Currently, information relating to ferns can be found in a number of places, but there is no single source of truth. These include:
Scientific based websites. These sites tend to document a large number of fern species, but only from a scientific aspect. The information is typically complex and difficult for the average lay person to comprehend and is often poorly organised. Typically, this type of site details information such as taxonomy, synonyms, authors and publication details, but does not cover cultivars or any horticultural information
Horticultural based websites. These sites will quite often provide comprehensive information on individual fern species, but will not generally cover a large number of species. Information is sometimes out of date and can be inconsistent. Typically, this type of site provides information such as description, growing conditions, attributes and hardiness.
Paper publications. Publications range from scientific in nature (such as journal articles) to books written by individuals. The information itself can be comprehensive but again only covers a small range of species. Additionally, the currency of some aspects of the information can be relatively short lived
Fern Societies and other groups Fern Societies and Enthusiasts tend to possess an incredible amount of information but it tends to be difficult to draw apon. Unfortunately when members pass on, this information is lost forever.
AboutFerns.org aims to draw together this disparate information into a single online resource for all parties. This site has been designed to support both scientific and horticultural information and has been developed from the ground up to provide a superior end user experience. The data has been standardised to maximise functionality and related back to referenced material where possible.
AboutFerns.org is not a commercial entity. All resources are provided for the greater good. We welcome input from all sources. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us, We would welcome your contributions.