1994

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Robert Savory
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. ‘Golden Tiara’

1990

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Jim Cooper
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. ‘Sum & Substance’

1989

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Eldren Minks
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. Platinum Tiara’

1988

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Mildred Seaver
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'

1986

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Frances Williams   (awarded posthumously)
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. 'Frances Williams'  selected by Caroline Williams

1985

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Warren I. Pollock
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. montana 'Aureomarginata'

1984

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Peter Ruh
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. 'Antioch'

1982

Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award
Alex J. Summers
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award
H. ‘Pearl Lake(Henry Payne)


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