Contents

Foreword by George Schenk 9

Preface 10

Acknowledgments 11

Portraits of Ferns Through the Seasons

Chapter 1 Ferns Through the Ages 25 Chapter 2 Cultivating Ferns 31

Woodland Gardens 31 Containers 42

Mounted Ferns by George Schenk 47 Rock Gardens 47 Ferns on Walls 49 Xeric Ferns 51 Stumperies 54 Bogs 55 Tree Ferns 56 Growing Ferns Indoors 59 Chapter 3 Propagating Ferns 63

Vegetative Propagation 63 Spores 67 Growing Your Own 69 Cultivars 74 Hybrids 74 Tissue Culture 74 Chapter 4 Fern Structure and Basic Diagnostics Chapter 5 Ferns from Around the World 81

Appendix 1 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 402

Appendix 2 European Plant Hardiness Zone Map 403

Appendix 3 Award-Winning Ferns 404

Appendix 4 Favorite Ferns for Sites Around the World 406

Appendix 5 Ferns for Special Situations 410

Appendix 6 Fern Societies 412

Appendix 7 Where to See Ferns 413

Appendix 8 Where to Buy Ferns 420

Glossary 422

References 424

Index of Plant Names 428

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