About Hosta Fever

OUR MISSION

Here at Hosta Fever, we strive to satisfy the needs of all our customers, from the new collector to the seasoned hosta connoisseur. From the rare and unusual, to the beautiful and functional, our hostas vary widely in style and size, and are of exceptional quality.

Through diligent testing and sourcing, we guarantee that all of our plants come from well-known breeders and are healthy, robust, correctly identified, competitively-priced and absolutely disease-free.

If you don’t see a variety you’re looking for, please let us know and we will do our best to see if we can obtain it for you.

In 1998, the American Hosta Society designated hostas the "friendship plant,” and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate name. Many of our valued customers have turned into friends, and we look forward to more new friendships and reunions in the future!

ABOUT US

Hi! I’m Cindy Mitchell, and together with my husband Ward, I am the owner and proprietor of Hosta Fever. My business is truly a labour of love. I adore hostas almost as much as I enjoy meeting other hosta-lovers… like you!

Hosta Fever is a family-owned business located in the heart of Barrie, Ontario, an hour’s drive north of Toronto. Our mature, HVX-free display garden is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to stroll our garden, which showcases all plants currently offered for sale, and even some that may be for sale in the future. We think it’s a very peaceful experience to stroll about the gardens and listen to the sounds of the birds—we hope you do too!

Bus tours and garden groups are welcomed by appointment. We also ship hostas across Canada.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Hostas are widely beloved herbaceous, perennial, shade-tolerant foliage plants that come in a seemingly infinite variety of shapes, colours, and sizes. In 2007, I started collecting hostas—and before I knew it, I was hooked. My hosta fever has only increased since then. And be warned: it’s contagious.


When I obtained my 100th hosta, I thought that would be it. But within a year, I was up to 250 and counting! In the summer of 2008, I started looking for those hard-to-find hostas that I just needed to have. No matter how hard I tried to keep to my wish list, I always came home with a few unexpected purchases. While my hosta collection grew, so did my wish list!

After chatting with many other "hostaholics" I finally decided to take their advice and join the Ontario Hosta Society. At the annual OHS auction, I told one of my favourite hosta friends, Shirley from Riverbend Hostas, that I aimed to put a cap on my hosta collecting—at this point, I had just reached 300! Shirley could only laugh.

In the summer of 2009, I took a few road trips throughout the United States, where I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a few icons of the hosta industry. And after all those trips, I ended up with—you guessed it—more hostas. I was now up to over 500 varieties! At the time, I never would have thought I’d acquire more, but look at me now—700 and counting!

In 2010, my husband Ward couldn’t help but catch the fever too, seeing as he was constantly surrounded by so many beautiful and varied plants in our garden. So, we became partners in crime. For the most part, I tend to seek out hostas that I think my customers would find interesting yet are still relatively affordable. My husband, on the other hand, likes to look for really different hostas that you don’t see too often—typically with a higher price tag.

On our first buying trip of that season, we brought home an amount we would normally collect over the entire summer—20 hostas! Once again, we both swore that was it. But we found perfect spots in the garden for these new beauties, and realized we had room to spare. So off we went on another trip, bringing our total that year to 600!

In subsequent years, I’ve expanded my garden and hosta hybridizers started introducing many exciting new varieties, so I’ve finally accepted that my hosta fever shows no signs of breaking.

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