Fern Information

These are images of ferns I've taken over the years. The file opens in a separate window on the Google Picasa website. When you get to the Picasa site if you click on a thumbnail it will open a larger image.

Fern Photo Gallery Fern Images
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Information Sources & Links    
Organizations - The Hardy Fern Foundation - I've been a member for a number of years and I can definitely recommend membership if you have more than a passing interest in ferns. Their mission is to evaluate and promote hardy ferns in gardens. There is a quarterly newsletter that is informative without being over the top technical, a spore exchange, a yearly program to distribute new ferns

Books - Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns by Sue Olsen
Comprehensive, with practical advice from one of America's top fern growers. Many hundreds of beautiful photos. A large format with 444 pages. Since it was published in 2007, this is one of my primary resources. (available from Amazon)
Books - Ferns for American Gardens by John T. Mickel
My copy is dog-eared from extensive use over the years. Over 500 species and varieties described. Certainly most types likely to be encountered in catalogs and garden centers. If I had to recommend just one book to a fern gardener, this would be it. (available in paperback from Amazon)
Websites - Missouri Botanical Garden Plantfinder - An extensive database at The Kemper Center for Home Gardening of The Missouri Botanical Garden (Mobot). Find by botanic 0r common names. This is a great resource for any ornamental plant, not just ferns.

Websites - The Hardy Fern Library - The focus here is on fern identification. The site is still a work in progress, but there is a lot of information - presented in a relatively easy to understand format.

Nurseries - Fancy Fronds - This is a West Coast Nursery, specializing in ferns. Judith is a respected fern expert and her website is an excellent information source. Their annual Fronderosa Frolic has apparently become quite an event.

Nurseries - Casa Flora - While we propagate most of our ferns here at the nursery, there are some things that are just too difficult or that we can't keep up with. Casa Flora has been a great source for us over the years. They pioneered TC production of a number of new varieties. Their website has information and images. (Wholesale Only)

Websites - USDA PLANTS Database - Includes all types of plants, not just ferns. While the entries are as dry & technical as you would expect, I really like the detailed plant distribution maps. Search by scientific or common names.