Hardy Fern Foundation Affiliate Gardens


The Hardy Fern Foundation has a number of affiliate gardens throughout the United States. These are in essence test gardens, where a variety of ferns are evaluated yearly to obtain accurate hardiness information and garden worthiness under varying climatic conditions. The HFF supplies ferns to these gardens free of charge in exchange for these yearly evaluations. The Hardy Fern Foundation's main display garden is located at the Rododendron Species Garden in Federal Way, Washington. If you are a public garden with a fern collection and would like to participate in our program, contact us at .

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35233-1800



Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.

The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and a Japanese garden with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.


Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Barters Island Road
Boothbay, ME 04537
207-633-4333 fax 207-633-2366


Ganna Walska Lotusland
695 Ashley Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Lotusland is a unique 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito to the east of the city of Santa Barbara. The gardens now covering the estate were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. Before her death, Madame Walska established the nonprofit Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation, which now preserves this unrivaled botanical treasure.

The original Fern Garden was designed by William Paylen in 1968 around Madame Walska's collection of Australian Tree Ferns (Sphaeropteris cooperi). It features giant staghorn ferns (Platycerium) hanging from the branches of coast live oak trees (Quercus agrifolia) as well as different types of tree ferns underplanted with many other fern species and Begonia species and cultivars.


Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road
Westerville, OH 43081

Inniswood Metro Gardens, located in Central Ohio, was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis who enjoyed gardening and wildlife observation.  Now 121 acres, Inniswood is home to streams, woodlands, wildflowers, beautifully landscaped flower beds and a variety of themed garden areas. The fern collection numbers well over a hundred varieties of hardy ferns, many of which were propagated at Inniswood.  While hardy ferns are found throughout the grounds, the Fern Garden and its main collection can be found located adjacent to the Herb Garden.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
804-262-9887 x358
Located in historic Richmond, Va., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty with more than 40 acres of spectacular gardens and the mid-Atlantic's only classically styled Conservatory open to the public. Great shopping and dining plus a new Children's Garden with a Tree House make the Garden a fun place to visit anytime. Come see why Lewis Ginter is the place where plants-and people-grow!
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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S. 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Federal Way, Washington, (located conveniently between Seattle and Tacoma) is home to the RSF, a non-profit organization. Here, over twenty-two acres of botanical splendor hold one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons and azaleas in the world. Gathered from across the globe, nurtured, propagated, available for both viewing pleasure and sale, we offer a rare opportunity for rhododendron and garden lovers everywhere. We offer selected plants for catalog, or local sale, and have seeds and pollen also available.
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Bainbridge Island Library
1270 Madison Ave. N.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2721


Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 452-2750

The Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, Washington comprises 53 acres of display gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands.  HIGHLIGHTS include the Northwest Perennial Alliance Border, Waterwise Garden, Yao Garden, Alpine Rock Garden, Rhododendron/ Fern Glen and summer displays of dahlias and fuchsias.  Throughout the year natural and manmade vistas of color and greenery change, delighting the eye regardless of the season or weather. The Garden 'blooms' in the middle of winter with thousands of lights used to create botanical displays. The actual number of lights is unknown, the estimate is close to 500,000.   This family event is free of charge and open to the public...donations are gladly accepted to perpetuate and enhance the event. 

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Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
253-584-4106, 1-888-858-4106

Walk the paths of Lakewold Gardens and you will be strolling through a period in garden history when classic European design came face to face with America's emerging landscape masters. It was a time when the South Sound's Lakes District was first being discovered and when Tacoma's new prominent families would introduce the world to their unique vision of a cultured country estate. With help from Thomas D. Church, a leading landscape architect of the 20th century, Eulalie Wagner made this garden her personal life project and generously left it for all to enjoy. Today, Lakewold Gardens is listed on the National and State Historic registries.

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Rotary Gardens
Parker Education Center 1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545
608-752 3885 fax: 608-752 3853

The Fern & Moss Garden (1/3 acre) at Rotary Gardens (Janesville, WI) was constructed in 2004 adjacent to the existing Japanese Garden portion of this 20 acre, non-profit botanic garden that was started in 1989.  This garden has meandering streams, a waterfall, authentic Japanese resting structure (Ma-Chii') and six raised beds for fern display.  This garden also includes a moss "island" displaying native WI mosses.  Over 250 taxa of ferns are scattered throughout these beds and are grouped by region of origin (Asia, North America and Europe).  We continue to trial new ferns every year and have mapped and assessed earlier planted specimens.  This garden is meant to be both aesthetic and educational as we continue to evaluate ferns for applicability and adaptability in our region.

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3110 Lexington Road
Louisville, KT 40206

It's easy to understand why our motto at Whitehall House & Gardens is "Where History Grows."  The grounds of Whitehall feature a lush variety of special gardens, including the Entrance Garden, the Ralph Archer Woodland Garden, Annie's Garden, and The Formal Garden.  The history of ever-changing styles and plantings helps tell the story of those who lived at Whitehall and had a special affection for its gardens. 


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