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.
"He introduces gardeners to a treasure trove of hardy ferns, writing from experiences in his home garden and as curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden for 35 years."—Marge Hols, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 16, 2005
"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 American Gardener
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.