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Re: Stumperies

Hello Ralph,
Martin stayed a few days at our home in Texas this spring while visiting the
USA.  He spoke at both the Dallas and the Houston fern societies.  We
discussed building a stumpery at our Hardy Fern Foundation Satellite Garden.
Martin suggested that we take some of the stumps that were left from a bad
storm and stack them with the roots sticking up and out of the pile.  Drift
wood can be added, the bigger the better.  The size of the stumpery depends
upon what looks good in the area you have to work with and the amount of
stumps and other weathered wood available.  All voids should be filled with
top-soil and compost from the ground up as you increase the height..  Ferns
and other shade loving plants that do well in your area should be planted in
each void.  It is the contrast between the ferns and the tangled weathered
wood that really makes this beautiful.

We have just finished relocating the HFF garden to its new location in our
ten acre Azalea garden.  We hope to build our stumpery during the next 12

Roger Hughes
Volunteer Fern Curator
SFA Arboretum

----- Original Message -----
From: "Catharine Guiles" <cguiles@maine.rr.com>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Stumperies

> Hello, Ralph,
>     For those of us who have not read Mr. Rickard's book, pray tell, what
> a stumpery?  Growing ferns on an old stump?  Or ???
>     Thanks,  Catharine Guiles
> > From: "Ralph Archer" <ralpharcher@worldnet.att.net>
> > Reply-To: ferns@hort.net
> > Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 21:08:36 -0400
> > To: <ferns@hort.net>
> > Subject: [ferns] Stumperies
> >
> > Mr. Martin Rickard in his book '...Garden Ferns' has a discussion on
> > stumperies as an effective way to display fern collections. We are in
> > process of enlarging and renovating a Hardy Fern Foundation fern display
> > garden here in Louisville and are intrigued by the notion.  We would be
> > interested in any information available, especially additional
> > sources and tips on design and installation.
> > Ralph in Louisville, KY USA
> > Zone 6 on the edge of 5
> >
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