Influenced by Linda
Orleff, our fun loving president who donned the first hosta hat of
the 2010 convention, three new American Hosta Convention
attendees, Jan Gerke, Kim Greene, and Susy Olsen, members of
Shades of Green Hosta Society of Southeast Minnesota, may have
made a bit of an impression at the 2010 Minnesota convention. But
it was worth it; we’re sure next year everyone will wear hosta
leaf hats to the banquet! The truth is, we were the ones that were
really impressed by the glorious hosta opportunities the
convention offered us!
The impressive opportunities every day of the
convention made it a struggle to pick which should make it into
this little commentary, so nearly all of them are included! To
simplify this task, here is a silly and wee bit corny verse using
the letters A-H-S-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-C-O-N-V-E-N-T-I-0-N.
is for Amazing: From start to finish the convention was perfect.
Well Done Minnesota!
is for…uhmm… hostas? I’ve never seen so many photo-worthy
is for silent auction: REALLY? REALLY? I was supposed to be
silent? Not likely.
is for ‘nother: We can’t wait to attend a ‘nother
convention… regional, national, whatever!
is for auction: Susy bid once… ( let Kim have all the fun? Not
likely! Braving up to win one bid is an ever-so-wonderful
is for truck: The drive home would have been easier in a truck
than a Mazda Miata. Every hosta survived.
is for interest and insane: My already high interest in acquiring
more hosta for my small city lot is reaching the level of insane.
is for obnoxious. Okay… sometimes, but all in good fun!
is still for ‘nother.
is for accessories: No, our club does not have a hosta hat
contest. Our hosta leaf accessorizing was totally spontaneous.
is for lily: The Martagon lily companion plant will definitely
make its way into my yard! Thanks for offering such good
information on this beauty!
is for camera: In our hands all the time… The table decor, the
vendors, the speakers, the arrangements in the bathroom… oh and
of course the gardens. The gardens - the envy inducing, idea
inspiring, hosta hope-listing, and camera capturing beauties. We
really liked the gardens.
is for ordinary: I am seeing that my abundant number of ordinary
hostas will need to move on to someone else’s yard to make room
for the many that are now on my wish list.
is for still, still for ‘nother.
is for variety: I loved all the varieties of vendors, activities,
and events. I couldn’t have asked for more!
is for education: The speakers and fellow attendees offered so
much. I wish I could have cloned myself to attend all the sessions!
is for (not another “n!”) N is still for ‘nother!
is for tickets: I bought a lot … but not enough! Next time
I’ll win the tower of hostas…!
is for incredible: The inspirational tour gardens showed the
investment of time and resources that inevitably must earn the
mark of "incredible."
is for obvious: It is obvious that there are too many repeating
letters in these words, but I hope it is equally as obvious that
our first time to the AHS National Convention was… outstanding.
is for… you know. Oh and ‘Nice.’ It was so nice to meet so
many nice hosta enthusiasts!
AHS and our northern Minnesota
hosts, thanks for a wonderful first time experience. To quote a
memorable movie line, “We’ll be back!”