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The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns

By Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen

Ferns are versatile, shade-tolerant foliage plants that can play many roles in the home garden. They are easy to grow and readily available at big-box stores, garden centers, and mail-order nurseries, making them popular among new and advanced gardeners.

The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns, by fern enthusiasts Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen, is packed with information on these reliable plants. The book includes profiles for 134 plants, with information on growth and propagation, advice on using ferns in garden design, and lists of where to buy the plants and where to view them in public gardens.

About the authors

Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is curator for the Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, where he oversees the garden and its rare plant collections, and supervises the Great Plant Picks program.

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Sue Olsen

Sue Olsen has introduced many ferns to horticulture via her nursery, Foliage Gardens. She is editor of the Hardy Fern Foundation Quarterly and author of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns.

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