The Indianapolis Hosta Society has selected ten juried gardens for the 2017 American Hosta Society’s National Convention in Indianapolis. These gardens will be available for pre-convention tours Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 11 AM to 5 PM. So who are these energetic Boomers that are planting, designing and hybridizing the Indy metro area into being more alive and beautiful? How you can get a special one-time tour of their personal gardens?

One of the gardens on tour in four weeks is Randy Goodwin’s, who taught fifth-grade for 34 years in the Speedway School Corporation: “What I enjoy more than anything is landscaping —it’s my way of leaving the world with something more than what I came in with.” Goodwin explained that he painted a few summers like many teachers, but after he put in his first shade garden he began to get requests. “I ended up landscaping from the age of 44 to 67 and designed and installed forty-four backyard shade gardens — which also put two daughters through Purdue.” His landscaping has earned him the moniker as “the man who paints with hostas.”

Goodwin has also hybridized over 100 new hosta cultivars: Hosta ‘Indy Finish Line’, Hosta ‘Indiana Knight,’ and Hosta “Avalanche.’

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