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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 23, 2014

Master Gardeners sponsors Gift of Sight program

Feb 24, 2014

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Marian Mortazazi, Donor Development coordinator for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. She will talk about the Iowa Lions Gift of Sight program and its connection to a specific variety of hosta developed to support its mission. Her presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Washington County Extension Office and is sponsored by the Washington County Master Gardeners.

Later this spring the Washington County Master Gardeners will be selling ‘Gift of Sight’ hostas. All proceeds will go to the Iowa Eye Bank. These large hostas were developed by Joy Adams of Monticello.

In 2008 Adams received two cornea transplants at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In gratefulness 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. Adams developed and selected a unique seedling which she named and donated to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. A limited quantity of Hosta "Gift of Sight" was propagated and sold to raise funds for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

“Gift of Sight" is a descendent of "Sum and Substance" with large rounded leaves that are nicely cupped and edged by a fine white margin, resembling a human cornea. Foliage becomes textured and puckered with age and forms a large mound. Washington County Master Gardeners will be featuring these hostas at their annual plant sale on May 17.

For more information on the Washington County Master Gardeners, or the Gift of Sight hosta, contact Dianne Nelson at 319-656-2728.

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