The Green Pages: Ferns for American Gardens, by John Mickel (Printed Media, Books, Magazines)

Printed Media, Books, Magazines
Author: John Mickel
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company
ISBN-13: 0-02-584491-1

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When I showed a friend my ferns she looked a bit bored, then said, "Well, John, they come up in the spring... and that's it!"
I cannot really blame her... ferns are not exactly high demand plants.
The author of this book nailed it when he said, "Ferns are undoubtedly the most overlooked and underutilized class of perennial garden plants. There is probably no other group with so little published modern information on its outdoor culture."
Mickel, the Curator of Ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, more than offsets this fact in his book. At least four hundred ferns are evaluated for garden and landscape use... there are plenty of color plates to drool over... and each fern is judged by notes on how best to raise them in our own garden.
Prior to reading this book I was hesitant to plant any ferns in my garden... since reading it I have 9 varieties... and I'm looking for more.
Ferns may come up... and that's it..................... BUT................
"No other plant, apart from the trees themselves, evokes such a feeling of cool, tranquil woodland."
This book will give you a wonderful introduction to these serenely beautiful plants and will help you select ferns for your particular gardening needs.

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