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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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“An indispensable addition to the bookshelf of every gardener, from the obsessed pteridophile to neophytes with a new-found fancy for fronds.” —American Gardener
“Olsen offers the perfect guide to garden-worthy ferns.” —BBC Gardens
“If you’re a fern expert, this is an essential purchase for your home library. If you’re a fern enthusiast who wants to learn more, this is the book for you, too. The information included in [this book] is both concise and comprehensive, and extremely readable.” —Northwest Garden News
“[Olsen] could have entitled her. . . . book Ferns for all Reasons and Seasons because you’ll be convinced you need many more of these ultimate foliage beauties after reading Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns.” —The Seattle Times
“Written for gardeners who want to know which ferns will grow best in their landscapes and how to care for them.” —People Places Plants
“Heavily illustrated with superb color photos. . . . This volume is a definitive reference for ferns.” —SciTech Book News
“If you think one fern looks pretty much like another, this tome comprehensively demonstrates just how varied, versatile, and valuable ferns can be to any garden scheme.” —Camden Herald
“This may be the crown jewel of an excellent assembly of local books this year. If you are not a fan of ferns, Sue Olsen’s infectious but informative style will convert you.” —Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin
“From its lush illustrations to its useful appendices this is a voluptuous volume, equally appealing to the fern maven or the aspiring gardener.” —Hardy Fern Foundation Quarterly