Ferns at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

I’ve gone fern mad – I don’t even know how it happened.

This weekend, on my final (boo!) RHS Level 2 study days at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, our teacher Greg let us loose behind the scenes in their (incredible) glasshouses.

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It’s safe to say, we hit upon the fern mother load! Inside, outside. Shade, sun. Woodland, rockery. Ferns, everywhere!

I’m still giddy with child like excitement thinking about it all. I can’t put it into words, you have to visit. The main fernery is prehistoric and timeless and magical.

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Dessert fern Cheilanthes tomentosa – I’ve been recommended this dessert fern by the BPS for a sunny patch in our garden. Will deffo give it a go having seen it at RBGE.

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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