In the cool shaded turn between Creek Road and Highwater Road is a small fern glade. Whether viewed from your car or seen up close from the walking path, this naturalistic woodland garden offers a textural feast for the eyes. New fronds popping up in the spring are called fiddleheads because of their likeness to the scroll of the violin. Many ferns can be seen throughout the wooded parts of The Riding in spring and summer.
Ferns are part of the plant group called Pteridophytes (tuh-rid’-ah-files) meaning: Any of various vascular plants that reproduce by means of spores rather than by seeds, including the ferns. Ferns do not produce flowers, fruits or seeds. Instead, they reproduce by spores, bulbils (small fleshy asexual bulbs formed in the fronds) and by slowly-to-rapidly growing underground horizontal stems called rhizomes.
What ferns can be seen at the Fern Glade?
- Dennstaedtia punctilobula – Hayscented Ferns
- Dryopteris celsa – Log Fern
- Thelypteris noveboracensis – New York Fern
- Polystichum acrostichoides – Christmas Fern