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  1. #1
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    Hi,
    I'm looking to add to my hosta speciman garden and my local nurseries only have about 20 hosta cultivars. Does anyone know of a good place to find rare hostas or other shade plants online?

  2. #2
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    Hi Stoton,

    At this site you can check references for mail order nurseries and even search by state, country or plant material.
    http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/

    At this site you can look for hostas by leaf size, leaf color (click on 'Lists') and more.* There's loads of info about them.
    http://hostalibrary.org/

    Be sure to read the 'Diseases' section, especially info about 'Hosta virus X'.
    http://hostalibrary.org/diseases/diseases.html

    Good luck with your search,
    Newt

  3. #3
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    Hi Newt,

    Thanks so much for your reply. Dave's Garden seems especially nifty. I hadn't seen the Plant and Gardening Supplies section. They also have a forum it looks like for trading plants. Do you know any other sites for trading plants like that?

    Thanks again!

  4. #4
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    Stoton, you are very welcome!* Glad you found the Garden Watchdog site at Dave's Garden helpful.* Until recently there was a fee to join their forums.* As a result I never joined there.* I know of many sites, but as an Administrator here it isn't appropriate for me to send you to other boards.* I'm sure you understand.* Of course you are free to do a google search with terms such as:
    garden forum + plant trade
    garden forum + trade plants
    garden forum + trade hosta

    Some of the most popular should be listed first.* :)* If you have any problems feel free to send me a private message.

    Newt

  5. #5
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    Hi Newt,

    Thanks again for your help. I've just run out of places locally to find* and browse plants so it's nice to be able to talk to people with more knowlege and interests beyond the folks at Home Depot or Lowe's.:)

    Thanks again for all your help. I just saw that you're in the same zone as me-- Zone 7.

  6. #6
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    Stoton, you are so very welcome!* I just love to 'talk' plants.* If you do find other boards to join, be sure to add your state and hardiness zone so others won't have to ask you where you are.* Please feel free to ask more questions.

    Newt

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