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Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns Hardcover – Illustrated, March 1, 2007

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Olsen's comprehensive guide describes nearly 1,000 ferns, of which 692 are shown in color photographs. The author presents the fact that ferns grew 345 million years ago, when they were among the dominant plants on the earth. Among other topics, she offers instructions on cultivating ferns in woodland and rock gardens, in containers, on walls, in bogs, and indoors, giving details regarding colors, pests (watch out for aphids), and companion plants. Other chapters deal with propagation and structure. Included are two hardiness-zone maps, a list of award-winning ferns, and a glossary. George Cohen
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“This comprehensive volume is a superb reference on the subject.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Eek on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Although not comprehensive Sue Olsen's encyclopedia of garden ferns certainly is one of the most complete volumes on this subject. Good descriptions, interesting background information, generally very clear and to the point photography enabling identification of species at first glance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean Anderson on September 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The photogrsphy is the best I've seen in books about ferns making it easy to use for identifying ferns. The descriptions are thorough and include necessary information for growing most of the ferns.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Y. Ngoh on April 23, 2008
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Information on the individual ferns are detailed enough for fern selection consideration for your garden. Photos taken are fantastically clear. The only small defect is that commonly used ferns such as Angiopteris and Cyathea cannot be found in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Barbaro on June 27, 2010
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We recently put in a fern garden at our house and now are enjoying fabulous reference material in this book. It is filled with color photographs and detailed information about identifying and growing garden ferns. No one should be without this book, whether they be gardeners or nature enthusiasts who enjoy being able to identify the wild things they see around them. As a matter of fact, we had a wild fern coming up on our property and with the help of this book, we were finally able to identify it. Sure, we can all find information on the web about ferns or just about any other topic, but there is really nothing that can compare to actually holding such a treasure of a book in your hands. Don't hesitate to buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Trivett on September 2, 2008
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I received this book for Christmas from a friend. I found it to be such a great reference that I purchased for her for her birthday. Needless to say, she is as thrilled with it as I am. Excellent color photography and covers most ferns that even the more ardent fern collector might wish to learn about. If I had to chose 1 from my 5-6 fern books, this would be it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 0101101 on November 7, 2012
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I ordered this book as an addition to my 'library' after checking out a copy at my local library. I am planning a fern garden and this book is both extremely helpful as an instruction and planning aid, and so beautifully photographed and compiled that it inspires me and keeps my enthusiasm high.
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I have several hundred gardening books and this is one of the better ones I have seen. I only wish my books on other gardening topics were as good. It covers a lot of tropical ferns which I appreciate since I live in the tropics. I also have Encyclopedia of Ferns by David Jones which is also well worth having but I would rate this one as being a bit better. The book is very thorough and well organized.The photos are excellent. If you have an interest in ferns or plants in general then add this book to your library. I bought an ex-library copy that was in new condition. Why a library would get rid of a book whose information is 100% current is completely beyond me. It appears that some libraries are very wasteful with their funds.
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