"The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) features the world’s largest public stumpery, with ferns spilling over 140 stumps and logs in a magical half-acre across the path from the Pond Garden. This artistic arrangement of woody material is planted alongside an amazing collection of ferns and unique plants from around the world." (source)
Ginormous Woodwardia unigemmata with my hand for scale.
As a member of the Hardy Fern Foundation, I am able to visit the RSBG for free and take advantage of that benefit as often as possible, religiously visiting the stumpery (which dates back to 2009).
More Woodwardia unigemmata...
That "stich" pattern just sends me.
Blechnum spicant, aka Struthiopteris spicant, aka deer fern.
These images are from a late September visit and one in late July—both took place in 2022.
Saxifraga stolonifera in bloom.
And with moss...
That foliage is pretty fabulous no matter the season.
More pyrrosia, this P. sheareri—the "king" of pyrrosia (in my mind).
More Blechnum penna-marina/Austroblechnum penna-marina.
This stump planting of Pyrrosia (sp?) always has me experiencing intense plant lust.
It's so lush...
The shape of the fronds is unlike any pyrrosia I have in my collection.
These stumps seemed new to me, on my summertime visit. The growth around them is quite established though, so I guess I just hadn't given them proper attention in the past.
I don't remember these nearby plantings either, an impatiens?
I think this one is a gesneriad.
Since I am such a fan of pyrrosia I'm ending this post by highlighting a few more of the pyrrosia around the garden. This pot of P. sheareri in the conservatory.
That short wide form again, this time growing at the base of the column I shared yesterday.
Also in the conservatory, this form closely resembles one I bought there in 2021 labeled as Pyrrosia sp. SEH#12547 (SEH = Steve Hootman, Curator).
Finally a few pyrrosia plantings out in the garden, away from the stumpery and tucked in where I hope I can find them again!
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