At a trustees meeting in 2002 the idea for a holly of the year came up. The idea to bring the best hollies to the attention of the public and at the same time inform gardeners and nurserymen of the existence of the Holly Society seemed to be a good one.
By adding the name of the late Gene Eisenbeiss, “Mr. Holly” to the selection was to honor our good friend and holly expert who had done so much over the years to help the Holly Society.
The holly chosen that year was ‘Satyr Hill’ and would be used for 2003. The selections for the next 5 years were selected from voting done by the trustees at the next meeting.
We tried to choose hollies at least for the first group that would be available at a wide range of nurseries, would be easy to grow and would be hardy in a number of zones.