As a landscape architect, I have been building gardens for more than a decade, among them my own one. I proceeded slowly, developing a new part every year and trying to fill it with extraordinary plants. During the selection of the ornamentals I took notice of the Hostas, huge numbers of which can be found in almost every foreign, mainly English horticultural picture book. I visited several main Hungarian gardener’s establishments, nursery gardens, ornamental sites, hoping to buy some Hostas. I was sorry to recognise that they did not know more than several basic species and common sorts, and in many places they had not yet heard about Hostas.
I was disappointed, and began to hunt for advertisements in foreign horticultural magazines, and sent letters to the selected addresses all over the world. I got many responsive letters including catalogues, addresses of Hosta gardeners, offers of technical books, and finally the application form of the American Hosta Society (AHS). My admission to the AHS in 1999 meant the real break-through. It opened doors for me towards the Hostas. The Society sent its paper including the pictures of the newest species and the addresses of the greatest American improvers, who gifted me with exact descriptions of several thousand species and many pieces about Hostas. As a result of the correspondence not only my literature increased but the purchase of the plants started as well. My collection grew well, and at last I could admire in reality the species and versions known only from pictures till then. My Hostas planted out into my garden have grown to beautiful ornamentals with numberless tones of leaf colour and shapes, rejoicing me and the acquaintances and garden-friends visiting my garden.
According to the English sample, my collection was pronounced by the National Agricultural Qualifying Institute (Országos Mezőgazdasági Minősítő Intézet, OMMI) to be a National Hosta Collection. They registered the plants and issued the registration certificates. In order to assist registration and annual inspection, I put one of each piece of my collection into a pot and I keep them arranged in alphabetical order under a shading support system. It constitutes my breeding stock, which is completed with new species each year. Now the collection includes more than 750 species and is continuously growing. The plants come from England, the USA, Germany Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland.
We welcome inquiring garden-friends in our garden from spring to autumn on previous notice.