My favorite botanical author sharing his thoughts on our native ferns
The weekly Friday field trip got swatted down by waiting for the nice repair man in my kitchen as I write. So I’ll back the camera up to a fun green Wednesday meeting with the Broward Co. Native Plant Society at the Secret Woods Nature Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
A great part of “botanizing farther south” is more ferns. A dominant species at Secret Woods is Boston Fern, not that it is rare up here in Palm Beach County. But why is it called Boston Fern? (Be patient, we are getting to that.) Boston Fern was once a huge single-species industry, interestingly dating back to the turn of the 20th Century orgy of unfettered exotic plant introductions. Sort of ironic that a pillar of the early Florida nursery industry was a native. I grew up with a big one hanging from the fireplace mantle.
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