Iowa Lions Eye Bank offering opportunity to purchase Hosta 'Gift of Sight' from Joy Adam's garden
Joy Adams from Monticello, Iowa was bless with two cornea transplants at the University of Iowa in 2008. She is forever grateful! In gratitude for receiving the Gift of Sight twice, Joy wanted to honor both of her cornea donors and also thank the Iowa lions Eye Bank, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Lions Clubs of Iowa in a very special way. Within her acres of magnificent hosta gardens, she developed and grew a unique seedling hosta plant which was then selected, named and nationally registered with the American Hosta Society as Hosta 'Gift of Sight' . Joy generously donated the original plant to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. It was officially dedicated to the Iowa lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden during the 2010 Annual Spring Dedication Ceremony. Over the course of the next two years, Q&Z Nursery Laboratory in Rochelle, Illinois skillfully tissue cultured the original plant and meticulously grew a limited quantity of Hosta 'Gift of Sight' plants, available for purchase through the Iowa Lions Eye Bank at a cost of $35 per plant.
Joy sincerely hopes that "this project will help raise funds so that someday, everyone in need of a cornea transplant will receive the gift of sight as I did and research will find a cure for eye diseases."
Hosta 'Gift of Sight' is an offspring of the giant Sum and Substance Hosta; foliage may eventually reach 3 feet high and several feet wide! The seedling "sport" from this large hosta was chosen as Hosta 'Gfit of Sight' because of its extreme "resemblance" to an actual cornea; the leaves have a white margin and are slightly rippled. The shape of the leaves is also unique-they cup inward as hands offering a "gift'. View more information on this offer and order form or contact the Jones County Extension office at 319-465-3224 if you have any questions.
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