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Ann Ammons, 1943-2017

Ann Ammons, a member of the Indianapolis Hosta Society for many years, grew Hosta big enough for dogs to hide under.  If you visited Ann at either her Indianapolis home or later at her home in Asheville, you saw two things-Hosta and dogs.  She loved them both.

Ann joined the society before the convention held in 1997, and immediately started working for the society.  Ann not only had her garden open for viewing at that convention, but also served as the liaison between the hotel and the society.  Ann, who had a very successful career at Eli Lily, was a worker and an innovator.  She very quickly went on to not only work sales, shows, host picnics and Christmas parties, but to hold several offices including President of the society.  Her leadership helped the society to continue to grow and become one of the most successful Hosta societies in the United States.  

Ann, who was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, was not one to allow you to sit around while work needed to be done.  This philosophy worked well for the society as she quickly pulled Larry, her husband, into the action.  Together they were a duo to be reckoned with working many hours at Holiday Park, on workdays at Dogwood Farm, and for the bookstore at Hosta College.

Ann and Larry’s beautiful garden was on the National Tour in 2007, and her huge Hosta made it a hit with the convention attendees.

Shortly after the convention, the Ammons moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she was going to downsize both garden and house.  Needless to say, this did not happen, and Ann continued her love of Hosta just changing the companion plants.

In June of 2017, Ann passed away after a short illness. The world lost an avid gardener, and the Indianapolis Hosta Society lost a long-time member, hard worker, and good friend.  She will be missed.

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