Several years ago, when I was on a big hosta kick, I came across Hallson Gardens online. They're located on US 127 in Michigan, just south of Jackson, near Cement City, which isn't all that far from us, but far enough that I didn't want to make a trip up there just to visit the gardens. At that time, I was on a mad search for 'Blue Mouse Ears', which I eventually found.
Friday afternoon, when I was on my way home from the Garden Writers Region III annual meeting, held at Hidden Lakes Gardens near Tipton, MI, I went right past Hallson's. I saw the sign too late to turn in, but at the next intersection, I turned around and went back. I'm so glad I did.
I spent the next hour and a half walking in a huge patchwork garden filled with mostly hostas, but also some other choice perennials. Both Brian Hall and Chris Wilson, owners of Hallson Gardens (get the name?), were so enjoyable to talk with, which just added to my shopping experience.
Once I started going up and down the rows in the gardens, I was rather overwhelmed by the variety of hostas these guys have! Amazing. I picked out a few ('Paradise Island', 'Hi Ho Silver', and 'Frosted Mouse Ears') and then I came upon one that stopped me dead in my tracks.
In the end, I came away from Hallson's with a couple of plant crates of hostas, irises, a daylily, a double-flowering Kerria japonica, and a yellow trillium. The Kerria was an interesting choice in that I'd just seen a single-flowering one at Hidden Lakes Gardens - the very first time I'd ever seen a Kerria of any type in bloom.
Thanks go out to Chris and Brian for running a top-notch business that has earned a spot in the Garden Watchdog Top 30 and the Top 5 in Hostas at Dave's Garden. I'll be sure to stop when I'm in the area again.