I recently had a conversation with a hosta grower during which I commented how useful I find the information that is readily available on this forum, and that it had fueled my growing interest in hostas. He suggested that resources such as this are contributing to a decline in AHS membership since members used to rely on the journal, conventions etc. for hosta information. We didn't discuss numbers, but I found his observation questionable since, for me, the opposite result was the case - I joined the AHS after reading several posts here about the benefits of membership. I previously didn't know of its existence.