Why should you buy our ferns?  We make every effort to ensure our ferns are correctly identified, which means lots of research, patience, and correspondence with botanists and taxonomists.  We are very selective with cultivars that have a high tendency to revert back to their parent species and that have inconsistent forms.  We end up discarding many plants that fail to show good forms to bring you the best examples of specimens for your garden collection.  Our plants are not forced in heated greenhouses and are guaranteed to be thoroughly rooted in their 4" containers, making for a quick and easy transition into your garden.  We want you  to enjoy our ferns for years to come.  If you don't believe us, see what some of our good customers have said about their experience with us!


An excellent and informative blog about our annual Fancy Fronds Frolic at the "Fronderosa":

I have ordered ferns from Judith at Fancy Fronds several times since the late nineties (back when catalogs were still printed on paper...). My experience has always been the best possible. Judith is very knowledgeable about ferns and very helpful when you have a question or concern. The ferns are top quality, excellent size and very reasonably priced. This winter I contacted Judith to see if she would be able to find me some Dicksonia fibrosas (a tree fern that, from my experience, appears to do better than D. antarctica here in NE Georgia) and she went out of her way to get me some. I will continue to order from her as long as I have room for “one more fern”.
— gowron from Athens, GA, May 23, 2005
I was pleased and impressed after placing my first order this summer. Web site is informative, communication is clear and prompt, shipping is timely, packaging is careful, and plants are in excellent condition. It leaves me looking for other spots to plant more ferns next year, and I’ll certainly order them from Judith at Fancy Fronds.
— rosefan, Sep 7, 2003,
I was tempted to try ordering from this company after viewing a positive comment on here and after much research about ferns and the “quest” for a few new varieties. I received my order in perfect condition and was most pleased. I even found a free gift with my order, a nice plus! I will be ordering from Judith again, she was great at communicating the status of my order and shipment too.
I am now spoiled by Garden Watchdog and find that if I check out a company first on here and find them to be a positive, then all will be well. I have received at least 10 orders this spring and I am very pleased with every plant. I don’t know what I’d do without GW.
— Windhaven from Galva, IL, May 7, 2005
I purchased 14 ferns in the spring of 2003 from Fancy Fronds and must say, I am very pleased with the transaction in every regard. The web site is just great. Their selection of ferns is the largest that I’ve found on the web. Judith was very patient and responsive to all of my questions. My order was packed very carefully and arrived ontime and in great shape. And all of the ferns survived the year. I will definitely return to Fancy Fronds to purchase my next order of ferns!!!
— Browndog from Richmond, VA, Nov 30, 2003
Have been buying ferns from Fancy Ferns for at least 6 years. Variety is fantastic. The quality of the goods can’t be beat. I sent a photo of a fern to Judith at FF a couple of years ago. In a personal note she identified the fern — but alas, didn’t have any in stock.
— dumthum from Mahwah, NJ, On Aug 24, 2003