The Fernery Nursery

Forest Ferns Nursery specialises in the growing of ferns and restios, but also produce other sun and shade plants that are considered to be good companions to these two plants.

The nursery as we know it today was started in 2000 when a visitor centre called 'The Fernery' was opened on the farm to accommodate the growing number of people wanting to see the Forest Ferns foliage harvesting and packing operation. Initially it was only a small concern growing plants for sale to visitors to the Fernery.

This changed In 2005 when two shade houses that had pre­vi­ously been used for the pro­duc­tion of cut fo­liage be­came avail­able for nurs­ery use. res­ult­ing in a de­cision to ex­pand the plant cul­tiv­a­tion side of the busi­ness so that it could also provide plants to re­tail nurs­er­ies and land­scapers. This set in mo­tion a period of plan­ning and con­struc­tion to re-fur­bish the shade-houses and to in­stall a water treat­ment fa­cil­ity that would provide clean water for the nurs­ery drip ir­rig­a­tion sys­tem. When com­pleted the new fa­cil­it­ies were able to hold up to 22,000 res­tio plants, 25,000 ferns and 45,000 ground cov­ers. Con­cur­rent with the con­struc­tion work, staff were given hor­ti­cul­tural train­ing in order to en­able them to mix grow­ing media, test water qual­ity and propag­ate plants from seed and spores.

Whole­sale sales began in 2007.

Forest Ferns Nurs­ery spe­cial­ises in the grow­ing of ferns and res­tios, but also pro­duces other shade and sun plants that are con­sidered to be good com­pan­ions to these two groups of plants. We de­liver to re­tail nurs­er­ies and land­scapers between Port Eliza­beth and George on a weekly basis. Ne­go­ti­ations are under way to es­tab­lish an agency in Cape Town, in order to ser­vice the nurs­ery and land­scap­ing trade in the West­ern Cape as well. The agency is ex­pec­ted to be in op­er­a­tion by Feb/March 2009 - more de­tails will be made avail­able once ar­range­ments have been fi­nal­ised. The pub­lic can buy dir­ectly from the Fern­ery re­tail nurs­ery on the farm.

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