Iowa Hosta Collection

The Iowa Collection, hostas bred by or named for Iowans, was established in 1994 by the Russ O’Harra Hosta Society. Originally located at the entrance to the Shade Garden, the planting was moved to the pergola on the north side of the Hughes Education Building in 2002. Prominent Iowa hybridizers represented in the collection include the late Russ O’Harra of Des Moines, Greg Johnson formerly of Marshalltown, Jim Schwarz of Dubuque, the late Gretchen Harshbarger of Iowa City, and Frank Riehl, also of Iowa City. The Iowa Collection was dedicated to Russ O’Harra on September 28, 2008.