She also shared a ton of interesting knowledge about hostas with our group. One of the most fascinating pieces of wisdom was how to identify hostas. I can only begin to tell you how as it is highly complicated but to identify a hosta you need to see them in flower, be able to count the veins on the leaves, the shape and color of the leaves and a few other factors. Like I said it's highly complicated to trace a hosta back to its roots (so to speak).
The webmaster for the MTHS recommended to me to use large pine bark nuggets inside the planting holes when planting new hostas. The pine nuggets help to add drainage and provide slowly decomposing organic matter to the soil. Adding organic matter is often needed here in Tennessee due to our heavy clay soil.
Cornelia's garden will be a featured garden for visitors from the American Hosta Society National Convention which will be in Nashville in June of 2012. In preparation for that tour she is getting all her plants into the ground this year. Next year will be a year for fertilizing (she recommended a tomato fertilizer) and growing (not planting) with 2012 being the garden's showcase year. When it's time for the tour she doesn't want any plants to appear as though they were just planted. It will be one very beautiful tour!
For some more photos of her hosta garden please look below!