Synopses & Reviews
Ferns have graced our planet for hundreds of millions of years. With about 12,000 named species of ferns worldwide, the variety to be found among them is staggering in its array of forms, textures, and even colors. From towering tree ferns to tiny water clovers, ferns and fern allies offer a wide range of uses in the garden and home.
This book offers useful advice on ferns and fern allies for any region, with details on cultivation, identification, landscaping, and more. The bulk of the book consists of an encyclopedic treatment of all the ferns in cultivation in the U.S. Some 700 species from 124 genera are described in detail, including physical descriptions, cultural requirements, hardiness, common names, synonyms, special uses, geographical range, and notable cultivars or related species. Each species is accompanied by a black-and-white illustration to allow for easy identification and to provide a useful means of comparing species.
Updated and greatly expanded, this new edition of Hoshizaki's original 1975 book is the most comprehensive book available on fern cultivation.
"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, January 2003 C. Colston Burrell
"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, Fall 2001 Horticulture
"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, October 2001
Guided by two experts, you can have the most useful and comprehensive advice on ferns for any region, with details on cultivation, identification, and landscaping.
About the Author
Barbara Joe Hoshizaki is president of the American Fern Society. She is a former professor of botany at Los Angeles City College and held an associate research title at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been president of the Southern California Horticultural Institute and the Los Angeles International Fern Society, vice-president of the Pacific Horticultural Foundation, and served on the boards of many horticultural and botanical organizations. She is an honorary member of the American Fern Society, the Los Angeles International Fern Society, and the South Florida Fern Society. She has traveled widely and introduced many species to cultivation, and has written numerous articles on fern species in cultivation. She is married to a plant physiologist and lives in Los Angeles. Robbin C. Moran is curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author or coauthor of many papers and four books about ferns, including Fern Grower's Manual, published by Timber Press.