Ferns are truly ancient plants, having existed on Earth for millions of years. With approximately 12,000 species of ferns, their array is staggering-- from the red and gold Cinnamon Fern to the shimmery Silver Tree Fern to the lushly green Oriental Chain Fern. Upon discovering the sheer number of fern species, a person interested in growing ferns might be just a bit overwhelmed. While many just pick up a fern at their local nursery, and hope their new household addition makes it through the night, others feel compelled to delve more deeply into the secret life of ferns. For the latter types, Fern Grower's Manual
is a treasure trove.
This hefty volume (over 600 pages!) offers an encyclopedic treatment of some 700 species of ferns. Each is described in concise and accessible language, including a physical description, detailed pen-and-ink illustration, care and environmental requirements, geographical information, information on related species, and more. Authors Barbara Joe Hoshizaki (president of the American Fern Society) and Robbin C. Moran (associate curator at the New York Botanical Garden) provide useful information on how and where different types of ferns thrive, explore potential problems, and offer guidance on cultivating ferns indoors and out. First published in 1975, this book is a testament to the enduring popularity of ferns in our culture. This revised edition is significantly expanded, including information on almost twice as many fern species as the first, as well as more extensive and detailed illustrations and a section of color photographs.
While the book presents far more information than the average home gardener might ever want to know about ferns, the thoroughness of this substantial tome is unlikely to disappoint true pteridophiles (fern lovers). --Robin Donovan
Will prove essential to all persons in the northern hemisphere who love to grow pteridophytes. -- Rudolf Schmid Taxon 20010521 A most unexpected gift. And ... This is an impressive and well thought-out reference and will be a pleasure to consult for all who have an interest in ferns. -- Joan Citron Southern California Horticultural Society Newsletter 20010625 This book is for reference and also for finding bits of information not usually found elsewhere. Excellent black and white drawings show pertinent details. National Gardener 20010629 Timber Press is doing a great service with new editions of Fern Grower's Manual. Avant Gardener 20010629 By far the most important and informative home reference for fern-growing hobbyists. Parkland Press 20010616 Fern growers say this is "our book" - the place to look for information, inspiration, and pleasure. -- Phyllis Bates Botanically Correct 20010816 Has considerable relevance for British gardeners. -- Martin Page Water Gardening 20010904 Here in one volume of over 600 pages, with 50 color photos and over 800 super line drawings, is a book all interested in ferns should have. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20010717 A true classic, superbly brought up to date! HortIdeas 20010817 An excellent horticultural resource for those who specialize in growing ferns. An impressive work and an epic volume that will not soon be replaced. Choice 20011024 A book written for those with a serious interest in ferns, it also would be helpful to beginning fern enthusiasts. -- R. Cox California Garden 20010928 I can heartily recommend this fine book...As a reference book it will be a staple of the fern library in the manner of its much loved predecessor. -- Barbara Parris Fern Research Foundation 20010828 Any enthusiast for tropical-effect gardening or warm temperate ferns, as well as staff at major botanical gardens will find it indispensable. -- Martin Rickard Garden (Peterborough) 20011016 A great book for people who want to grow and identify different ferns and their allies. Plant Talk 20011013 It is overwhelming in both content and weight. -- John van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 20011021 A book written for those with a serious interest in ferns, it also would be helpful to beginning fern enthusiasts. The format and chapter titles remain (from the first edition) but the wealth of information added is truly staggering. -- R. Cox California Garden 20010929 An excellent reference book. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20010930 Clearly the result of a lifelong passion for ferns, this is a serious tome, academic in the degree of detail presented, but written for anyone with an interest in growing, studying, or simply enjoying ferns. Pacific Horticulture 20011207 Look no futher -- this is the book for people who like the texture, colors, forms and gracefulness of hardy, semi-hardy, or tropical ferns and who want to know just about everything about these plants. -- Marty Figley Michigan Observer and Eccentric 20020103 It is difficult to know where to begin extolling the merits of this hefty tome... The new volume is sheer serendipity for all pteridomaniacs. -- Judith I. Jones Fiddlehead Forum 20010225 The best fern horticultural book written in the United States... Beginners can easily use it, but it is also encyclopedic, and hence, will appeal to fern experts as well. This book is a great and worthwhile contribution to fern horticulture. -- Bruce W. McAlpin Fiddlehead Forum 20010225 An updated and expanded guide to growing more than 700 species, from 124 genera... With its vast plethora of illustrations, [this book] is a one-stop source. -- Lori D. Kranz American Reference Books Annual 20010424 A rich source of material on all aspects of growing these plants. -- Rolla M. Tryon Rhodora 20020528 Both [authors] share a special enthusiasm for tropical ferns, one of the Manual's strengths. I've never seen a more complete treatment of Platyceriums-staghorns. -- Sue Olsen Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin 20020703 [Makes] it easy to identify and get the names of ferns...I recommend this book to not only fern growers but also students and professionals who are studying ferns. -- Dr. Kim Korean Fern Journal 20021002 An ideal botanical bible ... so thorough you'll have enough fern fodder to guide you through just about any structural, historical, planting, propagating, cultivating, troubleshooting or pest- and disease-related question imaginable. Adirondack Life 20021018 Contains a treasure trove of information. Shade Gardening Gazette 20021115 What detail! ... It is easy to comprehend by the amateur--me... I love owning this book. -- Pamela Lord Gardener for the Prairies 20021209 This book opened my eyes to the diversity of ferns worldwide... Fern Grower's Manual is an authoritative reference that is sure to remain at the pinnacle of fern literature for decades to come. -- C. Colston Burrell Horticulture 20030114 The book has academic credentials but the information is also practical. -- Norio Sahashi Nippon Fernist Club 20030122 One of the most valuable books for the fern grower. -- Catharine W. Guiles Botanical Thymes 20020212 It is a plant resource book in the best sense of the word. American Rhododendron Society Journal 20030729 Whatever region you live in, if you want to know more about ferns--the different ones from hardy to tropicals, indoors or outdoors, their culture, and much more--you should consider this very useful and readable reference. -- Leonard Perry Perry's Perennial Pages 20030926