Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns

Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns

Book - 2007
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Workman Press.
An up-to-date, authoritative guide to the wealth of garden-worthy ferns available today. Contains succinct descriptions for nearly 1000 temperate and tropical ferns and fern allies, including habitat information, cultural recommendations, and help on identification. Lavishly illustrated with 700 photographs. A comprehensive reference for fern enthusiasts, shade gardeners, and designers.

Gardeners who seek an up-to-date, authoritative guide to the wealth of garden-worthy ferns available today will find none better than Sue Olsen. Drawing from four decades of experience as a fern specialist, Olsen leads the reader through every genus with horticultural merit, focusing primarily on the temperate species but also including tropical ones. The remarkably comprehensive plant directory presents succinct descriptions for nearly 1000 ferns and fern allies from Acrostichum to Woodwardia, with habitat information, cultural recommendations, and help on plant identification. Chapters on the history, cultivation, propagation, and structure of ferns; a series of appendices highlighting plants mostly likely to thrive in various locations throughout the world and in special conditions; and lists (with contact information) of fern societies, places to see ferns, and specialty nurseries provide readers with everything they need to know to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of ferns. This expansive, well-organized reference is enriched with anecdotal insight and lavishly illustrated with 700 photographs.

Baker & Taylor
An up-to-date reference lists and describes more than nine hundred ferns for gardens in a range of climates, with concise descriptions, habitat information, cultivation, climate conditions, and nearly seven hundred full-color photographs.

Book News
Heavily illustrated with superb color photos and published in an oversize format (8.75x11.25"), this volume is a definitive reference for ferns, with essays on their propagation, habits, and cultivation, and an exhaustive encyclopedia of over 960 types of ferns worldwide. The encyclopedia entries contain the Latin and common name, a description, range and habitat, culture, and comments, with details about its name, size, and garden zones. A highly regarded fern specialist, Olsen is based in Washington State. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
With their beauty and versatility, often combined with a toughness that belies their delicate appearance, ferns are among the most useful and rewarding plants that any gardener can grow. Ranging from diminutive rock-garden gems to the stately tree ferns of the Southern Hemisphere, ferns offer a staggering variety of habit and shape, with foliage comprising endless variations of green as well as bronze, pink, silver, and blue-gray. It all adds up to a dazzling array of choices, with new introductions pouring in from Asia and Central and South America to augment the already plentiful choices to be found among the more familiar species.
In this comprehensive reference, fern specialist Sue Olsen presents succinct descriptions, habitat information, and cultural recommendations for more than 960 ferns, accompanied by 700 color photographs. Early chapters focus on ferns in history, as well as on cultivation, propagation, and structure. A series of appendices highlights qualities that will enable gardeners to further refine their choices, such as which species will tolerate dry shade, boggy conditions, strong sunlight, or other special conditions. Rounding out the volume are useful lists (with contact information) of places to see and purchase ferns.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007
Description: 444 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780881928198
Branch Call Number: 635.9373 Ols


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