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by John T. Mickel

  • ISBN: 0025844911
  • Category: Crafts & Home
  • Author: John T. Mickel
  • Subcategory: Gardening & Landscape Design
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 15, 1994)
  • Pages: 370 pages
  • FB2 size: 1517 kb
  • EPUB size: 1550 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
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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. John T. Mickel describes 400 kinds of ferns and their needs. highly recommended with reservations.

Ferns for American Gardens book.

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.

Senior Curator Emeritus, Institute of Systematic Botany. Ferns for American Gardens. 370 p. reprinted Timber Press, 2003. Mickel, J. T. & A. R. Smith. Pteridophytes of Mexico. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1961. Pteridophytes (Ferns and related groups). 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

Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-346) and indexes. The definitive guide for growing more than 500 kinds of ferns.

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after perusing Hydrangeas for American Gardens was that this book is going to cost a lot of money, but surprisingly, it doesn't

after perusing Hydrangeas for American Gardens was that this book is going to cost a lot of money, but surprisingly, it doesn't. For those who wish to extend their collection of hydrangeas and which plants to grow, this book is undeniably essential. Speaks with Authority and Candor, Making the Entire Book both Educational and Entertaining.

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. The American Gardener April 2004. 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 January 2004.

Three new species of Elaphoglossum are described from the Guianas: E. arachnidoideum, E. boudriei, and E. cremersii. Taxonomic status and relationships of bracken ferns (Pteridium: Dennstaedtiaceae) of Laurasian affinity in Central and North America.

Curator of Ferns, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx. Author of The Home Gardener's Book of Ferns; How to Know the Ferns and Fern Allies. Primary Contributions (4). Fern. Fern, any of several nonflowering vascular plants that possess true roots, stems, and complex leaves and that reproduce by spores.

A great reference on the long-underappreciated fern its cultivation and ornamental use in the temperate garden. Mickel, Curator of Ferns at the New York Botanical Garden, describes more than 400 types of ferns and many more subspecies, varieties, and cultivars. Each entry explains the fern's habit, frond size and color, hardiness zones, and ease of cultivation, in addition to pointing out any outstanding ornamental features and their season of interest, and gives suggestions for the best use of the plant in the garden. Includes some 360 color photographs and 30 line drawings. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Reviews about Ferns for American Gardens (7):
"Ferns for American Gardens" is excellent in every respect. It is well written, authoritative, easy to use, beautifully designed, and abundantly illustrated. After several informative chapters on gardening with ferns, fern botany, fern terminology, etc., the author provides descriptions of hundreds of ferns that American gardeners can consider. The descriptions are grouped by genus, and each entry includes the scientific name; common name(s); zones in which the fern is hardy; whether it's easy, moderate, or difficult to grow; a brief botanical description; where the fern grows naturally; and helpful comments on the fern's characteristics. Those comments are my favorite part of the book. Since the author is both an authority on ferns AND an experienced backyard gardener, he is able to provide invaluable insights into what a given species needs to succeed and whatever special qualities it has as a garden plant.

The book also has an excellent index and helpful lists of popular ferns, easy-for-beginners ferns, etc.

If you have a shade garden, I highly recommend buying this book.
Ferns are a very beautiful addition to anyone's garden. This book goes over all the ferns and tells where they can be grown,whether shade,sun,dry or moist conditions. After reading about ferns I want to try some more ferns from my woods and fields. I already have a cinnamon fern that has been under my deck since 1995 and is still doing good. I now would like try some ferns that take mostly sun and some that take partial shade. Ferns for American Gardens is a book that gets you realizing that there is a plant that should be in your garden with a ferns grace and beauty. Now I want to add as many as I can to my garden. If you love plants and landscaping this is a great book for you!
This book has a tremendous amount of information concerning ferns in America.
It is certainly well worth the sixteen dollars I paid for it. It contains a guide for flowering plants that you can partner with ferns. It gives descriptions of the flowering plants as well as their periods of bloom.
Also, in the back of the book is a glossary of terms which is very helpful and an index of common names.
If you need to identify a type of fern, this is the book to use. The pictures are very good and the descriptions are concise. Scientific names as well as common names are given. Propagating ferns is discussed as well as pests and hardiness zones. A list of mail order sources for hardy ferns is listed at the back of the book. Lots of information is given throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about or grow ferns.
I was disappointed in this book, because I LOVE ferns!! Love them. As a landscape designer, I thought it'd be really fun to have a reference for which new ferns I might seek out next.

Unfortunately the text is more scientifically minded than gardening-minded. It's hard to tell from the text and info given whether a particular fern is this or that species, and the photos are inconsistent and leave a lot to be desired. Many photos are taken in poor light or from odd angles, and the way that sometimes they show a frond and sometimes a long view of six plants makes it very hard to compare species for ID purposes.

Also, the photos were too small and not every variety listed had a picture. I'd prefer either a very scholarly reference detailing the differences in each fern so I could ID accurately, OR a "best-of" fern book including large, delicious photos of every fern listed, and only including those available in the trade.

I feel like the book tried to do a little of both and so wasn't really the exhaustive reference fern geeks need, or the high-on-photos and inspiration reference that gardeners need. It just tried to do too much.
Dr. Mickel's Ferns for American Gardens is the most comprehensive and useful book on ferns for the professional and amateur gardener alike. For those of us who are plagued with deer in our gardens, ferns provide alternative deer-proof plantings. The variety and beauty of these plants have often been underrated, but they fill an important element in the shade garden as they provide texture not often found in other plants. What better way to get to know these plants than with this book. Chapters show the structure of the plant, how to use ferns in the landscape, and beautiful photographs of the many genera, species and cultivars, all listed in alphabetical order. Each plant shows practical attributes such as height, hardiness zones and difficulty of cultivation. A real plus. It also has a chapter on ferns for specific conditions such as sunny conditions, rock gardens etc. The Web now allows the interested gardener to acquire more unusual ferns, and this book will steer you to make the correct decisions on what would suit your garden best. I rate this book as a must-have on ferns.
This book contains descriptions of a very large number (over 500) of ferns organized by genera and focusing on North American species. The horticultural information goes fairly deep and appears to be very sound. Cultural information is provided for most species. If you are an amateur gardener, this is a good reference for ferns already in your garden and ones you are considering obtaining from local nurseries or from catalogs. Be advised, however, that the book is not a field guide. Although there are many color photos, not all ferns are illustrated. If you are seeking to identify ferns in the garden or the wild, there may be other books that would better serve this purpose.
Common sense approach towards a basic education and choice of ferns for your landscape projects. Covers fern structure, propagation and companion plants of "about 530 kinds of ferns and fern allies...stress the North American species". Photos are clear, descriptions are more than sufficient for identification, landscape use, ease of care and availability. Well written for Nursery and Landscape Professionals as well as homeowners.

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