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

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  1. Splendid Jude. Ferns are a neglected part of the plant world, and you have done them proud. You’ve captured so many shapes and shades.

  2. Fabulous!!! My dad fell in love with all the ferns in both Australia and New Zealand and they now have quite a few of the hardy ones in their garden here in the UK.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ferns are so lovely and there are so many different types.

        1. Heyjude says:

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

        2. Ooh, I shall have to look that up! We did get him a tree fern some years ago but it’s still quite small and slow growing. I love the ones in the Glasshouse at Wisley! They have such interesting shapes 🙂

  3. pommepal says:

    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. Heyjude says:

      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. pommepal says:

        Lots to do next time you come over Jude. How much longer are you here?

    2. Heyjude says:

      I leave on Tuesday PP. Been a great holiday, I shall be sad to go, but I am missing my own bed 🙂

      1. pommepal says:

        Safe travels Jude, keep warm when you get back home…

  4. restlessjo says:

    Fantastic variety, Jude. Some real beauties, too 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

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

  5. I love ferns. I just need a garden to put them in. Lovely photos Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      thanks Carol. How’s the house-hunting going? Decided on a location yet?

      1. Concentrating on Essex at the moment but Cornwall is still a possibility. How about you?

    2. Heyjude says:

      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. It’s an arduous process. We looked at 3 good contenders in Cornwall. They looked good on paper. Not so good from the outside.

        1. Heyjude says:

          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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