So what would you do?
We have become pretty friendly with a local nursery/garden center owner (small town, but nice little place). We should be friendly. We stop and buy often, but stop just to chat just as often. We learn stuff from him and he learns stuff from us. He's not a hosta expert, but would like to learn more and would certainly like to carry and sell more.
So he made us an offer... this applies both to hosta and to iris, both of which we have a lot of.
If we have excess named varieties, he would love to have them. He'll give us credit on other plants that we want to buy from his place.
I'm thinking it's a no brainer on the iris. We have lots of named iris, purchased from Schreiner's during the past few years. They are doing well, and they multiply quickly. They needed thinned pretty regularly. We're already digging and redistributing or giving away. So, the next couple of years where we get to the point where there are more then we can use or give away, then a couple of bucks credit a corm (or whatever he wants to give us) is a good thing and they won't be wasted.
Hosta, I don't feel that way about. Sure, we have beautiful named hostas big enough to share. And if a friend really wanted a particular one for personal use, I'd be glad to share. But, for what he could actually allow for credit (we didn't talk specifics, but keeping in mind that he'd actually need to make a profit too), I don't think it makes sense to set my 'just beginning to mature nicely' hostas back by digging clumps out of them.
I've already made my decision, but was curious what others might do in the same situation. It's actually a nice offer on his part, and if I had a big yard full of fully mature (10+ year) hostas, I think I might take him up on it :-)