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The Russ O’Harra Hosta Society is an educational society, based in central Iowa, open to all those interested in the genus Hosta. Its purpose is to promote the growing and enjoyment of hostas, including their use in landscape design and the cultivation and development of new cultivars. The goals of the Society are in keeping with those of the American Hosta Society.  Our society is named for Russ O'Harra, who was one of the most prominent hosta enthusiasts and hybridizers in the Midwest.

Upcoming events:

June 18-22, 2024  American Hosta Society national convention, Marlborough, MA


July 11-13, 2024    Midwest Regional Hosta Society convention, Fond du Lac, WI


July 27, 2024         In the Country Garden and Gifts-- "Hosta & Dessert Social", speaker Bob Solberg, Independence, IA


October 13, 2024   ROHS Fall meeting at The Wallace Learning Center, 2773  290th St., Orient, Iowa, 50858.

                               12 p.m. potluck; speaker; business meeting

                                Speaker:  Rob Mortko, "The Hostas of Tomorrow and Where They Come From" (see Calendar)

Today's featured hosta:


"Dancing Queen"  by K. Terpening (2005; r2009)

2020 Hosta of the Year! This beauty is definitely one the best medium/large gold-leaf hostas ever introduced. Its gorgeous large golden leaves have a piecrust or wavy edge.  It forms a distinctive 18" tall x 36" wide clump that demands attention!


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The song "Dancing Queen" was released by ABBA in 1976; it's the original and forever best version, with Frida and Agnetha!  :)


Friday and Saturday, May 10-11

ROHS booth at the GDMBG Spring Garden Market


News from the ROHS spring meeting on April 14:


Kris Jurik (left) and Don Draper (right), co-chairs of the 2023 AHS Convention local organizing committee, present ROHS treasurer David Dettmann with a check.  Proceeds from the convention are to be donated to the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens to establish and maintain an AHS Display Garden.

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