Past Events


Fern Fest 2016 

Fern & Rare Plant Sale 


Friday, June 3, 2016, 12-6:30

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9-2

University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st ST, Seattle, 98105

The best fern sale in the country!
A huge variety of ferns and rare plants! 


Friday, June 3rd:

Annual Meeting, 6:30

Lecture by Ed Alverson, 7:00  

Ed Alverson has a BS in Biology from The Evergreen State College and a MS in Botany from Oregon State University, where he studied the systematics of the fern genus Cryptogramma. Ed has worked as a field botanist and stewardship ecologist in the Pacific Northwest (particularly in Oregon's Willamette Valley) for over 35 years. He has varied botanical interests, from fern taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography, to the conservation, management, and restoration of prairie, savanna, and oak woodland habitats.   Ed has authored more than 50 popular and scientific articles on a variety  of botanical and ecological topics, from plant taxonomy and ecology to botanical history and exploration, and has authored revised treatments for many fern families for the forthcoming second edition of Flora of the Pacific Northwest.




Bouquet Banque Nursery

Chimacum Woods

Hardy Fern Foundation

Foliage Gardens

Keeping It Green Nursery

Sundquist Nursery

Growing Girls Nursery

Windcliff Plants from Dan Hinkley  


Dont' miss this fabulous event!!! 


“Ferns of Cuba” lecture, with a Tour of the Miller Garden

Date:Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 3:00PM - 5:30PM

Where: Miller Garden (directions will be provided upon receipt of registration payment)

Speaker:  Dr. Carlos Sanchez, University of Havana, Cuba

Cost:  $35 members; $45 non-members

Registration:  Thank you for your interest.  We are no longer taking registrations for this event.  If you have questions, please contact Jo Laksowski:    -  253-838-4646, x 111

Class limited to 20 participants.

The Hardy Fern Foundation is pleased to announce a special class featuring “The Ferns of Cuba” by Dr. Carlos Sanchez, Senior Professor and Senior Research Botanist at the National Botanic Garden of the University of Havana.  This is Dr. Sanchez’s first visit to the NW and a rare opportunity to learn about Cuba’s amazing flora.  Combined with the lecture, a tour of the Elisabeth C. miller Botanical Garden will be given by the Hardy Fern Foundation’s President and Curator of the Miller Garden, Richie Steffen.  Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.


Sundquist Nursery Epimedium Class

Hi, all, Please consider joining us for the first of the 2016 HFF member (and non-member) events, a class on epimediums in the Fern Companion Plant Series!  

Instructor:  Richie Steffen Epimedium, barrenwort, fairywings – no matter what you call them they are delightful perennials that look great with ferns.  Join Richie Steffen, President of the Hardy Fern Foundation and Curator of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden as he shares his extensive knowledge of this group of plants at one of the largest suppliers of epimediums in the area, Sundquist Nursery in Poulsbo, WA.  Richie has grown over 275 different species and cultivars and will also share information about the new 2016 Epimedium list from Great Plant Picks education program.  Plants will be available for sale after the class.  This is a great opportunity to shop at a wholesale grower and purchase some exceptional plants not regularly available!  

Date: Saturday, April 9th, 2016   

Time:10:30AM – 12:30PM    

Where: Sundquist Nursery, Poulsbo, WA  (directions will be provided upon registration)

Cost: members $20; non-members $25  (space is limited)

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