Fern Fever

Fern Fever

The Story of Pteridomania

Book - 2012
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"A fascinating literary foray" - Canadian Gardening

"This rarefied botanical pursuit is usually considered a British eccentricity, but Ms. Whittingham has turned up much proof that it reached American shores." - The New York Times

"One of those remarkable tales you never knew you needed to read and that, once begun, you never want to put down" - Dallas Morning News

Pteridomania or Fern Fever took a frantic hold in Britain from the 1840s. It was a craze fostered by an array of books and magazines and special equipment designed for fern hunting trips and the cultivation of the finds in delicate fern cases.

Sarah Whittingham has searched every nook and cranny for her subject, finding ferns in splendid glazed ferneries, Pulhamite grottoes and decoratively across every imaginable surface in the Victorian home. You would sit on your Coalbrookdale 'Fern and blackberry' garden bench and sup from your Ridgway 'Maiden Hair Fern' dinner service.

The industrious Victorians lavished much love and care (and knowledge) on their beautiful fern albums. This ravishing book shines a sympathetic light on an enthusiasm that looks as if it might well take hold again.
Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln, 2012.
Edition: 1st Frances Lincoln ed.
ISBN: 9780711230705
0711230706
Branch Call Number: 635.9373 Whitting 04/2012
Characteristics: 256 p. :,ill. (some col.), ports., facsims. ;,30 cm.

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