Ferns for American Gardens

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Timber Press is proud to add John Mickel's classic Ferns for American Gardens to its catalog. Unusual in its specific focus on cold-hardy ferns, the volume is based on Mickel's personal experience as a scientist and curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden as well as his years as a home gardener. The bulk of the book is an encyclopedic treatment of more than 400 kinds of ferns with 360 color photos in addition to numerous black and white images. Useful appendices, including updated source lists, make it...
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Overview


Timber Press is proud to add John Mickel's classic Ferns for American Gardens to its catalog. Unusual in its specific focus on cold-hardy ferns, the volume is based on Mickel's personal experience as a scientist and curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden as well as his years as a home gardener. The bulk of the book is an encyclopedic treatment of more than 400 kinds of ferns with 360 color photos in addition to numerous black and white images. Useful appendices, including updated source lists, make it clear why the American Horticultural Society chose this book as one of its 75 Great American Garden Books.
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Editorial Reviews

American Gardener
"Ferns for American Gardensby John T. Mickel, is both comprehensive and accessible. With detailed descriptions of more than 400 ferns and 350 photographs, this book offers enough to satisfy any fern collector, but there is plenty of practical advice for gardeners who just want to grow ferns."—American Gardener, May/June 2004
Booknews
A great reference on the long-underappreciated fern--its cultivation and ornamental use in the temperate garden. Mickel, Curator of Ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, describes more than 400 types of ferns and many more subspecies, varieties, and cultivars. Each entry explains the fern's habit, frond size and color, hardiness zones, and ease of cultivation, in addition to pointing out any outstanding ornamental features and their season of interest, and gives suggestions for the best use of the plant in the garden. Includes some 360 color photographs and 30 line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881925982
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 847,741
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Mickel grew up in Hudson, Ohio, earned his bachelor's degree at Oberlin College, and his master's and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He taught botany at Iowa State University at Ames for eight years before going to the New York Botanical Garden as curator of ferns in 1969. His scientific research concentrates on the ferns of Mexico, and his horticultural interests include the testing of hardy ferns from temperate parts around the world. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Fern Structure 11
Ch. 2 Growing and Gardening with Ferns 30
Ch. 3 Propagating Ferns 55
Ch. 4 Hardy Ferns for American Gardens 77
App USDA Map of Hardiness Zones 323
App List of Ferns for Special Conditions 325
App Relationships of Hardy Fern Genera 331
App Fern Societies 332
App Sources of Hardy Ferns 335
Bibliography 337
Glossary 347
Index of Common Names 351
Index 357
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