Upcoming Events

Shaw Island Library and Historical Society Lecture: Gardening with FernsFacts and Photos with Tales and Tidbits from The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns


January 20, 2018, 3:15 pm    (* delayed start time to accomodate those travelling in on the Anacortes ferry)

Shaw Island Community Center

Ferns are one of the most diverse groups of plants for shade. Richie has been growing, studying and collecting ferns for over twenty years and is an enthusiastic advocate for their use in the gardens of today. Get expert information on how to use these interesting plants effectively in the landscape and learn about their historical use in gardens. See some of our best native ferns for our gardens along with exotics from around the world that are true performers. This lusciously photographed lecture features clever garden feature that anyone can create at home. Richie Steffen is co-author and co-photographer of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns and an experienced fern grower.

   Richie Steffen: Few people have a passion for plants or an excitement about gardening more than Richie Steffen. Richie is the director/curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the Garden, rare plant collections and oversees the primary educational program of the Miller Garden: Great Plant Picks. GPP is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens. Having an interest in plants and gardening from a young age, Richie has developed this into a lifelong career spanning over 30 years. Studying plants, particularly ferns, in the wild and in gardens around the world has given him an appreciation for the diversity of flora and vegetation gardeners of today have at their disposal. A noted lecturer and horticultural personality, Richie, is the co-author and co-photographer of the Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns and the President of the Hardy Fern Foundation.