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Ferns for American Gardens
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
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 (booknews.com)
An encyclopedic treatment of more than 400 kinds of ferns with 360 color photos and numerous black and white images. Selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the "75 Great American Garden Books."
A guide to the cultivation and use of ferns in gardens offers information on more than four hundred types of ferns and suggests plant combinations.
About 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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