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Whittingham charts this charming horticultural craze in a delightfully illustrated book.(Bookseller)
You don't have to love ferns to enjoy this book, but I guarantee you'll see them in a whole new light after reading it.(English Garden)
This must be the definitive work on Pteridomania… Make room in your bookcase for it now!(British Pteridological Society)
There is much to learn from this book, not only about ferns but about a period in British history that continues to influence a nation's culture to this day. It is written with great clarity, is beautifully illustrated and skilfully edited.(BBC Gardens Illustrated)
Victorians would give their eye teeth for it; the 21st-century plant enthusiast can just turn the pages in wonder.(Lady)
In this authoritative book, illustrated with superb paintings, drawings and photographs, Sarah Whittingham examines this passion for ferns in absorbing detail.(Cumbria Life)
A joy to read. It's packed with information yet it romps along.(Oxford Times)
This is a comprehensive study of the subject, richly illustrated throughout.(Western Daily Press)
'easily read, well-written'(The Professional Gardener)
'an often amusing range of objects decorated with ferns . . . the serious content lies in the account of the ferneries that have been restored and returned to their original use.''
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'This lavishly illustrated survey is a delight.'(Good Book Guide)
You don't need to be a pteridomaniac to appreciate this book, but you may well become one if you read it all(Garden Design Journal)
It is scholarly in context in that it has recorded a period of our history in depth but in a readable and delightful manner. The beautiful illustrations form an important part and cover an exhaustive range of fern memorabilia(Welsh Historic Gardens Trust)
Deserves to become the standard reference on the subject.(Victorian)
Editor's Choice: This lavishly illustrated survey will delight all interested in social history, garden history and the decorative arts.(Good Book Guide)
A superb new book.(Independent - Anna Pavord)
Dr Whittingham has done her work well. She leads the reader along the fern gully wioth a discerning eye, and organises her material with skill and wit. The whole book is enriched with excellent, well-placed and well-captioned illustrations, so it is a pleasure for the eye as well as the mind. It deserves to become the standard work on the subject.(Country Life)
Sarah Whittingham is a tremendous writer; she manages to convey the fervour of the fern madness that gripped the Victorians, not just here in England but around the world, and simultaneously imparts history, botany, human eccentricity and passion in grippingly readable form.(House & Garden)
Dr Sarah Whittingham is an historian who specialises in the social history, architecture and gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has lectured on fern fever for many years, and appeared on radio and television talking about the subject. She is also the author of The Victorian Fern Craze (2009) and has written a number of articles on the subject for various magazines. She is the author of a number of books and articles on Victorian and Edwardian architects and architecture, and has lectured widely on architectural history.