Marion County Master Gardener Association Meeting

Monday November 14, 2016  at 9:15

Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street

Discovery Hall, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Our speaker is Chris Wilhoite from Soules Gardens talking about Ferns in Our Gardens


Ferns have been around since the age of the dinosaurs but are still a bit misunderstood and underused. Our speaker, Chris Wilhoite, owner of Soules Gardens, will try to demystify them and discuss some ferns for American gardens.

Most of us have only a couple species of of these fascinating plants in our gardens but ferns are members of a group of about 10,560 known species of vascular plants. They reproduce via spores and, unlike most of our garden plants, have neither seeds nor flowers.

Ferns are not of major economic importance, but some are grown or gathered for food, as ornamental plants for the florist trade, for remediating arsenic contaminated soils, and have been the subject of research for their ability to remove some chemical pollutants from the air. Some are significant weeds. They also play a role in mythology, medicine, and art.









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