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Ferns for American Gardens

By John T. Mickel

Both comprehensive and accessible. Offers enough to satisfy any fern collector, but there is plenty of practical advice for gardeners who just want to grow ferns.

American Gardener

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.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society 75 Great American Gardening Books

Media reviews

"Ferns for American Gardens by 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

"If there is a name of a fern on your plant list, odds are very good it will be described in this book."

—Richard Poffenbaugh, Mansfield News Journal

"Another treasure from Timber Press."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"A labor of love ... highly recommended with reservations."

—Lynn C. Westney, E-Streams

"If I want a lush, dark green fern, I look in Ferns for American Gardens, and perhaps I will chose the black lady fern, an easy grower."

—Donna Williamson, HortResources Newsletter

"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

"[Mickel] introduces gardeners to a treasure trove of hardy ferns ... Color photos illustrate fascinating differences in frond shapes and sizes, enticing adventurous gardeners to try new varieties."

—Marge Hols, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"A welcome addition."

—Kerry D. Heafner, Plant Science Bulletin

"Provides an encyclopedic treatment of more than 400 kinds of ferns."

CoastStyle

"Need help selecting ferns and keeping them happy? ... John T. Mickel describes 400 kinds of ferns and their needs."

—Jan Riggenbach, Omaha World-Herald

"A garden classic for ten years, selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of its 75 Great American Gardening Books."

Westchester Journal News

About the author

John T. Mickel

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.

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