Garden Club 32016 BentonHouse2

The garden’s “fernery”, adjacent to Ohmer Avenue, is home to several Indiana native ferns including the evergreen Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), and the leathery like fronds of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthlopteris).  Additionally, the site displays many of the garden’s species hosta which are native to Asia and especially Japan.  Several of the earliest are: H. tibea (1830’s), H. sieboldiana (1830), H. verticosta (1790), H. plantagenia (1784), a very fragrant night blooming species, and the rare in the wild, H. nigrescens.

 

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