Fern Study Group

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Welcome to the Fern Study Group Website.

The Fern Study Group is one of a number of Study Groups within the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). The Group was formed with the aim of studying the cultivation and propagation of Australian native ferns so that more species could be seen in gardens. It also aims to examine the growing requirements of the various species to improve their reliability. As in all study groups, the members' work is mainly carried out in their own homes and gardens and in their own spare time.

The Study Group's newsletters document reports from members into cultivation issues, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. The group also organises field trips to natural areas to observe and record ferns growing in the wild as well as trips to members' gardens.

Since the inception of the group over 100 newsletters have been issued. Past issues of the newsletters can be downloaded from this site (see the link below).


If you are interested in the cultivation, propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia's native flora, especially ferns, why not consider joining and helping to promote these beautiful plants more widely.

Membership is available to members of an ANPSA-affiliated Regional Society. If you are not a member of a Regional Society, please refer to the ANPSA Membership Page for further information on joining.

To join the Fern Study Group, please send a request using the following form (please note that all fields are mandatory* - you may edit the 'Message' field if necessary) :

I am a member of the following Regional Society*:



Regular newsletters are published several times per year to record activities and experiences of Group members in cultivating Australian ferns, keeping up to date on scientific knowledge of the genus and reporting on field trips to various parts of Australia.

Newsletters published over recent years are available for download.



A compilation of books, journals and internet resources on Australian ferns.



Information on upcoming Study Group activities.


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