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Warren H. Wagner Fern Collection – Great Lakes Gardens

    at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Great Lakes Gardens Endowment Fund

Support the continued maintenance and care of this one-of-a-kind garden, so that future generations can experience the unique living heritage of the Great Lakes region.

Like orchids, ferns are another of the most fascinating and beloved of plants. In Michigan, no name is more closely associated with botany, field research, and conservation than Warren H. (Herb) Wagner. With his wife Florence, he documented the systematics, hybridization, and evolutionary history of ferns and fernlike plants. The Warren H. Wagner Fern Collection will include diminutive individuals from Wagner’s particular specialty—the Botrychiaceae—in addition to a wide variety of ferns from across the Great Lakes Region associated with the various habitats found in the Great Lakes Gardens.

Herb’s sense of curiosity about plants and the natural world inspired countless students at the University of Michigan. He served as the second Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens from 1966-1971, where he gave shape to the combination of research, teaching, and public outreach that mark today’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

How can you help? If you want future generations to experience the unique living heritage of the Great Lakes region and would like to support continued maintenance and care of this one-of-a-kind garden, please contact Meredith Olson, Director of Development, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum,1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105; merolson@umich.edu; 734.647.7847

Native Michigan ferns

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