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.
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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