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Hardy Fern Foundation 2013 Fall Social

 

Part of Saturday's fern frond displ

Part of Saturday’s fern frond display

This past Saturday, the Hardy Fern Foundation held its Fall Social at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) at the University of Washington.  This is always a warm and comfortable event, with good people, good presentations, and good food.  Everyone enjoys getting together and sharing fern “stuff” as the days get darker and colder.

This year HFF members collected fern fronds from their gardens and shared them with identification information.  This was a chance to see some unusual ferns.  Some of them, like Woodwardia unigemmata, are rarely seen in all their splendor.  This weekend, a 5 or 6 foot frond from HFF’s Stumpery (in the Rhododendron Species Foundation garden) was brought in for us all to see.  Many of the ferns were ones I’d never seen before, and many are rarely, if ever, seen at plant sales.

Coniogramme intermedia Yoroi Musha - cut leaf bamboo fern

Coniogramme intermedia Yoroi Musha – cut leaf bamboo fern

 

We also had a great slide presentation and talk given by Pat Riehl.  She shared tales and pictures from a trip to South Africa in early 2012. This was a group tour to see ferns in South Africa, and several people in the audience had been on the tour.  Thanks to Pat, a few thousand pictures were narrowed down to a couple hundred (?), with identification captions!

 

Here are some pictures of the fern fronds we got to enjoy.  In our neck of the woods, we have an amazing group of fern growers and collectors, with an amazing array of ferns.

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Asplenium scolopendrium 'crispum' - wavy Hart's tongue fern

Asplenium scolopendrium ‘crispum’ – wavy Hart’s tongue fern

A fancy Cyrtomium (I think)

A fancy Cyrtomium (I think)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodwardia unigemmata towers above everything else - the meeting room was difficult to photograph

Woodwardia unigemmata towers above everything else – the meeting room was difficult to photograph

Coniogramme intermedia "Yoroi Musha' - cut leaf bamboo fern

Coniogramme intermedia “Yoroi Musha’ – cut leaf bamboo fern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyrrosia hastata 'Cheju Silver' - silver arrow felt fern

Pyrrosia hastata ‘Cheju Silver’ – silver arrow felt fern

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