Since our founding in 1893, we have promoted interest in the cultivation and study of ferns.

The bright colours of flowers are admired by the least intellectual but the beauty of form and texture of ferns requires a higher degree of mental perception and a more cultivated intellect for its proper appreciation. Hence we regard the growing taste for the cultivation of ferns as proof of mental advancement.
— Abraham Stansfield, 1858

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Banner image (Notholaena standleyi) by Jordan Metzgar.