The Fernery

New Zealand has 194 native species and 35 introduced species of ferns and lycophytes. They range from freshwater to alpine habitats, and from just a few millimetres long to 20-metre-tall tree ferns. Just under half of the native species cannot be found anywhere else.

Dominant in native bush, and important traditionally to Māori for food and medicine, ferns have also become pervasive as a symbol of New Zealand identity. The fern motif is featured in commercial logos, creative design, and on national sports team jerseys.

silver fern
Silver Fern – often used as a logo

Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “The Fernery

        1. There were some incredible tree ferns along the road to Raglan in an area called ‘The Four Brothers Reserve’ – beautiful specimens.

  1. I agree the ferns are so symbolic of NZ, the silver fern is a graceful symbol of this country. Did you see these in the Hamilton Gardens Jude?

    1. The Fernery is in the Winter Gardens in the Domain in Auckland PP. A quick visit as we were meeting my granddaughter at the airport. I would have liked to visit the Botanic Gardens there too, but not enough time.

    1. There were so many Jo. And all different. I love ferns, but I always kill them indoors! They don’t like central heating!

    1. I still fancy Cornwall but nothing much available there at the moment that I like/can afford! Aim to concentrate on houses next year, tired of renting and I also want a garden.

        1. we have looked at more like a dozen (several visits) but so many are nothing like the web images and those that look reasonable still need a lot of work, but the prices are too high. I think we have worked out what NOT to bother with now, but it is not an easy process.

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