Have you ever in your life heard a gardener complain about having too many ferns? Impossible....ferns are botanically fascinating, endlessly garden-worthy, so beautiful, and some are even drought tolerant. They range from the evergreen, workhorse autumn ferns to the wildly dramatic, covetable tree ferns. How about the delicate maidenhair, or little sprouts of groundcover ferns, and even the sturdy, vertical punch of our native swordferns?
These ferns, and many more I've never seen, can't spell the names of, and certainly can't pronounce, will be on sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture on Friday, June 7th, noon to 6:30, and Saturday, June 8th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There'll be a talk by Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken of Far Reaches Farm on Friday evening. Specialty plant vendors will be there with plants to fern- up your garden, and to answer any questions.
Come join the Fern Fest party and hobnob with other fern fanciers....CUH is located at 3501 N.E. 41st Street, behind University Village on the street into Laurelhurst.
Here are a few of the beauties that will be at the sale...these ferns are all growing in Pat Riehl's fern-rich stumpery garden on Vashon Island - thanks for the photos Pat.
Blechnum plenna-marina, an evergreen fern with coppery-colored springtime foliage..
Adiantum venustum - the Himalayan maidenhair fern has lacy foliage on black stems
Polystichum setiferum, the soft shield fern, has architecturally shaped fronds. It's evergreen, loves a woodland garden environment.