In 1996, with their children fully educated and employed, Terry and Linda decided to move their empty nest to Schoolcraft, a farming community and land of black gold soil. They gained many mature trees and enough open sun to plant perennials. Their almost acre lot offered many opportunities to explore shade loving plants, something they couldn’t do at their previous home.
In 2002, Terry spied hostas in a garden store and thought he would give them a try. He walked out with ten pots that day and a hobby was born. Shortly after discovering hostas there was no turning back after a life altering trip to Wade and Gatton nursery.
Terry became a collector and several years later a home hybridizer. The gardens have 750+ named hosta varieties and hundreds of baby seedlings. Many of the hostas are giants that have benefited from a fertilizing regimen, hand watering, and patient attention.
Raised beds hiding behind the large spruce in the backyard display a nursery of up-and-comers. Terry enjoys donating promising seedlings to hosta club auctions, friends, family and passersby that stop to appreciate the mature hostas nestled among the trees.
Though Terry won’t admit it, he has a knack for arranging hostas with an eye for color, size, and placement, creating sweeps of variety with a nod to serenity. Linda helps to keep Terry in check by encouraging companion plants, art, and some sun garden areas to diversify the landscape. A small berm with a bench and unusual conifers continues the peaceful theme.