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Re: Stumperies


Thank you, Ralph and Roger.  This sounds very intriguing.  I hope that
someone can provide us with a photo of a well-developed stumpery some day.
    Catharine G.
    

> From: "Ralph Archer" <ralpharcher@worldnet.att.net>
> Reply-To: ferns@hort.net
> Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 15:59:36 -0400
> To: <ferns@hort.net>
> Subject: Re: [ferns] Stumperies
> 
> Hi Catharine,
> I hope this sufficiently answers your question.  It covers about as much as
> I know, except that I have a vague memory of having read something else
> about stumperies, but I have no idea where or when.
> Mr. Rickard says the following about stumperies (quoted from pages 31 &32 )
> " The concept of stumperies was promoted in the nineteenth century,
> particularly as a setting for ferns and as an alternative to a rockery...it
> was suggested that tree stumps with a length of trunk still attached be
> planted upside down in the ground ..."
> He goes on to say that "It is very easy to develop a stumpery ... Make an
> apparently haphazard arrangement of irregularly shaped pieces of wood or
> tree stumps...and plant the ferns in between."  He goes on to describe the
> only public garden stumpery that he has seen ( in Staffordshire, England).
> He also describes one developed by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.
> Both are described as having had stumps piled high enough to form arches as
> central features.  Obviously gardeners or botanical garden landscapers are
> not imitating the design, which raises the question why not.   The other
> side of the coin is we have large pieces of trees that have fallen and have
> access to more if a lack of material has been  the problem.  The ferns we
> have recently planted among a large rotting log look great and so we are
> inspired to investigate further.  However, if we proceed with the concept,
> it would be nice to do so with as much knowledge of the subject as possible.
> I hope there are some who have knowledge and experience to share with us.
> Mr. Rickard finishes by saying that he thinks there is a place for
> stumperies.  He believes that they come into their own in woodland gardens,
> which is one aspect of what we hope to develop.
> Ralph in Louisville, KY USA
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Catharine Guiles" <cguiles@maine.rr.com>
> To: <ferns@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 11:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [ferns] Stumperies
> 
> 
>> Hello, Ralph,
>> For those of us who have not read Mr. Rickard's book, pray tell, what
> is
>> 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
> the
>>> process of enlarging and renovating a Hardy Fern Foundation fern display
>>> garden here in Louisville and are intrigued by the notion.  We would be
> very
>>> interested in any information available, especially additional
> information
>>> sources and tips on design and installation.
>>> Ralph in Louisville, KY USA
>>> Zone 6 on the edge of 5
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