The Fern Garden

The Fern Garden : How to Make, Keep, and Enjoy It

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James Shirley Hibberd (1825-90) was a journalist and writer on gardening, whose popular works had great influence on middle-class taste. Although not a trained horticulturalist, his many books were based on practical experience. He developed a succession of gardens in north London concentrating on particular types of plants, and his books reflected this work, with the Rose Book (1864) and the Fern Garden (1869) being particularly successful. He also wrote on garden design, flower arrangement, garden furniture and architecture, and his Rustic Adornments of 1856, also published in this series, is an important work of social and fashion history. He edited the magazine Floral World until 1875 and later the Gardener's Magazine, and was even consulted by the government about potato blight. His engaging and very personal style made him a popular forerunner of modern celebrity gardeners, and set a fashion for highly decorative and ornamental more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 39 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
  • 1139095579
  • 9781139095570

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Ferns in general; 2. Fern collecting; 3. How to form an outdoor fernery; 4. Cultivation of rock ferns; 5. Cultivation of marsh ferns; 6. Ferns in pots; 7. The fern house; 8. The fernery at the fireside; 9. Management of fern cases; 10. The art of multiplying ferns; 11. British ferns; 12. Cultivation of greenhouse and stove ferns; 13. Fifty select greenhouse ferns; 14. Thirty select stove ferns; 15. Gold and silver ferns; 16. Tree ferns; 17. Fern allies; more