Affiliated 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 Rhododendron 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

Bainbridge Island Library
1270 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Three gardens surround the library. Junkoh Harui and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community designed and built a magnificent Japanese garden on the west side of the library in 1998. The perennial gardens, beautiful in every season, were designed by nationally recognized garden writer Ann Lovejoy and are maintained by Ann and the “Friday Tidies” every Friday morning. On the NE side of the library, you’ll find the cool green fern garden, designed and maintained by John van den Meerendonk. The grounds were recognized by the American Library Association as the Best Library Garden in 2000.

Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Our demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspires visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. In the 1990’s Harriet and Cal Shorts, enthusiastic members of the Hardy Fern Foundation, donated $25,000 to create a fern collection at Bellevue Botanical Garden. 750 ferns are now planted in the garden associated with the Rhododendron Glen. Ferns here are intended to introduce the public to a variety of ferns suitable for NW gardens.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 12,000 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 Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and over 10,000 school children enjoy free sciencecurriculum based field trips annually. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the most visited free attraction in Alabama, is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Dr., Boothbay, ME 04537

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens comprises 295 acres of tidal shoreland and in 2014 welcomed more than 100,000 guests throughout the year. To ensure the organization’s infrastructure remains sound and capable of supporting future growth in visitation, a Master Planning committee comprised of staff and board members has begun working on a 20-Year Master Plan.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world. Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. Our conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38117

Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture.  The 17 acre grounds feature a working cutting garden, woodland garden, formal gardens, and a sensory garden set to open in 2019. The Dixon is continually expanding its collections of ferns, boxwoods, native azaleas, and camellias.  The fern collection is highlighted along the Terrace Walk, which lies between our woodland gardens and the sweeping South Lawn.  Our formal cutting garden which produces flowers used for floral designs inside the museum nearly year-round is unmatched in beauty, size and productivity by any other public garden in the U.S.  Spring is full of color and excitement with our annual display of 100,000 tulips.  The Dixon is proud to be a part of the Hardy Fern Foundation Affiliate Garden Program as we work together for excellence in horticulture and education.  

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

Lotusland is a globally reknowned (and locally treasured) 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It is home to more than 3,000 different plants from around the world. 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 under-planted with many other fern species and Begonia species and cultivars.

Georgia State University / Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden
3303 Panthersville Rd, Decatur, GA 30034

The Georgia State University Perimeter College Native Plant Garden has focused on the natural plant communities of Georgia and the Ferns of the World for nearly 30 years.  As a suburban unit of the urban Georgia State University campus in downtown Atlanta, the Garden offers a unique variety of work, study, and research opportunities for college students, and a teaching and learning venue for people of all ages.  More than 5 of Georgia’s diverse ecosystems are represented at the Garden, from the northernmost mountains to the insectivorous plant bogs located from one end of the state to the other to the granite outcrops of the Piedmont region. Our collection of Ferns of the World provides a test garden for the taxa of Georgia as well as the temperate regions of North America and around the globe.  Educational programs draw hundreds of visitors each year.  The Garden also has one of the finest selections of native plants for purchase anywhere, grown by our staff and selected from the best native plant nurseries in the country.  This gives gardeners far and wide the opportunity to re-introduce native species into their own landscapes and thus help restore natural plant communities. The Garden is accessible to visitors from sunup to sundown, 365 days a year. Schedules of plant sales and educational programs are available by joining our email list.

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

Situated on 123 acres, Inniswood Metro Gardens is a continual source of inspiration for central Ohioans of all ages. A natural woodland is home to native wildflowers, wildlife and waterways which provides a majestic backdrop to the beautifully landscaped gardens and lawns. A test site of the Hardy Fern foundation, featuring a collection of rare and unusual hardy ferns.

Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lk Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Located in Lakewood, Washington, Lakewold offers landscape architecture by Thomas Church surrounded by rare and native plants, State Champion trees, over 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. A National Historic Landmark, Lakewold’s Georgian-style mansion and historic architecture complete the 10 acres where visitors can step back in time to an elegant past or enjoy a relaxing moment to contemplate the future.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden connects people through plants to improve communities. The award-winning Garden is located on 50 landscaped acres in Richmond, VA, and includes more than a dozen themed gardens, a Conservatory, dining and shopping. A highlight is the 3-acre Flagler Garden which includes the Wildside Walk and many ferns. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden invites, welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to extend beyond traditional boundaries to have a positive impact and to enrich lives.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way, WA 98003

The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species. Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Conservation has come to be of primary importance in recent years with the destruction of Rhododendron habitat in many areas of the world.

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI 53545

Located in Janesville, Wisconsin, Rotary Botanical Gardens is an award winning 20-acre, non-profit botanic showcase with over 24 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants. The Gardens is home to many dramatic and internationally themed gardens, including Japanese, Scottish, French Formal, Italian and English Cottage Gardens. Visitors to the Gardens may enjoy guided garden tours, shopping local artisans’ works in the Cottage Garden Gallery Gift Shop, and a variety of educational classes and programs available for adults, youth and families. The Fern & Moss Garden (1/3 acre) was constructed in 2004 adjacent to the existing Japanese Garden. 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.

3110 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40206

Whitehall’s woodland fern garden is a hidden treasure worth discovering. A small fern display garden was established several years ago in Louisville, KY in collaboration with Ralph Archer, a self-proclaimed ‘fernatic’ who volunteered his time at Whitehall. In the years since the garden has grown in size, evolving into a regionally unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants. Today, there are more than 150 species, subspecies or named cultivars in the garden, including 30 named Victorian cultivars. The woodland fern garden also serves as a ‘stumpery,’ a Victorian garden design where tree logs and stumps are used for the rustic planting of ferns and other woodland plants, and is an official display garden of the national Hardy Fern Foundation.