pteridomania: love of ferns


Pteridomania, meaning Fern Madness or Fern Craze, a compound of Pteridophytes and mania, was coined in 1855 by Charles Kingsley in his book Glaucus, or the Wonders of the Shore:

Your daughters, perhaps, have been seized with the prevailing 'Pteridomania'...and wrangling over unpronounceable names of species (which seem different in each new Fern-book that they buy)...and yet you cannot deny that they find enjoyment in it, and are more active, more cheerful, more self-forgetful over it, than they would have been over novels and gossip, crochet and Berlin-wool.

from wikipedia.

Ferns! What lovely forms! The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill has quite the collection of ferns and it is one of my favorite locations to go with my camera. I love the soft but modern look of the fern in the canvas above... At home in both traditional and modern interiors.

Fern prints and gallery wrapped canvases are available in my shop.