Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Complete Book of Ferns: Indoors - Outdoors - Growing - Crafting - History & Lore

The Complete Book of Ferns is a culture and tutorial guide for plants in the fern family by Mobee Weinstein. Due out 14th Jan 2020 from Quarto on their Cool Springs imprint, it's a comprehensive 256 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

The first chapters introduce the botanic and biological diversity and history of ferns (some species have been around since over 100 million years -before- T. rex showed up). The author has a solid understanding of the botany and a deft ability to provide the scientific information in a digestible and understandable form for laypeople. The introduction and botany cover about 20% of the page content.

The rest of the book is given over to comprehensive chapters on growing ferns indoors, outdoors, and DIY projects utilizing ferns for decor and more. The different culture chapters include good information on growing and (more importantly) troubleshooting. The book also includes a cross referenced index.  Throughout, the book is spectacularly illustrated and photographed. It's no exaggeration to say it would make a lovely coffee table book for flipping through to admire the beautiful photos.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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