Ferns for American Gardens

Ferns for American Gardens

by John T. Mickel
     
 

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In this reissue of a classic reference on an under-utilized perennial, the long-time curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden describes some 400 kinds of cold-hardy ferns. It includes many color photos, a hardiness zones map, list of ferns for special niches, glossary, and updates of sources and genera relationships. Originally published by Macmillan.… See more details below

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In this reissue of a classic reference on an under-utilized perennial, the long-time curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden describes some 400 kinds of cold-hardy ferns. It includes many color photos, a hardiness zones map, list of ferns for special niches, glossary, and updates of sources and genera relationships. Originally published by Macmillan. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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George Cohen
Mickel is the curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, and he has included more than 400 types of ferns in this excellent reference source. Mickel begins with chapters on fern structure, fern growing and gardening with ferns, and fern propagation. Each entry in the list of ferns (arranged alphabetically by genus) covers foliage, habitat, method of culture and propagation, and suggestions on garden use and plant combinations. Appendixes include a list of ferns grown under various conditions, a list of fern societies, and a glossary. The finished book, a Garden Book Club selection, will have 360 color photographs.
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)
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780025844919
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1994
Pages:
370

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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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