From the young age of three or four years old, Hans Hansen can remember planting onions in his family's garden. He would ask family members for plants as birthday or Christmas gifts. Not your average kid! He must have known early on what he would do with his life given these early signs.
As a teenager, Hans hybridized Asiatic lilies, working to develop doubles, pollen-free varieties, and those with dark patterned throats. As his hybridizing interests expanded, he began working with hostas extensively and it is that work for which he is best known in the plant community today. In 1997, he introduced his first two hostas: 'Pandora's Box' and 'Fire and Ice'.
Over the past decade or more, Hans has introduced about 20 hostas through Shady Oaks Nursery in his home state of Minnesota. Walters Gardens, Inc. is proud to offer a number of Hans' introductions listed below.
Of all his hosta introductions, 'Stained Glass' and 'Journey's End' are his favorites. They represent an attractive combination of contrasting leaf color, form, and vigor. 'Stained Glass' also offers fragrant blooms. In addition to hostas, Hans also works to hybridize plants in a number of other genera including Baptisia and Paeonia, which he finds delightfully challenging.
Read more about Hans Hansen's introductions by clicking on the links below:
Baptisia DECADENCE™ 'Blueberry Sundae' PPAF
Baptisia DECADENCE™ 'Cherries Jubilee' PPAF
Baptisia DECADENCE™ 'Dutch Chocolate' PPAF
Baptisia DECADENCE™ 'Lemon Meringue' PPAF
Hosta 'American Icon' PP17441
Hosta 'American Sweetheart'
Hosta 'Cathedral Windows' PP17295
Hosta 'Dance with Me'
Hosta 'Earth Angel'
Hosta 'Hanky Panky' PP16217
Hosta 'High Society' PP17313
Hosta 'Hollywood Lights' PP17296
Hosta 'Journey's End' PP16895
Hosta 'Lonesome Dove' PP17294
Hosta 'Old Glory' PP12503
Hosta 'Pandora's Box'
Hosta 'Stained Glass'
Hosta 'Sweet Innocence'
Hosta 'Touch of Class' PP13080