"So, I for one
can vouch for most of the questions being asked today as being on
target. Unfortunately too little too late to help those wronged
earlier. What is sad is so many hosta people looked the other way
when they should have said something early in the game. Me
included." - Bruce Banyai
"Here I was a poor graduate student not even able to afford
a vehicle when this guy starts telling me about the
MILLIONS I can make with this deal he set up with Klehm's.
Of course that was of great interest to me and I bought into the
lie hook, line and sinker. I can say that I never
received a PENNY from him for any of the plants I produced.
Worse yet, the hybrids that were my originations were given his
names and the pedigrees changed to Aden nonsense so that the provenance
of those plants was completely obscured.
"I should have known that things were amiss from day one.
For one, he suggested that I not tell people how to get
variegated plants and to "make up the pedigrees".
When we toured his garden for the AHS convention in 1983,
every label was removed so that he could keep me in the dark
that he had changed the names and was selling them under his
own name. I walked the yard and showed Mildred Seaver and the
Lachmans my hybrids. Of course they had seen a number of these
plants in my yard before Aden had removed them, so they knew
whose they were.
"Luckily I have outlived him and can tell both my story
and Florence's." - Kevin Vaughn
"Every time I and others, such as Mark Zilis of Q&Z
Nursery, W. George Schmid and Alex Summers, tried to ask Aden
probing questions about parentage and originations of hostas he
registered, Aden quickly and invariably changed the topic.
"What is certain is Paul Aden was a master of
circumlocution -- and for good reasons. He most often did not know
the specific crosses or pedigrees of hostas he registered,
especially Florence Shaws's plants." - Warren I. Pollock
"Back in the 1980s I approached the secretive Aden
about the parentage of some of his hostas, which we all knew
didn't match his published registrations. With our conversation
going nowhere, Aden stunned the
room with his reply to my question about how many crosses he had
actually made, 'Far fewer than you might think.'" - Tony