Chris Wilson, along with Brian Hall, was co-owner of the former Hallson Gardens in Cement City, Michigan. Hallson Gardens offered a wide selection of hostas (200 varieties), perennials, hardy ferns, lilies, ornamental grasses and flowers, and shrubs.
Started in 1995 as a gardening service, Hallson Gardens quickly expanded to retail in 1997, and added mail order in 1999. Chris and Brian were known for running a top-notch business that earned a spot in the Garden Watchdog Top 30, and the Top 5 in Hostas at Dave’s Garden, one of the largest websites for gardeners in the world.
Chris has a keen scientific bent and over the years has often carried out studies of hosta diseases. He has been a keen advocate particularly for informing people about Hosta Virus X. With a DVD he created, Chris detailed images of HVX-infected plants, discussed ways to prevent the spread, and gave advice about keeping HVX out of the garden. When it came to the nursery, Hallson Gardens had a great reputation for selling virus-free hostas.
Further, Chris moderated a popular online Hosta Forum which he founded in 2001. He also moderated a Perennials, an HVX, and a Specialty Plants Forum. Questions with photos were submitted; and Chris answered. He was very knowledgeable and often his comments were extensive. While Chris now resides in County Roscommon, Ireland, we have recruited him to do a Workshop for us.